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"Critics Choice" Nominations Full List

My last minute super-campaigning for Perks of a Wallflower's Logan Lerman in Young Actor (at least) appears to have paid off though my other pleas did not. Nicole Kidman's remarkable transformation in The Paperboy continues to be ignored in the rush to give all prizes to the same 12 movies so this is hardly a surprise though still disappointing. But the most gob-smacking, head-scratching utterly-embarrassing ommission has to be Michael Fassbender missing out on a nomination for  Prometheus as Actor in an Action Movie. It's the laziest star-fuckingest balloting ever by BFCA members -- none of whom should ever say a bad word about the Globes' tendency to do this in their columns ever again. They chose Bale as Batman and Downey Jr as Iron Man reheated do-overs of performance that were only great once or twice seven-ish years ago and they chose them while F***ing Fassbender was just off to the left mercilessly/scientifically wreaking havoc on humans while obsessing over Lawrence of Arabia. My fellow voters, I am sad to say, seem utterly without taste or at least are lost without the barometer of Oscar buzz to guide them; I don't know if you know this but The Academy Awards has no correlative Best Actor in an Action Movie category.

To cheer up myself up I'll just think about Annie and the 11 nominations for Les Miz.

She wore leg-bondage gear to the Les Miz premiere here in NYC! Speaking of Annie... I'd type up reactions to each Critics Choice race but for the fact that I'm due at a luncheon with the cast of Les Misérables right now. Obviously Anne & Hugh win the war of 'how should i spend my next couple of hours?' but more later today...


Best Picture 
Argo  (7 nominations)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (3 nominations)
Django Unchained (2 nominations)
Life of Pi (9 nominations)
Lincoln (13 nominations)
The Master (7 nominations)
Les Miserables (11 nominations)
Moonrise Kingdom (5 nominations)
Silver Linings Playbook (10 nominations)
Zero Dark Thirty (5 nominations)


Best Actor 
Bradley Cooper,("Silver Linings Playbook") 
Daniel Day-Lewis,("Lincoln") 
John Hawkes ("The Sessions"), 
Hugh Jackman ("Les Miserables") 
Joaquin Phoenix ("The Master") 
Denzel Washington ("Flight") 

Best Actress 
Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty") 
Marion Cotillard ("Rust and Bone") 
Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook") 
Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour") 
Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") 
Naomi Watts ("The Impossible") 

Best Supporting Actor 
Alan Arkin ("Argo") 
Javier Bardem ("Skyfall") 
Robert De Niro ("Silver Linings Playbook") 
Philip Seymour Hoffman ("The Master") 
Tommy Lee Jones ("Lincoln") 
Matthew McConaughey ("Magic Mike") 

Best Supporting Actress 
Amy Adams ("The Master") 
Judi Dench ("Skyfall") 
Ann Dowd ("Compliance") 
Sally Field ("Lincoln") 
Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables") 
Helen Hunt ("The Sessions") 

Best Young Actor/Actress 
Elle Fanning ("Ginger & Rosa") 
Kara Hayward ("Moonrise Kingdom") 
Tom Holland ("The Impossible") 
Logan Lerman ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower") 
Suraj Sharma ("Life of Pi") 
Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") 

Best Acting Ensemble 
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 
Les Miserables 
Moonrise Kingdom 
Silver Linings Playbook 

Best Director 
Ben Affleck ("Argo") 
Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") 
Tom Hooper ("Les Miserables"), 
Ang Lee ("Life of Pi") 
David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook") 
Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln") 

Best Original Screenplay 
Quentin Tarantino "Django Unchained" 
John Gatins "Flight" 
Rian Johnson "Looper" 
Paul Thomas Anderson "The Master" 
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola "Moonrise Kingdom" 
"Mark Boal "Zero Dark Thirty" 

Best Adapted Screenplay 
Chris Terrio "Argo" 
David Magee "Life of Pi" 
Tony Kushner "Lincoln" 
Stephen Chbosky "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" 
David O. Russell "Silver Linings Playbook" 

Best Cinematography 
Life Of Pi 
Les Miserables 
The Master 

Best Art Direction 
Anna Karenina 
The Hobbit 
Les Miserables 
Life of Pi 

Best Editing 
Les Miserables 
Life of Pi 
Zero Dark Thirty 

Best Costume Design 
"Anna Karenina" Jacqueline Durran 
"Cloud Atlas" Kym Barrett and Pierre-Yves Gayraud 
"The Hobbit" Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor 
"Les Miserables" Paco Delgado 
"Lincoln" Joanna Johnston 

Best Makeup 
Cloud Atlas 
The Hobbit 
Les Miserables 

Best Visual Effects 
The Avengers 
Cloud Atlas 
The Dark Knight Rises 
The Hobbit 
Life of Pi 

Best Animated Feature 
Madagascar 3 
Rise of the Guardians 
Wreck-It Ralph 

Best Action Movie 
The Avengers 
The Dark Knight Rises 

Best Actor in an Action Movie 
Christian Bale "The Dark Knight Rises" 
Daniel Craig "Skyfall" 
Robert Downey Jr. "The Avengers" 
Joseph Gordon-Levitt "Looper" 
Jake Gyllenhaal "End of Watch" 

