Nominations for the 2013 Critics Choice Awards were announced earlier today and for those that don’t know I think it should be mentioned I am a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the organization that votes on these awards.
Leading the way with thirteen nominations each are 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, both of which are obviously up for Best Picture along with Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Saving Mr. Banks and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Given the fact there are six nominations in the major acting categories it adds room for the likes of Brie Larson (Short Term 12) in the Best Actress line-up and it’s great to see a trio such as Daniel Bruhl (Rush), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) and James Gandolfini (Enough Said) in the Best Supporting Actor line-up as one of them would have surely been bumped as the other three are sure-fire nominees. It is interesting to note, however, no Tom Hanks for Saving Mr. Banks may be the final nail in his Supporting chances at the Oscars for that film.
I also love the inclusion of Scarlett Johansson for her voice performance in Her, a film that continues to gain traction throughout the recent weeks, but what I still can’t tell is what will come of Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street. While the film was nominated for Best Picture, the absence of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, the latter especially, is interesting, though Best Supporting Actor is quite the competitive category this year.
As far as the genre categories go, if you follow me on Twitter you would have noticed they are a difficult bunch to nominate. I ended up nominating the likes of Her as a sci-fi film and Lone Survivor and Rush in the action category. The latter two made the cut, but while Her was nominated for Best Picture it couldn’t find it’s way into the Best Sci-Fi category. I can’t explain it.
Suffice to say, like all nominations, these have their ups and downs, take ’em as interesting films of note and move on.
I’ve included the full list of nominees below and on the second page. The awards will be handed out on January 16 and will air on The CW.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
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