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'Up in the Air,' George Clooney: Denver Film Critics Nominations

Up in the Air George Clooney'Up in the Air,' George Clooney among Denver Film Critics 2010 nominees (image: George Clooney in 'Up in the Air')

The nominations for the 2010 Denver Film Critics Society Awards have been announced. In the running for Best Picture are Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, Joel and Ethan Coen's A Serious Man, and J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. Directors Reitman and Bigelow have also been shortlisted, along with Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds and – surprisingly – Duncan Jones for Moon.

Up for Best Actor are George Clooney, Up in the Air; Viggo Mortensen, The Road; Morgan Freeman, Invictus; and Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart. The Best Actress nominees are Carey Mulligan, An Education; Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia; Abbie Cornish, Bright Star; and Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side.

Those in the running in the supporting categories are the following: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds; Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones; Woody Harrelson, The Messenger; and Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles for Best Supporting Actor. In addition to Mo'Nique, Precious; Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air; Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air; and Julianne Moore, A Single Man, for Best Supporting Actress.

Besides Duncan Jones and Me and Orson Welles' Christian McKay, among the Denver Film Critics' most unexpected nominees are Park Chan-wook's Thirst and Götz Spielmann's Revanche in the Best Foreign Language Film category, and Michael Stephenson's Best Worst Movie and Jeff Stilson's Good Hair in the Best Documentary category. Even more surprising (scratches head) was the inclusion of I Love You, Man's Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, et al. among the nominees for Best Acting Ensemble.

The Denver Film Critics Award winners will be announced on January 27, 2010. See full list of nominees below.

Nominations for the 2010 Denver Film Critics Awards

Best Film
A Serious Man, directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Up in the Air, directed by Jason Reitman
Star Trek, directed by J.J. Abrams
The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Best Foreign Language Film
Thirst, directed by Chan-wook Park
Sin Nombre, directed by Cary Jôji Fukunaga
Summer Hours, directed by Olivier Assayas
Revanche, directed by Götz Spielmann

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Duncan Jones, Moon
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

Best Actor
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Viggo Mortensen, The Road
Morgan Freeman, Invictus

Best Actress
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Abbie Cornish, Bright Star

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles

Best Supporting Actress
Mo'Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Julianne Moore, A Single Man

Best Acting Ensemble
George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga, Jason Bateman, Danny R. McBride, Amy Morton, Melanie Lynskey, Up in the Air
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Christian Camargo, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly, The Hurt Locker
Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, J. K. Simmons, Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau, Jaime Pressly, I Love You, Man
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Star Trek

Best Original Screenplay
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Michael H. Weber, Scott Neustadter, (500) Days of Summer
Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, A Serious Man

Best Adapted Screenplay
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, based on the novel by Walter Kirn, Up in the Air
Geoffrey Fletcher, based on the novel by Sapphire, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Scott Cooper, based on the novel by Thomas Cobb, Crazy Heart
Scott Z. Burns, based on the novel by Kurt Eichenwald, The Informant

Best Documentary
The Cove, directed by Louie Psihoyos
Anvil! The Story of Anvil, directed by Sacha Gervasi
Best Worst Movie, directed by Michael Stephenson
Good Hair, directed by Jeff Stilson

Best Original Score
Brian Eno, The Lovely Bones
Michael Giacchino, Star Trek
Elliot Goldenthal, Public Enemies
Marvin Hamlisch, The Informant

Best Original Song
"The Weary Kind," Crazy Heart: Performed by Ryan Bingham (Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett)
"Winter," Brothers: Performed by U2 (Bono and The Edge)
"(I Want You to) Come Home," Everybody's Fine: Performed by Paul McCartney (Paul McCartney)
"Other Father Song," Coraline: Performed by They Might Be Giants (John Flansburgh and John Linnell)

Best Colorado Film
Ink, directed by Jamin Winans
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardener, directed by Daniel Junge

Source: Denver Film Critics Society website. George Clooney Up in the Air photo: Dale Robinette / Paramount Pictures.

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