12 Years a Slave Leads Chicago Film Critics Association

12 Years A Slave
American Hustle
Inside Llewyn Davis

Joel & Ethan Coen–Inside Llewyn Davis
Alfonso Cuaron–Gravity
Spike Jonze–Her
Steve McQueen–12 Years A Slave
David O. Russell–American Hustle

Bruce Dern–Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor–12 Years A Slave
Oscar Isaac–Inside Llewyn Davis
Matthew McConaughey–Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford–All Is Lost

Cate Blanchett–Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock–Gravity
Adele Exarchopoulos–Blue is the Warmest Color
Brie Larson–Short Term 12
Meryl Streep–August: Osage County

Barkhad Abdi–Captain Phillips
Michael Fassbender–12 Years A Slave
James Franco–Spring Breakers
James Gandolfini–Enough Said
Jared Leto–Dallas Buyers Club

Scarlett Johansson–Her
Jennifer Lawrence–American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o–12 Years A Slave
Lea Seydoux–Blue is the Warmest Color
June Squibb–Nebraska

American Hustle–Eric SInger & David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine–Woody Allen
Her–Spike Jonze
Inside Llewyn Davis–Joel & Ethan Coen
Nebraska–Bob Nelson

12 Years A Slave–John Ridley
August: Osage County–Tracey Letts
Before Midnight–Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke
Philomena–Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope
The Wolf of Wall Street–Terrence Winter

The Act of Killing
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Hunt
The Wind Rises

20 Feet from Stardom
The Act of Killing
The Armstrong Lie
Stories We Tell

The Croods
From Up on Poppy Hill
Monsters University
The Wind Rises

12 Years A Slave–Sean Bobbitt
Gravity–Emmanuel Lubezki
Her–Hoyte Van Hoytema
Inside Llewyn Davis–Bruno Delbonnel
Prisoners–Roger Deakins

12 Years A Slave–Hans Zimmer
Blancanieves–Alfonso de Vilallongo
Gravity–Steven Price
Her–Arcade Fire
Spring Breakers–Cliff Martinez and Skrillex

12 Years A Slave
The Great Gatsby
Inside Llewyn Davis

12 Years A Slave–Joe Walker
American Hustle–Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy & Crispin Struthers
Gravity–Alfonso Cuaron & Mark Sanger
Upstream Color–Shane Carruth & David Lowery
The Wolf of Wall Street–Thelma Schoonmaker

Lake Bell–In A World
Ryan Coogler–Fruitvale Station
Destin Cretton–Short Term 12
Joseph Gordon-Levitt–Don Jon
Joshua Oppenheimer–The Act of Killing

Barkhad Abdi–Captain Phillips
Chadwick Boseman–42
Adele Exarchopoulos–Blue is the Warmest Color
Lupita Nyong’o–12 Years A Slave
Tye Sheridan–Mud

By Number Of Nominations Received:

11 nominations: 12 Years A Slave
7 nominations: Gravity, Her
6 nominations: Inside Llewyn Davis
5 nominations: American Hustle
4 nominations: Blue is the Warmest Color
3 nominations: The Act of Killing, Nebraska
2 nominations: August: Osage County, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Spring Breakers, The Wind Rises, The Wolf of Wall Street
1 nomination: 42, 20 Feet from Stardom, All is Lost, The Armstrong Lie, Before Midnight, Blackfish, Blancanieves, The Croods, Don Jon, Enough Said, From Up on Poppy Hill, Frozen, Fruitvale Station, The Great Gatsby, The Hunt, In A World, Monsters University, Mud, Philomena, Prisoners, Stories We Tell, Upstream Color, Wadjda.


  1. josh 2 years ago

    Good list! Looks like they really liked 12 Years, Her, Gravity, and Inside Llewyn Davis. Two acting noms for Blue is the Warmest Color as well.

    No Butler or Saving Mr. Banks ANYWHERE. Anyone else see that the Metacritic score for Banks is 66? Gulp.

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  2. Christophe 2 years ago

    Sigh… Saving Mr. Banks is nowhere to be found. I guess it’s either building its underdog status or disappearing from the race altogether.

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  3. James 2 years ago

    Good list.

    See the House of Cards Season 2 trailer Sasha?

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  4. jorge 2 years ago

    more adele love and leah!! hopping for both to make the cut and i think that would be a pretty goood best actress line up.

    dench or streep will be snubbed, hopefully both

    is james galdonfini worthy? or its just like an career nomination?

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  5. Vily 2 years ago

    Seriously? WTF is going with TWOWS? Is it just a bad movie or what? No recognition whatsoever?!

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  6. Bryce Forestieri 2 years ago

    -They got it just right with their Best Director line-up. Just excellent.

    -Oscar Isaac. Good!

    -James Franco. Good!

    -Cliff Martinez and Skrillex. You guys are the best!

    -Replace PHILOMENDA with THE SPECTACULAR NOW in Best Adapted Screenplay. Go do it.

