People really didn’t have much interest in the Golden Globe nominations, which were released yesterday. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is still putting on some kind of ceremony to announce the 2022 Golden Globe winners, but no one will show up for it. That Sunday night (January 9th), celebrities will gather at the Critics Choice Awards. The CCA nominations also came out yesterday and having looked at both lists… there’s a consensus about a lot of films, but I also kind of think that the Globes nomination list was probably closer to what the Oscars will look like. There are still margins in a lot of categories though! Some consensus choices: everybody loves Belfast (Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical film), The Power of the Dog and King Richard. Dune was shortlisted for Best Picture at both awards shows, as was CODA. Here are the big Critics Choice nominations:

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

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 Actress feels pretty solid. To me, Kristen Stewart, Jessica Chastain, Olivia Colman and Lady Gaga are the sure-thing nominations. Nicole Kidman might be air-lifted out by the time the Oscars roll around, and Alana Haim is getting good buzz, but it doesn’t really matter. It’s a four-way race between Chastain, Stewart, Colman and Gaga. Who would you choose? Don’t count out Chastain – she was very good in Tammy Faye.

It feels like the supporting categories are wide f–king open. It could be a lot of Belfast people, or maybe House of Gucci makes a late surge, maybe Dakota Johnson in The Lost Daughter, but none of those nominations feels very firm. Also: curious inclusion of Nightmare Alley in the Best Picture conversation. It hasn’t come out yet, and if people love it, I could see some energy towards a campaign for Bradley Cooper. Maybe Cate Blanchett too.

Photos courtesy of IMDB, Instagram.

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