Cush Jumbo and Daniel Kaluuya get Critics’ Choice Nominations in 2018 Awards

The Critics’ Choice Awards” are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics.

BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners, and online audiences. Historically, the “Critics’ Choice Awards” are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.  – Critics Choice

Now that’s explained, British Blacktors Cush Jumbo and Daniel Kaluuya have been nominated for their roles in The Good Fight and Get Out respectively.

Get Out is the awards season’s underdog (that’s not really an underdog given its record-breaking success) but in terms of awards… Get Out is an anomaly in that it’s a social-political-thriller-horror-satire-drama, oh and documentary, as described by it, ‘s creator and director Jordan Peele.  Basically, it doesn’t fit any category properly but because it was such a powerful and effective piece of work, it would be sacrilegious to overlook it during awards season.

Thus, Get Out has 5 nominations – Best Picture, Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya, Best Director & Screenplay for Peele, and Best Sci-Fi/Horror.

Cush Jumbo is up for  Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Lucca Quinn in The Good Fight. All good and all, but kinda thought she was a lead actress… but… okay.

General nominations we’re pleased about, is Mary J. Blige’s Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mudbound, which is also up for Best Ensemble Cast – in which the whole cast is in for an award, Best Adapted Screenplay for the film’s director Dee Rees and Virgil Williams and Best Cinematographer for Rachel Morrison.

Tiffany Haddish goes up against MJB in Best Supporting Actress and gets another for Best Actress in a Comedy for her fan favourite role in Girls Trip. Girls Trip is also up for Best Comedy.

Shape of Water leads the nominations with 14 mentions, one of which goes to Octavia Spencer, who goes up against Blige and Haddish in Best Supporting Actress. This kinda looks promising that potentially a black woman will take this category. Ideally, however, Blige will get it. As Spencer’s already got an Oscar and Haddish should really take Best Actress in a Comedy.

British Blacktors O.T. Fagbenele and Ricky Whittle see both their shows, The Handmaid’s Tale and American Gods up for Best Drama Series. Not sure however why, when Ricky Whittle is the lead character of American Gods, has Ian McShane been nominated for a Best Actor in a Drama Series award. What happened to Ricky!? (Shout out Drum & Bass / Boyz n the Hood fans who completed the line)

The rest of the noms we care about look like this:

  • Best Actor in a Comedy – Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Delroy Lindo – The Good Fight
  • Best Comedy SeriesBlack-ish
  • Best Actor in a Comedy Series – Anthony Anderson – Black-ish | Aziz Ansari – Master of None
  • Best Actress in a comedy series – Constance Wu – Fresh Off the Boat
  • Best Supporting Actor in a comedy series – Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt | Kumail Nanjiani – Silicon Valley
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy series – Jenifer Lewis – Black-ish
  • Best Movie Made for TVThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series – Regina King – American Crime 
  • Best Reality Competition Series  Project Runway | RuPaul’s Drag Race.
  • Best Reality Show Host – Tyra Banks – America’s Got Talent | RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race 

The 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards will take place January 11, 2018 at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar in California, together with its 8th television awards, honoring the best in 2017 filmmaking.

See the complete list of nominations here.


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