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Critics Awards: Phoenix & St. Louis Weigh in on the Race

Two more critics groups weighed in today. Phoenix & St. Louis film critics announced nominations for their awards. These don’t have a whole lot of bearing on the Oscars but it’s always interesting to see what they consider the best of the year and how it compares overall to the other groups. Let’s take a look…

13th Annual Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Nominations

Best Picture:
Argo
The Avengers
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director:
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Tom Hooper, Les Miserables
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Best Actor:
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Anthony Hopkins, Hitchcock
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Best Actress:
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed

Best Supporting Actor:
Javier Bardem, Skyfall
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Best Supporting Actress:
Judi Dench, Skyfall
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Best Original Screenplay:
Arbitrage
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Argo
Les Miserables
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Ensemble:
Argo
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Live Action Family Film:
Big Miracle
Chimpanzee
Life of Pi
The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Overlooked Film of the Year:
The Cabin in the Woods
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Safety Not Guaranteed
Sound of My Voice

Best Animated Film:
Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Foreign-Language Film:
Amour
Headhunters
The Intouchables
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
A Royal Affair

Best Documentary Feature:
Bully
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
The Queen of Versailles
Searching for Sugar Man

Best Original Song:
Les Miserables – “Suddenly”
Skyfall – “Skyfall”
Wreck-It Ralph – “When Can I See You Again”

Best Original Score:
Hitchcock
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Best Cinematography:
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Film Editing:
Argo
The Dark Knight Rises
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Production Design:
Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom

Best Costume Design:
Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
Lincoln
A Royal Affair

Best Visual Effects:
The Avengers
Cloud Atlas
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Prometheus

Best Stunts:
The Avengers
The Bourne Legacy
The Dark Knight Rises
Looper
Skyfall

Breakthrough Performance on Camera:
Mark Duplass, Safety Not Guaranteed
Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Suraj Sharma, Life of Pi
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Breakthrough Performance Behind the Camera:
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Seth MacFarlane, Ted
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Craig Zobel, Compliance

Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Male
C.J. Adams, The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Jerad Gilman, Moonrise Kingdom
Tom Holland, The Impossible
Daniel Huttlestone, Les Miserables

Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Female
Isabelle Allen, Les Miserables
Maude Apatow, This Is 40
Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

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9th Annual St. Louis Film Critics Association Award Nominations

Best Picture:
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director:
Ben Affleck, Argo
Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Actor:
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress:
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Aubrey Plaza, Safety Not Guaranteed
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin, Argo
John Goodman, Argo
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
William H. Macy, The Sessions
Chrisoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom

Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams, The Master
Ann Dowd, Compliance
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Best Original Screenplay:
The Cabin in the Woods
Django Unchained
Moonrise Kingdom
Seven Psychopaths
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Lincoln
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Foreign-Language Film:
The Fairy
Headhunters
Holy Motors
The Intouchables
The Kid with a Bike

Best Documentary Feature:
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Bully
How to Survive a Plague
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Searching for Sugar Man

Best Animated Film:
Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Cinematography:
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Cloud Atlas
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
The Master
Skyfall

Best Score/Soundtrack:
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
Moonrise Kingdom
Not Fade Away

Best Visual Effects:
The Avengers
Cloud Atlas
Life of Pi
Prometheus
Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Comedy Film:
The Cabin in the Woods
Moonrise Kingdom
Seven Psychopaths
Ted
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Arthouse/Festival Film:
Bernie
Compliance
The Fairy
Safety Not Guaranteed
Sleepwalk with Me
Take This Waltz

Best Scene:
Beasts of the Southern Wild – The hurricane (and Wink shooting at it)
Django Unchained – The “bag head” bag/mask problems scene
Flight – The plane crash
Hitchcock – Anthony Hopkins in lobby conducting to music/audience’s reaction during “Psycho” shower scene
The Impossible – Opening tsunami scene
The Master – The first “processing” questioning scene between Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix

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