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Here's a look at who the Major Critics awards awarded and who eventually won. I only looked at the Top 6 - National Board, National Society, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston - who have been around for a long time.
1980: Dominated by Sissy Spacek in Coal Miner's Daughter - result: won Oscar
1981: Pretty evenly distributed between Glenda Jackson, Stevie / Marilia Pena, Pixote - result: victory by Katharine Hepburn widely regarded as a pity award, but no other actress that year dominated. Jackson's performance in Stevie was deemed ineligible as it was released year's prior and Pena's performance in Brazilian "Pixote" wasn't even nominated. The mixed bag of nominees (which included Susan Sarandon's breakthrough in Atlantic City, prior winners Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton who were not going to get re-rewarded so quickly after their prior victories and a lightweight performance from Marsha Mason). It's no surprise Hepburn won.
1982: An almost clean sweep for Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice - result: won Oscar
1983: Shirley MacLaine got most of the critic's awards and was only really contested by her co-star Debra Winger who was not going to beat a more popular and veteran MacLaine - result: won Oscar
1984: A mixed bag of winners including Peggy Ashcroft, Vanessa Redgrave, Judy Davis and Kathleen Turner opened up the door for a win from a non-critically loved Sally Field for Places of the Heart
1985: A second year of mixed bag of winners including Meryl Streep, Norma Aleandro, Vanessa Redgrave, Whoopi Goldberg and Geraldine Page prompted the Academy to choose the veteran and unfortunately ill Geraldine Page - though she was deserving it wasn't a groundbreaking performance but it was in a year where there weren't any.
1986: A third year of mixed bag winners with Chloe Webb (who wasn't nominated), Kathleen Turner and Sissy Spacek getting critic wins but the Oscar going to Marlee Matlin who hadn't won a critic's award but won the Golden Globe.
1987: An anomaly of a year with Holly Hunter's turn in Broadcast News getting most of the critics awards but the Oscar race was a battle between Cher's Golden Globe winning turn in Moonstruck and Glenn Close's classic, psychotic turn in Fatal Attraction with Cher winning the Award.
1988: One of the most varied group of Critic's winners with no one agreeing on the Performance of the Year with victories from Barbara Hershey, Christine Lahti, Jodie Foster, Judy Davis, Melanie Griffith and Meryl Streep. result: Jodie Foster riding her Golden Globe victory to the Oscar podium.
1989: Michelle Pfeiffer dominated the Critic's awards but lost to Jessica Tandy showing Oscar's 80s predilection for aging acting stars
1990: Anjelica Huston won various awards for her performances in The Grifters and The Witches but Oscar elected to go with Kathy Bates' scary turn in Misery
1991: A race between Jodie Foster and Susan Sarandon in Thelma and Louise, perhaps Sarandon's split with Geena Davis hurt her, as Foster prevailed in The Silence of the Lambs (one of my favorite female performances)
1992: A unanimous clean sweep from Emma Thompson carried into the Oscars for Howard's end
1993: Holly Hunter for The Piano was the second sweep in a row - she won the Oscar as well
1994: A weak year with wins going to the non-nominated Jennifer Jason Leigh and Linda Fiorentino - the win went to Jessica Lange's turn in Blue Sky. SAG went with Jodie Foster in Nell, but Golden Globe gave it to Lange.
1995: Elisabeth Shue looked to be the favorite with the majority (and not unanimous) of the critics wins but Oscar went with Susan Sarandon for Dead Man Walking.
1996: A split between Frances McDormand, Emily Watson and Brenda Blethyn resulted in a win from McDormand after she won the Golden Globe
1997: Helena Bonham Carter was the critic's favorite with Wings of the Dove but Helen Hunt's popularity prevailed for As Good As it Gets
1998: Ally Sheedy and Fernanda Montenegro won various awards but Oscar couldn't resist Gwyneth Paltrow's turn in Shakespeare in Love
1999: Hilary Swank dominated the Critic's awards and won the Oscar for Boys Don't Cry
2000: Ellen Burstyn had the slight edge over Laura Linney and Julia Roberts but Roberts prevailed
2001: A mix of winners included Naomi Watts for Mulholland Drive, Sissy Spacek for In the Bedroom and Tilda Swinton for The Deep End, but Oscar went with Halle Berry
2002: Julianne Moore was the early favorite for Far From Heaven and Diane Lane may have wowed them in Unfaithful but Nicole Kidman won for The Hours
2003: Almost unanimous win for Charlize Theron for Critics and Oscar
2004: Imelda Staunton won most of the early critic's awards but Hilary Swank's late entry into the race with Million Dollar Baby earned her some late Critic's awards and the Oscar
2005: Reese Witherspoon won most of the critic's awards for Walk the Line
2006: A clean sweep - Helen Mirren won almost every award - and won the Oscar
2007: It began with Ellen Page, then Julie Christie picked up momentum but a late surge from Marion Cotillard gave her the win
2008: Sally Hawkins won most of the critic's awards but she didn't get a nomination; so the award went to overdue Kate Winslet
2009: A race between Meryl Streep's turn in Julie and Julia and Carey Mulligan in An Education ended with Sandra Bullock winning for The Blind Side
So what could that possibly mean for this year?
Looking at the Critic's Awards, it looks almost impossible that Natalie Portman will lose. She has won 14 with Jennifer Lawrence winning 5 and Annette Bening only winning 1.