More major award nominations pour in for Minnesota filmmakers, actor


First-time Minnesota actor Barkhad Abdi, and veteran filmmakers Bill Pohlad, and Joel and Ethan Coen are all on a roll.

Abdi was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "Captain Phillips," and Pohlad's ("12 Years a Slave") and the Coens' ("Inside Llewyn Davis") films received multiple nominations for 19th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

The CCMA nominations were announced Monday in Los Angeles. The awards are handed out annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), which consists of 280 members and is the largest critics group in North America.

Based on the true story of Solomon Northrup, "12 Years a Slave," co-produced by Pohlad, tied the crime caper "American Hustle" for the most nominations with 13 each.

The film earned nods for Best Picture, Best Director (Steve McQueen) and Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor).

The folk music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis" was nominated for four CCMAs, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay (Joel and Ethan Coen) and Best Original Song ("Please Mr. Kennedy").

Abdi's CCMA nomination was his third major mention since last week, when he received nods from the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globe Awards.

"Inside Llewyn Davis" and "12 Years a Slave" were also nominated for Best Picture by the Golden Globes, as well as Best Feature Film by the Film Independent Spirit Awards last month.

Variety says the nominations bode well for Oscar prospects, noting eight of the 10 films nominated for Best Picture by the BFCA went on to score Best Picture Oscar nominations (the Oscars only nominated nine films last year).

Both the BFCA and Academy named "Argo" the Best Picture of 2012 in ceremonies earlier this year.

Awards prognosticator also said that over the past 18 years, the CCMAs have proven to be the most accurate predictor of the Oscars.

The CCMAs will be handed out in Los Angeles Jan. 16, hours after the nominees are announced for the 86th annual Academy Awards.

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