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Critics Choice favors ‘Milk,’ ‘Button’

Each film nabs eight nominations

“Milk” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” tied with eight nominations apiece for the 14th Broadcast Film Critics Assn.’s Critics Choice Awards.

Both were among the 10 films nommed for best picture. “Milk,” which got off to a strong platform start last month, also picked up key noms for lead actor Sean Penn, supporting co-stars James Franco and Josh Brolin and director Gus Van Sant. “Button,” which opens Christmas Day, drew mentions for actor Brad Pitt, actress Cate Blanchett and supporting actress Taraji P. Henson.

Other titles nommed for picture were “Changeling,” “The Dark Knight,” “Doubt,” “Frost/Nixon,” “The Reader,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Wall-E” and “The Wrestler.”

Tied with six noms each were “Dark Knight,” “Slumdog” and “Doubt.” One mild surprise was “Nothing But the Truth,” which drew noms for actress Kate Beckinsale and supporting actress Vera Farmiga.

While the BFCA, like many orgs handing out awards at this time of year, likes to claim Oscar bellwether status, its newest category — best action film — has little bearing on the main Academy races. The nominees are “Dark Knight,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Iron Man,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Wanted.”

Founded in 1995, the BFCA has 235 members reviewing pics for TV, radio or Web outlets.

“At the Movies” duo Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz co-hosted the announcement of the noms in Gotham’s Times Square. Proceedings aired live on VH1, which will air the kudocast Jan. 8 from the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Nominees were read by thesp Rosie Perez.

Nominees for the 14th annual Critics’ Choice Awards

PICTURE
“Changeling”
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Doubt”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“Wall-E”
“The Wrestler”

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”

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”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin, “Milk”
Robert Downey, Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
James Franco, “Milk”

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”

ACTING ENSEMBLE
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Doubt”
“Milk”
“Rachel Getting Married”

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”

WRITER (ORIGINAL OR ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Dustin Lance Black, “Milk”
Peter Morgan, “Frost/Nixon”
Eric Roth, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
John Patrick Shanley, “Doubt”

ANIMATED FEATURE
“Bolt”
“Kung Fu Panda”
“Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa”
“Wall-E”
“Waltz With Bashir”

YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS (UNDER 21)
Dakota Fanning, “The Secret Life of Bees”
David Kross, “The Reader”
Dev Patel, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Brandon Walters, “Australia”

ACTION MOVIE
“The Dark Knight”
“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
“Iron Man”
“Quantum of Solace”
“Wanted”

COMEDY
“Burn After Reading”
“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”
“Role Models”
“Tropic Thunder”
“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
“John Adams”
“Recount”
“Coco Chanel”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“A Christmas Tale”
“Gomorrah”
“I’ve Loved You So Long”
“Let the Right One In”
“Mongol”
“Waltz With Bashir”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“I.O.U.S.A.”
“Man on Wire”
“Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired”
“Standard Operating Procedure”
“Young at Heart”

SONG
“Another Way to Die,” Jack White and Alicia Keys/Jack White, “Quantum of Solace”
“Down to Earth,” Peter Gabriel/Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, “Wall-E”
“I Thought I Lost You,” Miley Cyrus and John Travolta/Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele, “Bolt”
“Jaiho,” Sukhwinder Singh/A.R. Rahman and Gulzar, “Slumdog Millionaire”
“The Wrestler,” Bruce Springsteen/Bruce Springsteen, “The Wrestler”

COMPOSER
Alexandre Desplat, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Clint Eastwood, “Changeling”
Danny Elfman, “Milk”
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, “The Dark Knight”
A.R. Rahman, “Slumdog Millionaire”

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