2009 Critics' Choice Nominations Announced

December 9, 2008 By:
2009 Critics' Choice Nominations Announced

Critics are curious… about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Milk, which led the 14th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards with 8 nominations each this morning as it aired live from MTV Studios in Times Square with Rosie Perez and “At the Movies” hosts Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz as the bearers of good news.

Over 200 members of The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) vote for the Critics’ Choice Awards and this year they got a new category to weigh in on as ‘Best Action Film’ joined the list of notables.

Also raising eye brows… a whopping 10 films made the cut for Best Picture; including Wall-E which Neil Rosen, NY1 Movie Critic, “was surprised to see crop onto the best picture list and not just the best animated.”

The large scale Wall-E mingles with smaller productions on the coveted Best Pic list, which shows “A great film is a great film no matter how big the catering budget was on the set” according to Ben Lyons.

The Critics’ Choice Awards is the first show to kick off the award season and it has historically predicted who will make the Academy Award short list. Rosie Perez {dressed in Amanda Uprichard with a necklace by her fave jewelry designer Tuleste} says she wants “my girl Marisa Tomei to get the nod” for her role in The Wrestler and

Ben Lyons could “barely contain himself” as he announced the 8 noms for his top pick for the year The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Are you curious to see who will win this year? Tune into VH1 on January 8th at 9pm (ET/PT) for the live airing of the Critics’ Choice Awards and keep checking out hollyscoop.com for more award season surprises.

Now drum roll please… here is the full list of nominees…

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