Incredibles, Express, Shrek Woo Broadcast Critics

The Broadcast Film Critics Association has announced the nominees for its 2004 Critics’ Choice Awards, putting Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles, Warner Bros.’ The Polar Express and DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek 2 in the running for Best Animated Feature.

Disney’s Teacher’s Pet, Nickelodeon Movies/Paramount’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and DreamWorks’ Shark Tale continue to get snubbed as The Incredibles takes the lead this awards season. Director Brad Bird’s CG blockbuster nabbed a total of three Critics’ Choice nominations, including Best Popular Movie, where it’s up against Sony’s Spider-Man 2, Universal’s The Bourne Supremacy, New Market’s The Passion of the Christ and Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Napoleon Dynamite.

The Incredibles also garnered a Best Composer nod for Michael Giacchino, who’s up against Rolfe Kent for Fox Searchlight’s Sideways and Howard Shore for Warner Bros.’ The Aviator.

Also earning musical recognition are Shrek 2 and The Polar Express. The Counting Crows’ “Accidentally in Love” from Shrek 2 and Josh Groban’s “Believe” from The Polar Express are competing for Best Song with Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart’s “Old Habits Die Hard” from Paramount’s Alfie.

In the category Best Family Film (live action), the digital animation-infused fantasy flicks Spider-Man 2 and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban go toe-to-toe with Miramax’s Finding Neverland, Paramount’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and Buena Vista Pictures’ hockey pic, Miracle.

While no animated films were honored with Best Picture nods, Martin Scorsese’s vfx-laden Howard Hughes biopic, The Aviator, is in the running with Finding Neverland, Sideways, DreamWorks’ Collateral, Focus Features’ Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, United Artists’ Hotel Rwanda, Fox Searchlight’s Kinsey, Universal’s Ray and the Warner Bros.’ releases Million Dollar Baby and The Phantom of the Opera.

To see a full list of 2004 Critics’ Choice nominees, go to www.bfca.org/criticschoiceawards.asp.