Critics’ Choice Nominees Named

The Broadcast Film Critics Association has announced the nominees for the 2006 Critics’ Choice Awards, an annual event honoring the year’s finest cinematic achievements. Winners will be revealed at the 12th annual ceremony on Jan. 12 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Cable network E! will broadcast the event on Jan. 20.

This year’s nominees for Best Animated Feature are Disney/Pixar’s Cars, DreamWorks/Aardman’s Flushed Away, DreamWorks’ Over the Hedge, Warner Bros.’ Happy Feet and Sony/Columbia Pictures’ Monster House. Happy Feet has emerged as a critical favorite thus far, winning top-toon awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association.

Nominees for the 2006 Critics’ Choice Awards were selected by written ballots in a week-long voting period. For a complete list of nominees, go to www.bfca.org/NomineesWinners.asp. In addition, special awards are given out at the discretion of the BFCA board of directors. Most recently, the Freedom Award was given to George Clooney and presented at the Critics’ Choice Awards gala by Julia Roberts.