Winners will be announced on Jan. 12

A pair of homages to moviemaking — “Hugo” and “The Artist” — lead the nominations in the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 17th annual Critics Choice Awards with 11 nominations each. Winners will be announced on Jan. 12 in a ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium that will be televised on VH1.

Martin Scorsese’s 3-D “Hugo” earned noms for picture, director, best young actor for star Asa Butterfield and adapted screenplay, while Michel Hazanavicius’ silent black-and-white film was honored with picture, best actor for Jean Dujardin, supporting actress for Berenice Bejo, adapted screenplay and ensemble noms. Both films also earned multiple below-the-line noms.

“The Help” and “Drive” earned 8 nominations each; “The Descendants” and “War Horse” both garnered 7 nominations. “Drive” was honored in the picture and action movie categories while “Midnight in Paris” was recognized in picture and comedy categories. “The Tree of Life,”

“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” and “My Week With Marilyn” also scored multiple nominations. “The Muppets” received four nominations, three of which came for the songs “Life’s a Happy Song,” “Man or Muppet,” and “Pictures in My Head.”

Critics’ Choice favorite George Clooney received two ensemble noms for “The Descendants” and “The Ides of March,” along with his actor nom for “The Descendants.” This gives Clooney a record 13 Critics’ Choice nominations over the years, having received 10 prior nominations in addition to winning a special Freedom Award for “Good Night, and Good Luck.”

Meryl Streep will be seeking her third Critics’ Choice Movie Award for “The Iron Lady,” while Charlize Theron will be after her second award in the category. Streep previously won for “Doubt” and “Julie & Julia,” while Theron took the prize in 2003 for “Monster.” Michelle Williams, a supporting actress winner for 2005’s “Brokeback Mountain”

will also compete for “My Week With Marilyn.”

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are bestowed annually by the BFCA to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 250 television, radio and online critics.

Since its inception in 1995, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards has been a bellwether for the Academy Awards. Last year, for example, all four of the acting category winners at the Oscars – Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo – first accepted their awards in the same categories at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. In all,

18 of the 20 actors nominated for Oscars were Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominees.

Final ballots for the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will be sent to BFCA members on Jan. 8 with a deadline for returning final ballots on Jan. 10. For more information about the show visit CriticsChoice.VH1.com, “Like” VH1 on Facebook, and follow @VH1 on Twitter and use the hashtag #CCMA to talk about the awards!

Complete list of nominees:

BEST PICTURE
The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse

BEST ACTOR
George Clooney — “The Descendants”
Leonardo DiCaprio — “J. Edgar”
Jean Dujardin — “The Artist”
Michael Fassbender — “Shame”
Ryan Gosling — “Drive”
Brad Pitt — “Moneyball”

BEST ACTRESS
Viola Davis — “The Help”
Elizabeth Olsen — “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Meryl Streep — “The Iron Lady”
Tilda Swinton — “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Charlize Theron — “Young Adult”
Michelle Williams — “My Week With Marilyn”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh — “My Week With Marilyn”
Albert Brooks — “Drive”
Nick Nolte — “Warrior”
Patton Oswalt — “Young Adult”
Christopher Plummer — “Beginners”
Andrew Serkis — “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo — “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain — “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy — “Bridesmaids”
Carey Mulligan — “Shame”
Octavia Spencer — “The Help”
Shailene Woodley — “The Descendants”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Asa Butterfield — “Hugo”
Elle Fanning — “Super 8″
Thomas Horn — “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Ezra Miller — “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Saoirse Ronan — “Hanna”
Shailene Woodley — “The Descendants”

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Artist
Bridesmaids
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March

BEST DIRECTOR
Stephen Daldry — “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Michel Hazanavicius — “The Artist”
Alexander Payne — “The Descendants”
Nicolas Winding Refn — “Drive”
Martin Scorsese — “Hugo”
Steven Spielberg — “War Horse”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“The Artist” — Michel Hazanavicius
“50/50″ — Will Reiser
“Midnight in Paris” — Woody Allen
“Win Win” — Screenplay by Tom McCarthy, Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni
“Young Adult” — Diablo Cody

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“The Descendants” — Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” — Eric Roth
“The Help” — Tate Taylor
“Hugo” — John Logan
“Moneyball” — Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“The Artist” — Guillaume Schiffman
“Drive” — Newton Thomas Sigel
“Hugo” — Robert Richardson
“The Tree of Life” — Emmanuel Lubezki
“War Horse” — Janusz Kaminski

BEST ART DIRECTION
“The Artist” — Production Designer: Laurence Bennett, Art Director: Gregory S. Hooper
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ — Production Designer: Stuart Craig, Set Decorator: Stephenie McMillan
“Hugo” — Production Designer: Dante Ferretti, Set Decorator: Francesca Lo Schiavo
“The Tree of Life” — Production Designer: Jack Fisk, Art Director: David Crank
“War Horse” — Production Designer: Rick Carter, Set Decorator: Lee Sandales

BEST EDITING
“The Artist” — Michel Hazanavicius and Anne-Sophie Bion
“Drive” — Matthew Newman
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” — Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
“Hugo” — Thelma Schoonmaker
“War Horse” — Michael Kahn

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“The Artist” — Mark Bridges
“The Help” — Sharen Davis
“Hugo” — Sandy Powell
“Jane Eyre” — Michael O’Connor
“My Week With Marilyn” — Jill Taylor

BEST MAKEUP
Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Iron Lady
J. Edgar
My Week With Marilyn

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8
The Tree of Life

BEST SOUND
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Super 8
The Tree of Life
War Horse

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

BEST ACTION MOVIE
Drive
Fast Five
Hanna
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8

BEST COMEDY
Bridesmaids
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Horrible Bosses
Midnight in Paris
The Muppets

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
In Darkness
Le Havre
A Separation
The Skin I Live In
Where Do We Go Now

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Buck
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Page One: Inside the New York Times
Project Nim
Undefeated

BEST SONG“Hello Hello” — performed by Elton John and Lady Gaga/written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin — Gnomeo & Juliet
“Life’s a Happy Song” — performed by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie — The Muppets
“The Living Proof” — performed by Mary J. Blige/written by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman and Harvey Mason, Jr. — The Help
“Man or Muppet” — performed by Jason Segel and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie — The Muppets
“Pictures in My Head” — performed by Kermit and the Muppets/written by Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis and Chen Neeman — The Muppets

BEST SCORE
“The Artist” — Ludovic Bource
“Drive” — Cliff Martinez
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” — Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
“Hugo” — Howard Shore
“War Horse” — John Williams

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