Critics’ Choice Awards Considering Adding ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ to Best Picture Nominees

     December 18, 2015


When it came time for the critics’ groups to start announcing their year-end awards, we learned that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would most likely not be among them. Not because the film isn’t good, but because Disney was unwilling to risk leaks by screening the movie before most of the groups’ voting deadlines. One group opted to push its own deadline back, resulting in the first Star Wars Best Picture mention for the AFI Awards earlier this week, and now it appears that the film also has a shot at landing on the list of nominees for the Critics’ Choice Awards—which have already been announced.

In an unprecedented move, the Broadcast Film Critics Association has contacted its members to ask if they would like to add The Force Awakens to their already-turned-in ballots. Indeed, the BFCA announced its list of nominations this past Monday, but now is offering its members the opportunity to retroactively add The Force Awakens as an 11th Best Picture nominee.


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Per a statement obtained by THR, the group claims this action is being taken “in the wake of an unprecedented cry out” from its members, and so is simply asking if The Force Awakens would have made their Best Picture ballot had they seen the film before voting. I’m dubious as to this “unprecedented” demand to add Star Wars to the list—most likely the BFCA just wants to bask in some of the Force Awakens zeitgeist love—but this action is being taken nevertheless, so we could indeed see J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi sequel land among the Best Picture nominees during the awards show on January 17th.

In terms of Oscar prospects for Abrams’ pic, I’m not incredibly optimistic when it comes to a Best Picture nomination. Voters have already been deliberating and poring over their screeners for the past month, and commercial favorites like Mad Max: Fury Road, Creed, Straight Outta Compton, and The Martian have already emerged as serious contenders. I’m not sure voters will be so eager to change things up so late in the game, especially since The Force Awakens is an enjoyable yet unremarkable follow-up—Abrams isn’t breaking new ground here.

To those of you who have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, would you consider it one of the best films of 2015? If you had a Critics’ Choice Awards ballot and had to list your Top 5, would it make the cut? Sound off the in the comments below, but please refrain from getting into spoilers for those that haven’t seen the film. If you want to talk openly, go to our spoiler-filled “What Did You Think?” page.

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