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article image'Lincoln' logs 13 nominations from Critics' Choice Movie Awards

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By Tim O'Brien     Dec 11, 2012 in Entertainment
Another day, another award announcement. So, when noted that this is award season, it is not just some phrase of the day. Like it or not, too.
This time the announcement came today (Dec. 11) from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and "Lincoln" leads the way with 13 nominations. Next in line are "Les Miserables" with 11 and "Silver Linings Playbook" with 10.
Unlike the critic awards from cities and many other organizations, these are, overall, a better barometer for Oscar best picture. It seems the city critic circles compete with each other and tend to try to upset the apple cart. They also try to build momentum and try to sway along the way, sometimes all out of emotion and not logic.
But, the BCFA have added their own discourse by having up to six nominees, sans the top category. Plus, they have an ensemble category. Yes, an ensemble mixed in with the top film category. This means a movie that has the best cast may not be the best movie. Now, with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the top films are for ensemble. And The SAG calls both male and female category - actor only.
These are also referred to as The Critics Choice Movie Awards. They are chosen by the members of the BFCA, the largest film critics organization in the United States with more than 270 television, radio and online critics.
Oh, one more item before listing the nominees for the major categories. They have, in these awards, several movie categories, which looks like they didn't want to admit they overlooked the highest-grossing movie of the year, or the second. For example, Best Action Movie features "The Avengers" and "The Dark Knight Rises." The others in the category are "Looper" and "Skyfall." By including other genres, it tends to water it all down. Yes, they do have comedy, too, and animation. But, if it is the best picture, it should not matter what genre it is in (except animation). With the addition of the other best film genres, it means actor, actress, need to be added, too.
In reality, no matter how many categories they add, they did snub them in the most important category - Best Picture, as they did for "The Dark Knight Rises."
BEST PICTURE
"Argo"
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Django Unchained"
"Les Misérables"
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"The Master"
"Moonrise Kingdom"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Zero Dark Thirty"
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
"Argo"
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
"Les Misérables"
"Lincoln"
"Moonrise Kingdom"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Affleck – “Argo”
Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Tom Hooper – “Les Misérables”
Ang Lee – “Life of Pi”
David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”
BEST ACTOR
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
John Hawkes – “The Sessions”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Misérables”
Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
Denzel Washington – “Flight”
BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard – “Rust and Bone”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Javier Bardem – “Skyfall”
Robert De Niro – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
Matthew McConaughey – “Magic Mike”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams – “The Master”
Judi Dench – “Skyfall”
Ann Dowd – “Compliance”
Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway – “Les Misérables”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
BEST ACTION MOVIE
"The Avengers"
"The Dark Knight Rises"
"Looper"
"Skyfall"
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
"Brave"
"Frankenweenie"
"Madagascar 3"
"ParaNorman"
"Rise of the Guardians"
"Wreck-It Ralph"
BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
"The Cabin in the Woods"
"Looper"
"Prometheus"
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Amour"
"The Intouchables"
"A Royal Affair"
"Rust and Bone"
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
"Bully"
"The Central Park Five"
"The Imposter"
"The Queen of Versailles"
"Searching for Sugar Man"
"West of Memphis"
The Critics Choice Movie Awards will take place on Jan. 10 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA. It will broadcast on the CW Network. Next up are the Golden Globe nominations Thursday, Dec. 13. Look for an in-depth report on those, plus the full list of nominations.
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