The New York Film Critics Circle over the past couple of years has jumped to the front of the pack among a spate of early Oscar predictors, opting to be the first group to bestow its annual film awards. This year the NYFCC has set its vote for December 3, with a ceremony date and venue to be determined. Like last year, it comes one day before the National Board of Review makes its picks. The NYFCC’s membership includes critics from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and online publications. Last year both orgs tapped Zero Dark Thirty for Best Film and helmer Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director, starting that film’s path to a Best Picture Oscar nomination.