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by Peter Knegt
December 16, 2013 11:48 AM
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'12 Years a Slave' and 'American Hustle' Lead 2014 Critics Choice Award Nominations With 13 Each

The Broadcast Film Critics Association has announced the nominations the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, with Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" and David O. Russell's "American Hustle" dominating with 13 mentions each.  Both got nominations for best picture, best director, best acting ensemble, best screenplay (best adapted for "12 Years," best original for "Hustle"), as well as individual acting noms for trios from each cast -- Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o from "12 Years," and Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence from "American Hustle."

Joining the pair in the best picture category were "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Gravity," "Her," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Nebraska," "Saving Mr. Banks" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

There weren't too many shocking omissions in the group, though Oscar hopes for Tom Hanks (in "Saving Mr. Banks," at least), Jonah Hill ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Octavia Spencer ("Fruitvale Station") and Joaquin Phoenix ("Her") continue to dwindle as they all missed out here after big snubs last week. Brie Larson ("Short Term 12") and Scarlett Johannson (a voice over performance in "Her"), meanwhile, arguably got the biggest boosts from somewhat surprising nominations here (aided by the fact that the Critics Choice Awards give six nominations in each acting category).

Then of course there's the fairly new action and comedy-specific categories, which notably have 3 extra nominations to "American Hustle" where "12 Years" was ineligible (for best comedy and two comedy acting bids for Bale and Adams). The categories continued to offer frustrating and non-sensical nominations in a clear bid to give as many nominations as possible to big stars. Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio got noms for best action actress and best comedy actor, respectively, for "Gravity" and "The Wolf of Wall Street." But then bizarrely neither film was nominated for best action movie or best comedy movie (despite both getting best overall picture nods). Bullock actually got another nomination for "The Heat" (which did get a best comedy movie nod as well), bringing her overall count here to 3. Surely that means the Critics Choice Awards will get her on that stage one way or another...

Full list of nominations below:

'12 Years a Slave'

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Inside Llewyn Davis
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
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
American Hustle
August: Osage County
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
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

Nomination list continues on next page.


  • | December 19, 2013 10:31 AMReply

    my neighbor's mother makes $64 an hour on the laptop. She has been laid off for nine months but last month her pay was $19252 just working on the laptop for a few hours. see here.....

  • Ann Maskrey | December 18, 2013 3:54 PMReply

    Ms Burkes Harding is incorrectly credited with a costume design nomination for The Hobbit- The Desolation of Smaug. The Critics Choice awards list has been amended following a massive mistake on the part of their researcher. I would like this to amended on your site too please. Thanks

  • | December 18, 2013 2:28 PMReply

    my buddy's mother-in-law makes $83/hour on the computer. She has been laid off for 7 months but last month her pay was $17954 just working on the computer for a few hours. read this.....

  • Julie | December 16, 2013 8:13 PMReply

    A nomination for Scarlett's voice is hilarious! her voice was included during the post-production, but was Samantha Morton who did all the job on the set and was shamefully discarded because Spike Jonze wanted a famous name to get publicity!
    Let's begin to nominate actors for animated films too? what about a best actor/actress nomination for CGI? and the muppets also deserve a nomination!
    Those awards are a joke!

  • Joss | December 17, 2013 4:09 PM

    There are actually a lot of people (myself included) who think a case should be made for nominating some people for voice acting performances in animated movies or for motion capture work for cgi.
    I think Johansson's nom is fantastic - it shows a less narrow minded approach to less traditional forms acting and I really hope she makes it to the oscars too.

  • Chris L. | December 16, 2013 3:18 PMReply

    Six in a category is kind of cheating (and as we are ceaselessly reminded, Critics Don't Vote For Oscars), but let's hear it anyway for Brie Larson. And for Scarlett's voice, I suppose...