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This story first appeared in the Jan. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Critics Choice Awards: January 16, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
Founded in 1995, the Broadcast Film Critics Association is the largest film critics group in the U.S., representing more than 250 television, radio and online critics. And in recent years, its Critics’ Choice Awards, which will be broadcast live on The CW, has proved to be a good barometer of which direction the awards season winds are blowing: Last year, the critics bestowed best picture honors on Argo and gave a big thumbs-up to that movie’s director, Ben Affleck, both of which contributed to the growing momentum for the film that culminated on Oscar night. Will the Critics’ Choice Awards this year be so prescient? It’s hard to say, given a race that still doesn’t favor one dominant frontrunner. 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle are the leading contenders here, with 13 nominations each, but Gravity, Her, Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street all have passionate constituencies.
Picture: 12 YEARS A SLAVE
The movie has been well reviewed, is socially relevant and tied American Hustle for most nominations.
Actor: MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY, Dallas Buyers Club
Critics have cheered his career transformation and liked the movie enough to give it a best pic nom.
Supporting actor: JARED LETO, Dallas Buyers Club
He has won just about every critics group that has voted to date, so the die appears cast.
Director: ALFONSO CUARON, Gravity
A longtime critics’ favorite, he oversaw the most ballsy production of the year.
Original screenplay: ERIC WARREN SINGER, DAVID O. RUSSELL, American Hustle
Don’t count out Spike Jonze’s Her, but the critics really liked this film and gave it multiple noms.
Adapted screenplay: TERENCE WINTER, The Wolf of Wall Street
The movie has been divisive, but the critics won’t let it go home empty-handed.
Actress: CATE BLANCHETT, Blue Jasmine
This has been the critics’ favorite performance of the year since it was unveiled this summer.
Supporting actress: LUPITA NYONG’O, 12 Years a Slave
Critics championed this star-making performance long before the film even hit theaters.
Ensemble: AMERICAN HUSTLE
Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper received individual noms as well, so this is the perfect opportunity to reward them all as a group.
Animated feature: FROZEN
This charming musical love story, a big box-office hit, harkens back to Disney’s glory days.
Young actor/actress: ADELE EXARCHOPOULOS, Blue Is the Warmest Color
Cinematography: EMMANUEL LUBEZKI, Gravity
Art direction: CATHERINE MARTIN, BEVERLEY DUNN, The Great Gatsby
Editing; ALFONSO CUARON, MARK SANGER, Gravity
Costume design: CATHERINE MARTIN, The Great Gatsby
Hair and makeup: AMERICAN HUSTLE
Visual effects: GRAVITY
Action movie: RUSH
Actor in an action movie: MARK WAHLBERG, Lone Survivor
Actress in an action movie: SANDRA BULLOCK, Gravity
Comedy: AMERICAN HUSTLE
Actor in a comedy: LEONARDO DICAPRIO, The Wolf of Wall Street
Actress in a comedy: AMY ADAMS, American Hustle
Sci-fi/horror movie: GRAVITY
Foreign-language film: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Documentary: STORIES WE TELL
Song: “Let It Go,” ROBERT LOPEZ, KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ, Frozen
Score: STEVEN PRICE, Gravity
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