The New York Film Critics Circle said today it will vote for its 2015 awards on December 1, again placing it first in the derby for what critics think during awards season. The gala dinner is set for January 5, 2015. Over the past couple of years, the NYFCC has jumped to the front of the pack among a spate of early Oscar predictors — for a third consecutive year, its vote comes one day before the National Board of Review makes its picks.

Last year, American Hustle was named Best Film among three overall wins, and Steve McQueen was named Best Director for helming eventual Oscar Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave.

The NYFCC’s membership includes critics from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and online publications. This year it has added Variety’s Scott Foundas and Grantland’s Wesley Morris to its roster after a very public parting of the ways with CityArts critic Armond White, who heckled McQueen after the helmer was introduced at the group’s awards ceremony.