Candid Cinema

Amanda’s Picks: 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards

The 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards are on tonight and it is the fourth big award show of the Oscar season! Will we be able to finally tell who’s frontrunner for Best Actress at the Oscars? Will others become a lock? We’ll find out tonight.

Here are my picks ahead of tonight’s telecast!

Should win: PURPLE

Will win: RED

Locked winners highlighted only in RED

Best Picture



“Don’t Look Up”


“King Richard”

“Licorice Pizza”

“Nightmare Alley”

“The Power of the Dog” (Will Win)

“Tick, Tick … Boom!”

“West Side Story”


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”


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”

Supporting Actor

Jamie Dornan, “Belfast”

Ciaran Hinds, “Belfast”

Troy Kotsur, “CODA”

Jared Leto, “House of Gucci”

J.K. Simmons, “Being the Ricardos”

Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog”

Supporting Actress

Caitriona 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”

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”

Acting Ensemble


“Don’t Look Up”

“The Harder They Fall”

“Licorice Pizza”

“The Power of the Dog”

“West Side Story”


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”

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”

Adapted Screenplay

Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”

Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Lost Daughter”

Sian Heder, “CODA”

Tony Kushner, “West Side Story”

Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth, “Dune”


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”

Production Design

Jim Clay and Claire Nia Richards, “Belfast”

Tamara Deverell and Shane Vieau, “Nightmare Alley”

Adam Stockhausen and Rena DeAngelo, “The French Dispatch”

Adam Stockhausen and Rena DeAngelo, “West Side Story”

Patrice Vermette and Zsuzsanna Sipos, “Dune”


Sarah Broshar and Michael Kahn, “West Side Story”

Una Ni Dhonghaile, “Belfast”

Andy Jurgensen, “Licorice Pizza”

Peter Sciberras, “The Power of the Dog”

Joe Walker, “Dune”

Costume Design

Jenny Beavan, “Cruella”

Luis Sequeira, “Nightmare Alley”

Paul Tazewell, “West Side Story”

Jacqueline West, Robert Morgan, “Dune”

Janty Yates, “House of Gucci”

Hair and Makeup



“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”

“House of Gucci”

“Nightmare Alley”

Visual Effects


“The Matrix Resurrections”

“Nightmare Alley”

“No Time to Die”

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”


“Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar”(Should Win)

“Don’t Look Up” (Will Win)

“Free Guy”

“The French Dispatch”

“Licorice Pizza”

Animated Feature


“Flee” (Will Win)


“The Mitchells vs the Machines” (Should Win)

“Raya and the Last Dragon”

Foreign Language Film

“A Hero”

“Drive My Car”


“The Hand of God”

“The Worst Person in the World”


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”


Nicholas Britell, “Don’t Look Up”

Jonny Greenwood, “The Power of the Dog”

Jonny Greenwood, “Spencer”

Nathan Johnson, “Nightmare Alley”

Hans Zimmer, “Dune”

Best Drama Series


“For All Mankind”

“The Good Fight”


“Squid Game”


“This Is Us”


Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

Mike Colter, “Evil”

Brian Cox, “Succession”

Lee Jung-jae, “Squid Game”

Billy Porter, “Pose”

Jeremy Strong, “Succession”

Actress in a Drama Series

Uzo Aduba, “In Treatment”

Chiara Aurelia, “Cruel Summer”

Christine Baranski, “The Good Fight”

Katja Herbers, “Evil”

Melanie Lynskey, “Yellowjackets”

MJ Rodriguez, “Pose”

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nicholas Braun, “Succession”

Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show”

Kieran Culkin, “Succession”

Justin Hartley, “This Is Us”

Matthew Macfadyen, “Succession”

Mandy Patinkin, “The Good Fight”

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Andrea Martin, “Evil”

Audra McDonald, “The Good Fight”

Christine Lahti, “Evil”

J. Smith-Cameron, “Succession”

Sarah Snook, “Succession”

Susan Kelechi Watson, “This Is Us”

Comedy Series

“The Great”



“Only Murders in the Building”

“The Other Two”

“Reservation Dogs”

“Ted Lasso”

“What We Do in the Shadows”

Actor in a Comedy Series

Iain Armitage, “Young Sheldon”

Nicholas Hoult, “The Great”

Steve Martin, “Only Murders in the Building”

Kayvan Novak, “What We Do in the Shadows”

Martin Short, “Only Murders in the Building”

Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”

Actress in a Comedy Series

Elle Fanning, “The Great”

Renée Elise Goldsberry, “Girls5eva”

Selena Gomez, “Only Murders in the Building”

Sandra Oh, “The Chair”

Issa Rae, “Insecure”

Jean Smart, “Hacks”

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Ncuti Gatwa, “Sex Education”

Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso ”

Harvey Guillén, “What We Do in the Shadows”

Brandon Scott Jones, “Ghosts”

Ray Romano, “Made for Love”

Bowen Yang, “Saturday Night Live”

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Hannah Einbinder, “Hacks”

Kristin Chenoweth, “Schmigadoon!”

Molly Shannon, “The Other Two”

Cecily Strong, “Saturday Night Live”

Josie Totah, “Saved by the Bell”

Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso”

Limited Series


“Dr. Death”

“It’s a Sin”


“Mare of Easttown”

“Midnight Mass”

“The Underground Railroad”


Movie Made for Television

“Come From Away”

“List of a Lifetime”

“The Map of Tiny Perfect Things”

“Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia”


“Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas”

Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television

Olly Alexander, “It’s a Sin”

Paul Bettany, “WandaVision”

William Jackson Harper, “Love Life”

Joshua Jackson, “Dr. Death”

Michael Keaton, “Dopesick”

Hamish Linklater, “Midnight Mass”

Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television

Danielle Brooks, “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia”

Cynthia Erivo, “Genius: Aretha”

Thuso Mbedu, “The Underground Railroad”

Elizabeth Olsen, “WandaVision”

Margaret Qualley, “Maid”

Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown”

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television

Murray Bartlett, “The White Lotus”

Zach Gilford, “Midnight Mass”

William Jackson Harper, “The Underground Railroad”

Evan Peters, “Mare of Easttown”

Christian Slater, “Dr. Death”

Courtney B. Vance, “Genius: Aretha”

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television

Jennifer Coolidge, “The White Lotus”

Kaitlyn Dever, “Dopesick”

Kathryn Hahn, “WandaVision”

Melissa McCarthy, “Nine Perfect Strangers”

Julianne Nicholson, “Mare of Easttown”

Jean Smart, “Mare of Easttown”

Foreign Language Series


“Call My Agent!”


“Money Heist”

“Narcos: Mexico”

“Squid Game”

Animated Series

“Big Mouth”


“Bob’s Burgers”

“The Great North”


“What If…?”

Talk Show

“The Amber Ruffin Show”

“Desus & Mero”

“The Kelly Clarkson Show”

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”

“Late Night With Seth Meyers”

“Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen”

Comedy Special

“Bo Burnham: Inside”

“Good Timing With Jo Firestone”

“James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999”

“Joyelle Nicole Johnson: Love Joy”

“Nate Bargatze: The Greatest Average American”

“Trixie Mattel: One Night Only”

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