The Broadcast Film Critics Association-- a group I'm proud to be a new member of-- is one of the largest critic's organizations in the country, which means you can look at their annual nominees for the best films of the year as a pretty fair representation of what all critics think. The BFCA has released the nominees for their annual Critics Choice Awards, and unsurprisingly, they seem wild about a lot of movie other critic's groups have already voted for, with Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Argo and The Master leading the pack.
Lincoln actually set a record for the most nominations ever from the group after 13 nods, including one in every acting category aside from Best Actress. Les Miserables was right behind it with 11 nominations, including Actor and Supporting Actress, and Silver Linings Playbook followed it with 10 nods. All three were Best Picture nominees, of course, but surprisingly enough, Zero Dark Thirty-- which has won the lions share of critic's prizes so far-- was well behind with just 5 nods overall. A lot of that is due to the fact that it's really a one-woman show for Jessica Chastain in terms of acting prizes, and that the film's cinematography (wrongly) isn't being considered as highly as more typically beautiful films.
Worth noting: The lineup of the 10 Best Picture films is identical to the lineup for my other group, the New York Film Critics Online, and nearly identical to the AFI's last, which traded The Dark Knight Rises for The Master. Consensus, and how.
You can see the full list of nominees at the bottom of this post and on the next page, and with six nominees in most categories (plus 10 for Best Picture), there's a lot of titles included. In terms of surprises, I'm thrilled to see Ann Dowd make it into the Best Supporting Actress category for Compliance, following up on her National Board of Review win and earning serious potential as an Oscar nominee. The Supporting Actor category is a delight too, with Matthew McConaughey making it in there for Magic Mike and a nod for Skyfall's Javier Bardem-- he'd be the first acting nominee ever from a Bond movie if he made it in. Fans of Rian Johnson's Looper should be happy to see it make the Best Original Screenplay category, and I'm especially surprised to see Stephen Chbosky's adaptation of his own book, The Perks of Being A Wallflower, slip into the Best Adapted Screenplay category.
Take a look at the full list below, and see the awards handed out live on the CW on Thursday, January 10.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty