Cars Takes Critics’ Choice Award

The animated Oscar race is heating up as Disney/Pixar’s Cars takes another award under its drive belt, this time receiving the Best Animated Feature award during Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 12th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. In addition, Paramount’s Charlotte’s Web was named Best Family Film (live action) during the event, held Friday night at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in California.

Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s Happy Feet was looking like a shoo-in to take the Academy Award this year after earning a number of awards from critic groups from coast to coast. Now, fresh off its People’s Choice Award win, Cars is poised to run a tight race. Happy Feet was also nominated by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, as were DreamWorks/Aardman’s Flushed Away, Sony’s Monster House and DreamWorks’ Over the Hedge.

Broadcast critics named Warner Bros.’ The Departed Best Picture and honored Martin Scorsese with Best Director for his work on the film. However, Fox Searchlight’s Little Miss Sunshine garnered the most awards, taking Best Acting Ensemble and earning individual kudos for scribe Michael Arndt (Best Writer) and cast members Paul Dano (Best Young Actor) and Abigale Breslin (Best Young Actress). A full list of winners and nominees can be found at www.bfca.org/NomineesWinners.asp.

Cars, Happy Feet and Sony/Columbia Pictures’ Monster House will compete for Best Animated Feature Film tonight during the 64th annual Golden Globes, taking place tonight, Jan. 15, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. NBC will broadcast the event live starting at 8 p.m. EST.