2013 Critics Choice Awards Nominations

2013 Critics Choice AwardsNominations 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.


  • 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


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • American Hustle
  • August: Osage County
  • Lee Daniels’ The Butler
  • Nebraska
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)

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