Critics’ Choice Awards 2009 Nominees Announced

Everyone’s a critic, it’s often said, but some opinions count more than others.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) released its list of nominees for the 14th Critics’ Choice Awards today. The Critics’ Choice will “honor the finest achievements in 2008 filmmaking.”

The CCAs have traditionally been a good indicator of upcoming Academy Awards nominations. The list is considered the kickoff point for the film industry’s awards season.

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actress Rosie Perez was on hand at MTV Network Studios in New York City to announce the contenders.

Among the flicks battling for Best Picture are the Clint Eastwood-directed, Angelina Jolie-starring historical crime epic Changeling, Brad Pitt’s aging-in-reverse drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Mickey Rourke’s comeback bid The Wrestler.

(Will the competition lead to tension in the crowded Jolie-Pitt household?)

Eastwood gets another nod for Best Actor in the urban drama Gran Torino. He has stiff competition in the form of Sean Penn (Milk) and Brad Pitt (Benjamin Button).

Those vying for the Best Actress slot include Jolie (Changeling), Cate Blanchett (Benjamin Button), Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married) and Kate Beckinsale (Nothing But the Truth). 

What, no love for Repo: The Genetic Opera? Dang you, Hollywood politics!

To see the full list of nominees, visit the BFCA’s Web site. The 14th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards will take place on January 8, 2009.