Broadcast Critics Love Leo

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"Babel," "The Departed," "Dreamgirls" and "Little Miss Sunshine" scored seven Critics Choice Awards nominations apiece, but Leonardo DiCaprio may be the man of the hour.

DiCaprio will compete against himself in the best actor category, scoring dueling nominations for "Blood Diamond" and "The Departed." He'll face off against Ryan Gosling ("Half Nelson"), Peter O'Toole ("Venus"), Will Smith ("The Pursuit of Happyness") and critics award favorite Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland").

Because the Broadcast Film Critics like giving as many nominations as possible, the best picture field is glutted with 10 nominees. Joining the four aforementioned leading nominees in the best picture field are "Blood Diamond," "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Little Children," "Notes on a Scandal," "The Queen" and "United 93."

The best director field is a bit more restrictive, with Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls"), Clint Eastwood ("Letters From Iwo Jima"), Stephen Frears ("The Queen"), Paul Greengrass ("United 93) and Martin Scorsese ("The Departed") going head-to-head.

Prohibitive Oscar favorite Helen Mirren of "The Queen" leads the best actress field against Penelope Cruz ("Volver"), Judi Dench ("Notes on a Scandal"), Meryl Streep ("The Devil Wears Prada") and Kate Winslet ("Little Children").

Up for supporting actor are Ben Affleck ("Hollywoodland"), Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Adam Beach ("Flags of Our Fathers"), Djimon Hounsou ("Blood Diamond"), Eddie Murphy ("Dreamgirls") and Jack Nicholson ("The Departed"). The supporting actress contenders are led by "Babel" ladies Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi, Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls"), Cate Blachett ("Notes on a Scandal"), Catherine O'Hara ("For Your Consideration") and Emma Thompson ("Stanger Than Fiction").

The awards will be handed out at a Jan. 12 ceremony.

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