'Sideways,' 'Neverland' top b'cast crix picks

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Alexander Payne’s bittersweet buddy comedy “Sideways” continued its winning ways Wednesday, receiving eight Critics’ Choice Award nomina-tions from the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.

“Finding Neverland,” Marc Forster’s drama about the writing of J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” was close behind with seven noms, followed by six for Martin Scorsese’s Howard Hughes biopic “The Aviator.” “Kinsey,” “Million Dollar Baby” and “Ray” drew four apiece.

All six films were nominated for picture, along with “Collateral,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Hotel Rwanda” and “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.”

Payne, Forster and Scorsese also were nominated for director, alongside Clint Eastwood for “Million Dollar Baby” and Taylor Hackford for “Ray.”

“Sideways” also scored noms for actor Paul Giamatti, supporting actor Thomas Haden Church, supporting actress Virginia Madsen, ensemble, co-screenwriters Payne and Jim Taylor and composer Rolfe Kent.

“Neverland” was cited for actor Johnny Depp, supporting actress Kate Winslet, young actor Freddie Highmore and writer David Magee.

“Aviator” matched “Neverland” in every top category, with noms for actor Leonardo DiCaprio, supporting actress Cate Blanchett and writer John Logan.

Also nommed for actor were Javier Bardem for foreign-language film nominee “The Sea Inside,” Don Cheadle for “Hotel Rwanda” and Jamie Foxx for “Ray.”

Foxx also received a supporting actor nom for “Collateral.” In that category, he and Church are joined by Morgan Freeman for “Million Dollar Baby,” Clive Owen (“Closer”) and Peter Sarsgaard (“Kinsey”).

Winslet also found herself a double nominee. In addition to her supporting nod for “Neverland,” she is up for actress for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” alongside Annette Bening for “Being Julia,” critical fave Imelda Staunton for “Vera Drake,” Hilary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby”), Uma Thurman (“Kill Bill Vol. 2″) and newcomer Catalina Sandino Moreno for “Maria Full of Grace,” also nominated for foreign-lingo film.

In the supporting actress category, Winslet faces Blanchett, Madsen, “Kinsey’s” Laura Linney and “Closer’s” Natalie Portman.

Rounding out the ensemble category were “Closer” and, with one nom apiece, “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” and “Ocean’s Twelve.”

The winners selected by the 195-member Broadcast Film Critics Assn., established in 1995, have proven an increasingly reliable predictor of the Academy’s choices in recent years.

Last year, Critics’ Choice honorees “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” director Peter Jackson, Sean Penn, Charlize Theron, Tim Rob-bins and Renee Zellweger all went on to repeat their victories at the Oscars. Org also has accurately foreshadowed every best picture winner since 1999’s “American Beauty.”

Tenth annual kudofest, hosted by “Will & Grace’s” Eric McCormack for the second year in a row, will be broadcast live Jan. 10 on the WB (tape-delayed in the West) from the Wiltern LG Theater in Los Angeles. Awards will be handed out in 19 categories.

The complete nominee list is as follows:

Picture

The Aviator
Collateral
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Finding Neverland
Hotel Rwanda
Kinsey
Million Dollar Baby
The Phantom of the Opera
Ray
Sideways

Actor

Javier Bardem – The Sea Inside
Don Cheadle – Hotel Rwanda
Johnny Depp – Finding Neverland
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Aviator
Jamie Foxx – Ray
Paul Giamatti – Sideways

Actress

Annette Bening – Being Julia
Catalina Sandino Moreno – Maria Full of Grace
Imelda Staunton – Vera Drake
Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby
Uma Thurman – Kill Bill: Volume 2
Kate Winslet – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Supporting Actor

Thomas Haden Church – Sideways
Jamie Foxx – Collateral
Morgan Freeman – Million Dollar Baby
Clive Owen – Closer
Peter Sarsgaard – Kinsey

Supporting Actress

Cate Blanchett – The Aviator
Laura Linney – Kinsey
Virginia Madsen – Sideways
Natalie Portman – Closer
Kate Winslet – Finding Neverland

Acting Ensemble

Closer
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Ocean’s Twelve
Sideways

Director

Clint Eastwood – Million Dollar Baby
Marc Forster – Finding Neverland
Taylor Hackford – Ray
Alexander Payne - Sideways
Martin Scorsese – The Aviator

Writer

Bill Condon – Kinsey
Charlie Kaufman – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
John Logan – The Aviator
David Magee – Finding Neverland
Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor – Sideways

Animated Feature

The Incredibles
The Polar Express
Shrek 2

Young Actor

Liam Aiken – Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Cameron Bright – Birth
Freddie Highmore – Finding Neverland
Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
William Ullrich – Beyond The Sea

Young Actress

Emily Browning – Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Dakota Fanning – Man on Fire
Lindsay Lohan – Mean Girls
Emmy Rossum – The Phantom of the Opera

Emma Watson – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Popular Movie

The Bourne Supremacy
The Incredibles
Napoleon Dynamite
The Passion of the Christ
Spider-Man 2

Family Film (live action)

Finding Neverland
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Miracle
Spider-Man 2

Picture Made for Television

The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
Something the Lord Made
The Wool Cap

Documentary Feature

Control Room
Fahrenheit 9/11
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
Super Size Me

Foreign Language Film

House of Flying Daggers
Maria Full of Grace
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Sea Inside
A Very Long Engagement

Song

“Accidentally in Love”, Counting Crows – Shrek 2
“Believe”, Josh Groban – The Polar Express
“Old Habits Die Hard”, Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart – Alfie

Soundtrack

Alfie
Beyond The Sea
De-Lovely
Garden State
Ray

Composer

Michael Giacchino – The Incredibles
Rolfe Kent – Sideways
Howard Shore – The Aviator

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