“12 Years a Slave” was the top choice at the Critics’ Choice Awards, winning three of its 13 bids: Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o), and Adapted Screenplay. This comes after winning Best Drama Picture at the Golden Globes and earning nine Oscar nominations.
“Gravity” was also a multiple winner, claiming seven awards out of 10 nominations, including five in the main categories: Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Cinematography, Editing, Score and Visual Effects. It also won Best Sci-Fi/Horror Film and Sandra Bullock made merry (albeit while dropping the F-bomb) when accepting her prize for Best Actress in an Action Movie.
“Blue is the Warmest Color” won Best Foreign Language Film, beating “The Great Beauty,” which recently won the Globe and was nominated at the Oscars. “Blue” also won Best Young Actor/Actress for star Adele Exarchopoulos.
“The Great Gatsby” was a two-time winner in below-the-line categories, taking Costume Design and Art Direction.
The Critics’ Choice Awards, handed out by the 250 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., are one of the best barometers for predicting the Oscars. Over their 18-year history, these awards have proven to be one of the most accurate precursor prizes to the Oscars predicting 12 Best Picture, 12 Best Actor, 10 Best Actress, 11 Supporting Actress, and nine Supporting Actor winners.
Last year, they presaged the Best Picture win for “Argo” but went only two for four last year in the acting categories (Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln“; Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables“). Their Best Actress pick was Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty“) over eventual Oscar champ Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook“) while their choice for Supporting Actor was Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master“) with eventual Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained“) not even nominated.
Will the Critics’ Choice winners influence the Oscars this year? Make your predictions below: