The DC Area film critics nominations. Their noms from previous years after the cut. The WAFCA are relatively new compared with most critics groups.

Best Film:
Les Misérables
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director:
Ben Affleck (Argo)
Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)
Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Tom Hooper (Les Misérables)
Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)

Best Actor:
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
John Hawkes (The Sessions)
Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)
Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
Denzel Washington (Flight)

Best Actress:
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Helen Mirren (Hitchcock)
Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)

Best Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin (Argo)
Javier Bardem (Skyfall)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)

Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams (The Master)
Samantha Barks (Les Misérables)
Sally Field (Lincoln)
Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
Helen Hunt (The Sessions)

Best Acting Ensemble:
Les Misérables
Moonrise Kingdom
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 Original Screenplay:
Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Rian Johnson (Looper)
Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)
Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)

Best Animated Feature:
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Documentary:
The Imposter
The Invisible War
The Queen of Versailles
Searching for Sugar Man

Best Foreign Language Film:
The Intouchables
I Wish
A Royal Affair
Rust and Bone

Best Art Direction:
Anna Karenina (Nominees TBD)
Cloud Atlas (Nominees TBD)
Les Misérables (Nominees TBD)
Lincoln (Nominees TBD)
Moonrise Kingdom (Nominees TBD)

Best Cinematography:
Les Misérables (Danny Cohen)
Life of Pi (Claudio Miranda)
The Master (Mihai Malaimare Jr.)
Skyfall (Roger Deakins)
Zero Dark Thirty (Greig Fraser)

Best Score:
Beasts of the Southern Wild (Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Howard Shore)
Lincoln (John Williams)
The Master (Jonny Greenwood)
Moonrise Kingdom (Alexandre Desplat)

Best Youth Performance:
Jared Gilman (Moonrise Kingdom)
Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom)
Tom Holland (The Impossible)
Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern

Last year’s:

Best Film:
The Artist
The Descendants
Win Win

Best Director:
Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)
Martin Scorsese (Hugo)

Best Actor:
George Clooney (The Descendants)
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Michael Fassbender (Shame)
Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
Michael Shannon (Take Shelter)

Best Actress:
Viola Davis (The Help)
Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)


Best Supporting Actor:
Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn)
Albert Brooks (Drive)
John Hawkes (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)

Best Supporting Actress:
Berenice Bejo (The Artist)
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
Carey Mulligan (Shame)
Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)

Best Acting Ensemble:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Help
Margin Call

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Alexander Payne and Nate Faxon & Jim Rash (The Descendants)
Tate Taylor (The Help)
John Logan (Hugo)
Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin (Moneyball)
Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy)

Best Original Screenplay:
Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Tom McCarthy (Win Win)
Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids)
Will Reiser (50/50)

Best Animated Feature:
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Puss inBoots
Winnie the Pooh

Best Documentary:
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life
Project Nim

Best Foreign Language Film:
13 Assassins
Certified Copy
I Saw the Devil
The Skin I Live In

Best Art Direction:
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Cinematography:
The Artist
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Score:
The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
War Horse

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  • danemychal

    I’ll be stunned if DC goes for anything other than ZDT and/or Lincoln for the major awards.

  • Lynne

    Anne Hathaway for everything!

  • Nic V

    Rather a joke that film critics associations have now evolved into “and the nominee’s are”. Absurdity at it’s highest pitch with self importance.

  • Glad PT Anderson got in the directors slot!

  • OLIN

    Well, hello, Les Miz.

  • christiannnw

    ^^ Nic V’s comment may be the best I’ve ever read on this site.

  • tintin

    Best picture: ZDT
    Best ensamble: Les Miz.

  • Jack Traven II

    Funny: If I remember correctly, the Washington Critics’s Supporting Actor nominees match exactly with my Golden Globes Contest predictions.

    Interesting: No Screenplay nod for Les Mis. What was that again? No love for screenplay means no …, well, exceptions prove the rule.

  • Joe W

    While I agree that it is a bit ridiculous for critic’s groups to have their own nominees and then winners (the anticipation for people must be through the roof), I can’t help but feel very satisfied with those nominees.

  • Zach

    These look very in line with the eventual Oscar nominees (i.e. they left out Weisz and the overrated McConaughey). Bradley Cooper could knock out someone (Denzel?); I’m still hoping for Naomi Watts; Life of Pi’s score was robbed.

  • rufussondheim

    Really? You’re surprised Les Miz didn’t get a Screenplay nomination.

    Yeah, these look really Oscary.

  • Lucky

    And the Oscar nominees are…

    The only “surprise” here is Javier Bardem instead of Robert de Niro for Silver Linings Playbook.

  • Jack Traven II

    It’s got nothing to do with being surprised. I was rather being deductive.

  • Marc Rivers

    I would love to see Bardem get in, but at the expense of Arkin, not De Niro, who is much better IMO. I really don’t get why he’s virtually a lock in this category it seems. He won for basically the same performance for ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ an Oscar that should’ve gone to Eddie Murphey or the un-nominated jack Nicholson frankly

  • Zach

    Best Supporting Actor this year is a mess. Best Lead Actress is probably weaker, but at least you have women and movies who look OK on paper, whereas there are very few supporting actors who stand out this year (most of them are in Lincoln).

    I’m not sure De Niro can be nominated. Apart from a crying scene, it’s the same old De Niro. On the other hand, Arkin isn’t that different in Argo, but his character is more important and quirkier, and we haven’t seen Arkin play this type of character in as many movies over the past 20 years as De Niro has. Bardem won’t likely get an Oscar nomination, but will McConaughey? Maybe Les Mis love will spill over to Redmayne, though it didn’t with the DC crix.

