The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and the leaders are 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle with 13 nominations each. To more than a casual extent the BFCA has tended to reflect or predict Academy sentiments (they were the first to signal last year’s Argo rebound) so this is a huge shot in the arm for both films, not to mention the absolute ignominious end for Saving Mr. Banks as a credible Best Picture contender. Pay up, Scott Feinberg!
Gravity did pretty well also with ten nominations, but it’s been downgraded to runner-up status. At this stage of the game it can be fairly said without prejudice or rancor that while Gravity has a clear following, it’s no longer the Big Kahuna of Best Picture contenders. The picture has changed. Right now it’s the masterful Slave vs. the widely admired and enjoyed Hustle. No softies! This is a good thing.
The Wolf of Wall Street, Her, Captain Phillips and Nebraska received six nominations. Inside Llewyn Davis, August: Osage County, Enough Said, Saving Mr. Banks, Iron Man 3 and Rush received four nominations.
The BFCA dropped the ball big-time by failing to nominate The Wolf Of Wall Street‘s Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor or Jonah Hill for Best Supporting Actor. This isn’t just an oversight — it’s an unconscionable “what?”
The BFCA also showed their clubby, mainstream, celebrity-kowtowing colors by failing to nominate Blue Is The Warmest Color‘s Adele Exarchopoulos for Best Actress. (They chose instead to nominate her as one of year’s Best Young Actor/Actresses — a humiliating consolation prize.) The BFCA did, to be fair, nominate Brie Larson for Short Term 12, but they mostly went for a roster of established, name-brand actresses whose campaigns have been well-funded and vigorously publicized — Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson.
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
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