Awards Race 2021: 'Belfast,' 'Power of Dog' Lead Nominations

"Belfast" and "The Power of the Dog" emerged as leaders of the awards race with the most nods from the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Awards Season - the cast in a scene from "Belfast."

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This morning, the 2021 awards race kicked into high gear with nomination announcements from two major awards ceremonies. Both the Hollywood Foreign Press and the Critics Choice Association announced their nominees. One show (the Critics Choice Awards) is scheduled to air next month, while the other (the Golden Globe Awards) remains to be determined.

Kenneth Branagh's semi-autobiographical drama "Belfast" and Jane Campion's stark Western "The Power of the Dog" led the field with the most nominations across both organizations. Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" was not far behind. For "West SIde Story," in particular, this is a bit of good news following the film's bittersweet box office debut.

Although it's still anyone's game, the Best Picture awards race is taking shape. Paul Thomas Anderson's coming-of-age dramedy "Licorice Pizza" is coming up strong, as is Adam McKay's sci-fi satire "Don't Look Up." Reinaldo Marcus Green's tennis biopic "King Richard" is another contender. Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi epic "Dune" also is gaining momentum, which is even more good news for the now-greenlit sequel.

On the studio side, Netflix is the dominant force to beat. The streamer picked up 40 nominations from across the two organizations. Second to Netflix was Warner Bros., with 24 total nominations from the two organizations.

Awards Race 2021 - Actor & Actress Field

© Focus Features / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Focus Features / Courtesy Everett Collection

The Actor and Actress awards race is also starting to take shape. For starters, it's looking like Kenneth Branagh's "Belfast" will be a major contender for the acting categories. Ciarán Hinds, Jamie Dornan, and Caitríona Balfe are up for awards in both ceremonies for "Belfast." Much the same, newcomer Jude Hill also landed a Best Young Actor nomination at the Critics Choice Awards.

As many predicted, Lady Gaga landed nods for "House of Gucci." Other expected nods include Benedict Cumberbatch for "The Power of the Dog," Will Smith for "King Richard," and Denzel Washington for "The Tragedy of Macbeth." Jessica Chastain landed nods for "The Eyes of Tammy Faye." In addition, both organizations also recognized Kristen Stewart's performance in "Spencer." Similarly, newcomer Alana Haim also received nods for her breakout in "Licorice Pizza."

Awards Race 2021 - Snubs and Surprises

Of course, there are a handful of surprises and snubs with any awards announcement. Of the surprises was Emma Stone's Golden Globe nod for "Cruella" and Nicolas Cage's Critics Choice nod for "Pig." In terms of the snubs, Rebecca Hall's "Passing" was largely overlooked from both orgs, with only one nomination from the Golden Globes for Ruth Negga's supporting role. Much the same, both ignored A24's just-launched "Red Rocket," directed by Sean Baker. On the acting side, Timothee Chalamet, who has had quite a year, got completely glossed over for his performances in his three hot contenders, "Dune," "The French Dispatch," and "Don't Look Up."

After last year's big step in the right direction towards a more inclusive and equitable awards race, this year is looking to be a step back. For instance, the Best Director field is being dominated once again by men. Only Jane Campion and Maggie Gyllenhaal are recognized by both organizations for "The Power of the Dog" and "The Lost Daughter." Much the same, the Best Picture race is also shaping up to be largely male-dominated, although there you have the addition of Sian Heder's "CODA." Still, it's great to see smaller movies like these three get big recognition. And, as the HFPA struggles to regain its status, at least their nominations this year are overly solid. It is, after all, still very early in the awards race.

© Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

Snoop Dogg was on hand to present the nominees for the scandal-laden 79th Golden Globes as the HFPA largely brushed away any specifics on how they intend to reinvent themselves with a more inclusive membership. Both the 27th Critics Choice Awards and the Golden Globes will announce their winners on the same date, January 9th. The Critics Choice Awards will air live on the CW Network and TBS from the Fairmont Century Plaza, with Taye Diggs and Nicole Byer hosting. As for the Golden Globes, that's still a big question mark.

