Critics Choice Nominations 2012

The Broadcast Film Critics Assn. will announce their nominees for the Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday, Dec. 11.

Over the 17 years of the Critics' Choice kudos, they have proven to be the most accurate precursor prizes to the Oscars. The 250 members of the BFCA have predicted 11 of the past 17 Best Picture Oscar winners, 11 Best Actors, nine Best Actresses, nine Supporting Actors, and 10 Supporting Actresses as Academy Award champs. They went two for four last year in the acting categories (Octavia Spencer, "The Help" and Christopher Plummer, "Beginners").

Of this year's contenders, Russell Crowe ("Les Miserables") has enjoyed the most success with the BFCA. He won three consecutive Best Actor trophies ("The Insider," 1999; "Gladiator," 2000; "A Beautiful Mind," 2001) and has two other bids. Other multiple winners in the mix this year are Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln") with victories for "Gangs of New York" (2002) and "There Will Be Blood" (2007), Frances McDormand ("Moonrise Kingdom" and "Promised Land") with wins for "Fargo" (1996) and "Almost Famous" (2000), and Meryl Streep ("Hope Springs") with trophies for "Doubt" (2008) and "Julie and Julia" (2009).

Other past Critics' Choice champs with awards hopes: Amy Adams ("The Master"), Javier Bardem ("Skyfall"), Helena Bonham Carter ("Great Expectations" and "Les Miserables"), Jamie Foxx ("Django Unchained"), Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables"), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("The Master"), Anthony Hopkins ("Hitchcock"), Nicole Kidman ("The Paperboy"), Ian McKellen ("The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"), Helen Mirren ("Hitchcock"), Joaquin Phoenix ("The Master"), and Christoph Waltz ("Django Unchained").

In 2011, "The Artist" and "Hugo" led with 11 bids each for the Critics' Choice Awards. "The Artist" won Best Picture and then won the same category at the Academy Awards a few weeks later. Viola Davis ("The Help") and George Clooney ("The Descendants") were the lead acting winners, and later contended at the Oscars. Of the other BFCA Best Picture contenders, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," "The Help," "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball," "The Tree of Life," and "War Horse" were all nodded at the Oscars in that top category as well. In fact, "Drive" was their only nominee that did not receive an Oscar bid.

In the Best Actor category, BFCA nominees Clooney, Jean Dujardin ("The Artist"), and Brad Pitt ("Moneyball") contended at the Academy Awards with Dujardin winning there. Their other nominees were Michael Fassbender ("Shame"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("J. Edgar"), and Ryan Gosling ("Drive").

The Best Actress race had Davis, Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") and Michelle Williams ("My Week with Marilyn") move on to to the Oscars with Streep prevailing. Tilda Swinton ("We Need to Talk About Kevin"), Charlize Theron ("Young Adult"), and Elizabeth Olsen ("Martha Marcy May Marlene") were their other nominees.

The Best Supporting Actor nominees who received Oscar nods were Kenneth Branagh ("My Week With Marilyn"), Nick Nolte ("Warrior"), and Plummer. Albert Brooks ("Drive"), Patton Oswalt ("Young Adult"), and Andy Serkis ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes") did not move on.

The Best Supporting Actress lineup included eventual Oscar nominees Berenice Bejo ("The Artist"), Jessica Chastain ("The Help"), Melissa McCarthy ("Bridesmaids"), and Spencer. Carey Mulligan ("Shame") and Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants") were snubbed by the Oscars. 

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