The Oscar nominations will be announced on Thursday and while that is the ultimate prize this year's movies are aiming for, a number of other honors have been handed out so far. We've been keeping track of some of those in regular posts we've called our Golden Tally, but now we're bringing it all together. MetaCritic keep track of most of those honors, mostly critics association awards and others like the Gotham Independent Film Awards. We've combined their list and ours, which features some Oscar success signifiers like the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival honors, to look at the state of the race as it stands now. (Some awards like the Critics' Choice Awards have yet to be given.) You can see the list of data for six top categories here, but we've also visualized some the races for you.
As shown in this graph, the controversial Zero Dark Thirty is leading the pack for most honors in the top category, but is followed closely behind by Ben Affleck's Argo. While Zero Dark Thirty has won the prize handed out by the talked-about National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics' Circle, Argo's success is spread around the country. That film was honored by critics groups in places not normally considered film hubs like Oklahoma. Films that round out the pie include Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master —a divisive, but critically lauded film—and the appealing Silver Linings Playbook. French language film Amour and quirky Wes Anderson flick Moonrise Kingdom have two such awards each, while Lincoln, Life of Pi, and Safety Not Guaranteed have one. Safety Not Guaranteed, an indie starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass, is perhaps the biggest oddball to sneak away with a top honor, but the tale of time travel clearly won over the Indiana Film Journalists Association.