This evening marks the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards. The ceremony will be telecast on the CW network and hosted by actor Taye Diggs.  Every year, the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalist Association — with its 300+ members — select their choices of the best in television and film.

This awards ceremony along with the Screen Actors Guild Awards — is the last hurrah before the Oscars which will broadcast Sunday, February 24th on ABC. In the film categories, this year has been a great year for Black entertainment, with such films as Black Panther, If Beale Street Could Talk and BlacKkKlansman competing together for Best Picture.

Black Panther has 12 nominations, BlacKkKlansman has 4, Crazy Rich Asians has 4, Green Book has 7 and The Favorite carries the most with 14 nominations. 

Here is a list of the film nominees below:

 

BEST PICTURE
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
The Favourite
First Man
Green Book
If Beale Street Could Talk
Mary Poppins Returns
Roma
A Star Is Born
Vice

Who Should Win? Black Panther

The film that became a cultural phenomenon, Black Panther not only broke box office records, but it also introduced comic book fans and non-comic book fans to the fictional world of Wakanda. The A-list cast along with the impressive crew created one of the greatest films to come out of the Marvel cinematic universe.

Who Will Win? Roma

Roma has been Netflix’s baby during the entire awards campaign season. The streaming giant has pulled together their full support for this film. Additionally, director Alfonso Cuarón is an awards favorite and the film has received much critical acclaim.

BEST ACTOR
Christian Bale – Vice
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
Ryan Gosling – First Man
Ethan Hawke – First Reformed
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

Who Should Win? Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Bradley Cooper was stellar in A Star Is Born and gave one of the most riveting performances of his career as Jackson Maine, the ne’er-do-well rock star whose stardom is slowly fading away.

Who Will Win? Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek earned a Golden Globe win for his performance as the illustrious Freddie Mercury, and biopics tend to always have favor in awards shows.  That being said, Malek did deliver an incredibly groundbreaking performance and his win will not come as a shock to anyone.

BEST ACTRESS
Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns
Glenn Close – The Wife
Toni Collette – Hereditary
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Who Should Win? Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born

The actress not only will most likely earn the win, but she most certainly deserves.  While Olivia Colman delivered a strong performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite, Lady Gaga delivered both a strong performance as an actor and singer in this captivating role.  Her character Ally was the glue that held this movie together.

Who Will Win? Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born

It seems Lady Gaga has suffered from some snubs this awards season, the Hollywood Foreign Press, awarding Glenn Close for The Wife, which came as a bit of a surprise to some critics.  However, given the fact Lady Gaga has not received any accolades for her performance, its likely voters may have chosen her as the favorite in this category, to give her a shot.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott – A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther

Who Should Win? Michael B. Jordan

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Who Will Win? Mahershala Ali

Given the film’s controversy, Green Book’s ability to earn awards isn’t not slowing down their momentum.  Not only is it a heavy contender for both Best Picture and Screenplay, but Mahershala Ali will likely earn his Critics’ Choice award for Best Supporting Actor playing the role of Dr. Don Shirley.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams – Vice
Claire Foy – First Man
Nicole Kidman – Boy Erased
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Who Should Win? Regina King If Beale Street Could Talk

She’s an actress who has a career that has spanned over 30 years and most certainly is due for an award for her work. And Regina King’s performance is the one that stands out the most in Beale Street which was an emotionally-driven role that enraptured viewers.

Who Will Win? Regina King If Beale Street Could Talk

Regina King has led the trail on the awards campaign for her breathtaking performance in If Beale Street Could Talk. She has earned a Golden Globe award and last year earned an Emmy for her work in TV for the Netflix series Seven Seconds.

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
Thomasin McKenzie – Leave No Trace
Ed Oxenbould – Wildlife
Millicent Simmonds – A Quiet Place
Amandla Stenberg – The Hate U Give
Sunny Suljic – Mid90s

Who Should Win? Amandla Stenberg – The Hate U Give

Amandla Stenberg’s notable performance in The Hate U Give was amazing. The film adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Angie C. Thomas is one of the best films of 2018. Sadly, the film has been snubbed across the board including an incredibly charismatic performance by Russell Hornsby.

