'West Side Story,' 'Belfast,' 'Power of the Dog' lead Critics Choice Awards film nominations

Steven Spielberg's musical "West Side Story" and Kenneth Branagh's "Belfast" lead the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards film nominations announced Monday, earning 11 each.

Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi epic "Dune" and Jane Campion's Netflix Western "The Power of the Dog," starring Benedict Cumberbatch, followed closely with 10 nominations per, including best picture.

In addition to best picture, "Belfast" earned best supporting actor nods for both Jamie Dornan and Ciarán Hinds, supporting actress for Caitríona Balfe, young actor/actress for Jude Hill, and acting ensemble. Branagh earned nominations for best director and original screenplay.

"Belfast" also earned nominations best cinematography, production design and editing.


Spielberg received a best director nomination for best picture contender "West Side Story." Standout performers Ariana DeBose and 90-year-old Rita Moreno will vie for supporting actress, while Rachel Zegler is up for young actor/actress. "West Side Story" also earned nominations for acting ensemble, Tony Kushner's adapted screenplay, cinematography, production design, editing and costume design.

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Kenneth Branagh's "Belfast," along with Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story," lead the nominations for Critics Choice Awards.
Kenneth Branagh's "Belfast," along with Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story," lead the nominations for Critics Choice Awards.

"Licorice Pizza" and "Nightmare Alley" took eight nominations apiece, followed by “King Richard” and "Don’t Look Up," each with six. Rounding out the best picture nominees are "CODA" and "tick, tick … Boom!"

The Critics Choice Awards are seeking to fill the awards show void created when NBC pulled the plug on broadcasting the 2022 Golden Globes – which also announced nominees on Monday – following a controversy sparked last February by a Los Angeles Times investigation. The report detailed alleged financial and ethical lapses among the 87 members of its voting body and revealed that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had no Black members. Since then, the group has added 21 new members from underrepresented groups, reworked its bylaws and teamed up with the NAACP.

The Critics Choice ceremony has moved into the Globes' Jan. 9 broadcast slot, airing live on CW and TBS. Taye Diggs and Nicole Byer will co-host, with 500 broadcast, radio, print and online entertainment reporters and critics voting on the selections.

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HBO's "Succession," which ended its third season Sunday night, dominated the Critics Choice TV nominations last week with a total of 29. Onscreen father and son Brian Cox (as Logan Roy) and Jeremy Strong (Kendall Roy) will battle for best actor in a drama series.

Three of the series stars – Nicholas Braun (as Greg Hirsch), Kieran Culkin (Roman Roy) and Matthew Macfadyen (Tom Wambsgans) – will compete for best supporting actor. Sarah Snook (Shiv Roy) and J. Smith-Cameron (Gerri Kellman) will go head-to-head for best supporting actress.

Other series that racked up multiple nods include: "Evil" (5), "Mare of Easttown" (5), "Only Murders in the Building" (4), "Ted Lasso" (4), "The Good Fight (4), "This Is Us" (4) and "WandaVision" (4).

These are the film nominees in the top categories:

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”

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”

Maria (Rachel Zegler) falls for a boy her protective brother doesn't approve of in Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story."
Maria (Rachel Zegler) falls for a boy her protective brother doesn't approve of in Steven Spielberg's "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”

Contributing: Erin Jensen

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Critics Choice Awards 2022 nominations: Who is nominated?