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'Beasts' little girl gets two nominations at Critics' Choice awards

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Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Quevenzane Wallis in 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

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Quevenzane Wallis in 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

There are a lot of kids’ tables at the Critics’ Choice Film Awards.

By that, I mean there is literally a children’s category among the contenders — best young actor/actress — which separates Quvenzhané Wallis of Beasts of the Southern Wild, who is also nominated in the overall lead actress category, from her adult peers.

And there are also separate “kids’ table”-type groups for not only comedies (which the Golden Globes does, too) but action and sci-fi/horror movies, which isolates those projects and actors from contention in the traditional, non-genre categories. The group also includes a “best ensemble acting prize” which at the Screen Actors Guild Awards is the equivalent of best-picture, and tends to include six nominees among its acting contenders, so the predictive power of these nominations gets somewhat thrown off course.

Still, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which represents about 270 television, radio and online critics, has given us something to think about as the nominations for the Golden Globes approach on Thursday — as long as you can filter out those quirks.

Lincoln leads the field with 13 nominations, the most in the group’s 18-year history. Les Misérables scored 11, and Silver Linings Playbook collected 10,while nine went to Life of Pi.

Argo, The Master and Skyfall (which has the advantage of that bonus action category) each tied with 7.

The group also chose to highlight one of the season’s surprise underdogs — Ann Dowd, who played the meek, manipulated fast-food manager in the twisted psychological thriller Compliance. While most of the choices in the line-up reflected the existing state-of-the-race, the selection of outliers like Dowd can bring much-needed consideration to those worthy contenders.

They also draw attention to Javier Bardem’s Skyfall villain in the overall supporting actor category instead of wedging him in at the action-movie kids’ table. His 007 nemesis Judi Dench has seats at both, one in regular supporting, and the other in action actress. The arbitrary nature of these selections really undermines the significance of these awards. To be fair, there’s no supporting action actress field, but hey — at this point, why not?

Numerous sub-categories also lead to other strange echoes — Bradley Cooper getting two nominations for his work in Silver Linings Playbook, one for lead actor, and another for lead actor in a comedy. (Given all his fight scenes in the movie, couldn’t he count in the action movie category, too?) Ditto for Jennifer Lawrence, who DOES have a third action movie mention, only that one’s for The Hunger Games. If she’d been a shade younger she might have gotten four by ranking in the best young actor category — or five if both roles had gotten in there!

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Jan. 10 — the day the Oscar nominations are announced.

Here is the full list of nominees:

BEST PICTURE

Argo

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained

Les Misérables

Life of Pi

Lincoln

The Master

Moonrise Kingdom

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ACTOR

Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook

Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

John Hawkes – The Sessions

Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables

Joaquin Phoenix – The Master

Denzel Washington – Flight

BEST ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty

Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone

Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook

Emmanuelle Riva – Amour

Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Naomi Watts – The Impossible

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


Alan Arkin – Argo

Javier Bardem – Skyfall

Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook

Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master

Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams – The Master

Judi Dench – Skyfall

Ann Dowd – Compliance

Sally Field – Lincoln

Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables

Helen Hunt – The Sessions

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Elle Fanning – Ginger & Rosa

Kara Hayward – Moonrise Kingdom

Tom Holland – The Impossible

Logan Lerman – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Suraj Sharma – Life of Pi

Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Argo

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Les Misérables

Lincoln

Moonrise Kingdom

Silver Linings Playbook

BEST DIRECTOR

Ben Affleck – Argo

Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty

Tom Hooper – Les Misérables

Ang Lee – Life of Pi

David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook

Steven Spielberg – Lincoln

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

John Gatins – Flight

Rian Johnson – Looper

Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master

Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom

Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Chris Terrio – Argo

David Magee – Life of Pi

Tony Kushner – Lincoln

Stephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Les Misérables – Danny Cohen

Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda

Lincoln – Janusz Kaminski

The Master – Mihai Malaimare Jr.

Skyfall – Roger Deakins

BEST ART DIRECTION

Anna Karenina – Sarah Greenwood/Production Designer; Katie Spencer/Set Decorator

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Dan Hennah/Production Designer; Ra Vincent & Simon Bright/Set Decorators

Les Misérables – Eve Stewart/Production Designer; Anna Lynch-Robinson/Set Decorator

Life of Pi – David Gropman/Production Designer; Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator

Lincoln – Rick Carter/Production Designer; Jim Erickson/Set Decorator

BEST EDITING

Argo – William Goldenberg

Les Misérables – Melanie Ann Oliver and Chris Dickens

Life of Pi – Tim Squyres

Lincoln – Michael Kahn

Zero Dark Thirty – William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran

Cloud Atlas – Kym Barrett and Pierre-Yves Gayraud

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor

Les Misérables – Paco Delgado

Lincoln – Joanna Johnston

BEST MAKEUP

Cloud Atlas

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Les Misérables

Lincoln

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

The Avengers

Cloud Atlas

The Dark Knight Rises

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Life of Pi

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Brave

Frankenweenie

Madagascar 3

ParaNorman

Rise of the Guardians

Wreck-It Ralph

BEST ACTION MOVIE

The Avengers

The Dark Knight Rises

Looper

Skyfall

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE

Christian Bale – The Dark Knight Rises

Daniel Craig – Skyfall

Robert Downey Jr. – The Avengers

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Looper

Jake Gyllenhaal – End of Watch

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE

Emily Blunt – Looper

Gina Carano – Haywire

Judi Dench – Skyfall

Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises

Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games

BEST COMEDY

Bernie

Silver Linings Playbook

Ted

This Is 40

21 Jump Street

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Jack Black – Bernie

Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook

Paul Rudd – This Is 40

Channing Tatum – 21 Jump Street

Mark Wahlberg – Ted

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Mila Kunis – Ted

Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook

Shirley MacLaine – Bernie

Leslie Mann – This Is 40

Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

The Cabin in the Woods

Looper

Prometheus

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Amour

The Intouchables

A Royal Affair

Rust and Bone

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Bully

The Central Park Five

The Imposter

The Queen of Versailles

Searching for Sugar Man

West of Memphis

BEST SONG

For You – performed by Keith Urban/written by Monty Powell & Keith Urban – Act of Valor

Learn Me Right – performed by Birdy with Mumford & Sons/written by Mumford & Sons – Brave

Skyfall – performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth – Skyfall

Still Alive – performed by Paul Williams/written by Paul Williams – Paul Williams Still Alive

Suddenly – performed by Hugh Jackman/written by Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil & Herbert Kretzmer – Les Misérables

BEST SCORE

Argo – Alexandre Desplat

Life of Pi – Mychael Danna

Lincoln – John Williams

The Master – Jonny Greenwood

Moonrise Kingdom – Alexandre Desplat