Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

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Nine And Inglourious Basterds Lead Critics’ Choice Nominations


The nominations for the 15th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards were announced this morning, and we’ve got the scoop on all the stars and movies in the running. Nine and Inglourious Basterds scored the most nominations with 10 nods, followed by Avatar with nine, and The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air with eight a piece.

Avatar director James Cameron once again proved that bigger may just be better when it comes to film making. The uber-director is rumored to have the most expensive movie on his hands, with the Avatar budget allegedly coming in at around $300 million. But the big spending could lead to an even bigger pay-off. Critics are raving about the action-adventure love story – which Roger Ebert called “an extraordinary film” – and it’s currently got a 91% favorability rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Not bad for a movie about blue aliens, eh?

Cameron’s got some interesting competition in the Best Directing category this year, most noticeably his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow, whose indie hit The Hurt Locker raked in eight nods. 32-year-old Jason Reitman is also nominated for writing and directing Up in the Air (send him a congrats note on Twitter), as are both its leading ladies (Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick) for Best Supporting Actress. Think either of them have a chance against Mo’Nique (Precious)?

Check out all the categories, nominees and a giant photo gallery below. Plus, watch the show live on VH1 on Jan. 15 and enter to win a pair of tickets by visiting (Full details on the trip at the bottom of the post!)

Best Picture

Best Actress

Best Actor

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Fergie Flaunts Cleavage, Husband At LA Nine Premiere

Fergie found a way to rock a high-necked dress with shoulder pads and show cleavage at the LA premiere of Nine, where she stood alongside co-stars Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman on the red carpet (Kate Hudson was off in New York, natch). Joining the BEP singer were bandmate Taboo and husband Josh Duhamel, making his first public appearance with the missus since those pesky cheating rumors broke. “It’s been a lovely year, but I’m missing [Josh] now as I’m on tour,” said Fergie, who also stoked a baby rumor by not responding “hell no!” when asked if she wants one. “It’s a month since we saw each other, but we talk every day. It helps that Josh is in showbiz, too.” It’s good she can find the silver lining in that.

Nine is a likely nominee for this January’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Check out photos from last night’s premiere in the gallery below.

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Kristin Chenoweth To Host Critics’ Choice Movie Awards


Kristin Chenoweth will be host the 15th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, airing live, January 15, 2010 on VH1! And yes, we’re swooning as we type this. We’re already completely enamored with the Emmy and Tony Award winning super star (Hello – did you see her on “Glee?”) and are thrilled she’ll be bringing a little bit of Broadway to the CCMAs. Check out the full press release below.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced that Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Kristin Chenoweth will be taking the stage as host for the 15th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards gala on Friday, January 15, 2010 at the Hollywood Palladium.

Kristin Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, film and television. Chenoweth recently received the 2009 Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her memorable performance in the ABC series Pushing Daisies.  On the stage, Chenoweth is best known for her show-stealing, Tony Award winning performance in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and her triumphant star turn when she originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, which earned her a leading actress Tony Award nomination.  Chenoweth recently starred in the highly rated Lifetime Original Movie The Twelve Men of Christmas and will next be seen in Disney’s 2010 release of You Again with Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristen Bell. She will also return to Broadway in Spring 2010, starring alongside Sean Hayes in the much-anticipated revival of Promises, Promises.

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10 Movies Looking For Award Season Love


Award season is heating up in Hollywood, with Up In The Air already taking Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress from the National Board Of Review. Here are ten films films we expect to hear come up a lot this winter, as more cinema societies name their top movies of the 2009. Don’t forget—we’ve still got the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, the Golden Globes and the Oscars to look forward to on TV. [Photo: Paramount Pictures]

  • Brothers

Movies directed by Jim Sheridan—that don’t star 50 Cent—have a tendency to snag award nominations for their actors. And Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman could each win their first major trophy for appearing in his Iraq war love triangle film. (Related: Natalie Portman Goes Blue For Brothers)

  • An Education

Though there are plenty of fussy European period pieces looking for award show love this year (Bright Star, The Last Station, The Young Victoria), one of the most promising is only (only!) set about forty plus years ago. Star Carey Mulligan has already won a Hollywood Award for her portrayal of a schoolgirl swept away by an older man of questionable ethics.

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Dancing Boys & Glamour Girls At Nine Premiere

The cast of Nine were one motley crew at the film’s London premiere Thursday night. Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson took the opportunity to wear glamorous gowns with heavy, expensive coats (much to the delight of attendee Alex Rodriguez), while Nicole Kidman went with a light jacket and miniskirt. The men’s outfits didn’t mesh either, with director Rob Marshall‘s business suit clashing with Daniel Day-Lewis‘ flamboyant ballroom dancing uniform, complete with velvet jacket and high-waisted, red-striped pants (much to the delight of attendee Bruno Tonioli). Surrounded by this incoherence, Judi Dench‘s elegant yellow gown—suitable in all scenarios—won the night by default.

