24th Critics Choice Award Nominations

The Oscar race is now well underway as we have the nominees for the 24th Annual Critics Choice Awards! Once a respected critical alternative to the Oscars and Emmys, this film and television awards show has slowly morphed into an Oscar prognosticator (arguably at the expense for actual bold choices). However, regardless of any controversial decisions and attention-seeking changes the group has made in recent years (take a look at the 12 million ties in the nominations below), they still serve as an excellent inside look at how the industry is voting. Last year they matched the big categories eight for eight, they have a tendency to mostly match their list to the Oscars, and appearances here can give a big boost to a struggling nominee (hi, Michael Shannon in Nocturnal Animals). So if you are one of the several films to find love here today, you should be pretty happy heading into the next stretch of the Oscar race.

In terms of film, no one should be happier today than The Favourite. After the minor setback of an NBR snub and a strong but imperfect day at the Globes last week, Yorgos Lanthimos’ brilliant historical satire earned a whopping 14 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress in a Comedy, Best Ensemble, most tech awards, and three acting nominations for Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone (the dream team, as most in the industry should be calling them). Following closely behind are Oscar contenders A Star Is Born and Vice, earning nine nominations apiece. Vice earned nominations for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay, two acting nominations for Christian Bale, a nomination for Amy Adams, Best Ensemble, and a few smaller technical awards like Best Makeup and Best Editing. Meanwhile, Bradley Cooper’s sweeping love epic earned nominations for Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay, acting nominations for Cooper, Lady Gaga, and Sam Elliott, Best Original Song for “Shallow,” and a handful of tech awards. And then there’s the critics’ circle champion, Roma. Alfonso Cuarón’s intimate portrayal of childhood and changing times earned eight nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Foreign Language Film and Editing for Cuarón, a surprise nomination for Best Production Design, and a much needed nomination for Yalitza Aparicio in Best Actress. You can consider these films to be both the critical and Oscar frontrunners this season. And speaking of frontrunners, Green Book had yet another terrific day on the circuit, earning a surprising seven nominations. The nominations for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Mahershala Ali in Supporting Actor, and two nominations for Viggo Mortensen (Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy) are fairly unsurprising, but it’s the other two categories that really are confusing. First, there’s Best Original Score, a category that just last night the Academy ruled Green Book ineligible for (and honestly, the score is fairly unremarkable, if I’m being honest). However, even more surprising is the nomination for Peter Farrelly in Best Director. Not only was Farrelly’s direction considered the weakest part of the film, but this nomination effectively forces out some of the best directors of the year, including Marielle Heller, Lynne Ramsey, Steve McQueen, and especially Barry Jenkins. In fact, Jenkins’ major frontrunner If Beale Street Could Talk had a pretty rough day all around, only garnering five nominations, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Regina King, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Cinematography. That’s not a great sign for a film many consider a major Oscar frontrunner, and it’ll be a hurdle they must face going forward. However, as one star starts to dim (or appears to dim – let’s not get ahead of ourselves), another may explode like a supernova. That film is First Man, which went from fledgling contender on its way out to a full-on force again. The Critics Choice Awards have nominated Damien Chazelle’s near-perfect historical biopic in ten categories, including Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Ryan Gosling, Best Supporting Actress for Claire Foy, and a handful of technical awards, including Score, Editing, and Cinematography. This was exactly the shot-in-the-arm this film has needed, and I may have been too hasty to cut it from my Oscar predictions. Also having a remarkable day was Mary Poppins Returns, which managed to earn nine nominations, including Best Picture, two Best Actress nominations for Emily Blunt, and a handful of tech awards, including two for Best Original Song (both “Trip A Little Light Fantastic” and “The Place Where Lost Things Go”). Oh, and for those of you playing along and home, it seems to become more and more likely every day that Ethan Hawke will receive a nomination for Best Actor in First Reformed, and I am here for it.

