Actor Sean Penn's latest movie, Into the Wild, leads the Critics Choice awards with seven nominations.
Sean Penn won the best actor Critics Choice award in 2004
The adventure story, which was directed and produced by the star, is up for best picture, best actor for Emile Hirsch, and best director for Penn.
Offbeat comedy Juno received six nominations, including best picture and best actress.
The 13th annual award ceremony will take place on 7 January at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, in California.
The show will be broadcast live on the VH1 channel.
The awards, organised by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, traditionally have a good track record of predicting Academy Award winners.
Their 2006 choices for best picture and director, The Departed and Martin Scorsese, went on to win Oscars, as did three of their four acting choices.
Penn also won the best actor Oscar for his role in Mystic River in 2004 after winning at the Critics Choice awards ceremony for the same role.
Cate Blanchett is up for best actress for her role as Queen Elizabeth I
Into the Wild is based on the true story of a suburban rebel who starved to death while seeking freedom in the Alaskan wilderness.
Despite receiving rave reviews it has under-performed at the box office, selling just $16m (£7.8) worth of tickets in the US since its September release.
Atonement, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men, Sweeney Todd and Hairspray all received five nominations each.
With the exception of Hairspray, they all received best picture nominations, along with American Gangster, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Kite Runner, and There Will Be Blood.
Besides Hirsch, George Clooney is also up for best actor, along with Daniel Day-Lewis, Johnny Depp, Ryan Gosling and Viggo Mortensen.
Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Julie Christie, Marion Cotillard and Angelina Jolie will all compete in the best actress category.