Marvel’s Black Panther managed to score big with Critics’ Choice nominations. But the film also somehow got snubbed at the same time with Ryan Coogler not getting a Best Director nomination.

The Chadwick Boseman-starring film earned 12 nominations, which are as follows:

• Best Picture

• Best Supporting Actor (Michael B. Jordan)

• Best Acting Ensemble

• Best Adapted Screenplay (Coogler and Joe Robert Cole)

• Best Cinematography (Rachel Morrison)

• Best Production Design (Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart)

• Best Costume Design (Ruth Carter)

• Best Hair and Makeup (Black Panther)

• Best Visual Effects

• Best Action Movie

• Best Song (“All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA)

• Best Score (Ludwig Göransson)

It’s a little confusing as to how the film could have racked up so many awards and still lose out on Best Director when it was Coogler’s vision that guided the film. However, Coogler did get nominated in other areas, such as for his screenplay work. And, his ability to assemble an amazing crew of talented actors and craftspeople is reflected in the number of awards the film has received in several artistic areas.

The film Black Panther has to beat is The Favourite, earning 14 nominations, including Best Picture. The Critics’ Choice Awards are usually seen as an indicator as to how well a film will do at the Oscars, and it would seem that The Favourite is in the position to be a film that comes out of nowhere to take the Best Picture award at the Oscars. But wilder things have happened; if we recall the 2017 Oscars, La La Land was the favorite but was beat by Moonlight in a particularly dramatic upset.

If Beale Street Could Talk, BlacKkKlansman and Green Book also racked up several nominations, including Best Picture. Mahershala Ali (Green Book) and Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman) were nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and Regina King was nominated for Best Supporting Actress (If Beale Street Could Talk). Peter Farrelly and Spike Lee were both nominated for Best Director, and Barry Jenkins was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (but somehow not for Best Director; another snub). Lee was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay along with his writing partners Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott.

Other standout nominations for film include:

• Rami Malek for Best Actor (Bohemian Rhapsody)

• Lakeith Stanfield for Best Actor in a Comedy (Sorry to Bother You)

• Amandla Stenberg for Best Young Actor/Actress (The Hate U Give)

• Crazy Rich Asians for Best Acting Ensemble, Best Production Design (Nelson Coates, Andrew Baseman), Best Comedy, Best Actress in a Comedy (Constance Wu)

• Roma for Best Picture, Best Actress (Yalitza Aparicio), Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Original Screenplay (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Cinematography (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Production Design (Eugenio Caballero, Barbara Enriquez), Best Editing, (Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough), Best Foreign Language Film

• Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for Best Animated Feature

• Widows for Best Action Movie, Best Acting Ensemble and Best Editing (Joe Walker)


On the TV side:

• John Legend  for Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert)

• Anna Deavere Smith for Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie (Notes from the Field)

• Brandon Victor Dixon for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert)

• Brian Tyree Henry for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Atlanta)

• Issa Rae for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Insecure)

• Donald Glover for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Atlanta)

• Thandie Newton for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Westworld)

• William Jackson Harper for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (The Good Place)


The Critics’ Choice Awards air January 13 on the CW.