Critics’ Choice Awards SHOCKER: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Added to Best Picture Lineup
The Broadcast Film Critics Association has made a rare decision: for only the second time in history, a movie is being added to the Best Picture lineup AFTER the nominations have already been announced. And that movie?
It’s the current No. 1 film in the world: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The reason for the change is because Star Wars: The Force Awakens wasn’t screened for critics until the week of December 14, meaning it wasn’t seen in time for Critics’ Choice Awards voting. This is why it was similarly left out of the SAG Awards and Golden Globes voting. However, the critics eventually saw the film and decided, in a special referendum held on Monday, to award the film with a belated Best Picture nomination.
Of course, this retroactive ruling only applies to the Best Picture category, meaning Star Wars: The Force Awakens cannot compete in any of the other categories. But this is still a tremendous honor, considering it’s only the second time this has ever happened, after Cast Away managed to earn a belated Best Picture nomination in 2000 (it eventually lost to Gladiator).
The inclusion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings the number of Best Picture nominees to 11, as the sci-fi blockbuster will compete against The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Carol, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Sicario, and Spotlight.
And for more on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, find out which records the movie broke with its unbelievable opening weekend at the box office!