HFPA vs CCA: Golden Globes, Critics Choice, and the Dueling Awards Shows

The Golden Globes are back because, just like Will and Grace, Sex and the City, and Mel Gibson, nothing in Hollywood is ever really cancelled. Earlier this year studios, publicists, and stars swore off the event unless the Hollywood Foreign Press Association diversified their membership and made significant changes. NBC cancelled the 79th telecast scheduled for January. Tom Cruise even returned his three statuettes. The HFPA pledged to do better, increasing their roster and adding a new and more racially and ethnically diverse group of journalists.

In a statement preceding the nominations, HFPA president Helen Hoehne said:

“For the past eight months, we have worked tirelessly as an organization to be better. We also have 21 new members. The largest and most diverse in our 79-year-old history. Not only have they brought in a fresh perspective, but ideas that will help us continue to evolve.”

While the Golden Globes will not be televised, the show will go on at its usual venue at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The Critics Choice Awards will be simulcast on its usual CW network as well as new addition TBS. NBC is staying out of it — for now — and both awards ceremonies will be held on Sunday, January 9, 2022. Of course, with CCA running on TV and with the lingering questions about HFPA’s sincerity in their commitment to change, it’s unclear how this year’s Golden Globes nominations will or will not affect the Oscar campaigns of so many hopeful nominees. It’s equally unclear whether Critics Choice will have a bigger impact than they have in the past.

But that debate may be moot, at least for now. As both groups vie for time and attention, they were ultimately aligned in many ways. In the Best Picture categories, HFPA divides Drama and Comedy/Musical but CCA does not. And yet, they nominated almost the exact same lineups, the exception being Cyrano for Comedy/Musical with the Globes where CCA chose Nightmare Alley for its top ten instead. They matched four directors, HFPA (surprisingly) nominating two women (Jane Campion and Maggie Gyllenhaal) in their group of five, whereas CCA selected Campion along with five men in their group of six, adding Paul Thomas Anderson and Guillermo del Toro to the mix.

The Best Actresses match up. All five of HFPA’s leading ladies in drama were also cited by CCA who has six in theirs. But their sixth, Alana Haim, was also picked for HFPA’s leading actress in a comedy or musical. They matched five actors, four supporting actors, four supporting actresses, five screenplays, and four animated features.

In the end, the two organizations really only saw the biggest divides in original scores and foreign language films. Otherwise, the differences are few and perhaps not significant enough to provide a helpful barometer. With some categories having different numbers of nominees, and with the Golden Globes separating drama from comedy in key places, all we can really see from today’s double announcements is that the eventual Best Picture lineup has solidified around seven fairly definite films with four or five duking it out for those last three spots.

It’s nice to see recognition spread a little and maybe that will mean something for the campaigns behind Nicolas Cage, Peter Dinklage, Mahershala Ali, Rita Moreno, and more. But considering critics and film journalists are more familiar with the hundreds of films released in 2021, its unfortunate that both organizations saw fit to rally around the most Oscar-buzzed movies of the year, rather than using their very public spotlights to showcase some films that have gone under the radar. When the same 12-15 films earn one nomination after another, many dozens more will go overlooked as HFPA and CCA hold fast to their positions as the “first” awards shows of the season.

There’s always next year.

Below you will find the complete nominations for both the 79th Golden Globe Awards and for the 27th Critics Choice Film Awards.


Best Motion Picture, Drama

  • “Belfast” (Focus Features) 
  • “CODA” (Apple) 
  • “Dune” (Warner Bros.) 
  • “King Richard” (Warner Bros.) 
  • “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) 

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • “Cyrano” (MGM)
  • “Don’t Look Up” (Netflix) 
  • “Licorice Pizza” (MGM) 
  • “Tick, Tick … Boom!” (Netflix) 
  • “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) 

Best Director, Motion Picture

  • Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”) 
  • Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”)
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Lost Daughter”)
  • Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”) 
  • Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”) 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

  • Mahershala Ali (“Swan Song”)
  • Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”) 
  • Will Smith (“King Richard”) 
  • Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”) 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Leonardo DiCaprio (“Don’t Look Up”) 
  • Peter Dinklage (“Cyrano”) 
  • Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick … Boom!”) 
  • Cooper Hoffman (“Licorice Pizza”)
  • Anthony Ramos (“In the Heights”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

  • Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”)
  • Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”) 
  • Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”)
  • Lady Gaga (“House of Gucci”) 
  • Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”) 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Marion Cotillard (“Annette”)
  • Alana Haim (“Licorice Pizza”) 
  • Jennifer Lawrence (“Don’t Look Up”) 
  • Emma Stone (“Cruella”)
  • Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”)

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

  • Ben Affleck (“The Tender Bar”) 
  • Jamie Dornan (“Belfast”) 
  • Ciarán Hinds (“Belfast”) 
  • Troy Kotsur (“CODA”) 
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”) 

Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture

  • Caitríona Balfe (“Belfast”) 
  • Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”) 
  • Kirsten Dunst (“The Power of the Dog”) 
  • Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”) 
  • Ruth Negga (“Passing”)

Best Motion Picture, Animated

  • “Encanto” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) 
  • “Flee” (Neon) 
  • “Luca” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) 
  • “My Sunny Maad” (Totem Films)
  • “Raya and the Last Dragon” (Walt Disney Studios)

