The Critics Choice awards have been around for a relatively short time, since 1995, and is made up of a hodge podge of folks, many of which are Oscar bloggers themselves, like David Poland, Jeff Wells, Kris Tapley, Anne Thompson, Steve Pond, Nathaniel Rogers, Ed Douglas. They also include some actual film critics, like James Rocchi, Joanna Langfield and Zorianna Kit.
They give out ratings, or scores, for films that can sometimes be an indication of what will do well at their awards and sometimes not. For instance, An Education was rated higher by them than The Hurt Locker in 2009, but the latter went on to win the BFCA and the Oscar.
Like the New York Film critics, the BFCA prides themselves on their matching with Oscar. The truth about that is that they are really really good at picking what will eventually be the Best Picture nominees, particularly since Oscar expanded to ten, and then their weird procedure now. The BFCA is a bigger group than most critics awards but still not as big as the guilds. Their demographic is all over the place, not unlike Oscar, and it is dominated by males, like Oscar. I haven’t counted exactly but I would estimate that it’s one woman for every five males.
The Critics Choice are better at predicting rather than pushing through borderline nominees. Drive, their pet film last year was mostly shut out by the Oscars. And in 2009, this was their headline after nominations, “Nine, Inglourious Basterds lead with ten nominations each. Avatar close behind with 9.”