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'Up in the Air,' George Clooney Receive Film Critics Nominations

Up in the Air George ClooneyGeorge Clooney in 'Up in the Air.'

'Up in the Air,' George Clooney among Denver Film Critics' 2010 nominees

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 and 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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2 Comments to 'Up in the Air,' George Clooney Receive Film Critics Nominations

  1. nora

    I want Viggo to get the vote too but i don't think he will get it

  2. efron

    Viggo Mortensen has my vote all the way.
    He is always a fine actor. The Road is a magnificent role for him as the Man and he becomes the total character.
    No one else on your list is as good.
    And don't we all get a bit tired of Clooney playing himself. At least he changes suits.