Critics’ Choice Awards favorites Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence are back in contention

While many of this year’s acting nominees at the Critics’ Choice Awards are first-timers, three have already distinguished themselves with impressive histories. Indeed, they rank among the all-time leaders in nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Critics’ Choice Awards: Complete list of nominations

Actor/producer Brad Pitt just earned his 11th overall bid for “Fury.” He was one of the producers last year for Best Picture champ “12 Years a Slave,” which also went on to a similar win at the Oscars. His other victory was in the ensemble of “Inglourious Basterds” (2009).

Meryl Streep now has 10 career nominations including her supporting role and ensemble nod this year for “Into the Woods“. She has two prior lead actress wins: “Doubt” (2008) and “Julie and Julia” (2009).

Jennifer Lawrence now has eight career nominations with three wins. Her latest is as the action star of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” Her three victories came for her lead role in “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012), the action award for “The Hunger Games” (2012), and as part of the “American Hustle” ensemble (2013).

Critics’ Choice Awards nominations:
Birdman’ soars with 13, ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ reaps 11, ‘Boyhood’ at 8

Among the other interesting facts and figures among the nominations: 

Eight of this year’s 12 lead acting nominees are first-timers at the Critics’ Choice Awards: Jennifer Aniston (“Cake“), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game“), Ralph Fiennes (“The Grand Budapest Hotel“), Michael Keaton (“Birdman“), David Oyelowo (“Selma“), Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl“), and Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything“).

Only three of this year’s 12 supporting acting nominees are rookies: Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood“), Keira Knightley (“The Imitation Game”), and Edward Norton (“Birdman”).

Of the 24 acting nominees in the lead and supporting categories, five of them have won Critics’ Choice Awards previously: Josh Brolin (“Inherent Vice“), Jessica Chastain (“A Most Violent Year“), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice“), Emma Stone (“Birdman”), and Meryl Streep (“Into the Woods“).

An astonishing 18 of this year’s nominees in the four major acting categories are also nominated at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. The combo of all three is often a great barometer about who will be nodded at the Academy Awards. One slot in question seems to be Best Actor, where Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher“) has Globe and SAG nods, David Oyelowo (“Selma”) has Globe and CC, and Ralph Fiennes (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) has Globe and CC. The other is Best Supporting Actress, which has Jessica Chastain (“A Most Violent Year”) in at Globes and CC, Tilda Swinton has CC, and Naomi Watts (“St. Vincent”) with SAG.

The people with the most overall nominations this year at Critics’ Choice are all directors. Wes Anderson has four nods for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Best Picture producer, Best Comedy producer, Best Director, Best Screenplay). Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has four for “Birdman” (Best Picture producer, Best Comedy producer, Best Director, Best Screenplay). Richard Linklater has three ((Best Picture producer, Best Director, Best Screenplay).

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