Force-of-nature big shot Harvey Weinstein was the big winner this morning with the announcement that Nine and Inglourious Basterds had won 10 nominations each (including one each for Best Picture) from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which does out the Critics Choice Movie Awards. The Weinstein Co. is the principal producer/distributor of both films.
But while Basterds helmer Quentin Tarantino received a Best Director nomination, Nine‘s director, Rob Marshall, was left out in the cold.
The numerous nominations accumulated by Nine/Basterds is partly due to the addition of several below-the-line craft categories.
The other BFCA Best Picture nommies are Avatar, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Invictus, Precious, A Serious Man, Up and Up in the Air.
The six Best Director nominees include Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Lee Daniels (Precious), Clint Eastwood (Invictus), Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) and James Cameron (Avatar).
The BFCA consists of 235 television, radio and online film critics. The Critics Choice Movie Awards will occur on Friday, 1.15, at the Hollywood Palladium while going out live on VH1.