Oscar rivals “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” each reaped a leading 13 bids for this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards. Both are among the 10 Best Picture contenders as are: “Gravity” (10 bids in all), “Captain Phillips” (6), “Her” (6), “Nebraska” (6),”The Wolf of Wall Street” (6), “Inside Llewyn Davis” (4), “Saving Mr. Banks” (4) and “Dallas Buyers Club” (3). (See the full list of nominations here.)
These precursor prizes, which will be handed out just hours after the Oscar nominations are announced on Jan. 16, are bestowed by the Broadcast Film Critics’ Assn. (BFCA). In their 18-year-history, they have become an increasingly important stop on the road to the Oscars. With six nominees in the acting and directing races, they are sure to include most of the leading Academy Award contenders.
The group was savvy and added a slew of below-the-line categories several years back to reflect the wide range of categories at the Academy Awards. They began comedy categories as well, stealing some thunder from the rival Golden Globes which do the same. Thus, they could nominate a trio of talent who missed out on bids in the main acting races: Amy Adams (“American Hustle”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“Wolf of Wall Street”) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus ( “Enough Said“).
The BFCA also bestows also an Ensemble award like the Screen Actors Guild. While “August: Osage County” and “The Butler” didn’t make the cut for Best Picture, they contend in this category as they do at SAG. Here as there, they face off against “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” while “Nebraska” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” reaped bids from the BFCA.
In addition, these kudos include action and sci-fi/horror prizes akin to those at the MTV Movie Awards with the likes of box office stars Robert Downey, Jr. (“Iron Man 3”) and Brad Pitt (“World War Z”) among those nominees.
Even with all these categories to fill, there were still some surprising snubs: the lead performance by Joaquin Phoenix (“Her”) and the featured turns of past Oscar champs Tom Hanks (“Saving Mr. Banks”) and Octavia Spencer (“Fruitvale Station“).
Oscar frontrunners Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford reaped bids. Blanchett’s showcase “Blue Jasmine” also earned an Original Screenplay nod for helmer Woody Allen while Redford is the sole nominee for “All is Lost.”
Among the 10 Best Picture nominees:
“12 Years a Slave” also contends for Director, Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyongo), Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Editing, Makeup and Score as well as Acting Ensemble.
“American Hustle” vies for Director, Actor (Christian Bale), Supporting Actor (Bradley Cooper), Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Original Screenplay, Costume Design, Editing and Makeup as well as Acting Ensemble and three Comedy catetgories — Picture, Actor and Actress (Amy Adams).
“Gravity” is also up for Director, Actress (Sandra Bullock), Art Direction, Cinematography, Editing, Score as well as Sci-Fi/Horror Movie and Action Movie Actress. Bullock picked up a third bid for her comedy performance in “The Heat.”
“Her” is also nominated for Director, Supporting Actress (Scarlett Johansson), Original Screenplay, Art Direction and Score.
“The Wolf of Wall Street” is also nominated for Director, Adapted Screenplay and Editing, as well as Acting Ensemble and Comedy Actor.
“Inside Llewyn Davis” is up for Original Screenplay, Cinematography and Song.
“Saving Mr. Banks” is up for Actress (Emma Thompson), Costume Design and Score.
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