  • d2

    So The Master got into Actor, Supp. Actor, Supp. Actress, Director, O. Script, Cinematography and Score, but not Picture? What the f*ck? This is like when the Oscar nominated both They Shoot Horses, Don’t They (1969) and My Man Godfrey (1936) for a bunch of awards each but failed to give either a Best Picture nod….wtf?

  • PaulH

    Zach: “Best Supporting Actor this year is a mess.”

    I can think of six BSA nominees right off the bat; far from weak.

    Tom Hardy, The Dark Knight Rises
    Tom Hiddleston, The Avengers
    Woody Harrelson, The Hunger Games
    Don Cheadle, Flight
    Mark Ruffalo, The Avengers
    Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

    And that’s not including Gary Oldman or Joseph Gordon-Levitt from TDKR

  • Princess of Peace

    No one should ever count out Javier Bardem.

  • Zach

    TDKR sucked. No one should be getting an acting nomination, including Anne Hathaway and especially Tom Hardy for that ridiculous voice. Javier is better. Your Avengers and Hunger Games nominations are not happening either (again, I was emphasizing that the category is bad because not many possibilities look good *on paper*). Flight shouldn’t even be getting Denzel a nomination in my opinion, but if a supporting actor was getting a nod for it, I would sooner recognize Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, or even Melissa Leo than Don Cheadle, who just blended into the woodwork.

  • superkk

    who is samantha barks and why is she taking up ann dowds spot? and ugh is dwight henry really about to be snubbed…i mean bardem was cool and all but… :/

    love that cotillard is -finally- nominated for something. was beginning to get worried.

  • Zach

    Cotillard will be a lock before the Oscar nods are announced. 1) The category is terribly weak. 2) Cotillard is charming and everyone loves her in any language. 3) It’s an Oscar-baity part and I’m sure she actually excels in it.

  • Tero Heikkinen

    Yeah, this is just predicting Oscars. Good stuff still.

  • KT

    These nominations are disappointingly bleh. It’s rather amusing when it’s the Academy that may end up making the more inspired noms…like Gary Oldman, Demian Bichir, and resurrecting Tree of Life last year.

    I would absolutely love to see a wildcard get in Best Supporting Actor, like Ann Dowd was cited in Supporting Actress last week. Hoping at least one of these critics groups is brave enough to make an inspired call: Michael Pena from End of Watch, Jason Clarke in Zero Dark Thirty, Andy Serkis in The Hobbit (way overdue for an Academy honorary award like they used to do for pioneers in special effects). I’m sure I’m missing a few others….someone who really could benefit from the recognition.

  • Great showing for LES MISERABLES here! And the lovely Samatha Barks who charmed theatre-goers as Eponine in the stage show is making her presence known. It would really be something if both Hathaway and Barks can secure nods!

  • SJ

    @ Zach “These look very in line with the eventual Oscar nominees” Where exactly did you get your time machine that you are so confident about who will get nominated?

  • Zach M.

    Javier Bardem should be considered a contender for the rat anecdote scene alone. Hell, if Ruby Dee could get a Supporting Actress nomination for her 30 second performance in American Gangster, why not him?

  • Maxim

    ~It’s an Oscar-baity part and I’m sure she actually excels in it.~


  • Paul H

    One could make the reverse question ; who the mother-loving eff is Ann Dowd?

  • Zach

    @KT I borrowed Robert Zemeckis’s DeLorean and actually went back to a time when he made entertaining movies.

  • Kinsey

    Zach, stop your hating. Hathaway & Hardy were my favorite performances of TDKR.

  • Zach

    Yeah, but they weren’t OSCAR-worthy. It’s as if people this year have forgotten what that means.

  • Lars

    Looks like the Best Actor lineup will be exactly the same come Oscar time…still wish Rachel Weisz would get nominated, but I think it’s wishful thinking. Wonder why Django is not getting any love, except for Leo (as expected)…So nominate the Master for almost everything, except for best picture? Really?

  • Bball_Jake

    Its sad to see Hathaway and Hardy getting snubbed for their Oscar worthy performances in TDKR. Anne Hathaway in TDKR blows away the mediocre performance that Jennifer Lawrence gives for SLP. Its just not right!

  • And Life of Pi continues its downward spiral… shame…

    I haven’t even seen it, actually. But I’ll probably like it. I’ll let you know, k?

  • steve50

    “So The Master got into Actor, Supp. Actor, Supp. Actress, Director, O. Script, Cinematography and Score, but not Picture? What the f*ck? ”

    I hear you, d2. It’s like if they don’t leave the theater with a big grin or dabbing a tear or humming a tune, it ain’t gettin’ no BP nod despite the excellence of all the components. Frankly, after I first saw They Shoot Horses, I couldn’t get “California Here I Come” out of my head for weeks.

    Yeah, Paddy this isn’t going to be the year for Pi I’m afraid. In this particular case, I don’t think Washington is the best environment for Richard Parker, anyway (although he’s sorely needed there at the moment.)

  • Julie

    @Bball_Jake : for Jennifer Lawrence, her performance in the film garnered her notable critical praise. She deserves her nomination, sorry!

  • Casey

    No Ann dowd? Me no likey

  • Nic Cage

    Zach is right. The only people talking about TDKR right now in conversations such as these (Oscars, best movies of the year) are fan boys and girls. It’s distracting.

  • superkk

    @paul ann dowd has given one of the best performances of this year so far. if you have not seen compliance in theaters which many people have is playing online. thats fine if shes not campaigning for lead actress but she most certainly should be a supporting lock. every year this happens to me though. theres one excellent line of acting that i see that gets snubbed by mediocrity. last year for me it was elizabeth olson. so yeah im used to it.:/

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