House of Gucci
House of Gucci. Credit: NBC

As Hollywood opens up (almost) restriction free for the first time since 2019, the forthcoming awards season promises to be rid of glitchy Zoom ceremonies for good. Following the Golden Globes nominations at nearly the same time this morning, the Critics Choice Awards nominees were also announced today.

Since late 2020, the film and television industry has played catch up on the release of so many delayed productions. Black-and-white period film Belfast and on-screen musical West Side Story lead the nominations with 11 each. Dune starring Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet nabbed 10 as did The Power of the Dog.

The result of so many film premieres has also seen stiff competition with the Best Actress category which is stacked between Lady Gaga for House of Gucci, Nicole Kidman in Being the Ricardos, Kristen Stewart for Spencer, Jessica Chastain in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Olivia Colman in The Lost Daughter and Alana Haim for Licorice Pizza. Elsewhere, the Best Song category will see Billie Eiliish, Ariana Grande and Beyoncé vying for the statuette.

The 2022 Critics Choice Awards will presented on Sunday January 9 for American viewers and Monday January 10 for Australians from the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. See all the nominees below.

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

Spencer Kristen Stewart
Spencer. Credit: Neon

Best supporting 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

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
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

The French Dispatch Cannes Film Festival
Credit: Searchlight Pictures

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 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

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