After seven losing bids, George Clooney is predicted to win his first prize at the Critics’ Choice Awards Thursday. Our Experts, Editors and Users forecast him to prevail in the Best Actor race for his performance in “The Descendants” with leading odds of 5/6. His closest rival is Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) with odds of 9/2 while Clooney’s pal Brad Pitt (“Moneyball”) is in third place with odds of 5/1.
All six of these men are among the frontrunners to reap Oscar bids, although Gosling is a stronger contender for “The Ides of March,” which was directed by Clooney who also featured in the film. The cast of that picture as well as “The Descendants” are vying for Best Ensemble tonight as are those featured in “The Artist,” “Bridesmaids” and “The Help.”
These kudos have proven to be the most accurate precursor prizes to the Oscars. The 250 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. have predicted 11 of the past 16 Best Actor winners, including last year’s champ Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”). Four of the six BFCA nominees contended at last year’s Oscars.
The 17th annual Critics’ Choice Awards air live on VH1 Thursday evening (Jan. 12) beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET from the Palladium in Hollywood.