With a record-breaking 13 nominations including Picture, Director, Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, Supporting Actress for Sally Field and Supporting Actor for Tommy Lee Jones, Steven Spielberg’s long-gestating pet project Lincoln dominated the 18th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards announced this morning. They are presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which will air the CCMA’s on January 10 live on the CW. That is the same date Oscar nominations will be announced, so it should be quite a day. These awards, unlike many of the critics groups awards, are taken very seriously as a strong precursor to the way Oscar voters may cast their ballots. And with those ballots going out earlier than usual — in less than a week — these early award nominations can have a possible impact on the way the Oscar winds are blowing. Certainly the track record is there for the CCMAs.
If that’s the case, then Universal’s Les Miserables will also be a strong contender, snagging 11 nominations including Best Picture, Director (Tom Hooper), Actor for Hugh Jackman and Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway. Just one notch behind is a surprisingly robust showing for The Weinstein Company’s Silver Linings Playbook with 10 nominations including Picture, Actor (Bradley Cooper), Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro), Director and Adapted Screenplay (David O. Russell). Fox’s ambitious Life Of Pi garnered an impressive nine nominations including Best Picture, Director (Ang Lee) and many crafts categories. After that it was up to three movies — Argo (including Director Ben Affleck), The Master and Skyfall to each grab seven nominations and try to keep the contest close. In terms of personal nominations, no one could touch Lawrence, who is having quite a year grabbing four nominations including Actress, Actress in a Comedy, Actress in an Action Movie (The Hunger Games) and Best Acting Ensemble. Her Silver Linings co-star Cooper led the males with three acting nominations, all for that film.
The 10 nominees for Best Picture were a diverse bunch that included three entries alone from The Weinstein Company: Django Unchained, The Master and Silver Linings Playbook. Argo, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Les Miserables, Life Of Pi, Lincoln, Moonrise Kingdom and Zero Dark Thirty round out the list. The latter has already won numerous critics groups awards for Best Film and for its director Kathryn Bigelow. It snagged a total of five mentions from the Broadcast Film Critics, including one for Jessica Chastain as Best Actress. Competing with her are Lawrence, Marion Cotillard for Rust And Bone, Naomi Watts for The Impossible and a couple of contenders on opposite ends of the scale: 85-year-old Amour star Emmanuelle Riva and 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts Of The Southern Wild. (more…)