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[12/12/05 - 12:00 AM]
Brokeback Mountain and "Crash" Lead the Nominations for the Broadcast Film Critics Association 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards

[via press release from The WB]

�BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN� AND �CRASH� LEAD THE NOMINATIONS FOR THE BROADCAST FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION 11TH ANNUAL CRITICS� CHOICE AWARDS

Burbank, CA December 12, 2005

DENNIS MILLER TO HOST THE GALA ON MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2006

GEORGE CLOONEY TO RECEIVE THE FREEDOM AWARD

THE WB NETWORK WILL TELECAST THE CEREMONY LIVE ON MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2006 AT 8:00 PM ET/PT

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for the 11th annual Critics� Choice Awards. �Brokeback Mountain� leads in nominations with eight nods including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Actress and nominations for Best Composer, Writer and Song. �Crash� received six nods including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Writer and two nominations for Best Supporting Actor for Matt Dillon and Terrence Howard. Howard received three nominations, in addition to his Best Supporting Actor nomination for �Crash,� he received Best Actor and Best Song nods for �Hustle & Flow.�

�Walk the Line,� �Capote� and �Cinderella Man� each received four Critics� Choice Award nominations. �The Squid and the Whale,� �Rent,� �Memoirs of a Geisha� and �Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire� each received three nominations. Elizabethtown also received three nominations in the music categories. The 200 members of the BFCA, the largest film critics� organization in the United States and Canada, representing television, radio and online critics, selected nominees in each of 19 categories. The winners will be announced at the Critics� Choice Awards gala on Monday, January 9, 2006 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The Critics� Choice Awards were created by the BFCA to recognize excellence in cinematic achievement. Eligible films were released in 2005. The accounting firm of Gregory A. Mogab tallied the written ballots. Historically, the Critics� Choice Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

The WB Television Network will telecast the ceremony LIVE on Monday, January 9th at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Emmy Award winning comedian Dennis Miller will host the 11th annual gala. The Critics� Choice Awards is the first major movie awards show televised nationally during the awards season.

This year the BFCA will pay special tribute to George Clooney, honoring him with the Freedom Award for illuminating our shared values of freedom, tolerance and democracy with his acclaimed film �Good Night, and Good Luck.� Clooney is also recognized with three Critics� Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for �Syriana,� Best Director and Best Writer for �Good Night, and Good Luck.� Clooney joins an illustrious list of special award recipients at the Critics� Choice Awards ceremonies. Past honorees have included Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, Peter Weir, Denzel Washington, Muhammad Ali, and Steven Spielberg among many others.

The WB is a sharply focused broadcast network targeted to 12-34 year olds, a highly desired demographic for advertisers. The network has achieved great success reaching this group through the consistent development and marketing of quality scripted series currently on its schedule including �7th Heaven,� �Smallville,� �Gilmore Girls,� �Charmed,� �Everwood,� �One Tree Hill� and �Reba.� Launched in January 1995, The WB Television Network broadcasts 29 weekly hours of programming on over 200 affiliated stations covering more than 92% of the country.

NOMINEES FOR THE 11TH ANNUAL CRITICS� CHOICE AWARDS

BEST PICTURE:
Brokeback Mountain
Capote
Cinderella Man
The Constant Gardener
Crash
Good Night, and Good Luck.
King Kong
Memoirs of a Geisha
Munich
Walk the Line

BEST ACTOR:
Russell Crowe � �Cinderella Man�
Philip Seymour Hoffman � �Capote�
Terrence Howard � �Hustle & Flow�
Heath Ledger � �Brokeback Mountain�
Joaquin Phoenix � �Walk the Line�
David Strathairn � �Good Night, and Good Luck.�

BEST ACTRESS:
Joan Allen � �The Upside of Anger�
Judi Dench � �Mrs. Henderson Presents�
Felicity Huffman � �Transamerica�
Keira Knightley � �Pride & Prejudice�
Charlize Theron & �North Country�
Reese Witherspoon � �Walk the Line�

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
George Clooney � �Syriana�
Kevin Costner � �The Upside of Anger�
Matt Dillon � �Crash�
Paul Giamatti � �Cinderella Man�
Jake Gyllenhaal � �Brokeback Mountain�
Terrence Howard � �Crash�

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Amy Adams � �Junebug�
Maria Bello � �A History of Violence�
Catherine Keener � �Capote�
Frances McDormand � �North Country�
Rachel Weisz � �The Constant Gardener�
Michelle Williams � �Brokeback Mountain�

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE:
Crash
Good Night, and Good Luck.
Rent
Syriana
Sin City

BEST DIRECTOR:
George Clooney � �Good Night, and Good Luck.�
Paul Haggis � �Crash�
Ron Howard � �Cinderella Man�
Peter Jackson � �King Kong�
Ang Lee � �Brokeback Mountain�
Steven Spielberg � �Munich�

BEST WRITER:
Noah Baumbach � �The Squid and the Whale�
George Clooney and Grant Heslov � �Good Night, and Good Luck.�
Dan Futterman � �Capote�
Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco � �Crash�
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana � �Brokeback Mountain�

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:
�Chicken Little�
�Corpse Bride�
�Howl's Moving Castle�
�Madagascar�
�Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit�

BEST YOUNG ACTOR:
Jesse Eisenberg � �The Squid and the Whale�
Alex Etel � �Millions�
Freddie Highmore � �Charlie and the Chocolate Factory�
Owen Kline � �The Squid and the Whale�
Daniel Radcliffe � �Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire�

BEST YOUNG ACTRESS:
Flora Cross � �Bee Season�
Dakota Fanning � �War of the Worlds�
Georgie Henley � �The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe�
Q'Orianka Kilcher � �The New World�
Emily Watson � �Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire�

BEST COMEDY MOVIE:
The 40 Year-Old Virgin
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Mrs. Henderson Presents
The Producers
The Wedding Crashers

BEST FAMILY FILM (LIVE ACTION):
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Dreamer
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:
Into the West
No Direction Home
Rome
Warm Springs

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Cache
Kung Fu Hustle
Oldboy
Paradise Now
2046

BEST SONG:
�Hustle & Flow� � Terrence Howard � �Hustle & Flow�
�A Love That Will Never Grow Old� � Emmylou Harris � �Brokeback Mountain�
�Same in Any Language� � I Nine � �Elizabethtown�
�Seasons of Love� � Tracie Thoms, Jesse L. Martin and Cast � �Rent�
�Travelin' Thru� � Dolly Parton � �Transamerica�

BEST SOUNDTRACK:
Elizabethtown
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Producers
Rent
Walk the Line

BEST COMPOSER:
James Horner � �The New World�
Gustavo Santaolalla � �Brokeback Mountain�
John Williams � �Memoirs of a Geish�
Nancy Wilson � �Elizabethtown�

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
Enron � The Smartest Guys in the Room
Grizzly Man
Mad Hot Ballroom
March of the Penguins
Murderball





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