‘Inglourious Basterds,’ ‘Nine’ Lead Critics Choice Nominations

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and movie musical Nine are leading the awards-season charge with 10 nominations apiece from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

The World War II film and Rob Marshall‘s all-star musical will both compete for the coveted Best Picture prize at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, alongside Avatar, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Invictus, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, and Up in the Air.

James Cameron‘s epic Avatar picked up nine nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, while The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air received eight nominations, and The Lovely Bones and Precious each scored six. 

George Clooney will battle it out in the Best Actor category for his role in Up in the Air, alongside Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Colin Firth (A Single Man), Morgan Freeman (Invictus), Viggo Mortensen (The Road), and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker).

In the Best Actress category, Emily Blunt has won a nomination for The Young Victoria, along with Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side. They will go up against Carey Mulligan (An Education), Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), and Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia).

The filmmakers nominated for Best Direction include Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds and James Cameron for Avatar, along with Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Lee Daniels (Precious), Clint Eastwood (Invictus) and Jason Reitman (Up in the Air).

The Critics Choice Awards will take place on Jan. 15 in Los Angeles.

The main list of nominees is as follows:

Best Picture:


An Education

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds




A Serious Man


Up In the Air

Best Actor:

Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart

George Clooney – Up In The Air

Colin Firth – A Single Man

Morgan Freeman – Invictus

Viggo Mortensen – The Road

Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

Best Actress:

Emily Blunt – The Young Victoria

Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side

Carey Mulligan – An Education

Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones

Gabourey Sidibe – Precious

Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia

Best Supporting Actor: 

Matt DamonInvictus 

Woody Harrelson – The Messenger 

Christian McKayMe & Orson Welles 

Alfred MolinaAn Education 

Stanley TucciThe Lovely Bones 

Christoph WaltzInglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress: 

Marion CotillardNine 

Vera FarmigaUp In The Air 

Anna KendrickUp In The Air 


Julianne MooreA Single Man 

Samantha MortonThe Messenger

Best Acting Ensemble:

Inglourious Basterds



Star Trek

Up In the Air

Best Directing:

Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker

James Cameron – Avatar

Lee Daniels – Precious

Clint Eastwood – Invictus

Jason Reitman – Up In the Air

Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

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