“12 Years” and “American Hustle” Top Critics Choice Nominations

"American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" lead with the most nominations at the 2014 Critics Choice Awards

“American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” lead with the most nominations at the 2014 Critics Choice Awards

The Critics Choice Awards are arguably the most important precursor in recent Oscar history. These awards, given out by Broadcast Film Critics Association, have the advantage of having ten Best Picture nominees and six nominees in most other categories, which helps their accuracy when it comes to Oscar predictions. Oscar frontrunner 12 Years a Slave received 13 nominations including bids for picture, director, screenplay, actor, actress, and supporting actress. Their Oscar rival American Hustle similarly received 13 nominations, however they also received nominations in the comedy categories where 12 Years wasn’t eligible.

Alfonso’s Cuarón’s Gravity received 10 bids in all including two for star Sandra Bullock who was nominated in the general and action Best Actress races. The film also received nominations for picture, director, cinematography, editing, score, visual effects, and most surprisingly, production design.

Other Best Picture nominees Captain Phillips, Her, Nebraska, and The Wolf of Wall Street each received 6 nominations. Inside Llewyn Davis and Saving Mr. Banks both received 4 and surprise nominee Dallas Buyers Club reaped 3.

The nominations reveal a bit more about who may be nominated at the Oscars. Seeing as this is the 3rd major award he’s been snubbed for, it seems that Tom Hanks’ chances of a nomination for Saving Mr. Banks have been sunk, but he is still likely to receive one for Captain Phillips. Similarly Octavia Spencer may have been knocked out of the running for her performance in Fruitvale Station. 

The nominations do support a bid for Her, while its helmer Spike Jonze also gets a boost. The one question is Dallas Buyers Club. Star Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are almost locks, however the film has been in and out throughout awards season. Check out the fill list of nominees below.

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 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 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 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 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 CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Phedon Papamichael, Nebraska
Roger Deakins, Prisoners
Sean Bobbittm 12 Years a Slave

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 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 MAKEUP
American Hustle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Rush
12 Years a Slave

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 SCORE
Steven Price, Gravity
Arcade Fire, Her
Thomas Newman, Saving Mr. Banks
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim
Star Trek into Darkness

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen
Monsters University
The Wind Rises

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 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 ACTION MOVIE
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Iron Man 3
Lone Survivor
Rush
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 SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
The Conjuring
Gravity
Star Trek into Darkness
World War Z

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