Critics’ Choice add ‘Force Awakens’ as best picture nominee

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
This photo provided by Disney/Lucasfilm shows Daisy Ridley, right, as Rey, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," directed by J.J. Abrams. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (David James/Disney/Lucasfilm via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Critics’ Choice Awards have added “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as an 11th best-picture nominee.

After announcing their nominees last week, the group’s board of directors reconvened to add J.J. Abrams’ acclaimed “Star Wars” sequel to their best picture category. Its members hadn’t been able to see “The Force Awakens” before sending in their ballots.

Many awards groups, like the Hollywood Foreign Press’ Golden Globes, announced their honors before seeing “The Force Awakens.” One exception was the American Film Institute, which selected “The Force Awakens” as one of its 10 best of the year after delaying its announcement in order to see it first.

The Critics’ Choice Awards will be broadcast from Los Angeles on Jan. 17. “Mad Max: Fury Road” leads with 13 nods, including best picture.

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