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Nominees Announced for the 2023 HCA Midseason Awards

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Logo for the Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Awards
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The calendar reaching July has us movie audiences halfway through 2023. While the usual fall and winter seasons are backloaded to hold many of the eventual awards contenders, there have been more than enough quality films in 2023 to note and celebrate. Annually, the Hollywood Critics Association takes a moment to honor those very films and their quality. The Hollywood Critics Association has announced the 2023 HCA Midseason Movie Awards nominees.

The HCA Midseason Movie Awards honor the best in cinema from the first half of each calendar year. For a film to be eligible, a film must have been released between January 1, 2023 and June 30, 2023. Nomination ballots for the HCA Midseason Awards were tallied from the 178 members of the Hollywood Critics Association. Film Obsessive Assistant Editor and Content Supervisor Don Shanahan is one of those voting members.

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Celine Song’s directorial debut Past Lives received seven HCA nominations. The A24 film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress for Greta Lee, Best Actor for Teo Yoo, Best Supporting Actor for John Magaro, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Indie Film. Ben Affleck’s Air tied Past Lives with seven nominations of its own. The Amazon Studios film’s nominated honors include Best Picture, Best Actor for Matt Damon, dual Best Supporting Actor nominations for Chirs Messina and Ben Affleck, Best Supporting Actress for Viola Davis, Best Screenplay, and Best Director.

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Not far behind, Lionsgate’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, adapted from Judy Blume’s beloved book of the same name, received a total of six nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress for newcomer Abby Ryder Fortson. Another Lionsgate film that also did well at the HCA
Midseason Movie Awards was John Wick: Chapter 4, with a total of three nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Stunts.

The winners of the HCA Midseason Awards will be announced on the official Hollywood Critics Association Twitter page on Friday, June 30, 2023.

The full list of nominated films can be found below:


Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
Asteroid City 
Creed III
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
John Wick: Chapter 4
Past Lives
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-verse


Joaquin Phoenix – Beau Is Afraid
Matt Damon – Air 
Michael B. Jordan – Creed III
Taron Egerton- Tetris 
Teo Yoo – Past Lives


Abby Ryder Fortson – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
Greta Lee – Past Lives 
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – You Hurt My Feelings 
Mia Goth – Infinity Pool
Teyana Taylor – A Thousand and One 


Ben Affleck – Air 
Chris Messina – Air
Glenn Howerton – Blackberry
Jason Momoa – Fast X 
John Magaro – Past Lives


Kathy Bates – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
Patti LuPone – Beau Is Afraid
Rachel McAdams – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret 
Scarlett Johansson – Asteroid City
Viola Davis – Air


Ben Affleck – Air 
Celine Song – Past Lives
Chad Stahelski – John Wick: Chapter 4
Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson – Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Kelly Fremon Craig – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret 


Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Extraction 2
Fast X
John Wick: Chapter 4 
Polite Society


Alex Convery – Air
Celine Song – Past Lives
Kelly Fremon Craig – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Dave Callaham – Spider-Man Across the Spider-verse
Wes Anderson – Asteroid City


Evil Dead Rise
Infinity Pool
Knock at the Cabin
Scream IV


A Thousand and One 
Past Lives
Rye Lane
You Hurt My Feelings


Dune: Part Two
Killers Of The Flower Moon 
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One


The Hollywood Critics Association (HCA) was established in 2016 with one goal in mind: to
highlight and elevate diverse and underrepresented voices within the world of entertainment
criticism and journalism. Since its inception, the HCA has made history as the most diverse
group of critics in the country celebrating groundbreaking entertainment, visionary storytellers,
and incomparable artists that reflect today’s multifaceted global audiences. The current HCA
membership is comprised of 176 critics and entertainment journalists who represent a new era
in Hollywood.

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