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article imageCritics weigh in on award season

By Tim O'Brien     Dec 16, 2013 in Entertainment
The trend is growing that "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" are the top two films going forward in this award season.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for The 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and, yes, those two films lead the way with 13 nominations each.
“Everyone acknowledges that 2013 has been a truly great year for films so our Critics’ Choice Movie Awards voters had an embarrassment of riches to choose from,” noted BFCA President Joey Berlin, in a statement.
"Gravity" picked up 10 nominations while “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Her,” “Captain Phillips” and “Nebraska” all received six nominations and “The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug” nabbed five.
These awards also break it out with a comedy, sci-fi/horror and action categories, which can muddy the field when it comes to Oscar talk.
“BFCA members have loved covering all these terrific films all year long and now revisiting them before we filled out our ballots. And we’re thrilled to have the lovely and talented Aisha Tyler hosting our gala awards ceremony. We can’t wait for January 16th, when the Academy Award nominations will be announced in the morning and so many of their honorees will then make their first public appearance as Oscar nominees on our Red Carpet,” added Berlin.
The Oscars are announced earlier in the day when these will be handed out on Jan. 16. It is important to note that the Oscars can have up to 10 nominees in the best picture category. It doesn't mean it will. These have 10 as well, but they also have five and six nominees in certain categories, which is not necessary.
Plus, they have a top film category and an ensemble one. Add in the sci-fi/horror, action and comedy films and there are multiple best picture awards here. By having multiple film categories like this allows Sandra Bullock to get nominated for action actress and actress with "Gravity" and another with "Heat." James Gandolfini is nominated for supporting actor, but lead actor in a comedy category. Huh?
There are no supporting categories for each film category and in some, there are only four in contention. There seems to be no consistency here.
Meanwhile, Scarlett Johansson gets a nomination for her voice only in “Her” and Robert Redford gets one while not talking in "All is Lost."
BEST PICTURE
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity”
“Her”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Nebraska”
“Saving Mr. Banks”
“12 Years a Slave”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Frozen”
“Monsters University”
“The Wind Rises”
BEST ACTION MOVIE
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
“Iron Man 3”
“Lone Survivor”
“Rush”
“Star Trek into Darkness”
BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
“The Conjuring”
“Gravity”
“Star Trek into Darkness”
“World War Z”
BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
“The Conjuring”
“Gravity”
“Star Trek into Darkness”
“World War Z”
BEST ACTOR
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Robert Redford, “All Is Lost”
BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Brie Larson, “Short Term 12”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Bruhl, “Rush”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
James Gandolfini, “Enough Said”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Scarlett Johansson, “Her”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”
Oprah Winfrey, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Asa Butterfield, “Ender’s Game”
Adele Exarchopoulos, “Blue Is the Warmest Color”
Liam James, “The Way Way Back”
Sophie Nelisse, “The Book Thief”
Tye Sheridan, “Mud”
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
“American Hustle”
“August: Osage County”
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
“Nebraska”
“12 Years a Slave”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Paul Greengrass, “Captain Phillips”
Spike Jonze, “Her”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Eric Singer and David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
Woody Allen, “Blue Jasmine”
Spike Jonze, “Her”
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Tracy Letts, “August: Osage County”
Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke, “Before Midnight”
Billy Ray, “Captain Phillips”
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, “Philomena”
John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”
Terence Winter, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Gravity”
Bruno Delbonnel, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Phedon Papamichael, “Nebraska”
Roger Deakins, “Prisoners”
Sean Bobbitt, “12 Years a Slave”
BEST ART DIRECTION
Andy Nicholson (Production Designer), Rosie Goodwin (Set Decorator), “Gravity”
Catherine Martin (Production Designer), Beverley Dunn (Set Decorator), “The Great Gatsby”
K.K. Barrett (Production Designer), Gene Serdena (Set Decorator), “Her”
Dan Hennah (Production Designer), Ra Vincent (Set Decorator), “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
Adam Stockhausen (Production Designer), Alice Baker (Set Decorator), “12 Years a Slave”
BEST EDITING
Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, “American Hustle”
Christopher Rouse, “Captain Phillips”
Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger, “Gravity”
Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill, “Rush”
Joe Walker, “12 Years a Slave”
Thelma Schoonmaker, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Michael Wilkinson, “American Hustle”
Catherine Martin, “The Great Gatsby”
Bob Buck, Lesley Burkes-Harding, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
Daniel Orlandi, “Saving Mr. Banks”
Patricia Norris, “12 Years a Slave”
BEST MAKEUP
“American Hustle”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
“Rush”
“12 Years a Slave”
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“Gravity”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Iron Man 3”
“Pacific Rim”
“Star Trek into Darkness”
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Henry Cavill, “Man of Steel”
Robert Downey Jr., “Iron Man 3”
Brad Pitt, “World War Z”
Mark Wahlberg, “Lone Survivor”
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Evangeline Lilly, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
Gwyneth Paltrow, “Iron Man 3”
BEST COMEDY
“American Hustle”
“Enough Said”
“The Heat”
“This Is the End”
“The Way Way Back”
“The World’s End”
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
James Gandolfini, “Enough Said”
Simon Pegg, “The World’s End”
Sam Rockwell, “The Way Way Back”
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Sandra Bullock, “The Heat”
Greta Gerwig, “Frances Ha”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Enough Said”
Melissa McCarthy, “The Heat”
BEST SONG
“Atlas,” Coldplay, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams, “Despicable Me 2”
“Let It Go,” Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, “Frozen”
“Ordinary Love,” U2, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” Justin Timberlake/Oscar Isaac/Adam Driver, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Young and Beautiful,” Lana Del Rey, “The Great Gatsby”
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Blue Is the Warmest Color”
“The Great Beauty”
“The Hunt”
“The Past”
“Wadjda”
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“The Act of Killing”
“Blackfish”
“Stories We Tell”
“Tim’s Vermeer”
“20 Feet from Stardom”
BEST SCORE
Steven Price, “Gravity”
Arcade Fire, “Her”
Thomas Newman, “Saving Mr. Banks”
Hans Zimmer, “12 Years a Slave”
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