    -Their Original Screenplay line-up is the same Oscar is gonna have. Travesty.

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  7. Bryce Forestieri 2 years ago

    – Joseph Gordon-Levitt–DON JON. Such great taste

    -Tye Sheridan. So far one of the best line-ups we’ve had!

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  8. josh 2 years ago

    100% agree Bryce. If this was the final five that got Best Director noms I would be giddy.

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  9. bd74 2 years ago

    Sigh… Saving Mr. Banks is nowhere to be found.

    Since when does the Chicago Film Critics Association mean anything with regard to the Oscar race??? I must’ve missed that memo.

    It’s rather obnoxious to see people latch on to these marginal critics awards just to boost the films that they themselves have chosen as their favorites.

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  10. Mike 2 years ago

    Vily, what is up with your obsession with Wolf of Wall Street? You haven’t even seen the film and you’re already ready to crucify the Academy if they don’t nominate Leo.

    He should’ve been nominated and won Best Supporting Actor last year, but you can’t form an opinion on unseen work when he’s been so inconsistent in the past. J. Edgar, and Blood Diamond was just horrible. Catch me if you Can, The Departed, and Shutter Island were great.

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  11. Nate Frey 2 years ago

    I agree with these nominations more than any others I’ve seen this year. I’m proud to be a Chicagoan film fan today.

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  12. josh 2 years ago

    Private Screening for both American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks last night here in MPLS. I saw American Hustle and thought it was great. Several friends went to Saving Mr. Banks and they said it was good but I asked if they thought it was a Best Pic contender and basically they all said ‘what?! no. not in the slightest’. All praised Thompson though.

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  13. Christophe 2 years ago


    WTF? I’m just expressing my disappointment that Saving Mr. Banks has had a terrible week:

    – ignored by critics
    – only 1 nom at SAG, Globes and AACTA (even Les Mis, despite being panned by critics, managed to snag 3 to 4 noms at each of these events, including Picture/Ensemble, whereas Banks isn’t factoring anywhere)

    I’m starting to lose hope no matter what you say and believe only a Christmas Miracle (Box office?) could save it now…

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  14. Paddy Mulholland 2 years ago

    Since when does the Chicago Film Critics Association mean anything with regard to the Oscar race??? I must’ve missed that memo.

    It’s rather obnoxious to see people latch on to these marginal critics awards just to boost the films that they themselves have chosen as their favorites.

    The only obnoxiousness I can detect on this page is the commenter who saw fit to disregard the Chicago Film Critics Association – one of the world’s pre-eminent film critics organisations – as ‘marginal critics awards’. When the CFCA Best Picture award became the only such award won by Crash before it won the Best Picture Oscar, that’s when.

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  15. josh 2 years ago

    66 average for Banks right now on Metacritic isn’t great. Nothing over an 88 either.

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  16. Jake Bart 2 years ago

    I’m really not worried about SAVING MR. BANKS at this point, AMPAS will eat it up and it’ll BLIND SIDE the shit out of this race.

    Kudos to my hometown critics for citing Franco, UPSTREAM COLOR, and Deakins. All richly deserving but under-awarded.

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  17. Ted 2 years ago

    Damn… HER has really become a consensus choice.

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  18. bd74 2 years ago

    When the CFCA Best Picture award became the only such award won by Crash before it won the Best Picture Oscar, that’s when.

    And that film’s BP win is one that many people easily single out as perhaps AMPAS’ biggest mistake.

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  19. steve50 2 years ago

    Good job, Chicago. Now let’s throw a win or two Llewyn’s way.

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  20. bd74 2 years ago

    – only 1 nom at SAG, Globes

    So what? 3 of the films that got SAG ensemble nods didn’t even get Best Picture nods at the Globes.

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  21. joeyhegele 2 years ago

    12 Years A Slave deserves many nominations, but why does it keep getting nominated for its editing? Especially over films like Rush and Captain Phillips. I am very happy for the nomination for Upstream Color’s editing.


    Maybe you accidentally posted your comment about The Wolf Of Wall Street in the wrong article, but the film has two nominations from this group. Nominating a film for its screenplay usually means you thought it was pretty well made.

    I am sure the Academy will nominate it for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, and Editing. Lead and Supporting Actor are possibilities. After last year, I am not sure what the hell the directors branch will do.

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  22. david 2 years ago

    Good to see some more love for Brie Larson and especially for Destin Cretton

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  23. bennett 2 years ago

    I didn’t want to be the first one to say that, but now it’s been said, I also think Vily is going nuts with TWOWS and LEO. It’s actually starting to annoy me. I know I must not demerit anybody’s freedom of expression here in this site, but I’m just pointing that out in order to remember that “the trick is not minding” (It’ll be better for you, Vily, believe me, because in the end you’re gonna be the only one hurt. Everybody ends up winning, even if they are not nominated. Keep in mind that they have a lot of money, all the prestige, fame, friends, recognition, and we are all here wasting our time typing comments on a website, talking about them, and because of that they are where they are keep doing what they do and taking every benefit from it).

