About Schmidt, a quirky slice of Americana, was nominated for best film, with stars Jack Nicholson getting a nod for best actor and Kathy Bates for best supporting actress. Director/co-writer Alexander Payne and his partner Jim Taylor also received a nomination for best screenplay. Schmidt was also chosen by the L.A. Film Critics as best film of the year.
Best film nominee Adaptation, a unique inside look at Hollywood, also received nominations for best supporting actress (Meryl Streep), supporting actor (Chris Cooper) and writer (Charlie Kaufman, who was also nominated for his Confessions of a Dangerous Mind script).
Rounding out the BFCA’s nominations for best film included Catch Me If You Can, Chicago, Far From Heaven, Gangs of New York, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Pianist and Road to Perdition.
Joining Nicholson on the list was Daniel Day-Lewis for Gangs of New York and Robin Williams for One Hour Photo, while the best actress contenders included Salma Hayek for Frida, Nicole Kidman for The Hours, Diane Lane for Unfaithful,and Julianne Moore for Far From Heaven.
The BFCA will hand out their awards Jan. 17.