Take Me To The Wild Blue Yonder

December 12, 2007 | By Clint Froehlich | Creative

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Sean Penn’s beautiful, moving, occasionally corny “Into the Wild” received a boost this week with the announcement of the Critics Choice Award nominees. The pic received nods for Best Picture, Best Actor (Emile Hirsch), and Best Director (Penn). It led the field with seven nominations.

Despite the ceremony’s broad moniker, the Critics Choice Awards is not a survey of major movie critics – rather, it is run by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which has an excellent track record of picking Oscar wins. In other words, they aim for the middle. Here are some of the major category nominees, below. You can check out the full list here.

Best Picture
American Gangster
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Into the Wild
The Kite Runner
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
Sweeney Todd
There Will Be Blood

Best Actor
George Clooney, Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
Ryan Gosling, Lars and the Real Girl
Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild
Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises

Best Actress
Amy Adams, Enchanted
Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie, Away from Her
Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
Angelina Jolie, A Mighty Heart
Ellen Page, Juno

Best Director
Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd
Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Sidney Lumet, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
Sean Penn, Into the Wild
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Joe Wright, Atonement

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