Best Actress in an Action Movie 
Emily Blunt "Looper" 
Gina Carano "Haywire" 
Judi Dench "Skyfall" 
Anne Hathaway "The Dark Knight Rises" 
Jennifer Lawrence "The Hunger Games 

Best Comedy Movie 
Silver Linings Playbook 
This Is 40 
21 Jump Street 

Best Actor in a Comedy Movie 
Jack Black "Bernie" 
Bradley Cooper "Silver Linings Playbook" 
Paul Rudd "This Is 40" 
Channing Tatum "21 Jump Street" 
Mark Wahlberg "Ted" 

Best Actress in a Comedy Movie 
Mila Kunis "Ted" 
Jennifer Lawrence "Silver Linings Playbook" 
Shirley MacLaine "Bernie" 
Leslie Mann "This Is 40" 
Rebel Wilson "Pitch Perfect" 

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie 
The Cabin in the Woods 

Best Foreign Language Film 
The Intouchables 
A Royal Affair 
Rust & Bone 

Best Documentary Feature 
The Central Park Five 
The Imposter 
The Queen of Versailles 
Searching for Sugar Man 
West of Memphis 

Best Song 
"For You", Act of Valor 
"Learn Me Right", Brave 
"Skyfall", Skyfall 
"Still Alive", Paul Williams Still Alive 
"Suddenly", Les Miserables 

Best Score 
Life of Pi 
The Master 
Moonrise Kingdom 

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Reader Comments (38)

These awards have become a big joke: Best Young Actor/Actress, Actor/Actress in a Comedy, Actor/Actress in an Action Film...

Really? In ten years every actor in Hollywood will have a BFCA award.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHannibal Lester

LOL @ Judi Dench for "Best Actress in an Action Movie" but "Best Supporting Actress" for the same exact role


December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Hannibal -- Exactly!

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

What. On Earth. Is that outfit.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNick Davis

@Hannibal: Please to explain "have become a big joke." The BFCAs have never not been a big joke.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNick Davis

I'm okay with citing Best Young Actor/Actress, but I agree that all of the other acting awards seem superfluous. Jennifer Lawrence got three acting nominations! She probably just missed out on being eligible for Best Young Actor/Actress as well.

In any case, bloated yes. The only thing I want to say about these nominations is that I really, really hope LOOPER and PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER can go all the way to Oscars with those Screenplay nominations. Doable you think?

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Since the Critics Choice Awards (with aplogies to Nathaniel), tend to be more about Oscar-predicting than setting their own unique stamp on the season, I think this really narrows the Oscar list a bit, as they also tend to be rather good at predicting the Oscars themselves:

Actor: All six of the frontrunners make it here, Cooper feels the most vulnerable.
Actress: Chastain, Cotillard, Lawrence, Riva, and Watts seem about right at this point (Wallis seems odd-woman out), though I can't help but feel that the annual "missed the Globes, BFCA, and SAG but still got in with Oscar" nomination could be Rachel Weisz taking out either Watts or Cotillard. But the above five are the safe choice.
S. Actor: Arkin, de Niro, Hoffman, Jones, and McConaughey actually seems like a plausible lineup, though I do think John Goodman will get nominated for SAG or the GG's in the next two days.
S. Actress: In weak years, they tend to get uniform with their nominations with Oscar and the precursors, and so Hathaway, Dowd, Adams, Hunt, and Field are a field with the right balance and look like a Final Five.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

Is anyone else thinking about how patronizing it is that there need to be separate categories for Action, Comedy, and Sci-fi/Horror, but NOT Drama? Because the best films and best performances are ALWAYS dramas! (he said while rolling his eyes in disgust)

The absence of BOTH Beasts of the Southern Wild and Cloud Atlas in the Best Score category really stings. I could accept one being left out, but these, along with Moonrise Kingdom, are far above anything else I've heard this year.

I was really pleased with the main acting categories, thinking how nice it would be if Oscar could have six nominees too, until I noticed that there was no love for (once again!) Dwight Henry and Jean-Louis Trintignant. People: Quevenzhane and Emmanuelle did not act ALONE in Beasts... and Amour!

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

Happy that Watts, Riva, and Dowd got nominated!

But once again, Levant in "Holy Motors" is ignored:(

So Jennifer Lawrence and Cooper got nominated for the same role in two different categories? That's just ridiculous...

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLars

If from now it is Weisz vs. Watts for the 5th spot, I guess they'll probably go with Mother Courage instead of the suicidal adulteress.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I agree, this is not a very inspiring list of nominees overall. Especially in the ridiculous comedy/action categories.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBia

I'm sad for not seeing Helen Mirren nominated for her amazing work in Hitchcock :'(

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermarc

No awards should be taken too seriously, but still: it should be illegal for a group to call themselves critics if they don't have a single non-English film in their top ten - and they have only had less than a handful in 18 years.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJan

Finally, there's discussion of Mr. Sharma. I'll take what I can get. LOL

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

I like the extra categories, but here we go again on the annual merry-go-round: the same effing names over and over and over and over and over and over and over....