Who Will Win? Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade

Elsie Fisher seems to be on every critic’s best list for her performance in Eight Grade.  Make no mistake, her win is well deserved if she takes it home. She was able to somehow create a character several years younger than me completely relatable — and performances like that resonate.

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Black Panther
Crazy Rich Asians
The Favourite
Vice
Widows

Who Should Win? Black Panther

This A-list cast is nothing like we’ve seen before in a Marvel film.  And yes, you can arguably say that The Avengers also had a stellar cast, Black Panther’s carried Oscar-winning and Emmy-winning stars in both major and minor roles. From This Is Us Emmy-winner star Sterling K. Brown to Academy-Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and Golden Globe award-winning actress Angela Bassett.

Who Will Win? Black Panther

I’m going to go out on a limb and say Black Panther will win based on the stellar cast alone.  It’s quite possible the win could go to The Favourite for this one, but perhaps by a small margin, Black Panther will take this award home tonight.

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Damien Chazelle – First Man
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Peter Farrelly – Green Book
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay – Vice

Who Should Win? Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee ‘s work in the dark comedy BlacKkKlansman was a stroke of genius. He’s also been out on the campaign trail working to get this noticed by voters.  His adaptation of the true life of Ron Stallworth was one of the best stories of the year.

Who Will Win? Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

As mentioned before, Cuarón is beloved by award voters, and with his win for Best Director at the Golden Globes, it’s possible that will add a bit more weight to his win for Critics’ Choice.  Only time will tell.

The Critics’ Choice Awards airs tonight at 7pm ET on the CW.

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For a list of additional nominees see below:

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara – The Favourite
Adam McKay – Vice
Paul Schrader – First Reformed
Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly – Green Book
Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski – A Quiet Place

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole – Black Panther
Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk
Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters – A Star Is Born
Josh Singer – First Man
Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
James Laxton – If Beale Street Could Talk
Matthew Libatique – A Star Is Born
Rachel Morrison – Black Panther
Robbie Ryan – The Favourite
Linus Sandgren – First Man

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Hannah Beachler, Jay Hart – Black Panther
Eugenio Caballero, Barbara Enriquez – Roma
Nelson Coates, Andrew Baseman – Crazy Rich Asians
Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton – The Favourite
Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas – First Man
John Myhre, Gordon Sim – Mary Poppins Returns

BEST EDITING
Jay Cassidy – A Star Is Born
Hank Corwin – Vice
Tom Cross – First Man
Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough – Roma
Yorgos Mavropsaridis – The Favourite
Joe Walker – Widows

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Alexandra Byrne – Mary Queen of Scots
Ruth Carter – Black Panther
Julian Day – Bohemian Rhapsody
Sandy Powell – The Favourite
Sandy Powell – Mary Poppins Returns

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Mary Queen of Scots
Suspiria
Vice

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
First Man
Mary Poppins Returns
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Ready Player One

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Grinch
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

BEST ACTION MOVIE
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
Deadpool 2
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Ready Player One
Widows

BEST COMEDY
Crazy Rich Asians
Deadpool 2
The Death of Stalin
The Favourite
Game Night
Sorry to Bother You

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Christian Bale – Vice
Jason Bateman – Game Night
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
John C. Reilly – Stan & Ollie
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool 2
Lakeith Stanfield – Sorry to Bother You

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
Rachel McAdams – Game Night
Charlize Theron – Tully
Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians

BEST SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE
Annihilation
Halloween
Hereditary
A Quiet Place
Suspiria

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Burning
Capernaum
Cold War
Roma
Shoplifters

BEST SONG
All the Stars – Black Panther
Girl in the Movies – Dumplin’
I’ll Fight – RBG
The Place Where Lost Things Go – Mary Poppins Returns
Shallow – A Star Is Born
Trip a Little Light Fantastic – Mary Poppins Returns

BEST SCORE
Kris Bowers – Green Book
Nicholas Britell – If Beale Street Could Talk
Alexandre Desplat – Isle of Dogs
Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther
Justin Hurwitz – First Man
Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns