It's that time of year. Temperatures are plunging and snow and ice are falling across most of the country. But in Hollywood, things are heating up for the annual parade of awards shows, which start early next year with the Golden Globes on Jan. 11.

The nominations for those will be announced today, and other groups and shows have already announced their nominations and lists of best films of the year, including the National Board of Review, American Film Institute, Independent Spirit Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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National Board of Review

Instead of keeping people in suspense, the National Board of Review releases its list of the best films and performances every December. This year, the group chose "A Most Violent Year" as the best film, with "American Sniper," "Birdman," "Boyhood," "Fury," "Gone Girl," "The Imitation Game," "Inherent Vice," "The Lego Movie," "Nightcrawler" and "Unbroken" filling out the list of its top films of the year.

The board's other honors include Best Director: Clint Eastwood, "American Sniper;" Best Actor (tie): Oscar Isaac, "A Most Violent Year," and Michael Keaton, "Birdman;" Best Actress: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice;" Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton, "Birdman;" Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, "A Most Violent Year;" Best Original Screenplay: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, "The Lego Movie;" Best Adapted Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, "Inherent Vice;" Best Animated Feature: "How to Train Your Dragon 2;" Best Documentary: "Life Itself;" and Best Ensemble: "Fury." Chris Rock is set to receive the Spotlight Award for writing, directing and starring in "Top Five."

American Film Institute

The American Film Institute broke tradition this year by offering a "Top 11" list as opposed to the traditional Top 10. The films are: "American Sniper," "Birdman," "Boyhood," "Foxcatcher," "The Imitation Game," "Interstellar," "Into the Woods," "Nightcrawler," "Selma," "Unbroken" and "Whiplash."

Independent Spirit Awards

"Birdman" led the nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards with six. It is up for Best Feature alongside "Boyhood," "Love Is Strange," "Selma" and "Whiplash."

The other nominations for "Birdman" were Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Best Director, Keaton for Best Actor, Norton for Best Supporting Actor, Emma Stone for Best Supporting Actress and Emmanuel Lubezki for Best Cinematography.

Just behind "Birdman," the movies "Boyhood," "Nightcrawler" and "Selma" each received five nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards, which will air live at 4 p.m. on Feb. 21 on IFC.

SAG Awards

"Birdman" led the flock of film nominations -- with four total -- for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, too. In addition to Best Ensemble -- the SAG equivalent of Best Picture -- Keaton, Norton and Stone received nominations for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.

The other nominees for Best Ensemble are "Boyhood," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game" and "The Theory of Everything." "Boyhood," "The Imitation Game" and "The Theory of Everything" each received three SAG Award nominations total.

For the TV nominations, the ABC comedy "Modern Family" received four nominations, followed by the dramas "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" and "House of Cards" with three each.

The SAG Awards will air live at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25 on TNT and TBS.

"Birdman," "Boyhood," "Fury," "Gone Girl," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "How to Train Your Dragon 2," "Interstellar," "The Lego Movie," "Life Itself," "Love Is Strange," "Nightcrawler" and "Whiplash" were released in theaters earlier this year (some in limited release only). "American Sniper," "Foxcatcher," "The Imitation Game," "Into the Woods," "Inherent Vice," "A Most Violent Year," "Selma," "The Theory of Everything," "Top Five" and "Unbroken" will be in theaters in the next few weeks.

 

Upcoming features

Accent will include comprehensive coverage of and commentary on the awards season, starting with the preview today and ending with a wrap-up in late February.

Here's a list of what you can expect, both in print and online at GrandForksHerald.com.

Dec. 18: A rundown of the Golden Globe and Critics Choice nominations.

Dec. 27: A preview of the awards telecasts, including who's hosting and where you can tune in to watch the shows.

Jan. 8: Predictions and picks for the Golden Globes.

Jan. 11: Live-blogging of the Golden Globes at GrandForksHerald.com.

Jan. 15: Commentary on the Golden Globes and predictions and picks for the Critics Choice Awards.

Jan. 18: Our picks for best- and worst-dressed at the Golden Globes.

Jan. 22: A rundown of the Oscar nominations, a recap of the Critics Choice Awards and predictions and picks for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Jan. 25: Live-blogging of the SAG Awards at GrandForksHerald.com.

Jan. 29: A recap of the SAG Awards.

Feb. 1: Our picks for best- and worst-dressed at the SAG Awards.

Feb. 5: Predictions and picks for the BAFTA Film Awards (the British equivalent of the Oscars).

Feb. 6: Predictions and picks for the Grammys.

Feb. 8: Live-blogging of the Grammys at GrandForksHerald.com.

Feb. 12: A recap of the BAFTA Film Awards.

Feb. 13: A recap of the Grammys.

Feb. 15: Our picks for best- and worst-dressed at the Grammys.

Feb. 19: Picks and predictions for the Oscars, Independent Spirit Awards and Razzies, which "honor" the worst the movie business has to offer each year.

Feb. 22: Live-blogging of the Oscars at GrandForksHerald.com.

Feb. 26: A recap of the 2015 awards season, highlighting the Oscars.

March 1: Our picks for best- and worst-dressed at the Oscars.

In addition to these awards-specific articles, we will publish features on and reviews of the movie award contenders as they are released. Reviews of films that have already been released, including "Birdman," "Gone Girl" and "Life Itself," can be found on GrandForksHerald.com.