There weren’t too many big surprises when the Critics’ Choice Awards announced their 2018 nominations on Wednesday morning, December 6. With 10 nominees for Best Picture and six (or sometimes seven) nominees for acting and directing, the Broadcast Film Critics Association cast a wide net and nominated most of the names that have been in the discussion as top Oscar contenders. But there were inevitably awards hopefuls that missed the cut.
For instance, “Phantom Thread” was absent from Best Picture, Best Director (Paul Thomas Anderson), and Best Original Screenplay races, though it did manage a Best Actor nom for Daniel Day-Lewis and three other bids below the line. Similarly, Netflix’s contender “Mudbound” earned four nominations — including Supporting Actress (Mary J. Blige), Adapted Screenplay, and Acting Ensemble — but was missing from Picture and Director contests.
The Best Actor race included seven nominees but found no room for Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.“), James McAvoy (“Split”), or Andrew Garfield (“Breathe”). In the Best Actress race, Nicole Kidman (“The Beguiled”) and Judi Dench (“Victoria and Abdul”) were not among the list of six contenders.
For Best Supporting Actress, “Girls Trip” breakout Tiffany Haddish continued her awards ascent following her victory at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, so there wasn’t space for Melissa Leo (“Novitiate”) or Kristin Scott Thomas (“Darkest Hour”). Similarly, the Best Supporting Actor lineup welcomed surprise nominee Patrick Stewart (“Logan”) but left out Mark Rylance (“Dunkirk”), Jason Mitchell (“Mudbound”), and Ray Romano (“The Big Sick”).
Who else was missing from the Critics’ Choice nominations? Check out some of the notable absences below, and join the discussion on this and more with your fellow movie fans in our forums.
NOT BEST PICTURE
“Blade Runner 2049”
NOT BEST DIRECTOR
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”
Sean Baker, “The Florida Project”
Dee Rees, “Mudbound”
Denis Villeneuve, “Blade Runner 2049”
Joe Wright, “Darkest Hour”
NOT BEST ACTOR
Andrew Garfield, “Breathe’
Hugh Jackman, “The Greatest Showman”
James McAvoy, “Split”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
NOT BEST ACTRESS
Annette Bening, “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”
Judi Dench, “Victoria and Abdul”
Nicole Kidman, “The Beguiled”
Emma Stone, “Battle of the Sexes”
Kate Winslet, “Wonder Wheel”
NOT BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ben Mendelsohn, “Darkest Hour”
Jason Mitchell, “Mudbound”
Ray Romano, “The Big Sick”
Mark Rylance, “Dunkirk”
Michael Shannon, “The Shape of Water”
NOT BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kirsten Dunst, “The Beguiled”
Melissa Leo, “Novitiate”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Kristin Scott Thomas, “Darkest Hour”