As for television, things played out fairly…interesting. You see, the television critics tend to play things safe, with the most nominations going to something obvious, like The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, which earned five nominations, for Best Limited Series, Best Actor for Darren Criss, Best Supporting Actor for Finn Wittrock, and two nominations for Best Supporting Actress, for Penelope Cruz and Judith Light (surprisingly, no Édgar Ramírez), or the lightly surprising love for new miniseries Escape At Dannemora (Best Limited Series, Best Actress for Patricia Arquette, Best Actor for Paul Dano and Benicio del Toro, and Best Supporting Actor for Eric Lange). And obviously, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel did well, with nominations for Best Comedy Series and actors Rachel Brosnahan, Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein. However, after that, the divide in the television critical groups becomes ever more present, as the older voters go for something fairly traditional, like The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon (people are still watching these?), while the younger voters manage to pull William Jackson Harper (Chidi!), Schitt’s Creek, and Killing Eve into the thick of things. However, as weird as things tend to get in the television categories, I can’t get too mad. I mean, look at the nominations for The Middle in Best Comedy Series, Rachel Bloom in Best Actress in a Comedy, and Dirty John nominations in Best Actress (Connie Britton is great on this show) and Best Supporting Actress (YES JULIA GARNER AS TERRA!!!!!!!). It’s like they’re speaking to my heart.

The Critics Choice Awards will be held on January 13th, 2019. You can see the full list of nominees below.


Best Picture

  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • The Favourite
  • First Man
  • Green Book
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born
  • Vice

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Christian Bale-Vice
  • Bradley Cooper-A Star Is Born
  • Willem Dafoe-At Eternity’s Gate
  • Ryan Gosling-First Man
  • Ethan Hawke-First Reformed
  • Rami Malek-Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Viggo Mortensen-Green Book

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Yalitza Aparaicio-Roma
  • Emily Blunt-Mary Poppins Returns
  • Glenn Close-The Wife
  • Toni Collette-Hereditary
  • Olivia Colman-The Favourite
  • Lady Gaga-A Star Is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy-Can You Ever Forgive Me? 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Mahershala Ali-Green Book
  • Timothée Chalamet-Beautiful Boy
  • Adam Driver-BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliott-A Star Is Born
  • Richard E. Grant-Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Michael B. Jordan-Black Panther

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams-Vice
  • Claire Foy-First Man
  • Nicole Kidman-Boy Erased
  • Regina King-If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emma Stone-The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz-The Favourite

Best Director

  • Damien Chazelle-First Man
  • Bradley Cooper-A Star Is Born
  • Alfonso Cuarón-Roma
  • Peter Farrelly-Green Book
  • Yorgos Lanthimos-The Favourite
  • Spike Lee-BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay-Vice

Best Young Actor/Actress

  • Elsie Fisher-Eighth Grade
  • Thomasin McKenzie-Leave No Trace
  • Ed Oxenbould-Wildlife
  • Millicent Simmons-A Quiet Place
  • Amandla Stenberg-The Hate U Give
  • Sunny Suljic-Mid90s

Best Original Screenplay

  • Eighth Grade – Bo Burnham
  • The Favourite – Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara
  • First Reformed – Paul Schrader
  • Green Book – Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly & Nick Vallelonga
  • A Quiet Place – Scott Beck, John Krasinski & Bryan Woods
  • Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
  • Vice – Adam McKay

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Black Panther – Joe Rober Cole & Ryan Coogler
  • BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel & Kevin Willmott
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty
  • First Man – Josh Singer
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Barry Jenkins
  • A Star Is Born – Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters & Eric Roth

Best Ensemble

  • Black Panther
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Favourite
  • Vice
  • Widows

Best Action Film

  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther
  • Deadpool 2
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Ready Player One
  • Widows 

Best Comedy Film

  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Deadpool 2
  • The Death of Stalin
  • The Favourite
  • Game Night
  • Sorry To Bother You

Best Actor in a Comedy Movie

  • Christian Bale – Vice
  • Jason Bateman – Game Night
  • Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
  • John C. Reilly – Stan & Ollie
  • Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool 2
  • Lakeith Stanfield – Sorry To Bother You

Best Actress in a Comedy Movie

  • Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns
  • Olivia Colman – The Favourite
  • Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
  • Rachel McAdams – Game Night
  • Charlize Theron – Tully
  • Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians 

Best Science Fiction/Horror Movie

  • Annihilation
  • Halloween
  • Hereditary
  • A Quiet Place
  • Suspiria

Best Animated Feature

  • The Grinch
  • The Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Foreign Language Feature

  • Burning
  • Capernaum
  • Cold War
  • Roma
  • Shoplifters

Best Cinematography

  • Black Panther
  • The Favourite
  • First Man
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born

