BROADCAST FILM CRITICS AWARDS
Broadcast Film Critics announce nominations
"Departed," "Dreamgirls," "Babel," and "Sunshine" lead with seven nods each.
"The Departed" dominated the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.'s nominations with seven nods including best picture. (Warner Bros.)
Martin Scorsese's gangster film "The Departed" received nominations for best film, best director, best actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), supporting actor (Jack Nicholson), best acting ensemble, best writer (William Monahan) and best composer (Howard Shore).
"Babel" also garnered a best picture nomination, along with two nods for best supporting actress (Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi), best acting ensemble, best writer (Guillermo Arriaga), best soundtrack and best composer (Gustavo Santaolalla).
Besides a best picture nomination, the comedy "Little Miss Sunshine" received nominations for best supporting actor (Alan Arkin), best acting ensemble, best writer (Michael Arndt), best young actress (Abigail Breslin), best young actor (Paul Dano) and best movie comedy.
The lavish musical "Dreamgirls" picked up nominations for best picture, best director (Bill Condon), best supporting actor (Eddie Murphy), best supporting actress (Jennifer Hudson), best acting ensemble, best soundtrack and best song ("Listen").
Also competing for best picture are "Blood Diamond," "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Little Children," "Notes on a Scandal," "The Queen" and "United 93."
"Letters From Iwo Jima," which is in Japanese with English subtitles, is also nominated for best foreign film - a first in the awards' history. And in another precedent, nominee Leonardo Dicaprio will be competing against himself in the best actor category. He's scored nonminations for both "The Departed" and "Blood Diamond."
Joining DiCaprio for best actor are Ryan Gosling for "Half Nelson," Peter O'Toole for "Venus," Will Smith for "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "Forest Whitaker for "The Last King of Scotland."
Competing for best actress are Penelope Cruz for "Volver," Judi Dench for "Notes on a Scandal," Helen Mirren for "The Queen," Meryl Streep for "The Devil Wears Prada" and Kate Winslet for "Little Children."
Vying for best supporting actor with Arkin, Murphy and Nicholson are Ben Affleck for "Hollywoodland," Adam Beach for "Flags of Our Fathers," Djimon Hounsou for "Blood Diamond."
Besides Barraza, Hudson and Kikuchi, best supporting actress nominees are Cate Blanchett for "Notes on a Scandal," Catherine O'Hara for "For Your Consideration" and Emma Thompson for "Stranger Than Fiction."
Rounding out the best director nominees are Clint Eastwood for "Letters from Iwo Jima," Stephen Frears for "The Queen" and Paul Greengrass for "United 93."
The 200 members of the BFCA represents TV, radio and online critics. The winners will be announced at the Critics' Choice Awards gala on Jan. 12 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
E! Entertainment Television will broadcast the gala on Jan. 20.