'Beasts' little girl gets two nominations at Critics' Choice awards

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Image Credit: Quevenzane Wallis in 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

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There are a lot of kids’ tables at the Critics’ Choice Film Awards.

By that, I mean there is literally a children’s category among the contenders — best young actor/actress — which separates Quvenzhané Wallis of Beasts of the Southern Wild, who is also nominated in the overall lead actress category, from her adult peers.

And there are also separate “kids’ table”-type groups for not only comedies (which the Golden Globes does, too) but action and sci-fi/horror movies, which isolates those projects and actors from contention in the traditional, non-genre categories. The group also includes a “best ensemble acting prize” which at the Screen Actors Guild Awards is the equivalent of best-picture, and tends to include six nominees among its acting contenders, so the predictive power of these nominations gets somewhat thrown off course.

Still, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which represents about 270 television, radio and online critics, has given us something to think about as the nominations for the Golden Globes approach on Thursday — as long as you can filter out those quirks.

Lincoln leads the field with 13 nominations, the most in the group’s 18-year history. Les Misérables scored 11, and Silver Linings Playbook collected 10,while nine went to Life of Pi.

Argo, The Master and Skyfall (which has the advantage of that bonus action category) each tied with 7.

The group also chose to highlight one of the season’s surprise underdogs — Ann Dowd, who played the meek, manipulated fast-food manager in the twisted psychological thriller Compliance. While most of the choices in the line-up reflected the existing state-of-the-race, the selection of outliers like Dowd can bring much-needed consideration to those worthy contenders.

They also draw attention to Javier Bardem’s Skyfall villain in the overall supporting actor category instead of wedging him in at the action-movie kids’ table. His 007 nemesis Judi Dench has seats at both, one in regular supporting, and the other in action actress. The arbitrary nature of these selections really undermines the significance of these awards. To be fair, there’s no supporting action actress field, but hey — at this point, why not?

Numerous sub-categories also lead to other strange echoes — Bradley Cooper getting two nominations for his work in Silver Linings Playbook, one for lead actor, and another for lead actor in a comedy. (Given all his fight scenes in the movie, couldn’t he count in the action movie category, too?) Ditto for Jennifer Lawrence, who DOES have a third action movie mention, only that one’s for The Hunger Games. If she’d been a shade younger she might have gotten four by ranking in the best young actor category — or five if both roles had gotten in there!

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Jan. 10 — the day the Oscar nominations are announced.

Here is the full list of nominees:

BEST PICTURE
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ACTOR
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
John Hawkes – The Sessions
Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Denzel Washington – Flight

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts – The Impossible

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Alan Arkin – Argo
Javier Bardem – Skyfall
Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams – The Master
Judi Dench – Skyfall
Ann Dowd – Compliance
Sally Field – Lincoln
Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
Helen Hunt – The Sessions

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Elle Fanning – Ginger & Rosa
Kara Hayward – Moonrise Kingdom
Tom Holland – The Impossible
Logan Lerman – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Suraj Sharma – Life of Pi
Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Argo
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook

BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Affleck – Argo
Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
Tom Hooper – Les Misérables
Ang Lee – Life of Pi
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg – Lincoln

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
John Gatins – Flight
Rian Johnson – Looper
Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Chris Terrio – Argo
David Magee – Life of Pi
Tony Kushner – Lincoln
Stephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Les Misérables – Danny Cohen
Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda
Lincoln – Janusz Kaminski
The Master – Mihai Malaimare Jr.
Skyfall – Roger Deakins

BEST ART DIRECTION
Anna Karenina – Sarah Greenwood/Production Designer; Katie Spencer/Set Decorator
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Dan Hennah/Production Designer; Ra Vincent & Simon Bright/Set Decorators
Les Misérables – Eve Stewart/Production Designer; Anna Lynch-Robinson/Set Decorator
Life of Pi – David Gropman/Production Designer; Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
Lincoln – Rick Carter/Production Designer; Jim Erickson/Set Decorator

BEST EDITING
Argo – William Goldenberg
Les Misérables – Melanie Ann Oliver and Chris Dickens
Life of Pi – Tim Squyres
Lincoln – Michael Kahn
Zero Dark Thirty – William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran
Cloud Atlas – Kym Barrett and Pierre-Yves Gayraud
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor
Les Misérables – Paco Delgado
Lincoln – Joanna Johnston

BEST MAKEUP
Cloud Atlas
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables
Lincoln

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The Avengers
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Brave
Frankenweenie
Madagascar 3
ParaNorman
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

BEST ACTION MOVIE
The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises
Looper
Skyfall

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Christian Bale – The Dark Knight Rises
Daniel Craig – Skyfall
Robert Downey Jr. – The Avengers
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Looper
Jake Gyllenhaal – End of Watch

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Emily Blunt – Looper
Gina Carano – Haywire
Judi Dench – Skyfall
Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games

BEST COMEDY
Bernie
Silver Linings Playbook
Ted
This Is 40
21 Jump Street

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jack Black – Bernie
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Paul Rudd – This Is 40
Channing Tatum – 21 Jump Street
Mark Wahlberg – Ted

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Mila Kunis – Ted
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Shirley MacLaine – Bernie
Leslie Mann – This Is 40
Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
The Cabin in the Woods
Looper
Prometheus

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Amour
The Intouchables
A Royal Affair
Rust and Bone

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Bully
The Central Park Five
The Imposter
The Queen of Versailles
Searching for Sugar Man
West of Memphis

BEST SONG
For You – performed by Keith Urban/written by Monty Powell & Keith Urban – Act of Valor
Learn Me Right – performed by Birdy with Mumford & Sons/written by Mumford & Sons – Brave
Skyfall – performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth – Skyfall
Still Alive – performed by Paul Williams/written by Paul Williams – Paul Williams Still Alive
Suddenly – performed by Hugh Jackman/written by Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil & Herbert Kretzmer – Les Misérables

BEST SCORE
Argo – Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi – Mychael Danna
Lincoln – John Williams
The Master – Jonny Greenwood
Moonrise Kingdom – Alexandre Desplat

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