AFP

LOS ANGELES-Historical drama “12 Years a Slave” and crime caper “American Hustle” topped the Critics’ Choice nominations announced Monday, confirming their frontrunner status in Hollywood’s annual awards season.

Each film won 13 nods for the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, unveiled after they topped the shortlists for the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards announced last week.

Both were nominated for best film, along with “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

For best actor, Christian Bale (“American Hustle”) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”) are up against Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”), Tom Hanks (“Captain Phillips”), Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Robert Redford (“All is Lost.”).

Australian Cate Blanchett won a best actress nod for Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.”