‘West Side Story’ and ‘Belfast’ Lead Race at 2022 Critics’ Choice Awards With 11 Nominations

‘Dune’ and ‘The Power of the Dog’ follow close behind with 10 nods each, as Lady GaGa, Nicolas Cage and Jared Leto score a nomination each in acting categories.

AceShowbiz -Movie critics have spoken. On the same day the nominations for the 79th Golden Globe Awards were announced, the nominees for the 27th Critics’ Choice Awards were also unveiled to public. Not too far different from the Golden Globes shortlist, “Belfast” is once again leading the race with “West Side Story” as both earn 11 nods apiece, followed close behind by “Dune” and “The Power of the Dog” with 10 each.

Steven Spielberg’s musical and the Kenneth Branagh-directed comedy are up for the coveted Best Picture along with “CODA“, “Don’t Look Up“, “Dune”, “King Richard“, “Licorice Pizza“, “Nightmare Alley“, “The Power of the Dog” and “tick, tick…Boom!“.

A surprise appears in the Best Actor category, with Nicolas Cage (“Pig“) coming as one of the contenders for the prize. He is up against Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”), Peter Dinklage (“Cyrano“), Andrew Garfield (“tick, tick…Boom!”), Will Smith (“King Richard”) and Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth“).

Lady GaGa (“House of Gucci“), Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos“) and Kristen Stewart (“Spencer“) are among the Best Actress nominees along with Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye“), Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter“) and Alana Haim (“Licorice Pizza“).

“Belfast” cast also gains recognition as they are nominated for Best Acting Ensemble. Other movies vying the prize are “Don’t Look Up”, “The Harder They Fall“, “Licorice Pizza”, “The Power of the Dog” and “West Side Story”.

“Belfast” director Kenneth Branagh and “West Side Story” helmer Steven Spielberg are pitted against each in Best Director category. They are up for the prize along with Paul Thomas Anderson (“Licorice Pizza”), Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”), Guillermo del Toro (“Nightmare Alley”) and Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”).

“We are so proud to be honoring this amazing list of films and the incredibly talented people who made them during this extremely challenging time,” Critics’ Choice Association CEO Joey Berlin said of the nominees. “All eyes are going to be on the Fairmont Century Plaza red carpet and ballroom on January 9th, when the biggest stars in movies and television will be gathered to celebrate the best of the best in entertainment this past year. In the safest possible environment, it will mark the return of the kind of glitz and glamor we haven’t been able to enjoy in far too long.”

The 2022 Critics’ Choice Awards gala will be hosted by Taye Diggs and Nicole Byer and broadcast live on The CW and TBS on Sunday, January 9 from 7-10 P.M. ET.

Movie Nominations of the 2022 Critics’ Choice Awards:

Best Picture

  • Belfast
  • CODA
  • Don’t Look Up
  • Dune
  • King Richard
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Power of the Dog
  • tick, tick…Boom!
  • West Side Story

Best Actor

  • Nicolas Cage, “Pig
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog
  • Peter Dinklage, “Cyrano
  • Andrew Garfield, “tick, tick…Boom!
  • Will Smith, “King Richard
  • Denzel Washington, “The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best Actress

  • Jessica Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • Olivia Colman, “The Lost Daughter
  • Lady GaGa, “House of Gucci
  • Alana Haim, “Licorice Pizza
  • Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos
  • Kristen Stewart, “Spencer

Best Supporting Actor

  • Jamie Dornan, “Belfast
  • Ciaran Hinds, “Belfast
  • Troy Kotsur, “CODA
  • Jared Leto, “House of Gucci
  • J.K. Simmons, “Being the Ricardos
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog

Best Supporting Actress

  • Caitriona Balfe, “Belfast
  • Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story
  • Ann Dowd, “Mass
  • Kirsten Dunst, “The Power of the Dog
  • Aunjanue Ellis, “King Richard
  • Rita Moreno, “West Side Story

Best Young Actor/Actress

  • Jude Hill, “Belfast
  • Cooper Hoffman, “Licorice Pizza
  • Emilia Jones, “CODA
  • Woody Norman, “C’mon C’mon
  • Saniyya Sidney, “King Richard
  • Rachel Zegler, “West Side Story

Best Acting Ensemble

  • Belfast
  • Don’t Look Up
  • The Harder They Fall
  • Licorice Pizza
  • The Power of the Dog
  • West Side Story

Best Director

  • Paul Thomas Anderson, “Licorice Pizza
  • Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast
  • Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog
  • Guillermo del Toro, “Nightmare Alley
  • Steven Spielberg, “West Side Story
  • Denis Villeneuve, “Dune

Best Original Screenplay

  • Paul Thomas Anderson, “Licorice Pizza
  • Zach Baylin, “King Richard
  • Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast
  • Adam McKay, David Sirota, “Don’t Look Up
  • Aaron Sorkin, “Being the Ricardos

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Lost Daughter
  • Sian Heder, “CODA
  • Tony Kushner, “West Side Story
  • Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth, “Dune

Best Cinematography

  • Bruno Delbonnel, “The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • Greig Fraser, “Dune
  • Janusz Kaminski, “West Side Story
  • Dan Laustsen, “Nightmare Alley
  • Ari Wegner, “The Power of the Dog
  • Haris Zambarloukos, “Belfast

Best Production Design

  • Jim Clay, Claire Nia Richards, “Belfast
  • Tamara Deverell, Shane Vieau, “Nightmare Alley
  • Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, “The French Dispatch
  • Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, “West Side Story
  • Patrice Vermette, Zsuzsanna Sipos, “Dune

Best Editing

  • Sarah Broshar and Michael Kahn, “West Side Story
  • Una Ni Dhonghaile, “Belfast
  • Andy Jurgensen, “Licorice Pizza
  • Peter Sciberras, “The Power of the Dog
  • Joe Walker, “Dune

Best Costume Design

  • Jenny Beavan, “Cruella
  • Luis Sequeira, “Nightmare Alley
  • Paul Tazewell, “West Side Story
  • Jacqueline West, Robert Morgan, “Dune
  • Janty Yates, “House of Gucci

Best Hair and Makeup

  • Cruella
  • Dune
  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • House of Gucci
  • Nightmare Alley

Best Visual Effects

  • Dune
  • The Matrix Resurrections
  • Nightmare Alley
  • No Time to Die
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Best Comedy

  • Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar
  • Don’t Look Up
  • Free Guy
  • The French Dispatch
  • Licorice Pizza

Best Animated Feature

  • Encanto
  • Flee
  • Luca
  • The Mitchells vs the Machines
  • Raya and the Last Dragon

Best Foreign Language Film

  • A Hero
  • Drive My Car
  • Flee
  • The Hand of God
  • The Worst Person in the World

Best Song

  • “Be Alive”, “King Richard
  • “Dos Oruguitas”, “Encanto
  • “Guns Go Bang”, “The Harder They Fall
  • “Just Look Up”, “Don’t Look Up
  • “No Time to Die”, “No Time to Die

Best Score

  • Nicholas Britell, “Don’t Look Up
  • Jonny Greenwood, “The Power of the Dog
  • Jonny Greenwood, “Spencer
  • Nathan Johnson, “Nightmare Alley
  • Hans Zimmer, “Dune

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