'Basterds,' 'Nine' lead Critics' Choice noms

'Avatar,' 'Hurt Locker,' 'Up in the Air' close behind

The World War II tale "Inglourious Basterds" and the Rome-set musical "Nine," both releases from the Weinstein Co., led the list of nominees for the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.'s 15th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, announced early Monday, with 10 nominations each.

The 3D sci-fi film "Avatar" followed close behind with nine noms, while "The Hurt Locker" and "Up in the Air" received eight nominations each.

The awards, which will be handed out on Jan. 15 at ceremonies broadcast from the Hollywood Palladium by VH1, expanded this year from 17 to 25 categories, adding seven technical categories and separating its screenplay category into original and adapted slots.

Since the critics group also includes genre categories like best action movie and best comedy as well as awards for best acting ensemble and best young actor/actress, that opened the door for plenty of multiple nominations.

Saoirse Ronan, the 15-year-old actress who plays a murdered girl in "The Lovely Bones," scored dual noms as best actress and best young actress. "Up" was nominated for both best picture and best animated feature. And three of the nominees in the action category -- "Avatar," "Basterds" and "Locker" -- were also included in the best picture roundup.

Casting a wide net, the 235-member BFCA, nominated ten movies for best picture: "Avatar," "An Education," "Locker," "Basterds," "Invictus," "Nine," "Precious," "A Serious Man," "Up" and "Up in the Air."

Nominated for best actor are: Jeff Bridges, playing a down-on-his-luck country singer in "Crazy Heart"; George Clooney, starring as a corporate road warrior in "Up in the Air"; Colin Firth, appearing as a gay man coming to terms with the death of his longtime lover in "A Single Man"; Morgan Freeman, who channels Nelson Mandela in "Invictus"; Viggo Mortenson, who headlines "The Road" as a father struggling in a post-apocalyptic world; and Jeremy Renner, who plays a soldier who defuses bombs in "Hurt Locker."

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In the best actress category, the nominees are: Emily Blunt, who captures Queen Victoria's rise to power in "The Young Victoria"; Sandra Bullock, playing a suburban wife who takes in a homeless teen in "The Blind Side"; Carey Mulligan, appearing as a young student experiencing her first taste of the adult world in "An Education"; Ronan, whose character looks back on her life from heaven in "Bones"; Gabourey Sidibe, who has the title role of an abused, inner-city teen in "Precious"; and "Meryl Streep," who cooks up a storm as Julia Child in "Julie & Julia."

"Up in the Air" earned nominations for both Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick in the supporting actress category, where the other nominees are Marion Cotillard, "Nine"; Mo'Nique, "Precious"; Julianne Moore, "A Single Man"; and Samantha Morton, "The Messenger."

Nominated as best supporting actor are Matt Damon, "Invictus"; Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"; Christian McKay, "Me and Orson Welles"; Alfred Molina, "An Education"; Stanley Tucci, "Bones" and Cristoph Waltz, "Basterds."

Kathryn Bigelow is the sole woman nominated in the best directing category for her work on "Hurt Locker." Also nominated are James Cameron, "Avatar"; Lee Daniels, "Precious"; Clint Eastwood, "Invictus"; Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air" and Quentin Tarantino, "Basterds."

VH1 also announced the launch of a new Web site, criticschoice.vh1.com, which will track the awards.

Kristin Chenoweth is set to host the awards ceremony, which will be exec produced Bob Bain, BFCA president Joey Berlin, Jesse Ignjatovic and Lee Rolontz. Paul Flattery serves as producer and Kelly Brock as co-producer.

A complete list of nominations is on the next page.

