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," alongside Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Judi Dench ("Philomena"), Brie Larson ("Short Term 12"), Meryl Streep ("August: Osage County") and Emma Thompson for "Saving Mr. Banks."

Briton Steve McQueen was nominated for best director for "12 Years a Slave," alongside David O. Russell for "American Hustle".

They are up against Alfonso Cuaron for spectacular 3D space drama "Gravity," Paul Greengrass for "Captain Phillips," Spike Jonze for "Her" and Martin Scorsese for "The Wolf of Wall Street" starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Critics' Choice awards -- sponsored by the Broadcast Film Critics Association -- will be presented on January 16 -- four days after the Golden Globes, and the same day nominees are announced for the Oscars, the culmination of Tinseltown's awards season on March 2.

"12 Years a Slave," about a man sold into slavery in 19th century America, won most SAG nods last Wednesday with four, and a day later shared top place with "American Hustle" at the Golden Globes unveiling, with seven nominations each.