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‘Wild’ Nets Seven Critics Choice Awards Nominees

The Sean Penn-directed adventure film Into The Wild and dark comedy Juno garnered the most nominees for the Jan. 7 Critics Choice Awards, telecast by VH1.

Into The Wild drew seven nominations including best picture, as well as best director and best writer nominees for Penn.

Juno, the critically acclaimed comedy about a planned adoption that goes awry, garnered six nominations including best picture and a best actress nomination for the movie's young star Ellen Page.

Atonement, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men, Sweeney Todd and Hairspray all earned five nominations each, according to VH1. A complete list of nominees is available at http://criticschoice.vh1.com.

This is the first year VH1 is airing the The Critics’ Choice Awards, which were created by The Broadcast Film Critics Association to recognize excellence in cinematic achievement. E! Entertainment Television aired last season’s awards show.

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