‘Black Swan’ record 12 BFCA noms; ‘The King’s Speech’ & ‘True Grit’ 11

“Black Swan” leads with a record 12 nominations at the 16th annual edition of the Critics Choice Awards administered by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. In Monday’s announcement of the nominees, The King’s Speech” and “True Grit” reaped 11 bids each,  “Inception” received 10, “The Social Network” earned nine, “127 Hours” has eight and “The Fighter” landed six. Winners in the 25 categories will be revealed during the Jan. 14 kudocast on VH1 broadcast live from the Palladium in Los Angeles.

Like the Academy Awards, the BFCA expanded its Best Picture slate to 10 last year and forecast eventual Oscar champ “The Hurt Locker” as well as 7 of the other nominees. This year’s nominees are: “127 Hours,” “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “Inception,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” “The Town,” “Toy Story 3,” “True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone.” These reflect our pundits picks for the Oscars with one exception: “The Town” replaces “The Kids Are All Right.” Both those films vie for the Acting Ensemble prize against “The Fighter,” The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network.”

Last year, “Inglourious Basterds” and “Nine” led at the BFCA with 10 bids apiece with “Basterds” winning 3 awards while “Nine” was blanked. “The Hurt Locker” had eight noms, winning just Best Picture and Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow). The BFCA has six nominees in each of the acting races versus the five that fight it out for the Oscars. Last year, it forecast 16 of the eventual 20 Oscar nominees and all four of the winners.

Last year’s Best Actor champ Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”) returns with “True Grit” to face off against Robert Duvall (“Get Low”), Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”), our frontrunner Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”), James Franco (“127 Hours”) and Ryan Gosling (“Blue Valentine”). All but Gosling make the top five among our pundits. Among those snubbed by the BFCA were “Inception” leading man Leonardo DiCaprio and “The Fighter” actor-producer Mark Wahlberg.

The BFCA Best Actress contest has our top two contendersAnnette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”) and Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) — as well as Nicole Kidman who received her record seventh BFCA nom for “Rabbit Hole” and Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”) who is also a Young Performer nominee. Missing is our pundits pick Lesley Manville (“Another Year”) with the BFCA list rounded out by Lisbeth Salander (“The Girl With the Dragon Tatttoo”) and Michelle Williams (“Blue Valentine”). Also snubbed was Bening’s co-star Julianne Moore.

Our top three picks for Best Supporting Actor are in the BFCA race — frontrunners Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) and Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech”) as well as Mark Ruffalo for “The Kids are All Right. Rounding out the BFCA roster are Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”), Jeremy Renner (“The Town”) and Sam Rockwell (“Conviction”). Missing are Matt Damon (“True Grit”), Michael Douglas (“Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps”) and Justin Timberlake (“The Social Network”). 

All five of our Supporting Actress leaders were recognized by the BFCA: frontrunner Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) as well as her co-star Amy Adams, Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech”), Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) and LAFCA champ Jacki Weaver (“Animal Kingdom”). The BFCA love for “Black Swan” extended to a nom for Mila Kunis.

Our leading contender for Best Director — David Fincher (“The Social Network”) – vies for the BFCA prize against five of our other top choices: Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), Danny Boyle (‘127 Hours”), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (“True Grit”), Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”), and Christopher Nolan (“Inception”).

Though “Biutiful” vies for Best Foreign Film, its star Javier Bardem was snubbed as was Tilda Swinton of the nominated “I Am Love.”  “The Girl With the Dragon Tatttoo” is the third nominee.

The Best Animated Feature race pits Best Picture nominee “Toy Story 3” against “Despicable Me,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “The Illusionist” and “Tangled.”

The BFCA also recoginzes the Best Comedy of the year with six films vying for the prize: “Cyrus,” “Date Night,” “Easy A,” “Get Him to the Greek,” “The Other Guys” and “I Love You, Phillip Morris.” The Best Action Movie slate includes Best Picture nominees “Inception” and “The  Town” as well as “Kick-Ass,” “Red” and “Unstoppable.”

The 250 members of the BFCA, the largest film critics’ organization in North America, will decide the winners. Last year, they presaged both the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars and all four acting champs.

Elle Fanning – “Somewhere”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Winter’s Bone”
Chloe Grace Moretz – “Let Me In”
Chloe Grace Moretz – “Kick-Ass”
Kodi Smit-McPhee – “Let Me In”
Hailee Steinfeld – “True Grit”

“Exit Through the Gift Shop”
“Inside Job”
“Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”
“The Tillman Story”
“Waiting for ‘Superman'”

“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
“Winter’s Bone” – Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

“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 King’s Speech” – David Seidler

“Alice in Wonderland” – Stefan Dechant
“Black Swan” – Therese DePrez and Tora Peterson
“Inception” – Guy Hendrix Dyas
“The King’s Speech” – Netty Chapman
“True Grit” – Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh

“127 Hours” – Anthony Dod Mantle
“Black Swan” – Matthew Libatique
“Inception” – Wally Pfister
“The King’s Speech” – Danny Cohen
“True Grit” – Roger Deakins

“Alice in Wonderland” – Colleen Atwood
“Black Swan” – Amy Westcott
“The King’s Speech” – Jenny Beavan
“True Grit” – Mary Zophres

“127 Hours” – Jon Harris
“Black Swan” – Andrew Weisblum
“Inception” – Lee Smith
“The Social Network” – Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

“Alice in Wonderland”
“Black Swan”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”
“True Grit”

“Black Swan” – Clint Mansell
“Inception” – Hans Zimmer
“The King’s Speech” – Alexandre Desplat
“The Social Network” – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
“True Grit” – Carter Burwell

“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 Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Yet” – performed by Cher/written by Diane Warren – “Burlesque”

“127 Hours”
“Black Swan”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3”

“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”
“Tron: Legacy

“The Pacific”
“Temple Grandin”
“You Don’t Know Jack”

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