2012 nominations of the film group I belong to, the Denver Film Critics Society. Well, unlike the Social Security administration, we work fast. This afternoon, the group announced its winners, and they are as follows:
Best Film: Argo
Best Achievement in Directing: Ben Affleck (Argo)
Best Lead Performance by an Actor, Male: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Best Lead Performance by an Actor, Female: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Supporting Performance by an Actor, Male: Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
Best Supporting Performance by an Actor, Female: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Best Animated Feature: ParaNorman
Best Original Screenplay: Moonrise Kingdom
Best Documentary Feature: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Best Original Song: Adele for "Skyfall"
Best Original Score: Hans Zimmer for The Dark Knight Rises
Best Non-English Language Feature: Amour
From what I can tell, our picks might be a bit more populist than some other critics' groups. Of the 20 or so other regional critics' societies that have voted thus far, critics from four--in San Diego, St. Louis, Florida and the "Southeastern Film Critics Association"--picked Argo as we did, compared to the eight that selected Zero Dark Thirty. The Master was third with three wins.
But when you sit down to watch the Oscars come February, keep in mind that the critics don't always reflect the sensibilities of the Academy's members. According to goldderby.com, Lincoln's actually the front-runner--which only got a nod from one critics group. Shows how much we know.