‘Star Wars’ Added to Critics’ Choice Awards Best Picture Race

Star Wars The Force Awakens
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In an unusual, although not unprecedented move, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has received an 11th-hour Critics’ Choice Award nomination for best picture more than a week after contenders were initially announced.

The sci-fi epic, which hit theaters on Friday, has been added as the 11th best picture nominee, the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced on Tuesday. The film was not screened in time for nominations balloting so the board of directors decided to hold a special vote on Monday to determine if it would have been nominated had members been able to consider it. J.J. Abrams’ pic was thereby able to thwart the rules.

All other Critics’ Choice Award nominations remain as previously announced.

In 2000, “Cast Away” also screened too late for normal consideration and the BFCA included it among 11 best picture nominees.

The 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards nominations were revealed on Dec. 14, with “Mad Max: Fury Road” dominating the film race with 13 nods and FX’s “Fargo” leading TV series noms with eight.

The 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards, hosted by T.J. Miller, will be held on Jan. 17 and air live at 5 p.m. PT on A&E, Lifetime and LMN.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association is returning to the Critics’ Choice name after splitting the awards into two ceremonies in 2010.

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  1. Eddie says:

    Proving to the world that, in Hollywood at least, cheaters always prosper and no one has any credibility whatsoever. The HONORABLE thing for Disney to do would be to say, “Thank you, but we didn’t actually qualify.”

  2. James says:

    Wish they would just move the oscars back to march so that groups can consider all films and not worry about the early deadline

  3. Sophie says:

    Macbeth film which is really amazing film and better than many movies considered deserves to be nominated at Critic’s Choice, its costumes, make-up, cinematography, ensemble, and especially Marion Cotillard in supporting Actress.

  4. AYU_Dyah says:

    So, Critics Choice Awards has lost its credibility. As a fans of Star Wars, I love Force Awakens as a product of entertainment. It’s entertaining and nostalgic, but to be considered as “best film”, I have to say….NO!

    • Sam says:

      Give me a break since when are entertaining films not considered best films, it’s people like you that we get films win that no one has ever heard of and never will

      • AYU_Dyah says:

        Dear Sam,

        I’m not against “blockbusters”, “entertaining movies”, or any movie whose purpose as a commercial product. Once again, I love Force Awakens and it is a nostalgic film.

        But when we’re speaking about ” A movie that deserves a recognition based on its cinematic achievements”, let’s talking from (as possible as we can) objective points of view. Even Movie Awards, along with criticism, are subjective.

        Even though I’m one of huge fans of Star Wars, I should be honest to myself. Is there any particular innovation that Force Awakens giving us? Either in technical department, storytelling, or aesthetical?

        I have to say NO. What made Force Awakens feels so special is because IT HAS “STAR WARS” in it. A movie that had set a groundbreaking landmark in cinematic history. A movie that had been through decades and still has been echoing in our heart for its innovation.

        A Force Awakens is purely an example of a movie that drives nostalgia. It is a brilliant movies, from a business plan points of view, since it has become a new set up for another Star Wars franchise in the future.

        But, Force Awakens offers nothing in innovation. It is slightly a “carbon copy” of Star Wars : New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. With some adjustment to its element of storytelling — like background, characterisation– and make it like an old product with a new package.

        Force Awakens is unlike Mad Max : Fury Road, which successfully expanded its story and brought it to another level, with its innovation in cinematography. Mad Max also has a subtle provocative meaning about environment and cult religion issue. Something that Force Awakens doesn’t have.

        And again, Critics and Awards Bodies have function as cinema’s eyes. To filter and inform audiences about what movies to watch. beside there are a lot of movies that deserves more recognitions, but they don’t have a monstrous budget for marketing campaign like Force Awakens has.

        What Critics Choice did by adding Force Awakens so sudden, prove that this Award body has no consistency in applying its rule. I truly understand if by adding Force Awakens will give Critic Choice Awards more Buzz and hype, by addding Force Awakens popularity. But sadly, the decision made Critic Choice lost its credibility.

      • Unknown says:

        @Sam – You said “it’s people like you that we get films win that no one has ever heard of & never will.”

        Lol! An what films are those? Seriously, it’s people like you who are too short-sighted to look at anything outside the “mainstream” films that are to the lowest common denominator. I’m sure you only think the big budget blockbuster films are the only films worthy when most of them are formulaic & lack depth.

        “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is a very good film in its own right (even though it’s practically a remake that’s been modified & altered in certain regards to be a new film) but is it the best film of the year technically? No. Also, Box-Office doesn’t dictate quality either by no means.

  5. Bill B. says:

    Is there a clause in their rules that allows cheating?!

  6. Mr Furious says:

    So, you can copy a 40-year old movie note for note and still get a ‘Best Picture’ award? That shows how meaningless those stupid awards are.

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