West Side Story and Belfast lead Critics’ Choice Awards nominations

The Critics’ Choice Awards will take place in Los Angeles on 9 January 2022.

West Side Story and Belfast have dominated nominations for the Critics’ Choice Awards.

On Monday, officials from the organisation announced the film category nominees for the upcoming prizegiving, with Steven Spielberg’s revamped take on the classic musical and Kenneth Branagh’s coming-of-age film both landing 11 nods each.

In addition to nods for Best Director and Best Acting Ensemble, Ariana DeBose and Rita Moreno will be vying for Best Supporting Actress for their performances in West Side Story, while Rachel Zegler is up for Best Young Actor/Actress.

Meanwhile, Belfast is up for Best Picture, and numerous acting nominations, including Best Supporting Actor nods for both Jamie Dornan and Ciaran Hinds, Best Supporting Actress for Caitriona Balfe, and Best Young Actor/Actress for Jude Hill.

Also competing at the ceremony will be Dune and The Power of the Dog, both of which picked up 10 nominations, while Licorice Pizza and Nightmare Alley garnered eight.

King Richard, Don’t Look Up, CODA, and tick, tick…Boom! round out the list of Best Picture hopefuls.

“We are so proud to be honouring this amazing list of films and the incredibly talented people who made them during this extremely challenging time,” said Critics’ Choice Association chief executive officer Joey Berlin. “In the safest possible environment, it will mark the return of the kind of glitz and glamour we haven’t been able to enjoy in far too long.”

The Critics’ Choice Awards will take place in Los Angeles on 9 January 2022.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

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 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:


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

Best Hair and Make-up:



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

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