'Les Misérables' leads Phoenix critics' nods

'The Avengers' manages a Best Picture nomination

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Another hour, another list of critics' award nominations.The Phoenix Film Critics Society is the latest group to toss their picks into the hat, and they've largely favored the Oscar-season favorites -- "Les Misérables" comfortably leads the way with 12 nominations. The Phoenix folk vote in more categories than most such groups, which is all well and good, though I'm not sure how well-equipped most critics are to judge the year's best stunt work. Novelties in the list include a Best Picture nod for "The Avengers" and, in a less populist vein, a mention for Mary Elizabeth Winstead in a Best Actress category that, oddly, only finds room for four names. Check out the full list after the jump, and at The Circuit.   

Best Picture
"Argo"
"The Avengers"
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Les Misérables"
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Moonrise Kingdom"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Skyfall"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Director
Ben Affleck, "Argo"
Tom Hooper, "Les Misérables" 
Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"
Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"
Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty" 

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
John Hawkes, "The Sessions"
Anthony Hopkins, "Hitchcock"
Hugh Jackman, "Les Misérables"
Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, "Smashed"

Best Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem, "Skyfall" 
Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master" 
Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"
Ezra Miller, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Best Supporting Actress
Judi Dench, "Skyfall"
Sally Field, "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"
Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"
Emma Watson, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Best Original Screenplay
"Arbitrage"
"The Master"
"Moonrise Kingdom"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Adapted Screenplay
"Argo"
"Les Misérables"
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
"Silver Linings Playbook" 

Best Ensemble
"Argo" 
"Les Misérables" 
"Moonrise Kingdom" 
"Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Foreign Language Film 
"Amour" 
"A Royal Affair" 
"Headhunters" 
"The Intouchables" 
"Jiro Dreams of Sushi"

Best Animated Film
"Brave"
"Frankenweenie"
"ParaNorman"
"Wreck-It Ralph" 

Best Documentary
"Bully"
"Jiro Dreams of Sushi"
"Queen of Versailles"
"Searching for Sugar Man"

Best Cinematography
"Les Misérables"
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Skyfall"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Film Editing
"Argo"
"The Dark Knight Rises"
"Life of Pi"
"Skyfall"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Production Design
"Anna Karenina"
"Cloud Atlas"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
"Les Misérables"
"Moonrise Kingdom"

Best Costume Design
"Anna Karenina" 
"A Royal Affair"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
"Les Misérables"
"Lincoln" 

Best Original Score
"Hitchcock" 
"Life of Pi" 
"Lincoln" 
"Skyfall"

Best Original Song
"Suddenly," "Les Misérables" 
"Skyfall," "Skyfall" 
"When Can I See You Again," "Wreck-It Ralph"

Best Visual Effects
"The Avengers"
"Cloud Atlas"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
"Life of Pi"
"Prometheus" 

Best Stunts
"The Avengers"
"The Bourne Legacy"
"The Dark Knight Rises"
"Looper"
"Skyfall"

Best Breakthrough Performance On Camera
Mark Duplass, "Safety Not Guaranteed"
Dwight Henry, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Suraj Sharma, "Life of Pi"
Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Best Breakthrough Performance Behind the Camera
Stephen Chbosky, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Seth MacFarlane, "Ted"
Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Craig Zobel, "Compliance"

Best Young Actress
Isabelle Allen, "Les Misérables"
Maude Apatow, "This is 40"
Kara Hayward, "Moonrise Kingdom"
Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Best Young Actor
C.J. Adams, "The Odd Life of Timothy Green"
Jared Gilman, "Moonrise Kingdom"
Tom Holland, "The Impossible"
Daniel Huttlestone, "Les Misérables"  

Best Live-Action Family Film

"Big Miracle" 
"Chimpanzee" 
"Life of Pi" 
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" 

Overlooked Film of the Year
"Cabin in the Woods" 
"Jeff, Who Lives at Home" 
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
"Safety Not Guaranteed" 
"Sound of My Voice"

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Guy Lodge is a South African-born critic and sometime screenwriter. In addition to his work at In Contention, he is a freelance contributor to Variety, Time Out, Empire and The Guardian. He lives well beyond his means in London.
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