Best Picture, Foreign Language

  • “Compartment No. 6” (Sony Pictures Classics) — Finland, Russia, Germany
  • “Drive My Car” (Janus Films) — Japan
  • “The Hand of God” (Netflix) — Italy
  • “A Hero” (Amazon Studios) — France, Iran
  • “Parallel Mothers” (Sony Pictures Classics) — Spain

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

  • Paul Thomas Anderson — “Licorice Pizza” (MGM/United Artists Releasing) 
  • Kenneth Branagh — “Belfast” (Focus Features) 
  • Jane Campion — “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) 
  • Adam McKay — “Don’t Look Up” (Netflix)
  • Aaron Sorkin — “Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios)

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

  • “The French Dispatch” (Searchlight Pictures) — Alexandre Desplat 
  • “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures) — Germaine Franco
  • “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) — Jonny Greenwood 
  • “Parallel Mothers” (Sony Pictures Classic) — Alberto Iglesias 
  • “Dune” (Warner Bros.) — Hans Zimmer 

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

  • “Be Alive” from “King Richard” (Warner Bros.) — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson 
  • “Dos Orugitas” from “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures) — Lin-Manuel Miranda 
  • “Down to Joy” from “Belfast” (Focus Features) — Van Morrison 
  • “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from “Respect” (MGM/United Artists Releasing) — Jamie Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King 
  • “No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing) — Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell 

Best Television Series, Drama

  • “Lupin” (Netflix)
  • “The Morning Show” (Apple TV Plus)
  • “Pose” (FX)
  • “Squid Game” (Netflix)
  • “Succession” (HBO/HBO Max)

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy

  • “The Great” (Hulu) 
  • “Hacks” (HBO/HBO Max)
  • “Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu)
  • “Reservation Dogs” (FX on Hulu) 
  • “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama

  • Brian Cox (“Succession”)
  • Lee Jung-jae (“Squid Game”)
  • Billy Porter (“Pose”)
  • Jeremy Strong (“Succession”)
  • Omar Sy (“Lupin)

Best Television Actor, Musical / Comedy Series

  • Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
  • Nicholas Hoult (“The Great”)
  • Steve Martin (“Only Murders in the Building”)
  • Martin Short (“Only Murders in the Building”)
  • Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)

Best Performance by an Actor, Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture made for Television

  • Paul Bettany (“WandaVision”)
  • Oscar Isaac (“Scenes From a Marriage”)
  • Michael Keaton (“Dopesick”)
  • Ewan McGregor (“Halston”)
  • Tahar Rahim (“The Serpent”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama

  • Uzo Aduba (“In Treatment”)
  • Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”)
  • Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight)
  • Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
  • Michaela Jaé Rodriguez (“Pose”)

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

  • Hannah Einbinder (“Hacks”)
  • Elle Fanning (“The Great”)
  • Issa Rae (“Insecure”)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)
  • Jean Smart (“Hacks”)

Best Performance by an Actress, Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television

  • Jessica Chastain (“Scenes From a Marriage”)
  • Cynthia Erivo (“Genius: Aretha”) 
  • Elizabeth Olsen (“WandaVision“) 
  • Margaret Qualley (“Maid”) 
  • Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”)

Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television

  • Dopesick” (Hulu)
  • “Impeachment: American Crime Story” (FX)
  • “Maid” (Netflix) 
  • “Mare of Easttown” (HBO/HBO Max)
  • The Underground Railroad” (Amazon Prime Video)

Best Supporting Actor, Television

  • Billy Crudup (“The Morning Show”)
  • Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
  • Mark Duplass (“The Morning Show”)
  • Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”)
  • O Yeong-su (“Squid Game”)

Best Supporting Actress, Television

  • Jennifer Coolidge (“White Lotus”)
  • Kaitlyn Dever (“Dopesick”)
  • Andie MacDowell (“Maid”)
  • Sarah Snook (“Succession”)
  • Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”)



  • Belfast
  • CODA
  • Don’t Look Up
  • Dune
  • King Richard
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Power of the Dog
  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Belfast
  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Jenny Beavan – Cruella
  • Luis Sequeira – Nightmare Alley
  • Paul Tazewell – West Side Story
  • Jacqueline West, Robert Morgan – Dune
  • Janty Yates – House of Gucci


  • Cruella
  • Dune
  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • House of Gucci
  • Nightmare Alley


  • Dune
  • 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
  • Don’t Look Up
  • Free Guy
  • The French Dispatch
  • Licorice Pizza


  • Encanto
  • Flee
  • Luca
  • The Mitchells vs the Machines
  • Raya and the Last Dragon


  • A Hero
  • Drive My Car
  • Flee
  • 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

The Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards will be held on Sunday, January 9. The Critics Choice Awards will be broadcast on The CW and TBS.

Written by
Karen Peterson is the Awards Editor for We Live Entertainment. She previously worked as the Assistant Editor at Awards Circuit, now owned by Variety. Her work can also be found at Citizen Dame and at the Watch and Talk podcast. Her non-awards season hobbies include Angels baseball, taking pictures of other peoples' pets, and tweeting about The Bachelor franchise.

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