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKurtis O

No Barbra in comedy, huh? Must be a lousy movie.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave in Alamitos Beach


Kidman won't get anything for Paperboy. She's in the same territory as Isabelle Huppert in 2010 with "White Material" : people keep praising the performance but ultmately she doesn't get a nomination anywhere.
The fact is these two have entered this territory where you don't have anything to prove anymore and the only way to keep on getting award mentions is to take the oscarbait route or to deliver a knock-out performance in a universally-acclaimed film.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteralexis

Nathaniel: At least Ann Dowd is getting due recognition (despite how STUPID that movie is). and Matthew McConaughey seems to be on the road to the Oscars :D

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBVR

So many nominees! But still, it seems a bit mean to nominate only one of the Moonrise Kingdom kids.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSVG

Here's some food for thought:
Demián Bichir "A Better Life"
Gary Oldman "Tiker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Glenn Close "Albert Nobbs"
Rooney Mara "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Jonah Hill "Moneyball"
Max Von Sydow "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Woody Allen "Midnight in Paris" (for Director)
Terrence Malick "The Tree of Life"
Margin Call - J.C Chandor
A Separation - Asghar Farhadi
The Ides of March - George Clooney, Grant Heslov & Beau Willimon
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughn

These are all of last year's Oscar nominees for Writing, Acting and Directing that did not get BFCA nominations. All I'm saying is, don't go calling any of these races just yet. A lot can still happen.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRichter Scale

Totally agree Richter - still a long way to go.

The last time Helen Mirren was Oscar nominated was for The Last Station and she was again snubbed the BFCA.

The SAG and Golden Globes are key

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew W

I am over the moon that Barbra is back on the big screen AND in a comedy. But the trailer looks lousy and her acting partner is Seth Loser Rogan. Blech. But I'll probably still see it.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

The fact that that outfit exists makes me sad. I don't know if it's the superhero heavy curtains as a cape, or the Audrey Hepburn makeup mixed with Mad Max shoes. It's just unsettling and a defeat.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

Hmm. They nominated Django for Best Picture but couldn't find room to nominate anybody from the cast. I wonder if it's because there are three co-stars competing in one category without any real consensus as to who the standout is.

In any case, I'm surprised the critics of all groups didn't nominate Amour for Picture, Director, or Screenplay.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEdwin

No sound category? Am I the only one that thinks that's just wrong?

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConrado

Is it bad that my main Oscar hope is Adele and Skyfall?
Which according to Awards Daily is in the running for the Oscar. Eeeeee.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKeegan

While it is condescending to have different categories for each genre instead of nominating them in the regular categories, I'm glad to see Bale show up somewhere for TDKR. His work in Rises gave the film the kind of emotional potency that I felt was missing from TDK. I'm also one of those who finds Bale's work in Nolan's Trilogy to be largely underrated, so for me it's high time he receive some credit for it.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Armour

If you want diversity, then you're looking in thw wrong places. Diversity will be found in some of the smaller critics societies e.g. Detroit:


December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWellington Sludge

Judi Dench? How about Kerry Washington???

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

Possible that Fassbender wasn't nominated because Prometheus is considered "Sci-Fi" for these awards and not "Action" (as evidenced by its nomination in Best Sci/Fi or Horror)

Can you split?

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLuke

One would think that film critics, who are supposed to see all kinds of films from all over the world all year long, would be a little bit more original with their choices. Oh, well.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn D.

I really love Looper, but to nominate it in 2 different genres seems cheating. I know the movie is both action and sci-fi, and many movies are hard to be classified as one genre, but when it comes to award you gotta choose one. Just like a movie can't be nominated in both drama and comedy category in Golden Globes. The committee should not just tabulate the result and put up the nominees without some principles or rules to be based upon. Following this rule, does that mean Cloud Atlas can be nominated in all Comedy, Action and Sci-Fi categories since it contains storylines with all these elements?

Another problem I have with this list is: Is that a bit weird to put Horror and Sci-Fi in the same category?

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

@iggy: SECONDED.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNick Davis

also i'm still trying to figure out how End of Watch is an "action movie"... because there are gun shots and a foot chase?

Luke -- you can split. There are no rules about which film goes where.

December 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Nathaniel, you don't have Wallflower on your Oscar screenplay prediction, not even in longshot. Is it really that far-off? I kinda hope it got nominated here. As sad as it sound, the screenplay is its best shot at any nomination. Really love that movie.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

Wait, does that mean i have to go and see Skyfall now? Even though it is only the BFCA, seven nominations suggests that i do.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNic

The BFCA awards are on a death march into Golden Satellite territory.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pretentious Know It All

In the main categories ONLY ... Happy to see Naomi Watts

Unhappy to see Alan Arkiin and Amy Adams

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrick

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