December will provide us the results of numerous critic awards. Critic associations do not necessarily equate to Oscars since they announce so early, but they could push a contender into the race. They can also help to determine which screeners the Oscar voters will watch. Members of the Academy who aren’t currently working and plenty of free time, might able to watch the 200 or so eligible movies, but most will only watch what people are talking about.

Tuesday December 3rd: New York Film Critics

Wednesday December 4th: National Board of Review

Sunday December 8th: Los Angeles Film Critics