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Chicago critics high on ‘Air,’ ‘Wild Things’

Pic each nab six noms from CFCA

Jason Reitman’s “Up in the Air” and Spike Jonze’s “Where the Wild Things Are” were tops with Chicago critics as each pic nabbed six noms from the Chicago Film Critics Association.

Adding to its already impressive tally of nods and prizes, including six Golden Globe nominations, the George Clooney starrer earned nods for best pic, director for Reitman, actor, supporting actress for both Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick and adapted screenplay.

Wild Things” will give “Air” a run for its money in the best director, adapted screenplay and best pic categories. The kiddie pic is also nommed for cinematography, orginal score and promising performer for Max Records.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” each earned five noms from Chi-town critics.

In the acting categories, Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”), Matt Damon (“The Informant!”), Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”) and Michael Stuhlbarg (“A Serious Man”) will compete against Clooney for best actor.

Abbie Cornish (“Bright Star”), Carey Mulligan (“An Education”), Maya Rudolph (“Away We Go”), Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”) and Meryl Streep (“Julie & Julia”) are in the running for best actress honors.

The CFCA Awards will be announced on Dec. 21.

And the nominees are:

PICTURE
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“A Serious Man”
“Up in the Air”
Where the Wild Things Are

DIRECTOR
Kathryn Bigelow – “The Hurt Locker”
Joel & Ethan Coen – “A Serious Man”
Spike Jonze – “Where the Wild Things Are”
Jason Reitman – “Up in the Air”
Quentin Tarantino – “Inglourious Basterds”

ACTOR
Jeff Bridges – “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney – “Up in the Air”
Matt Damon – “The Informant!”
Jeremy Renner – “The Hurt Locker”
Michael Stuhlbarg – “A Serious Man”

ACTRESS
Abbie Cornish – “Bright Star”
Carey Mulligan – “An Education”
Maya Rudolph – “Away We Go”
Gabourey Sidibe – “Precious”
Meryl Streep – “Julie & Julia”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Peter Capaldi – “In the Loop”
Woody Harrelson – “The Messenger”
Christian McKay – “Me and Orson Welles”
Stanley Tucci – “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz – “Inglourious Basterds”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Vera Farmiga – “Up in the Air”
Anna Kendrick – “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique – “Precious”
Julianne Moore – “A Single Man”
Natalie Portman – “Brothers”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“Away We Go” – Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida
“The Hurt Locker” – Mark Boal
“Inglourious Basterds” – Quentin Tarantino
“A Serious Man” – Joel & Ethan Coen
“Up” – Bob Peterson

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“An Education” – Nick Hornby
“In the Loop” – Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche
“The Informant!” – Scott Z. Burns
“Up in the Air” – Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner
“Where the Wild Things Are” – Spike Jonze & Dave Eggers

DOCUMENTARY
“Anvil!: The True Story of Anvil”
“Capitalism: A Love Story”
“The Cove”
“Food, Inc.”
“Tyson”

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
“Broken Embraces”
“Red Cliff”
“Sin Nombre”
“Summer Hours”
“The White Ribbon”

ANIMATED FEATURE
“Coraline”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“Ponyo”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“Up”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Avatar” – Mauro Fiore
“Bright Star” – Greig Fraser
“The Hurt Locker” – Barry Ackroyd
“Inglourious Basterds” – Robert Richardson
“Where the Wild Things Are” – Lance Acord

ORIGINAL SCORE
“Avatar” – James Horner
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” – Alexandre Desplat
“The Informant!” – Marvin Hamlisch
“Up” – Michael Giacchino
“Where the Wild Things Are” – Carter Burwell & Karen Orzolek

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Sharlto Copley – “District 9”
Christian McKay – “Me and Orson Welles”
Carey Mulligan – “An Education”
Max Records – “Where the Wild Things Are”
Gabourey Sidibe – “Precious”

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER
Neill Blomkamp – “District 9”
Scott Cooper – “Crazy Heart”
Cary Fukunaga – “Sin Nombre”
Duncan Jones – “Moon”
Marc Webb – “(500) Days of Summer”

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