Hugo leads Critics Choice nods
Martin Scorsese's Hugo and silent film The Artist are leading the Critics Choice Awards, with 11 nominations each.
As well as being up for Best Picture, the two films - which have already won prizes at US awards ceremonies - are also fighting it out in the best director, cinematography, art direction, editing, costume design and score categories.
Drive and The Help follow closely, racking up eight nominations each.
In addition, Hugo's young star Asa Butterfield fights it out in the young actor/actress field opposite Super 8's Elle Fanning, Ezra Miller from We Need To Talk About Kevin, Saoirse Ronan from Hanna, Shailene Woodley of The Descendants and Thomas Horn from Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
French star Jean Dujardin is up for best actor, alongside George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling, while Berenice Bejo has received a nod for best supporting actress with Carey Mulligan, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy and Shailene Woodley.
British stars Andy Serkis, Tilda Swinton and Kenneth Branagh have also been nominated, while Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 picked up four nods.
Winners, based on votes from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, will be announced on January 12 2012.