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Critics' Choice Movie Awards release their 2013 nominations

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The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) have announced the nominees for The 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards today. The winners will be announced live at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show will be broadcast live on The CW Network at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Two hour pre-show coverage will also air in various local markets before the awards ceremony.

Aisha Tyler will grace the show as this year’s host. Tyler, who is not new to the duties that come with hosting a show, serves as the new host of the critically acclaimed improv show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” on The CW Network. Tyler is also currently a co-host of Emmy-nominated show “The Talk.”

12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” tie this year with thirteen nominations each. “12 Years a Slave” has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Steve McQueen, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Score for Hans Zimmer.

The nominations for “American Hustle” include Best Picture, Best Actor for Christian Bale, Best Supporting Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for David O. Russell, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Comedy, Best Actor in a Comedy for Christian Bale, and Best Actress in a Comedy for Amy Adams.

“Gravity” also impressed with ten nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress for Sandra Bullock, Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Actress in An Action Movie for Sandra Bullock, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie and Best Score.

“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Her,” “Captain Phillips,” and “Nebraska” all received six nominations while “The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug” received five. “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “August: Osage County,” “Enough Said,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Iron Man 3,” and “Rush” received four nominations. Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock were both nominated for their comic performances in “The Heat,” with two more acting nominations for Bullock for Best Actress and Best Actress in an Action Movie for “Gravity.” Jennifer Lawrence also has multiple acting nominations for Best Supporting Actress in “American Hustle” and Best Actress in an Action Movie for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Christian Bale and James Gandolfini both also have multiple acting nominations.

“Everyone acknowledges that 2013 has been a truly great year for films so our Critics’ Choice Movie Awards voters had an embarrassment of riches to choose from,” notes BFCA President Joey Berlin. “BFCA members have loved covering all these terrific films all year long and now revisiting them before we filled out our ballots. And we’re thrilled to have the lovely and talented Aisha Tyler hosting our gala awards ceremony. We can’t wait for January 16th, when the Academy Award nominations will be announced in the morning and so many of their honorees will then make their first public appearance as Oscar nominees on our Red Carpet.”

Also announced this year is BFCA’s two year contract with Defy Media’s #1 digital entertainment news brand, Clevver, to become the first digital media partner for the 2014 and 2015 awards shows. The partnership expands the reach of the long-standing awards show by tapping into Clevver’s multi-platform digital network and significant online audience of young entertainment enthusiasts. As an official partner, Clevver will power the CCMA’s audience vote for the year’s “Hottest Star” award to be announced during the live broadcast. Fans can cast their vote at www.Clevver.com/Vote. Clevver will also participate in the two-hour live pre-show, delivering up-to-the-minute coverage and social media updates, as well as a “Clevver Lounge” backstage during the awards show where correspondents will gain backstage access to the evening’s winners.

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are bestowed annually by the BFCA to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 280 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today's film going public. Eligible films were released in 2013. The accounting firm of CMM, LLP tallied the written ballots.

Since its inception in 1995, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards has been a star-studded bellwether event of the movie awards season. Historically, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations. Among the attendees at last year’s show were Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Jack Black, Jessica Chastain, Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix and Steven Spielberg.

The 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.

About BFCA/BTJA:

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 280 television, radio and online critics. BTJA is a branch of the BFCA. For additional information about the BFCA, BTJA and their memberships, visit www.criticschoice.com.

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