Nine also received nine other nominations, including Marion Cotillard for best supporting actress, best ensemble, best cinematography, best art direction, best editing, best costume design, best makeup, best sound, and best song.
While all three acclaimed films are headed by out directors, Lee Daniels of Precious was the only one to garner a best director nomination.
Precious's Gabourney Sidibe and Mo'Nique also were recognized with nominations in the best actress and best supporting actress categories, respectively. Meanwhile, the film's cast, including Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz, was nominated for best acting ensemble.
Tom Ford's A Single Man received four nominations. Colin Firth's portrayal of a gay English professor earned him a nomination for best actor. Other honorees included Julianne Moore for best supporting actress, Tom Ford and David Scearce for best adapted screenplay, and Dan Bishop for best art direction.
Hosted by Kristin Chenoweth, the 15th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards will be held January 15 at the Hollywood Palladium and broadcast live on VH1.