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'Into The Wild' Leads With Seven Nominations for the 13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards
Dec 11, 2007 (08:12 AM EST)


NEW YORK, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for the 13th annual Critics' Choice Awards. The winners will be announced at the Critics' Choice Awards gala on Monday, January 7, 2008 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The ceremony will be hosted by actor and comedian D.L. Hughley. VH1 will broadcast this year's ceremony Live at 9:00 PM (ET/PT).

"Into The Wild," leads the pack with seven nominations for the 13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards including Best Picture, a Best Actor nod for Emile Hirsch, Best Supporting Actor for Hal Holbrook, Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Keener and a double nomination for Sean Penn for Best Director and Best Writer. The film also received a nomination for Best Song with Eddie Vedder's "Guaranteed." "Juno" follows with six nominations including Best Picture, a Best Actress nomination for Ellen Page, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Writer, Best Comedy and Best Young Actor for Michael Cera. Cera earned a double nomination in the Best Young Actor category for "Juno" as well as a nod for his performance in "Superbad."

"Atonement," "Michael Clayton," "No Country for Old Men," "Sweeney Todd" and "Hairspray" tied with five nominations each. "Atonement" garnered nods in the Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Young Actress and Best Composer categories while "Michael Clayton" earned five nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor for George Clooney, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress and Best Writer. "Sweeney Todd" earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor for Johnny Depp, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Tim Burton and Best Young Actor and "No Country for Old Men" received nods for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director and Best Writer. "Hairspray" received nominations for Best Comedy, Best Family Film, Best Ensemble, Best Young Actress nomination for Nikki Blonsky and Best Song.

Along with Michael Cera, Cate Blanchett and Amy Adams both received two nominations each. Blanchett earned nominations for both Best Actress for "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and Best Supporting Actress for "I'm Not There." Amy Adams earned two nominations for "Enchanted" including Best Actress and Best Song for "That's How You Know." Other top nominees include "Enchanted" which received four nominations, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and "There Will Be Blood" each received three nominations and "American Gangster," "August Rush," "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," "Charlie Wilson's War," "Gone Baby Gone," "The Kite Runner," "Lars and the Real Girl," "La Vie En Rose," "Lust, Caution" and "Superbad" round out the top films with two nominations each.

The BFCA, the largest film critics' organization with over 200 members in the United States and Canada, representing television, radio and online critics, selected nominees in each of the 18 categories. The Critics' Choice Awards were created by the BFCA to recognize excellence in cinematic achievement. Eligible films were released in 2007. The accounting firm of Gregory A. Mogab tallied the written ballots. Historically, the Critics' Choice Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

A complete list of nominees is available at http://criticschoice.vh1.com . VH1's "Critics' Choice Awards" site, which launches today, will be home to detailed information about the awards and will provide a forum for both the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) critics and users to comment on this year's nominees. VH1 will expand elements of the show online at VH1.com and on VH1 Mobile. Exclusive video footage from the event will include celebrity interviews, "behind-the-scenes" footage and more. Additional multiplatform plans will be announced in the coming weeks.

VH1 and the cinematic experts from the BFCA will guide viewers on the most important movies and performances of the year in VH1's pre-awards season special "The Critics' Choice: Best Movies of 2007" premiering Saturday, December 15 at 10 PM (ET/PT). Moderator Sam Rubin, from the "KTLA Morning News," will preside over a four-person panel of BFCA critics that will debate and give an inside look at the nominees for the upcoming Critics' Choice Awards. The panel includes Pete Hammond, a film critic for Maxim Magazine as well as awards columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Jeanne Wolf, a widely respected critic and entertainment journalist for Parade Magazine, Carrie Keagan, the naughty critic from NO GOOD TV and the hyper-opinionated entertainment anchor from CW31's "Good Day Sacramento," Mark S. Allen. The critics will debate about the best films and performances of 2007, while giving viewers the inside track on who has the best shot at winning a Critics' Choice Award(TM) -- the most historically reliable predictor of OSCAR(TM) GOLD!

