Two movies dealing with the earliest days of the film industry, Martin Scorcese’s Hugo from GK Films/Paramount and the black-and-white silent The Artist from The Weinstein Company, both scored a near-record 11 nominations each today in the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 17th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards. Both earned Best Picture, directing and writing nods, along with a boatload of technical nominations. The French sensation The Artist also scored two major acting mentions for lead actor Jean Dujardin and supporting actress Berenice Bejo. As for Scorsese, in addition to his producing and directing nods for Hugo, his George Harrison: Living In The Material World for HBO is up for feature documentary. And he also will receive the 2nd annual Critics’ Choice Music+Film Award.
The Critics Choice Movie Awards are January 12, airing live from the Hollywood Palladium on VH1. The diverse list of nominations released today falls in line with other critics groups in spreading the wealth, indicating no slam-dunk frontrunner in what remains a wide open race and unpredictable lineup of films. The early September release Drive had a surprisingly strong showing with 8 nominations including picture and director (Nicolas Winding Refn) and acting nods for star Ryan Gosling and supporting actor Albert Brooks. The FilmDistrict noirish thriller has been a critical favorite but was only a modest box office performer. DreamWorks’ smash August entry The Help also received 8 nominations. In addition to a Best Picture nod, half of the honors were in the acting categories including lead Viola Davis, supporting contenders Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain, and Acting Ensemble. (more…)