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With a slew of critics awards announced last week and several more to come in the next few weeks, a few titles are emerging from the group as leaders in terms of sheer numbers. Thanks to Variety‘s Jon Weisman, who keeps careful tabs on the announcements, there’s a clear picture of the films that are the most awards-laden so far in the season. The one caveat is, of course, that critics groups rarely align perfectly with the Oscars.

Here’s where things stand as of the most recent announcements. Keep watching The Vote for weekly updates as the season progresses:

On the rise: “The Descendants”; Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”; “The Adventures of Tintin”

Chaotic category of the week: Supporting actress

Newcomer of the week: Janusz Kaminski, “War Horse”

Pick a movie already — you did with Fassbender: Jessica Chastain

Taking it category by category, these are the films and faces that have been most often tapped among the critics groups, Globes and SAG nominations.

Picture: “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” “The Tree of Life”

Lead actor: George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Michael Shannon

Lead actress: Viola Davis, “The Help”; Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”; Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”; Tilda Swinton, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

Supporting actor: Albert Brooks, “Drive”; Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Supporting actress: Jessica Chastain, multiple roles; Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”; Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”; Octavia Spencer, “The Help”; Shailene Woodley “The Descendants”

Director: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”; Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”‘; Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”; Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”; Nicholas Winding Refn “Drive”

Adapted screenplay:  Alexander Payne, Nate Faxon, Jim Rash, “The Descendants”; Steve  Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, “Moneyball”

Original screenplay: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”; Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”;   Will Reiser, “50/50”

Animated feature: “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Arthur Christmas,” “Rango”

Documentary: “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” “Project Nim,” “Tabloid”

Foreign-language film: “A Separation,” “The Skin I Live In”