Counting down to the LIVE premiere of the Critics' Choice Awards, VH1 will air the "13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards Red Carpet Premiere" pre-show LIVE on Monday, January 7 at 8pm (ET/PT) and will also stream it LIVE on VH1.com. Covering the excitement of the celebrity arrivals on the red carpet will be entertainment reporter Sam Rubin and The Tonight Show's Ross the Intern and entertainment critic Carrie Keagan.

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:

To request media credentials to cover this show you must email criticschoiceawards@pmkhbh.com. If you have any questions, please contact Andy Gelb or Kelly Stephens of PMK/HBH at (310) 289-6200.

NOMINEES FOR THE 13TH ANNUAL CRITICS' CHOICE AWARDS BEST PICTURE: American Gangster Atonement The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Into the Wild Juno The Kite Runner Michael Clayton No Country for Old Men Sweeney Todd There Will Be Blood BEST ACTOR: George Clooney - Michael Clayton Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood Johnny Depp - Sweeney Todd Ryan Gosling - Lars and the Real Girl Emile Hirsch - Into the Wild Viggo Mortensen - Eastern Promises BEST ACTRESS: Amy Adams - Enchanted Cate Blanchett - Elizabeth: The Golden Age Julie Christie - Away From Her Marion Cotillard - La Vie en Rose Angelina Jolie - A Mighty Heart Ellen Page - Juno BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Casey Affleck - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men Philip Seymour Hoffman - Charlie Wilson's War Hal Holbrook - Into the Wild Tom Wilkinson - Michael Clayton BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There Catherine Keener - Into the Wild Vanessa Redgrave - Atonement Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone Tilda Swinton - Michael Clayton BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE: Hairspray Juno No Country for Old Men Sweeney Todd Gone Baby Gone Before the Devil Knows You're Dead BEST DIRECTOR: Tim Burton - Sweeney Todd Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - No Country for Old Men Sidney Lumet - Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Sean Penn - Into the Wild Julian Schnabel - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Joe Wright - Atonement BEST WRITER: Diablo Cody - Juno Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - No Country for Old Men Tony Gilroy - Michael Clayton Nancy Oliver - Lars and the Real Girl Sean Penn - Into the Wild Aaron Sorkin - Charlie Wilson's War BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Bee Movie Beowulf Persepolis Ratatouille The Simpsons Movie BEST YOUNG ACTOR: Michael Cera - Juno Michael Cera - Superbad Freddie Highmore - August Rush Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada - The Kite Runner Edward Sanders - Sweeney Todd BEST YOUNG ACTRESS: Nikki Blonsky - Hairspray Dakota Blue Richards - The Golden Compass AnnaSophia Robb - Bridge to Terabithia Saoirse Ronan - Atonement BEST COMEDY MOVIE: Dan in Real Life Hairspray Juno Knocked Up Superbad BEST FAMILY FILM (LIVE ACTION): August Rush Enchanted The Golden Compass Hairspray Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: The Company Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Tin Man The War BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days La Vie en Rose Lust, Caution The Orphanage BEST SONG: Come So Far - Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley -- Hairspray Do You Feel Me - Anthony Hamilton - American Gangster Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova - Once Guaranteed - Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild That's How You Know - Amy Adams - Enchanted BEST COMPOSER: Marco Beltrami - 3:10 to Yuma Alexandre Desplat - Lust, Caution Clint Eastwood - Grace Is Gone Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood Dario Marianelli - Atonement Alan Menken - Enchanted BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Darfur Now In the Shadow of the Moon The King of Kong No End In Sight Sharkwater Sicko Contacts: Lori Bogin/VH1 Scott Acord/VH1 212-846-7131 310-752-8075 lori.bogin@vh1staff.com Andy Gelb/Kelly Stephens PMK/HBH 310-289-6200

CONTACT: Lori Bogin, +1-212-846-7131, lori.bogin@vh1staff.com, or ScottAcord, +1-310-752-8075, , both of VH1; or Andy Gelbor Kelly Stephens, both of PMK/HBH, +1-310-289-6200

Web site: http://criticschoice.vh1.com/