UPDATED: 2021 Critics Choice Awards and AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Announce Nominations

Awards season is in full swing once again, and we’re pleased to know that some of our favorite talents with ties to the Wizarding World franchise are being recognized for their other projects. Two of the latest awards to announce their nominees for 2021 are the Critics Choice Awards and the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards.

The Critics Choice Awards are held by the Critics Choice Association, the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada. The full list of film nominations for the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards can be found on the Critics Choice Association’s website.

Of note for fans of the Wizarding World, Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) was nominated for Best Actor for his role in Mank, the cast of The Trial of the Chicago 7 (including Eddie Redmayne) was nominated in the Best Acting Ensemble category, and Fantastic Beasts composer James Newton Howard was nominated in the Best Score category for News of the World. The three films were additionally all nominated for Best Picture. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows composer Alexandre Desplat was also nominated in the Best Score category for The Midnight Sky, and numerous others involved in all four films received individual nominations.

Meanwhile, Tenet (Sir Kenneth Branagh, Robert Pattinson, and Clémence Poésy) and Emma (Bill Nighy) were nominated for a handful of awards, and Another Round, starring Mads Mikkelsen (set to take over the role of Gellert Grindelwald in the next Fantastic Beasts film), was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

In series nominations for the Critics Choice Awards, The Crown (Helena Bonham Carter), Lovecraft Country (Wunmi Mosaku), and The Mandalorian (in which Natalia Tena appeared for an episode) were among the nominees for Best Drama Series. Mosaku also picked up a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Lovecraft Country. The Plot Against America (Anthony Boyle) picked up a nomination for Best Limited Series, as did The Undoing (Noma Dumezweni) and The Queen’s Gambit (Harry Melling).

The CW will broadcast the winners of the Critics Choice Awards live on Sunday, March 7, 2021, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. You can read more about the nominations online.

AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards began in 2002 and was televised for the first time in 2018.

The annual Movies for Grownups Awards continue to advocate for talent and viewers over 50 and raise funds for AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, which helps 50-plus Americans transform their lives through programs, services and vigorous legal advocacy. The foundation works to increase economic opportunity and social connections to prevent and reduce senior poverty.

This year’s list of nominees for Best Movie for Grownups includes The Trial of the Chicago 7. Nominated for Best Actor are both Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) for his role in The Dig and Gary Oldman for his role in Mank, while the cast of The Trial of the Chicago 7 was nominated for Best Ensemble. News of the World and The Trial of the Chicago 7 were nominated for Best Screenwriter. Both The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Mank were nominated for Best Time Capsule. Emma was nominated for Best Grownup Love Story, while Let Them All Talk (Gemma Chan) picked up a nomination for Best Buddy Picture. Another Round was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

In television nominees, The Crown picked up a nomination for Best Series, and The Queen’s Gambit picked up a nomination for Best TV Movie/Limited Series.

The Movies for Grownups Awards will air on PBS on March 28, and you can find the full list of nominees on AARP’s website.

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UPDATE (March 9):

The winners of the Critics Choice Awards were announced on March 7.

In the feature film categories, The Trial of the Chicago 7 won for Best Acting Ensemble and Best Editing, Mank for Best Production Design, and Tenet for Best Visual Effects. Among the series, The Crown was crowned as the Best Drama Series, and The Queen’s Gambit won Best Limited Series. Congratulations to the winners!


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I am a Slytherin, a lifelong fan of Harry Potter, and a member of MuggleNet staff since 2014. In my Muggle life, I am passionate about human rights, and I love to travel around the world and meet new people.