Black Swan hasn't been in theaters long, but Darren Aronofsky's dark ballet film starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis has been generating buzz since it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August.
It seems the critics agree with the buzz, because Black Swan has broken records with an unprecedented 12 Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2010 nominations, including noms for Best Picture, Best Actress (Portman), Best Supporting Actress (Kunis), Best Director (Darren Aronofsky), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Sound and Best Score.
The King's Speech, which stars Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and the Coen brothers' western True Grit, which stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin, also impressed, earning 11 nominations each.
Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception received 10 nominations, including Best Action Movie, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director for Christopher Nolan.
The Social Network garnered 9 nominations, including Best Acting Ensemble. The Facebook tale is sweeping the awards circuit, thus far, winning Best Movie from the Los Angeles Film Critics, Boston Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics Circle, as well as an AFI Award 2010 for being one of the best films of the year. The L.A. Film Critics also gave nods to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director David Fincher, who shared his award with Carlos director Olivier Assayas.
This year's nostalgic tearjerker Toy Story 3 was honored in the Best Picture and Best Animated Feature categories. The Town, 127 Hours, The Fighter and Winter's Bone also scored multiple nominations, including Best Picture.
The leading men nominated for Best Actor are Robert Duvall (Get Low), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Colin Firth (The King's Speech), Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine) and James Franco (127 Hours).
The leading ladies hoping to win over the Critics' Choice panels include seven-time acting nominee and former Best Actress winner Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone), Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine) and, as mentioned, Natalie Portman (Black Swan).
The Critics' Choice Movie Awards boasts the honor of being the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations. Will they come through again this year?
The full list of nominees is below and the 2010 winners will be announced at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 9 p.m. While the main event will be held at the Hollywood Palladium, fans from all over the world can watch live on VH1.
In the meantime, you can find information about the show, this year's nominees and more at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards site and catch videos from some of this year's nominees at CriticsChoice.com.
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