'Black Swan' Nominated for a Record 12 Critics' Choice Awards
Dec 13, 2010 - by Lester Brathwaite
Awards season is upon us. Movie studios are rushing out all the award bait now and it's only a matter of time before the red carpets are rolled out, designers are bribed and cajoled and acceptance speeches are played off mid-sentence. Do you hear that? It's the sound of half-hearted applause.
The Critics' Choice Awards are a minor affair since no one cares what critics have to say anyway. But it is one of the early forecasters for the Big Show, the Academy Awards. And if the list of nominees is any indication, shove the geezers out of the way because the kids are taking over the Oscars.
It's already been announced that Anne Hathaway and James Franco will be hosting the ceremony in February. Franco is expected to be nominated for Best Actor for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours, which has received Critics' Choice nominations, in addition for Franco's performance, for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director.
Franco faces stiff competition from Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) in the Best Actor category, while Goslin's co-star and current paramour, Michelle Williams will face off against Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and awards show veterans Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole) and my personal favorite, Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right) for Best Actress.
In addition to Best Actress, Black Swan's 11 other nominations include Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress Mila Kunis (a long way from That 70s Show), Best Original Screenplay and Best Director for Daron Aronofsky.
With so many of Hollywood's hot, young talent being showered with awards this season, the Oscars and other trophy ceremonies will certainly draw in a younger demographic and probably a substantial audience. And I will continue to question what I'm doing wrong in my life.
Full list of nominees:
BEST PICTURE 127 Hours Black Swan The Fighter Inception The Kings Speech The Social Network The Town Toy Story 3 True Grit Winters Bone
BEST ACTOR Jeff Bridges True Grit Robert Duvall Get Low Jesse Eisenberg The Social Network Colin Firth The Kings Speech James Franco 127 Hours Ryan Gosling Blue Valentine
BEST ACTRESS Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right Nicole Kidman Rabbit Hole Jennifer Lawrence Winters Bone Natalie Portman Black Swan Noomi Rapace The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Michelle Williams Blue Valentine
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Christian Bale The Fighter Andrew Garfield The Social Network Jeremy Renner The Town Sam Rockwell Conviction Mark Ruffalo The Kids Are All Right Geoffrey Rush The Kings Speech
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Amy Adams The Fighter Helena Bonham Carter The Kings Speech Mila Kunis Black Swan Melissa Leo The Fighter Hailee Steinfeld True Grit Jacki Weaver Animal Kingdom
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS Elle Fanning Somewhere Jennifer Lawrence Winters Bone Chloe Grace Moretz Let Me In Chloe Grace Moretz Kick-Ass Kodi Smit-McPhee Let Me In Hailee Steinfeld True Grit
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE The Fighter The Kids Are All Right The Kings Speech The Social Network The Town
BEST DIRECTOR Darren Aronofsky Black Swan Danny Boyle 127 Hours Joel Coen & Ethan Coen True Grit David Fincher The Social Network Tom Hooper The Kings Speech Christopher Nolan Inception
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Another Year Mike Leigh Black Swan Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin The Fighter Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson (Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson) Inception Christopher Nolan The Kids Are All Right Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg The Kings Speech David Seidler
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 127 Hours Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle The Social Network Aaron Sorkin The Town Ben Affleck, Peter Craig and Sheldon Turner Toy Story 3 Michael Arndt (Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich) True Grit Joel & Ethan Coen Winters Bone Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 127 Hours Anthony Dod Mantle Black Swan Matthew Libatique Inception Wally Pfister The Kings Speech Danny Cohen True Grit Roger Deakins
BEST ART DIRECTION Alice in Wonderland Stefan Dechant Black Swan Therese DePrez and Tora Peterson Inception Guy Hendrix Dyas The Kings Speech Netty Chapman True Grit Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh
BEST EDITING 127 Hours Jon Harris Black Swan Andrew Weisblum Inception Lee Smith The Social Network Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
BEST COSTUME DESIGN Alice in Wonderland Colleen Atwood Black Swan Amy Westcott The Kings Speech Jenny Beavan True Grit Mary Zophres
BEST MAKEUP Alice in Wonderland Black Swan Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 True Grit BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Alice in Wonderland Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Inception Tron: Legacy
BEST SOUND 127 Hours Black Swan Inception The Social Network Toy Story 3
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Despicable Me How to Train Your Dragon The Illusionist Tangled Toy Story 3
BEST ACTION MOVIE Inception Kick-Ass Red The Town Unstoppable BEST COMEDY Cyrus Date Night Easy A Get Him to the Greek I Love You Phillip Morris The Other Guys
BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION The Pacific Temple Grandin You Dont Know Jack
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Biutiful I Am Love The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Exit Through the Gift Shop Inside Job Restrepo Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work The Tillman Story Waiting for Superman
BEST SONG I See the Light performed by Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi/written by Alan Menken & Glenn Slater Tangled If I Rise performed by Dido and A.R. Rahman/music by A.R. Rahman/lyrics by Dido Armstrong and Rollo Armstrong 127 Hours Shine performed and written by John Legend Waiting for Superman We Belong Together performed and written by Randy Newman Toy Story 3 You Havent Seen the Last of Me Yet performed by Cher/written by Diane Warren Burlesque
BEST SCORE Black Swan Clint Mansell Inception Hans Zimmer The Kings Speech Alexandre Desplat The Social Network Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross True Grit Carter Burwell
LINK LOVE: The Hollywood Reporter