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Critics’ Choice Noms Announced

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for the 14th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, placing Disney/Pixar’s WALL’E and Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight among the pics in the running for Best Feature. The winners will be announced at an awards gala on Thursday, Jan. 8 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Cable network VH1 will again broadcast the ceremony Live at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

WALL’E is also up for Best Animated Feature, along with Disney’s Bolt, DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Sony Pictures Classics’ Waltz With Bashir. Disney/Pixar ended up taking last year’s award with the animated comedy-romance Ratatouille. Bashir is also up for Best Foreign-Language Film this year, and both WALL’E and Bolt have a tune in competition for Best Song.

The Dark Knight, Miramax’s Doubt and Fox Searchlight’s Slumdog Millionaire all tied with six nominations each, but Focus Features’ Milk and Paramount Pictures’ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button lead the pack with eight nominations apiece. Milk received nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Sean Penn), Best Supporting Actor (James Franco and Josh Brolin), Best Director (Gus Van Sant), Best Writer (Dustin Lance Black), and Best Composer (Danny Elfman). The eight nominations for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are for Best Picture, Best Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Actress (Cate Blanchett), Best Supporting Actress (Taraji P. Henson), Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Writer (Eric Roth), and Best Composer (Alexandre Desplat).

2008 Critics’ Choice Awards Nominees:

BEST PICTURE

Changeling

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Dark Knight

Doubt

Frost/Nixon

Milk

The Reader

Slumdog Millionaire

Wall-E

The Wrestler

BEST ACTOR

Clint Eastwood – Gran Torino

Richard Jenkins – The Visitor

Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon

Sean Penn – Milk

Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

BEST ACTRESS

Kate Beckinsale – Nothing But the Truth

Cate Blanchett – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married

Angelina Jolie – Changeling

Melissa Leo – Frozen River

Meryl Streep – Doubt

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Josh Brolin – Milk

Robert Downey, Jr. – Tropic Thunder

Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt

Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

James Franco – Milk

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Viola Davis – Doubt

Vera Farmiga – Nothing But the Truth

Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler

Kate Winslet – The Reader

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Dark Knight

Doubt

Milk

Rachel Getting Married

BEST DIRECTOR

Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire

David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon

Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight

Gus Van Sant – Milk

BEST WRITER (Original or Adapted Screenplay)

Simon Beaufoy – Slumdog Millionaire

Dustin Lance Black – Milk

Peter Morgan – Frost/Nixon

Eric Roth – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

John Patrick Shanley – Doubt

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Bolt

Kung Fu Panda

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Wall-E

Waltz With Bashir

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS (Under 21)

Dakota Fanning – The Secret Life of Bees

David Kross – The Reader

Dev Petal – Slumdog Millionaire

Brandon Walters – Australia

BEST ACTION MOVIE

The Dark Knight

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Iron Man

Quantum of Solace

Wanted

BEST COMEDY

Burn After Reading

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Role Models

Tropic Thunder

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

John Adams

Recount

Coco Chanel

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

A Christmas Tale

Gomorrah

I’ve Loved You So Long

Let the Right One In

Mongol

Waltz With Bashir

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

I.O.U.S.A.

Man On Wire

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Standard Operating Procedure

Young At Heart

BEST SONG

‘Another Way to Die’ – Jack White and Alicia Keys/Jack White – Quantum of

Solace

‘Down to Earth’ – Peter Gabriel/Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman – WALL’E

‘I Thought I Lost You’ – Miley Cyrus and John Travolta/Miley Cyrus and

Jeffrey Steele – Bolt

‘Jaiho’ – Sukhwinder Singh/A.R. Rahman and Gulzar – Slumdog Millionaire

‘The Wrestler’ – Bruce Springsteen/Bruce Springsteen – The Wrestler

BEST COMPOSER

Alexandre Desplat – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Clint Eastwood – Changeling

Danny Elfman – Milk

Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard –The Dark Knight

A.R. Rahman – Slumdog Millionaire

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