Best Production Design

  • Black Panther
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Favourite
  • First Man
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Roma

Best Costume Design

  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • The Favourite
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Mary Queen of Scots

Best Editing

  • The Favourite
  • First Man
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born
  • Vice
  • Widows

Best Hair and Makeup

  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • The Favourite
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Suspiria
  • Vice

Best Original Score

  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Green Book
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song

  • “All The Stars” – Black Panther
  • “Girl in the Movies” – Dumplin’
  • “I’ll Fight” – RBG
  • “The Place Where Lost Things Go” – Mary Poppins Returns
  • “Shallow” – A Star Is Born
  • “Trip A Little Light Fantastic” – Mary Poppins Returns

Best Visual Effects

  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Ready Player One


Best Comedy Series

  • Atlanta
  • Barry
  • The Good Place
  • The Kominsky Method
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • The Middle
  • One Day At A Time
  • Schitt’s Creek

Best Drama Series

  • The Americans
  • Better Call Saul
  • The Good Fight
  • Homecoming
  • Killing Eve
  • My Brilliant Friend
  • Pose
  • Succession

Best TV Movie

  • Icebox
  • Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert
  • King Lear
  • My Dinner With Hervé
  • Notes From The Field
  • The Tale

Best Limited Series

  • A Very English Scandal
  • American Vandal
  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Escape at Dannemora
  • Genius: Picasso
  • Sharp Objects

Best Animated Series

  • Adventure Time
  • Archer
  • Bob’s Burgers
  • BoJack Horseman
  • The Simpsons
  • South Park

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Hank Azaria – Brockmire
  • Ted Danson – The Good Place
  • Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method
  • Donald Glover – Atlanta
  • Bill Hader – Barry
  • Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
  • Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Allison Janney – Mom
  • Justina Mchado – One Day At A Time
  • Debra Messing – Will & Grace
  • Issa Rae – Insecure

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • William Jackson Harper – The Good Place
  • Sean Hayes – Will & Grace
  • Brian Tyree Henry – Atlanta
  • Nico Santos – Superstore
  • Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Henry Winkler – Barry 

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Betty Gilpin – GLOW
  • Laurie Metcalf – The Conners
  • Rita Moreno – One Day At A Time
  • Zoe Perry – Young Sheldon
  • Annie Potts – Young Sheldon
  • Miriam Shor – Younger

Best Actor in a Drama Series

  • Freddie Highmore – The Good Doctor
  • Diego Luna – Narcos: Mexico
  • Richard Madden – Bodyguard
  • Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
  • Billy Porter – Pose
  • Matthew Rhys – The Americans
  • Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us 

Best Actress in a Drama Series

  • Jodie Comer – Killing Eve
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Deuce
  • Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
  • Elizabeth Olsen – Sorry For Your Loss
  • Julia Roberts – Homecoming
  • Keri Russell – The Americans 

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Richard Cabral – Mayans M.C.
  • Asia Kate Dillon – Billions
  • Noah Emmerich – The Americans
  • Justin Hartley – This Is Us
  • Matthew Macfayden – Succession
  • Richard Schiff – The Good Doctor
  • Shea Whigham – Homecoming

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Dina Shihabi – Jack Ryan
  • Julia Garner – Ozark
  • Thandie Newton – Westworld
  • Rhea Seehorn – Better Call Saul
  • Yvonne Strahovski – The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Holly Taylor – The Americans 

Best Actor in a Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Antonio Banderas – Genius: Picasso
  • Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Paul Dano – Escape at Dannemora
  • Benicio del Toro – Escape at Dannemora
  • Hugh Grant – A Very English Scandal
  • John Legend – Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

Best Actress in a Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Amy Adams – Sharp Objects
  • Patricia Arquette – Escape at Dannemora
  • Connie Britton – Dirty John
  • Carrie Coon – The Sinner
  • Laura Dern – The Tale
  • Anna Deavere Smith – Notes From the Field

Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Brandon Victor Dixon – Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
  • Eric Lange – Escape at Dannemora
  • Alex Rich – Genius: Picasso
  • Peter Sarsgaard – The Looming Tower
  • Finn Wittrock – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal

Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Ellen Burstyn – The Tale
  • Patricia Clarkson – Sharp Objects
  • Penelope Cruz – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Julia Garner – Dirty John
  • Judith Light – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Elizabeth Perkins – Sharp Objects

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