Black Swan leads Critics Choice award nominations
Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as rival ballerinas, got a record 12 nominations in the Critics' Choice Movie Awards. Close behind was The King's Speech.
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The crossover rate for the Critics' Choice directing winner is 70 percent compared with 40 percent for the Globes. Also in the last 10 years, at least half the Critics' Choice acting winners have gone on to claim Oscar gold.Skip to next paragraph
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But the cast and crew of ``Black Swan'' should not start celebrating yet. Ominously, the top Critics' Choice nominee is often snubbed at the group's awards ceremony.
Earlier this year ``Inglourious Basterds'' and ``Nine,'' which led the field with a then-record 10 nominations each, were overshadowed by ``The Hurt Locker,'' which went on to dominate the Oscars.
It was the same story in 2009, when ``Slumdog Millionaire'' came from behind to beat ``Milk'' and ``The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'' and then bask in Oscar glory. The year before, ''Into the Wild'' led the nominees but went home empty-handed. It was also ignored by the Oscars.
``Black Swan'' stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as rival ballerinas in a New York City production of ``Swan Lake.'' They received nominations for best actress and supporting actress, respectively. Director Darren Aronofsky was also nominated.
``King's Speech'' star Colin Firth will vie for best actor with Jeff Bridges of ``True Grit,'' which opens Dec. 22. The field also includes Robert Duvall (''Get Low''), Jesse Eisenberg (''The Social Network''), James Franco (''127 Hours'') and Ryan Gosling (''Blue Valentine'').
Whoever wins that category should probably start writing an Oscar acceptance speech. The Critics' Choice Movie Awards best actor has gone on to win the same title at the Academy Awards for seven years running. (Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Eric Walsh)