'American Hustle', '12 Years A Slave' Lead BFCA's Critics Choice Movie Awards Nominations

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (I am a member), the largest group of critics in the nation andCritics-Choice-Movie-Awards-logo-e1379366211768 traditionally a reliable bellwether for Oscar nominations, have announced their list of contenders for the 19th annual Critics Choice Movie  Awards in a whopping 28 categories offering 13 nominations each to Sony’s American Hustle and Fox Searchlight’s 12 Years A Slave, two films that have already figured heavily in the season’s early awards contests and look to be frontrunners now for some major Oscar love. Gravity, another strong contender favored to score big with the Academy, was right on their tail with 10 nominations. In fact the CCMA’s will be airing live on the evening of January 16th, the same day the Academy will be announcing its nominations. The same thing happened last year, and what started as a bummer at the Academy announcement in the morning for  Argo’s Ben Affleck — who was shockingly passed over for an Oscar nod as American-HustleBest Director — ended in triumph just a few hours later when he, and his movie, won BIG from the Broadcast Critics, beginning a strong end run for Affleck that ended with Argo’s Best Picture victory at the Oscars. Both 12 Years and Hustle owe many of their noms to their large cast of actors who cleaned up, with 12 Years’ Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender and the ensemble scoring nods and Hustle’s Christian Bale (also named in the comedy category), Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams (in comedy) and its ensemble grabbing mentions. For Gravity it was mostly a technical triumph, but star Sandra Bullock is up for Best Actress and again for Best Actress in an action movie (she also has a comedy nom for The Heat).

Hustle appeared to be on a roll over the weekend by scoring the year’s best limited opening with an estimated $115,000 per screen boding well for its wide expansion next weekend. Meanwhile it also took a couple of awards from the San Francisco Film Critics for Lawrence and Original Screenplay. 12 Years took Best Picture, Actor and Adapted Screenplay while Gravity won for directing and several below the line honors. The majority of precursor awards and noms do seem to be lining up heavily behind these three films — so far at least.

In addition to those films the other 7 CCMA Best Picture nominees are Captain Phillips with 6 nods including lead actor Tom Hanks and supporting actor Barkhad Abdi (who now has SAG, Globe and CCMA nods for his first acting role — not bad); Dallas Buyers Club with 3 including Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto; Inside Llewyn Davis (4 noms); Nebraska gaining 6 nods including Bruce Dern and June Squibb (but sadly not its director Alexander Payne); Saving Mr. Banks getting a much needed Best Pic mention after only winning notice for Emma Thompson at12years the Globes and SAG (and here too along with a pair of technical nods); The Wolf Of Wall Street which screened very late and did not yet send DVD screeners to the membership but still managed an impressive 6 nominations,  although neither Leonardo DiCaprio or Jonah Hill made the top acting list (Leo did get a comedy actor mention); And Spike Jonze’s Her (6   noms overall) which also nabbed him directing and writing nods but no acting love for star Joaquin Phoenix.  However, Scarlett Johansson , who is only heard, not seen as the voice of his “operating system” did manage to break into the Supporting Actress club with a groundbreaking nomination for a voice over performance. She was ruled ineligible at the Globes but can compete at the Oscars.

The Best Picture list strongly mirrors another strong Oscar bellwether , the AFI Top 10 which was released last Monday. In a wide open year a consensus could be building  as the two groups agree on 9 films (BFCA went with Dallas while AFI named Fruitvale Station – a film shut out of the CCMAs). Nominated for Best Director are Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Jonze, Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), David O. Russell (American Hustle) and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf Of Wall Street).

The BFCA generally really spread the wealth around in this very competitive year and in most categories haveGravity-c six contenders. Also up for lead actor in addition to those already named was Robert Redford , responsible for the sole All Is Lost nod, while other lead actress nominees include Blue Jasmine’s Cate Blanchett, Philomena’s Judi Dench, Short Term 12’s Brie Larson and August: Osage County’s Meryl Streep.  The late James Gandolfini received a pair of posthumous nominations for Comedy Actor  and Supporting Actor for Enough Said with Rush’s  Globe and SAG nominee Daniel Bruhl rounding out the latter category. Julia Roberts from Osage and Oprah Winfrey of Lee Daniels’ The Butler complete the Supporting Actress category. For Oprah awards season has been a roller coaster ride with two SAG noms, a Globes snub and now two CCMA chances as both Butler and Osage are also up for their ensembles although both films failed to make the Best Picture list. In fact not a single Weinstein Company movie is among the top ten , the first time in a long time the awards savvy company has been left off that list.

The Critics Choice Movie Awards hosted by Aisha Tyler will air live for the second year on the CW network January 16th.  Additionally the BFCA and L.A.’s House Of Blues are teaming up to present a “Celebration Of Black Cinema” on January 7th .

