West Side Story / Belfast

Source: Niko Tavernise, 20th Century Studios / Focus Features

West Side Story / Belfast

Belfast and West Side Story lead the Critics Choice Association’s film nominations on 11 apiece, followed by Dune and The Power Of The Dog on 10.

The awards group is making a play to step up this season in light of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) turbulent year and announced its nominees on Monday (December 13) like the HFPA, and has set its 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards on January 9, 2022 – the same day the HFPA will hand out the Golden Globes.

Belfast and West Side Story join CODA, Don’t Look Up, Dune, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, The Power Of The Dog and tick, tick…Boom! in the best picture category.

Kenneth Branagh and Steven Spielberg are both in contention for best director alongside Paul Thomas Anderson for Licorice Pizza, Jane Campion for The Power Of The Dog, Guillermo del Toro for Nightmare Alley and Denis Villeneuve for Dune.

The lead acting categories feature expected heavyweights like Benedict Cumberbatch for The Power Of The Dog and Will Smith for King Richard alongside Pig star Nicolas Cage. Licorice Pizza’s Alana Haim makes the cut in best actress with the likes of Kristen Stewart for Spencer, Olivia Colman for The Lost Daughter, and Lady Gaga for House Of Gucci.

The gender-neutral best young actor/actress category shines a light on Jude Hill (Belfast), Cooper Hoffman (Licorice Pizza), Emilia Jones (CODA), Woody Norman (C’mon C’mon), Saniyya Sidney (King Richard), and Rachel Zegler (West Side Story).

In the foreign language contest the nominees are Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian drama A Hero, Japanese entry Drive My Car, Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Danish film Flee, Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand Of God from Italy, and The Worst Person In The World by Norway’s Joachim Trier.

As previously announced, Succession leads the Critics Choice Awards series nominations on eight. Mare Of Easttown and Evil each garnered five nods. The in-person 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards are set to take place at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and will air live on The CW and TBS.

Film Nominations For The 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards

Best picture



Don’t Look Up


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 suporting actor

Jamie Dornan – Belfast

Ciarán 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

Caitríona 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


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

Siân 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

Úna Ní Dhonghaíle – 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





The Eyes Of Tammy Faye

House Of Gucci

Nightmare Alley


Best visual effects


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




The Mitchells vs The Machines

Raya And The Last Dragon


Best foreign language film

A Hero

Drive My Car


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.