Belfast and West Side Story Lead the 2021 Critics Choice Award Nominations

Rachel Zegler in West Side Story
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The continuing downfall of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Golden Globes has provided space in Hollywood’s award season for another ceremony to move in and take the Globe’s long-held place as an Academy Award appetizer and predictor. Enter, the Critics Choice Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s vehicle which will undoubtedly work to overthrow the Globes as they both hold their ceremonies on January 9, 2021. Considering NBC will not be broadcasting the Globes this year, however, it seems obvious more stars will attend the Critics Choice Awards and more fans will tune in when it airs on TBS and TNT next month.

Because of this turn of events, when the show announced its nominations on Monday morning, all eyes were on the BFCAs. As Entertainment Weekly noted, Critics Choice has been a pretty good indicator of future Oscar success, having predicted the Best Picture and Best Actor winners six of the last ten years, and the Best Actress winners five times during the same time period. It’s notable then, that Oscar frontrunners like Belfast and West Side Story are also tied for the most Critics Choice nominations at 11 each. Some other nominations of note include Kristen Stewart and Nicole Kidman for Best Actress, more or less solidifying that the pair will once again go head-to-head when it comes to the Oscar race for the same award. Spouses Jay-Z and Beyoncé will also be facing off as they were both nominated for Best Song, Beyoncé for “Be Alive” from King Richard, and Jay-Z for “Guns Go Bang” from The Harder They Fall.

As with any award nominations, there were also some snubs, like Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut, Passing, which received no nominations from the BFCAs. Penelope Cruz lauded role in Parallel Mothers was also left behind, and while Belfast did receive many nominations, Judi Dench, who was expected to be recognized for her role as Granny in the movie, was not nominated for an award.

Check out all the nominations below:

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

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

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

Best Film 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



The Eyes of Tammy Faye

House of Gucci

Nightmare Alley

Best Visual Effects


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

Best Animated Feature




The Mitchells vs the Machines

Raya and the Last Dragon

Best Foreign Language Film

A Hero

Drive My Car


The Hand of God

The Worst Person in the World

Best Song

"Be Alive," King Richard

"Dos Oruguitas," Encanto

"Guns Go Bang," The Harder They Fall

"Just Look Up," Don't Look Up

"No Time to Die," No Time to Die

Best Score

Nicholas Britell, Don't Look Up

Jonny Greenwood, The Power of the Dog

Jonny Greenwood, Spencer

Nathan Johnson, Nightmare Alley

Hans Zimmer, Dune