The romantic comedy "Sideways," starring Paul Giamatti, topped the Critics' Choice nominations, announced yesterday. Giamatti also is in the hunt for best actor, as are Thomas...

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The romantic comedy “Sideways,” starring Paul Giamatti, topped the Critics’ Choice nominations, announced yesterday. Giamatti also is in the hunt for best actor, as are Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen in supporting roles, and Alexander Payne for director and co-writer.

The Howard Hughes biopic, “The Aviator,” also drew multiple nods, including best picture and actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, and director, Martin Scorsese.

The awards are given annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. At 194 members — including TV, radio and online critics — it is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada.

The BFCA nominates 10 films for best picture. There are three to six nominees in each of the other categories, all of which are listed in alphabetical order.

The winners will be revealed on the 10th annual Critics’ Choice Awards show on Jan. 10, to be broadcast on The WB.

The nominees include:

Best picture:

“The Aviator,” “Collateral,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Finding Neverland,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “Kinsey,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Ray,” “Sideways.”


Don Cheadle was nominated for best actor in “Hotel Rwanda,” which also picked up a best-picture nomination.

Best actor:

Javier Bardem, “The Sea Inside”; Don Cheadle, “Hotel Rwanda”; Johnny Depp, “Finding Neverland”; Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Aviator”; Jamie Foxx, “Ray”; Paul Giamatti, “Sideways.”

Best actress:

Annette Bening, “Being Julia”; Catalina Sandino Moreno, “Maria Full of Grace”; Imelda Staunton, “Vera Drake”; Hilary Swank, “Million Dollar Baby”; Uma Thurman, “Kill Bill: Volume 2”; Kate Winslet, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

Best supporting actor:

Thomas Haden Church, “Sideways”; Jamie Foxx, “Collateral”; Morgan Freeman, “Million Dollar Baby”; Clive Owen, “Closer”; Peter Sarsgaard, “Kinsey.”

Uma Thurman named for “Kill Bill: Volume 2.”

Best supporting actress:

Cate Blanchett, “The Aviator”; Laura Linney, “Kinsey”; Virginia Madsen, “Sideways”; Natalie Portman, “Closer”; Kate Winslet, “Finding Neverland.”

Best acting ensemble: “Closer,” “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” “Sideways.”

Best director:

Clint Eastwood, “Million Dollar Baby”; Marc Forster, “Finding Neverland”; Taylor Hackford, “Ray”; Alexander Payne, “Sideways”; Martin Scorsese, “The Aviator.”

Best writer:

Bill Condon, “Kinsey”; Charlie Kaufman, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”; John Logan, “The Aviator”; David Magee, “Finding Neverland”; Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, “Sideways.”

Best animated feature: “

The Incredibles,” “The Polar Express,” “Shrek 2.”

Jamie Foxx drew nods for “Ray” and “Collateral.”

Best young actor:

Liam Aiken, “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”; Cameron Bright, “Birth”; Freddie Highmore, “Finding Neverland”; Daniel Radcliffe, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”; William Ullrich, “Beyond The Sea.”

Best young actress:

Emily Browning, “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”; Dakota Fanning, “Man on Fire”; Lindsay Lohan, “Mean Girls”; Emmy Rossum, “The Phantom of the Opera”; Emma Watson, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”

Best picture made for television: “

The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” “Something the Lord Made,” “The Wool Cap.”

Best documentary feature: “

Control Room,” “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster,” “Super Size Me.”

Best foreign-language film: “

House of Flying Daggers,” “Maria Full of Grace,” “The Motorcycle Diaries,” “The Sea Inside,” “A Very Long Engagement.”

Best song:

“Accidentally in Love,” Counting Crows, “Shrek 2”; “Believe,” Josh Groban, “The Polar Express”; “Old Habits Die Hard,” Mick Jagger, and Dave Stewart, “Alfie.”