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  24. Ryan Adams 2 years ago

    “It’s rather obnoxious to see people latch on to these marginal critics awards just to boost the films that they themselves have chosen as their favorites.”

    — says the guy who told us this yesterday:

    “We all need to keep in mind that Saving Mr. Banks has been playing well for Academy members (I heard that someone in the industry even tweeted about that during the last couple of days).”

    Maybe we should’ve devoted a post to that “tweet from somebody in the industry” instead of getting all excited about the Chicago critics.

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  25. josh 2 years ago

    LOL @ ryan. Truth.

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  26. Isaac David Quesada 2 years ago

    Glad to see so much love for Her, such a great idea for a film and Jonze is one of my faves, still have yet to watch it. 12YAS is starting to become my King`s Speech in regard of being the one that is kind of annoying me for beating the one I am hoping to win (Social Network then, Gravity now). Anyway, as Bennett said, the trick is not minding.

    Also glad to see Franco, Cliff Martinez and Brie Larson up there.

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  27. curtis 2 years ago

    12 yuears will get 12-13 oscar nods.

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  28. Vily 2 years ago

    All right, guys! I’ll stop. I apologize…

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  29. Sam Juliano 2 years ago

    Great to see another fantastic showing for 12 YEARS A SLAVE, which continues to build momentum.

    Nice to see WADJDA land on the Best Foreign Film shortlist. It is certainly one of the best films of the year.

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  30. Vily 2 years ago

    I notice that a lot of critics are embracing American Hustle… I’ll try to watch it this weekend and hopefully like it as much as others are…

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  31. Sammy 2 years ago

    Best Director line-up with Jonze and Coens is really what I would like to see. This reflects their taste. Congratulations!!

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  32. Sammy 2 years ago

    HER keeps getting cinematography nods from various critics bodies. Looking at the competition is there anybody who thinks it is capable of landing a cinematography oscar nod? Hoyte Van Hoytema has a nice sepia style in his films a little bit like Deakins and I really like it.

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  33. Odee 2 years ago

    “When the CFCA Best Picture award became the only such award won by Crash before it won the Best Picture Oscar, that’s when.”

    Which only goes to show that they, (Chicago critics, but Ebert in particular, who appeared to really love the film, as I remember his original review of the film that prior Spring), saw behind the LG marketing of giving Oscar a way out, by picking a star-studded, LA made less of a made for TV movie, than a film of excellence, that has gone down as the worse choice to ever be awarded a Best Picture Oscar, not to mention its poor box office appeal, all to not reward a film that to this date won more awards for Best Picture, leading into the Oscars than any film in history.

    The reasons behind this infamous shun has been written about many times over the years, so there’s no need to go into that now. The majority of people agree: This was the crime of cinema. And Ang Lee’s richly deserved 2nd Oscar for Pi cannot wash away the stench. Specifically, since it was meant to slight Spielberg. And you thought there was no “P” (petty) in “Oscar”.

    It’s interesting that 12 Years A Slave, may suffer a similar fate. We feel really comfortable honoring films that deal with the nightmares of the holocaust. Now, comes a film that hits you where you live with the horrors of slavery, without the Hollywood crap of the past. I’m sure you’ll have a lot of voters refusing to watch that film as well, so what will we get: Maybe American Hustle! It would serve the purpose famously, given the hustles that come out of this game we call awards season. At the end of the day, we need to keep things in perspective: It’s not about excellence, although we’d like it to be. It’s about consensus, and that consensus is among those who wield the power, and they could care less what we, or the critics think, if it does not sit well with their way of doing things. The good thing is, no matter what happens, there’s not a film NEARLY as bad as that awful 2005 win, that will be among the nominees this year, so at least something credible will take home the gold.

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  34. Kane 2 years ago

    I love the Chicago Film Critics. These guys were the only ones smart enough to nominate Bill Irwin from Rachel Getting Married, give Michael Shannon best actor for Take Shelter and Where the Wild Things Are all those nominations. I see Her taking original screenplay and score, 12 Years cleans up the rest.

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  35. JPNS Viewer 2 years ago

    Love the fact that this voting body, just like some/many others, also shows big BP love to American Hustle. Five spots aside, American Hustle’s still made it. It most likely says something about this film. [Can’t wait]

    Glad to see Jasmine director-writer Woody Allen recognized for his writing in addition to Ms. Blanchett’s great performance.

    And it’s good to see our J. Kelly Hooker back in the game.

    Last but not least, CHICAGO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION, Kudostorm to all of you. For The Wind Rises has received the honor in both Best Animated Feature and Best Foreign Film.

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  36. Dominik 2 years ago

    Very nice to see some recognition for Exarchopoulos and Seydoux here and there, but I´m not quite ready to allow myself some optimism. The Academy is not half as art-minded and innovative than the Chicago Critics.
    I´m so much looking forward to “Her”…

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