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'Milk' and 'Button' lead Broadcast Critics nominations

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It’s no real surprise that Milk and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button each received eight nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics’ Choice Awards this morning. But the shocking news in their announcement is the complete shut-out of Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio’s upcoming drama Revolutionary Road. Not only did it not make the BFCA’s top 10, but it failed to earn nods for Winslet, DiCaprio, costar Michael Shannon, or director Sam Mendes. After being overlooked by the National Board of Review last week, are its Oscar chances now dead? I also find it interesting that Clint Eastwood scored a Best Actor nomination for Gran Torino while the film was left off the top 10 as well. And though Doubt earned six nods (including one for Best Ensemble Cast), Amy Adams didn’t make it into the Best Supporting Actress category. Here’s the complete list of nominees; take a close look at the five nominees for Best Director…those five movies may just be this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture.

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
Dakota Fanning, The Secret Life of Bees
David Kross, The Reader
Dev Patel, 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 Movie
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 Film
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), Quantum of Solace
“Down to Earth” (Peter Gabriel), Wall-E
“I Thought I Lost You” (Miley Cyrus and John Travolta), Bolt
“Jaiho” (A.R. Rahman), Slumdog Millionaire
“The Wrestler” (Bruce Springsteen), The Wrestler

Best Composer
Alexandre Desplat, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Clint Eastwood, Changeling
Danny Elfman, Milk
Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard, The Dark Knight
A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire

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