Critics Choice Awards: “West Side Story”, “Belfast” in the lead with 11 nominations each

“Belfast” and “West Side Story” lead the way with 11 nominations each as the Critics Choice Association announced the nominees for the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards on Monday.

In addition to Best Picture, “Belfast” won several acting nominations, including Best Supporting Actor for Jamie Dornan and Ciarán Hinds, Best Supporting Actress for Caitríona Balfe, Best Young Actor / Actress for Jude Hill and Best Acting Set, while Kenneth Branagh could take home the trophies for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

“Belfast” also won nominations for Haris Zambarloukos for Best Cinematography, Jim Clay and Claire Nia Richards for Best Production Design, and Úna Ní Dhonghaíle for Best Editing.

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Steven Spielberg received a nomination for Best Director for his Best Picture nominee “West Side Story“.

Two of the film’s most notable performers, Ariana DeBose and Rita Moreno, will be nominated for Best Supporting Actress, while Rachel Zegler is nominated for Best Young Actor / Actress.

West Side Story” also won a nomination for Best Actor Set, and nods for Tony Kushner for Best Adapted Screenplay, Janusz Kaminski for Best Cinematography, Adam Stockhausen and Rena DeAngelo for Best Production Design, Sarah Broshar and Michael Kahn for Best Editing, and Paul Tazewell for Best Costume Design.

The film’s top prospects list included several other films with an impressive number of nominations, including “Dune” and “The Power of the Dog,” which won 10 each.

“Licorice Pizza” and “Nightmare Alley” garnered eight nominations each, followed by “King Richard” and “Don’t Look Up”, each with six.

The nominees for Best Picture are “CODA” and “tick, tick… Boom! “

“We are very proud to honor this incredible list of films and the incredibly talented people who made them during this extremely difficult time,” said Joey Berlin, CEO of the Critics Choice Association. “All eyes will be on the red carpet and ballroom at Fairmont Century Plaza on January 9, when the biggest stars of film and television come together to celebrate the best of the best in entertainment this year. In the safest environment possible, it will mark a return of the kind of glitz and glamor that we haven’t been able to enjoy for far too long. “

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As previously announced, HBO’s “Succession” tops the series Critics Choice Awards nominations, garnering nods in eight categories.

In addition to Best Drama Series, the show racked up numerous acting nominations, including nominations for Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong for Best Actor in a Drama Series, while Nicholas Braun, Kieran Culkin, and Matthew Macfadyen all have won nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and J. Smith-Cameron and Sarah Snook are nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

“Mare of Easttown” (HBO) and “Evil” (Paramount +) also landed multiple series nominations, winning five each.

The winners will be announced at the Critics Choice Awards gala hosted by Taye Diggs and Nicole Byer on Sunday, January 9.

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