The largest critics' organization in U.S and Canada, the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) revealed yesterday, December 12, the nominees of its Critics' Choice Awards to compete for being the best as it holds the ceremony on January 12 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
"Dreamgirls", "Babel", "The Departed", and "Little Miss Sunshine" scored most nominations with seven nods apiece, including that for Best Picture. Those four were joined by six other movies in the category namely "Blood Diamond", "Little Children", "Notes on a Scandal", "The Queen", "Letters From Iwo Jima", and "United 93", the latter two already snatching two film awards each.
The organization also bestowed another nod to "Letters" in the Best Foreign Language Film slot along with a number of acclaimed pictures like "Apocalypto", "Pan's Labyrinth", and "Volver" among others. As for Best Animated Feature, its picks included "Cars", "Monster House", and "Happy Feet" which so far has collected four prizes for being so from NYFCC, WAFCA, LAFCA, and NYFCO.
A surprise marked the Best Actor category as the broadcasters for the first time gave two nods for a nominee, and the honored man turned out to be Leonardo DiCaprio, thanks to his brilliant performances in "Diamond" and "Departed." Here, the striking guy will battle the likes of Ryan Gosling, Peter O'Toole, Will Smith, and Forest Whitaker, an early favorite for his portrayal of former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland."
Meanwhile, the Best Actress race saw Penelope Cruz, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, and Meryl Streep gather together to make such a tight competition for the coveted title. More notable stars even came out in the supporting categories for names like Ben Affleck, Djimon Hounsou, Eddie Murphy, Cate Blanchett, Emma Thompson, and Jennifer Hudson were all mentioned in the list. For complete titles and names nominated, please go to http://www.bfca.org/NomineesWinners.asp.