Here’s the complete list of today’s nominees:

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Inside Llewyn Davis
Saving Mr. Banks
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Christian Bale – American Hustle
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford – All Is Lost

Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Brie Larson – Short Term 12
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks

Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl – Rush
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
James Gandolfini – Enough Said
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

Scarlett Johansson – Her
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
June Squibb – Nebraska
Oprah Winfrey – Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Asa Butterfield – Ender’s Game
Adele Exarchopoulos – Blue Is the Warmest Color
Liam James – The Way Way Back
Sophie Nelisse – The Book Thief
Tye Sheridan – Mud

American Hustle
August: Osage County
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
Spike Jonze – Her
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell – American Hustle
Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

Eric Singer and David O. Russell – American Hustle
Woody Allen – Blue Jasmine
Spike Jonze – Her
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
Bob Nelson – Nebraska

Tracy Letts – August: Osage County
Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke – Before Midnight
Billy Ray – Captain Phillips
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope – Philomena
John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave
Terence Winter – The Wolf of Wall Street

Emmanuel Lubezki – Gravity
Bruno Delbonnel – Inside Llewyn Davis
Phedon Papamichael – Nebraska
Roger Deakins – Prisoners
Sean Bobbitt – 12 Years a Slave

Andy Nicholson (Production Designer), Rosie Goodwin (Set Decorator) – Gravity
Catherine Martin (Production Designer), Beverley Dunn (Set Decorator) – The Great Gatsby
K.K. Barrett (Production Designer), Gene Serdena (Set Decorator) – Her
Dan Hennah (Production Designer), Ra Vincent (Set Decorator) – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Adam Stockhausen (Production Designer), Alice Baker (Set Decorator) – 12 Years a Slave

Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers – American Hustle
Christopher Rouse – Captain Phillips
Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger – Gravity
Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill – Rush
Joe Walker – 12 Years a Slave
Thelma Schoonmaker – The Wolf of Wall Street

Michael Wilkinson – American Hustle
Catherine Martin – The Great Gatsby
Bob Buck, Lesley Burkes-Harding, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Daniel Orlandi – Saving Mr. Banks
Patricia Norris – 12 Years a Slave

American Hustle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
12 Years a Slave

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim
Star Trek into Darkness

The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Monsters University
The Wind Rises

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Iron Man 3
Lone Survivor
Star Trek into Darkness

Henry Cavill – Man of Steel
Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man 3
Brad Pitt – World War Z
Mark Wahlberg – Lone Survivor

Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Evangeline Lilly – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Gwyneth Paltrow – Iron Man 3

American Hustle
Enough Said
The Heat
This Is the End
The Way Way Back
The World’s End

Christian Bale – American Hustle
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
James Gandolfini – Enough Said
Simon Pegg – The World’s End
Sam Rockwell – The Way Way Back

Amy Adams – American Hustle
Sandra Bullock – The Heat
Greta Gerwig – Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Enough Said
Melissa McCarthy – The Heat

The Conjuring
Star Trek into Darkness
World War Z

Blue Is the Warmest Color
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Past

The Act of Killing
Stories We Tell
Tim’s Vermeer
20 Feet from Stardom

Atlas – Coldplay – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Happy – Pharrell Williams – Despicable Me 2
Let It Go – Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez – Frozen
Ordinary Love – U2 – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Please Mr. Kennedy – Justin Timberlake/Oscar Isaac/Adam Driver – Inside Llewyn Davis
Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey – The Great Gatsby

Steven Price – Gravity
Arcade Fire – Her
Thomas Newman – Saving Mr. Banks
Hans Zimmer – 12 Years a Slave

  1. Odd categories. They have Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress. Then they SEPARATELY have Best Comedy, Best Actor in a comedy and Best Actress in a comedy. Yet they have no corresponding categories for drama. To me, the suggestion is that comedy needs a special category all its own because it can’t compete with drama which I think is nonsense. I guess they don’t want to do what the Globes do, because they want an overall Best Picture. But the awards seem lopsided to me.

  2. I’ve never seen so many unworthy nominees mixed in with the more than worthy. I won’t suggest money echanged hands, but when it comes to Critic’s Choice it really is who you know.

  3. I love how members never cross the line of saying “look, we know we’re just predicting the Oscars, not really nominating people we think are worthy”, specially with those six nominees per acting category. Just to guarantee you’re not wrong once Oscar nods come out. And with these stupid Comedy, Action Performance categories, it makes the list look worse. Specially since with a “general” acting category, you’re saying the genre categories mean less.

  4. These are the choices of people/organizations that don’t want to make adult choices. Three of American Hustle’s nominations are in the comedy category, which should be abolished.

    I’m impressed with 12 Years A Slave. It’s killing it right now. I’m a bit worried about the meager showing of The Wolf Of Wall Street. What’s going on with that film???!

  5. With the ability to be nominated in more than one category, the numbers for some films are skewed. 12 Years was eligible for only one category and got 12. Hustle/Gravity/Wolf were eligible in more than one, so, the comparisons of nominations received are not necessarily accurate. Interesting group of films and with this system, there are plenty to go around.

  6. So, how is it that Gravity is considered one of the top 10 best overall films? And Sandra Bullock is one of the best actresses in an action movie for Gravity. Yet, Gravity is not considered one of the best action movies. Makes no sense. However, Gravity is in the best horror/sci-fi category, though, technically, Gravity isn’t science fiction, it would be science fact, as everything that occurs and all the technology used can happen or already exists.

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