|Daisy Ridley as the heroic Rey|
The film was not screened for BFCA voters in time for the initial nominations balloting but, after members of the nation’s largest film critics group saw “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” last week, it was decided to hold a special referendum yesterday to determine if it would have been nominated if the BFCA membership had been able to consider it.
The exception was made for only the Best Picture
category. All other Critics’ Choice Award nominations remain as previously announced.
While making an amendment to the Critics’ Choice Awards nominations is highly unusual, having an 11th Best Picture nominee is not unprecedented. In 2000, “Cast Away” was similarly screened too late for normal consideration and the BFCA included it among 11 Best Picture nominees.
It is the purpose of the Critics’ Choice Awards to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. Making this exception to our rules serves this purpose. Historically, the “Critics' Choice Awards” are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.
Click here to read John M. Urbancich's review of the film.