You decide: How closely will Critics’ Choice Awards foresee Oscars?

Before predicting who will prevail at the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Jan. 12, be sure to read our overviews and handicapping for all 12 races. And check out the charts that show the odds and rankings for each nominee. Then head over to our prediction center to log your forecasts for the eventual winners. (Signing up for a free account takes just a minute.) 

The Artist” and “Hugo” lead with 11 bids each for these kudos bestowed by the Broadcast Film Critics’ Assn. “The Artist,” which won Best Picture from the New York Film Critics Circle last month, and “Hugo,” which was similarly feted by the National Board of Review, are both in contention for Best Picture here as is “The Descendants,” which won over the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and got seven nods from the BFCA. 

The Best Picture race also includes “Drive” and “The Help,” which both reaped eight BFCA bids, as well as “War Horse” (7), “The Tree of Life” (5), “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (4), “Midnight in Paris” (3) and “Moneyball” (3)

Over the 16 years of these kudos, they have proven to be the most accurate precursor prizes to the Oscars. The BFCA has predicted nine of the past 15 Best Picture Oscar winners, 11 Best Actor, 10 Best Actress, nine Supporting Actress and eight Supporting Actor Oscar winners. They went four for four both last year and in 2009 although at the Critics’ Choice Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) did tie with Meryl Streep (“Julie & Julia”).  

The BFCA is the largest film critics’ organization in North America with 250 members who will determine the winners revealed on the VH1 kudocast.

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