Bask in the star wattage of this likely Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominee by checking out the gallery below.


Justin Long Leaves His Premiere…For Drew’s Afterparty

Meg Ryan, Justin Long & Drew Barrymore

Justin Long and Drew Barrymore had dueling premieres in NY last night, with the Mac pitchman appearing alongside Meg Ryan to promote Serious Moonlight while Drew shimmered on the red carpet for Everybody’s Fine. But once the movies were over, Long scooted off to join his girlfriend at an afterparty for her film at Tavern On The Green…leaving Ryan and Moonlight director Cheryl Hines to party without him at Rouge Tomate. Support your girlfriend, or support your co-stars? Must have been a tough call for a chivalrous guy like Justin. See shots from both premieres in the gallery below.

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11 Up And Comers To Watch This Awards Season


Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, the Golden Globes, the Oscars…it’s the most wonderful time of the year again (in Hollywood only). Awards season is upon us, and 2009’s critically acclaimed films have introduced us to a new pack of uber-talented actors who are about to go from unknowns to A-Listers. We’ve got the 11 stars to watch as award nominations start rolling in, so that when they’re up onstage blubbering through their 10-minute acceptance speech, you’ll be able to say you knew who they were way back when.

  • Saoirse Ronan is the 7th youngest actress to be nominated for an Oscar for her work in Atonement. Next up, Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones.
  • Quinton Aaron is a relative newcomer, who scored the lead in The Blind Side opposite Sandra Bullock.
  • Michael Stuhlbarg – This Julliard-trained, Tony-nominated Broadway star is scoring serious buzz for his work in the Coen BrothersA Serious Man.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a former child star turned indie darling, who made the world swoon in 500 Days of Summer. Also, he did back flips on “Saturday Night Live.” Nuf’ said, right?
  • Jeremy Renner‘s work in The Hurt Locker just snagged the actor his second Independent Spirt Award nomination.
  • Gabby Sidibe - The Precious star – who was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award – exuded confidence in a recent interview on the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” Said the newcomer and Harlem native, “One day I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body.”

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Brad & Angie Take Maddox To Invictus Premiere

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Maddox Jolie-Pitt

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie brought their oldest son Maddox to the LA premiere of Invictus last night. The couple rarely get to take the kids along to their own films—what with all the sex and violence and everything—but pals Matt Damon and Clint Eastwood‘s a new film about courage, human rights and soccer in South Africa that was just perfect for a family night out. Also attending were Michelle Monaghan (looking packed in the back thanks to her drapey dress) and the ever-informal Kenny Chesney, who could have been mistaken for a barrier-breaking fan standing next to the dapper Morgan Freeman.

With its prestigious pedigree and positive message, Invictus has a good chance of scoring a trophy or two at the Critics’ Choice Awards this January. See more of the stars in the gallery below.

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First Look: Scarlett Gets Low For Iron Man 2


Just as award season gets underway and Critics Choice Movie Awards buzz spreads about Robert Downey, Jr.‘s performance in Sherlock Holmes, Paramount has released the official poster art for the sequel to his 2008 blockbuster action movie, Iron Man. In the sequel, aptly titled Iron Man 2, Scarlett Johansson makes her superhero debut as the Black Widow, donning skin tight leather. We’re not complaining. [Photo: Paramount Pictures]

Check out more brand new production stills from Iron Man 2, as well as some previously-released shots below.

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George Clooney Brings Girlfriend, Mother To Premiere

George Clooney, Elisabetta Canalis and Nina Warren Clooney

George Clooney would appreciate it if you’d take his romance with Elisabetta Canalis seriously. Sure, he’s been enjoying on-and-off affairs with countless beautiful ladies following his 1993 divorce, once claiming he’d never marry again. But the Italian model must mean more than most to the superstar, or he wouldn’t be posing at Up In The Air‘s LA premiere with both Canalis and his mother, Nina Warren Clooney. This might be the one, guys…if he and mama hadn’t posed with then-girlfriend Lisa Snowdon at the Ocean’s Twelve premiere five years ago. Dude better hope Elisabetta doesn’t find out about that.

Also attending the fete were Clooney’s co-stars Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride, Melanie Lynskey and Zach Galifianakis, as well as well-wishers like Cindy Crawford. Watch them shake their Oscar-baiters in the gallery below.

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