Hugo, The Artist lead Critics' Choice Nominations, Serkis Recognized
12.13.11 by Chris
Is it really already awards season? You bet your ballot it is. Today, the Critics' Choice nominations were announced, and all the usual suspects are in the running for Best Picture, including Hugo, The Tree of Life, War Horse, and The Descendants. A few dark horses also garnered noms, including the polarizing Drive and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, which really hasn't had much presence yet this award season.
The Critics' Choice Movie Awards winners will be announced live on VH1 on January 12th, and Reelz will be there on the red carpet with live coverage from the Hollywood Palladium with hosts Sam Rubin and Jessica Holmes starting at 6pm ET and 3pm PT.
Amongst all the nominations announced, the biggest surprise, though not undeserved, is Andy Serkis's nomination for best supporting actor for his motion capture performance in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Could it mean a groundbreaking Oscar nomination?
When it comes to Best Actor nods, it looks like an early draft of this year's Oscar race with George Clooney (The Descendants), Brad Pitt (Moneyball), and Michael Fassbender (Shame). Though it's doubtful that Ryan Gosling will make the cut when it comes to Oscar nominations.
For Best Actress, Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Charlize Theron (Young Adult), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) and newcomer Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marline) all got noms but they shouldn't spend too much time on their acceptance speeches because they're all up against frontrunner The Help's Viola Davis, who should be making room on her mantle for the score of awards she's expected to collect this season.
Like last year with True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld, there were a number of memorable performances from young actors, and with the Critics' Choice Awards they get their own category. Nominated were Hugo's Asa Butterfield, Elle Fanning (Super 8), Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Thomas Horn (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), Hanna's Saoirse Ronan, and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants). Really surprising is Fanning as the only Super 8 nominee. Joel Courtney (Joe) and Riley Griffiths (Charles) should have also been recognized.
—Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
—Midnight in Paris
—The Tree of Life
—George Clooney (The Descendants)
—Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar)
—Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
—Michael Fassbender (Shame)
—Ryan Gosling (Drive)
—Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
—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
—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)
For the rest of the nominations, check out E!.