Critics, like most moviegoers, were very impressed by Marvel Studios’ offerings this year. Both Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange scored 90% or better on Rotten Tomatoes on their way to massive box office success. The critical love for the films has now carried over to the Critics’ Choice Awards in the form of nine nominations for Marvel Studios.
Doctor Strange leads the way with six nominations.
- Best Hair & Makeup
- Best Visual Effects
- Best Action Movie
- Best Actor in an Action Movie – Benedict Cumberbatch
- Best Actress in an Action Movie – Tilda Swinton
- Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie
It’s pretty impressive to see Doctor Strange nominated in two “Best Movie” categories. Congratulations to writer/director Scott Derrickson, co-writers Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, visual effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti and the rest of the Doctor Strange team on their nominations!
Captain America: Civil War picked up three nominations.
- Best Action Movie
- Best Actor in an Action Movie – Chris Evans
- Best Actress in an Action Movie – Scarlett Johansson
I’m a little surprised to see Captain America: Civil War left out of the Best Visual Effects category, but it was a very competitive year with other visually spectacular films like The Jungle Book and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also picking up nominations. If only one Marvel Studios movie was to be nominated in the category, Doctor Strange was the right choice.
It’s great to see Evans and Johansson recognized with each actor turning in some of their best work as their respective characters in Captain America: Civil War. It’s just as shame the Critics’ Choice Awards don’t have supporting actor/actress categories for action movies, as Robert Downey, Jr. likely would have been nominated.
The trouble with that hypothetical category is choosing just one supporting performance to nominate. You’d have to nominate Downey, but how could you leave out Chadwick Boseman or Tom Holland? I suppose it’s a good thing the category doesn’t exist so this difficult decision doesn’t have to be made.
Congratulations to directors Joe and Anthony Russo, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and the rest of the cast and crew on these nominations!
The winners of the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards will be announced on December 11.