The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) have announced the nominees for the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Do we have any indications of Oscar directions this year?

The period black comedy The Favourite, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, leads the pack with 14 nominations. The critics love of this movie seems has been reflected in other areas with it getting nods all over the place, although the Golden Globes gave it just 5 noms. Black Panther must have improved it’s odds with a hefty 12 nominations.

Alfonso Cuarón – Roma (8 nominations)
James Laxton – If Beale Street Could Talk (5 nominations)
Matthew Libatique – A Star Is Born (9 nominations)
Rachel Morrison – Black Panther (12 nominations)
Robbie Ryan – The Favourite (14 nominations)
Linus Sandgren – First Man (10 nominations)

The Favourite does stand out because it is such a quirky vision of the period drama. Interestingly the much more traditional, in terms of structure, Mary Queen of Scots isn’t getting so much attention. Maybe the Favourite, by depicting ‘the establishment’ as either stupid, vain, manipulative or cunning, reflects the currents times better than Mary Queen of Scots. Based on the current Brexit chaos in the UK it is pretty spot on…