10:49am PT by Scott Feinberg
Critics' Choice Voters May Add 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' as 11th Best Picture Nominee
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was not screened for members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association in time to be considered for the Critics' Choice Award nominations that were announced on Monday — but that may not keep the film from being celebrated on the group's 21st annual awards show on Jan. 17.
BFCA members received an email on Friday morning from their board of directors announcing that they have decided, "in the wake of an unprecedented cry out from you," to "poll the membership on Monday to determine whether we should add Star Wars: The Force Awakens to our list of Critics’ Choice Award nominees for Best Picture."
The email continues: "The question will be: If you had seen "The Force Awakens" before casting your Critics’ Choice Awards ballot, would you have included it in your five choices for Best Picture?" And ends, "Our purpose in presenting the Critics’ Choice Awards is to celebrate the finest cinematic achievements of the year. It appears that many members believe The Force Awakens deserves to be included. In this unique situation, we think this is the best way to proceed. Onward and upward!"
Based on the film's 95 percent approval rating from critics on RottenTomatoes.com, it seems likely that there will be a new — eleventh — best picture Critics' Choice Award nominee before Christmas.