The force is strong! Critics' Choice Awards reveal unprecedented decision to add Star Wars as 11th Best Picture nominee
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens has been added as the 11th Best Picture nominee for the 21st Critics' Choice Awards.
The decision - shared on Tuesday - was made after a special vote by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Reportedly there was 'an unprecedented outcry' from members after they were unable to see J.J. Abrams' record-breaking work prior to casting their ballots.
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Late addition: Eight days after the other nominees were announced, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been nominated for Best Picture for the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards
The seventh installment of the beloved franchise shattered records everywhere, raking in a worldwide take of more than half a billion dollars in its opening weekend, The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Monday.
The movie's global weekend intake is reportedly now set at $528 million, outrunning the record previously set by Jurassic World at $524.9 million.
The North American figure was originally thought to be an impressive $238 million, but that figure has been adjusted to a staggering $247 million.
A force to be reckoned with: Star Wars has shattered records since entering theaters, with the North American figure originally thought to be an impressive $238 million, but actually hitting a staggering $247 million
The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Carol, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Sicario, and Spotlight will also by vying for best picture at the ceremony.
Mad Max: Fury Road leads with 13 nods, including Best Director for George Miller and shout outs for Best Actress and Best Actress In An Action Movie for Charlize Theron.
Many awards groups, like the Hollywood Foreign Press' Golden Globes, announced their honors before seeing The Force Awakens.
Leader of the pack: Mad Max: Fury Road (starring Charlize Theron, R, and Nicholas Hoult, L) has 13 nods, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress In An Action Movie
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 ceremony will be the first to include both film and TV categories, with T.J. Miller hosting as the trophies are handed out over three hours.
The Critics' Choice Awards will be broadcast from Los Angeles on January 17.
21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards Nominees
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