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Apple Original Films honored with six 2021 Critics Choice Film Award nominations, including Best Picture

“CODA” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth” land nominations in major categories, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Young Actor/Actress and Best Cinematography
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Press Release December 13, 2021
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“CODA” was nominated for four Critics Choice Film Awards, including Best Picture.

Today acclaimed Apple Original Films “CODA” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth” were honored with six Critics Choice Film Award nominations, including a Best Picture nomination for “CODA.” The film award nominations follow last week’s unveiling of the Critics Choice TV Award nominations, for which Apple TV+ earned nine honors across six programs, bringing the total to 15 Critics Choice Award nominations for Apple Original series and films in 2021. The winners will be revealed on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

Following its global debut earlier this year, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize Award-winning Apple Original Film “CODA” was recognized by the Critics Choice Association with a Best Picture Award nomination, as well as acting notations for stars Emilia Jones and Troy Kotsur. Writer/director Sian Heder also received a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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“The Tragedy of Macbeth” was nominated for two Critics Choice Film Awards, including Best Actor for Denzel Washington.

Set to premiere in select theaters on December 25, 2021, and globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, January 14, 2022, “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” based on the play by William Shakespeare and written for the screen and directed by Joel Coen, was recognized with two Critics Choice Film Award nominations, including Best Actor for Denzel Washington and Best Cinematography for Bruno Delbonnel.

In total, Apple TV+ received 15 nominations for the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards across TV and film.

The film nominations announced today include:

  • Best Picture - “CODA”
  • Best Actor - Denzel Washington in “The Tragedy of Macbeth”
  • Best Supporting Actor - Troy Kotsur in “CODA” 
  • Best Adapted Screenplay - Sian Heder for “CODA” 
  • Best Young Actor/Actress - Emilia Jones in “CODA”
  • Best Cinematography - Bruno Delbonnel for “The Tragedy of Macbeth”

Additionally, last week the Critics Choice Association revealed that Apple TV+ received nine total nominations for the TV awards across six Apple Original series:

  • Best Drama Series - “For All Mankind”
  • Best Comedy Series - “Ted Lasso”
  • Best Foreign Language Series - “Acapulco”
  • Best Movie Made for Television - “Come From Away”
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Billy Crudup in “The Morning Show” 
  • Best Actor in a Comedy Series - Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso”
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Hannah Waddingham in “Ted Lasso”
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Kristin Chenoweth in “Schmigadoon!”
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Brett Goldstein in “Ted Lasso”

Since the debut of Apple TV+ just over two years ago, Apple’s series and films have earned 178 wins and 662 nominations and have recently received recognition from the Academy Awards, SAG Awards, Critics Choice Awards, Critics Choice Documentary Awards, NAACP Image Awards, as well as past Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards, plus more.


“CODA” is a Sundance sensation, having premiered at the festival this year and garnered four awards from the prestigious film festival, including the US Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. In “CODA,” 17-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the sole hearing member of a deaf family — a “CODA,” child of deaf adults. Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her parents (Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur) and working on the family's struggling fishing boat every day before school with her father and older brother (Daniel Durant). But when Ruby joins her high school’s choir club, she discovers a gift for singing and soon finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Encouraged by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.

“The Tragedy of Macbeth”

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Joel Coen comes the propulsive, boldly cinematic “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” starring Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as the devious, ill-fated Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. An original, striking reimagining of the classic Shakespearean tale portrayed in sumptuous black-and-white cinematography, “The Tragedy of Macbeth” finds the titular general and his loyal wife older and warier, desperately striving against a merciless ticking clock as they attempt to seize upon a final opportunity for power. In the chaos that ensues, their grasp on the throne unravels, terror mounts and regret enshrouds every inch of their wretched world. Co-starring Kathryn Hunter, Corey Hawkins, Moses Ingram, Brendan Gleeson, Harry Melling and Bertie Carvel.

“The Tragedy of Macbeth” had its world premiere at the opening night of the New York Film Festival and is set for a limited release in theaters on December 25, 2021 before making its streaming debut on Apple TV+ on January 14, 2022.

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