The nominees for the 15th annual Critics Choice Awards are:

Best picture
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up in the Air

Best actor
Jeff Bridges -- "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney -- "Up in the Air"
Colin Firth -- "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman -- "Invictus"
Viggo Mortensen -- "The Road"
Jeremy Renner -- "The Hurt Locker"

Best actress
Emily Blunt -- "The Young Victoria"
Sandra Bullock -- "The Blind Side"
Carey Mulligan -- "An Education"
Saoirse Ronan -- "The Lovely Bones"
Gabourey Sidibe -- "Precious"
Meryl Streep -- "Julie & Julia"

Best supporting actor
Matt Damon -- "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson -- "The Messenger"
Christian McKay -- "Me and Orson Welles"
Alfred Molina -- "An Education"
Stanley Tucci -- "The Lovely Bones"
Christoph Waltz -- "Inglourious Basterds"

Best supporting actress
Marion Cotillard -- "Nine"
Vera Farmiga -- "Up in the Air"
Anna Kendrick -- "Up in the Air"
Mo'Nique -- "Precious"
Julianne Moore -- "A Single Man"
Samantha Morton -- "The Messenger"

Best young actor/actress
Jae Head -- "The Blind Side"
Bailee Madison -- "Brothers"
Max Records -- "Where the Wild Things Are"
Saoirse Ronan -- "The Lovely Bones"
Kodi Smit-McPhee -- "The Road"

Best acting ensemble
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Up in the Air

Best directing
Kathryn Bigelow -- "The Hurt Locker"
James Cameron -- "Avatar"
Lee Daniels -- "Precious"
Clint Eastwood -- "Invictus"
Jason Reitman -- "Up in the Air"
Quentin Tarantino -- "Inglourious Basterds"

Best original screenplay
Mark Boal -- "The Hurt Locker"
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen -- "A Serious Man"
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber -- "(500) Days of Summer"
Bob Peterson, Peter Docter -- "Up"
Quentin Tarantino -- "Inglourious Basterds"

Best adapted screenplay
Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach -- "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell -- "District 9"
Geoffrey Fletcher -- "Precious"
Tom Ford, David Scearce -- "A Single Man"
Nick Hornby -- "An Education"
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner -- "Up in the Air"

Best cinematography
Barry Ackroyd -- "The Hurt Locker"
Dion Beebe -- "Nine"
Mauro Fiore -- "Avatar"
Andrew Lesnie -- "The Lovely Bones"
Robert Richardson -- "Inglourious Basterds"

Best art direction
Dan Bishop -- "A Single Man"
Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg -- "Avatar"
John Myhre, Gordon Sim -- "Nine"
Naomi Shohan, George De Titta, Jr. -- "The Lovely Bones"
David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds Wasco -- "Inglourious Basterds"

Best editing
Dana E. Glauberman -- "Up in the Air"
Sally Menke -- "Inglourious Basterds"
Bob Murawski, Chris Innis -- "The Hurt Locker"
Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron -- "Avatar"
Claire Simpson, Wyatt Smith -- "Nine"

Best costume design
Colleen Atwood -- "Nine"
Janet Patterson -- "Bright Star"
Sandy Powell -- "The Young Victoria"
Anna Sheppard -- "Inglourious Basterds"
Casey Storm -- "Where the Wild Things Are"

Best makeup
District 9
The Road
Star Trek

Best visual effects
District 9
The Lovely Bones
Star Trek

Best sound
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Star Trek

Best animated feature
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Princess and the Frog

Best action movie
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek

Best comedy
(500) Days of Summer
The Hangover
It's Complicated
The Proposal

Best picture made for television
Gifted Hands
Grey Gardens
Into the Storm
Taking Chance

Best foreign-language film
Broken Embraces
Coco Before Chanel
Red Cliff
Sin Nombre
The White Ribbon

Best documentary feature
Capitalism: A Love Story
The Cove
Food, Inc.
Michael Jackson's This Is It

Best song
"All Is Love" -- Karen O, Nick Zinner -- "Where the Wild Things Are"
"Almost There" -- Randy Newman -- "The Princess and the Frog"
"Cinema Italiano" -- Maury Yeston -- "Nine"
"(I Want To) Come Home" -- Paul McCartney -- "Everybody's Fine"
"The Weary Kind" -- T Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham -- "Crazy Heart"

Best score
Michael Giacchino -- "Up"
Marvin Hamlisch -- "The Informant!"
Randy Newman -- "The Princess and the Frog"
Karen O, Carter Burwell -- "Where the Wild Things Are"
Hans Zimmer -- "Sherlock Holmes"