“The Artist” may be tied with “Hugo” for most nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards (11) but it is far out in front to win Best Picture with odds of 21/20. Our Experts, Editors and Users agree that this love letter to the silent film era, which won Best Picture with the New York Film Critics’ Circle, will repeat here.
National Board of Review champ “Hugo” is in third place at 12/1 behind “The Descendants,” which won over the L.A. film critics and has odds of 4/1 to prevail here. “The Help” is in fourth place with odds of 16/1.
Over their 16-year history, 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 nine of the past 16 Best Picture Oscar winners. They had gone four in a row before choosing “The Social Network” over eventual Oscar champ “The King’s Speech” last year.
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.