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Milk and Benjamin Button lead Broadcast Film Critics Association Noms

Gus Van Sant and David Fincher’s respective films grabbed eight nominations each in the 14th Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics Choice Awards (a group which is an amalgamation of 235 film reviewers in TV, radio or web outlets.

Gus Van Sant and David Fincher’s respective films grabbed eight nominations each in the 14th Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics Choice Awards (a group which is an amalgamation of 235 film reviewers in TV, radio or web outlets. A quick look at the many nominated folks tells me this is a popular film vote, consensus picks that are mainstream: picks like Ballast, Synecdoche, The Class and Hunger simply fail to make the list. Winners will be announced on VH1 on January 8th 2009.

Nominees for the 14th annual Critics’ Choice Awards

PICTURE
“Changeling”
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Doubt”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“Wall-E”
“The Wrestler”

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”

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”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin, “Milk”
Robert Downey, Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
James Franco, “Milk”

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”

ACTING ENSEMBLE
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Doubt”
“Milk”
“Rachel Getting Married”

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”

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”

ANIMATED FEATURE
“Bolt”
“Kung Fu Panda”
“Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa”
“Wall-E”
“Waltz With Bashir”

YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS (UNDER 21)
Dakota Fanning, “The Secret Life of Bees”
David Kross, “The Reader”
Dev Petal, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Brandon Walters, “Australia”

ACTION MOVIE
“The Dark Knight”
“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
“Iron Man”
“Quantum of Solace”
“Wanted”

COMEDY
“Burn After Reading”
“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”
“Role Models”
“Tropic Thunder”
“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
“John Adams”
“Recount”
“Coco Chanel”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“A Christmas Tale”
“Gomorrah”
“I’ve Loved You So Long”
“Let the Right One In”
“Mongol”
“Waltz With Bashir”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“I.O.U.S.A.”
“Man on Wire”
“Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired”
“Standard Operating Procedure”
“Young at Heart”

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”

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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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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