The full list of nominees for both awards ceremonies is below.

79th Golden Globe Awards - Nominees

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© MGM / Courtesy Everett Collection

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • "Cyrano" (MGM/United Artists)
  • "Don't Look Up" (Netflix)
  • "Licorice Pizza" (MGM/United Artists)
  • "Tick, Tick ... Boom!" (Netflix)
  • "West Side Story" (20th Century Studios)

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • "Belfast" (Focus Features)
  • "CODA" (Apple)
  • "Dune" (Warner Bros)
  • "King Richard" (Warner Bros)
  • "The Power of the Dog" (Netflix)

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

  • "Compartment No. 6" (Finland)
  • "Drive My Car" (Japan)
  • "The Hand of God" (Italy)
  • "A Hero" (Iran)
  • "Parallel Mothers" (Spain)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • Paul Thomas Anderson, "Licorice Pizza"
  • Kenneth Branagh, "Belfast"
  • Jane Campion, "The Power of the Dog"
  • Adam McKay, "Don't Look Up"
  • Aaron Sorkin, "Being the Ricardos"

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • "Be Alive" from "King Richard" - Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson
  • "Dos Orugitas" from "Encanto" - Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • "Down to Joy" from "Belfast" - Van Morrison
  • "Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)" from "Respect" - Jamie Alexander Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King
  • "No Time to Die" from "No Time to Die" - Billie Eilish, Finneas O'Connell

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

  • Ben Affleck, "The Tender Bar"
  • Jamie Dornan, "Belfast"
  • Ciarán Hinds, "Belfast"
  • Troy Kotsur, "CODA"
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee, "The Power of the Dog"

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

  • Caitríona Balfe, "Belfast"
  • Ariana DeBose, "West Side Story"
  • Kirsten Dunst, "The Power of the Dog"
  • Aunjanue Ellis, "King Richard"
  • Ruth Negga, "Passing"

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Leonardo DiCaprio, "Don't Look Up"
  • Peter Dinklage, "Cyrano"
  • Andrew Garfield, "Tick, Tick ... Boom!"
  • Cooper Hoffman, "Licorice Pizza"
  • Anthony Ramos, "In the Heights"

Best Motion Picture – Animated

  • "Encanto" (Walt Disney)
  • "Flee" (Neon)
  • "Luca" (Walt Disney/Pixar)
  • "My Sunny Maad" (Totem Films)
  • "Raya and the Last Dragon" (Walt Disney)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Mahershala Ali, "Swan Song"
  • Javier Bardem, "Being the Ricardos"
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Power of the Dog"
  • Will Smith, "King Richard"
  • Denzel Washington, "The Tragedy of Macbeth"

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Jessica Chastain, "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"
  • Olivia Colman, "The Lost Daughter"
  • Nicole Kidman, "Being the Ricardos"
  • Lady Gaga, "House of Gucci"
  • Kristen Stewart, "Spencer"

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Marion Cotillard, "Annette"
  • Alana Haim, "Licorice Pizza"
  • Jennifer Lawrence, "Don't Look Up"
  • Emma Stone, "Cruella"
  • Rachel Zegler, "West Side Story"

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Kenneth Branagh, "Belfast"
  • Jane Campion, "The Power of the Dog"
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, "The Lost Daughter"
  • Steven Spielberg, "West Side Story"
  • Denis Villeneuve, "Dune"

Best Original Score

  • Alexandre Desplat, "The French Dispatch"
  • Germaine Franco, "Encanto"
  • Jonny Greenwood, "The Power of the Dog"
  • Alberto Iglesias, "Parallel Mothers"
  • Hans Zimmer, "Dune"

27th Critics Choice Awards - Nominees

© Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

Best Picture

  • "Belfast" (Focus Features)
  • "CODA" (Apple)
  • "Don't Look Up" (Netflix)
  • "Dune" (Warner Bros)
  • "King Richard" (Warner Bros)
  • "Licorice Pizza" (MGM/United Artists)
  • "Nightmare Alley" (Searchlight Pictures)
  • "The Power of the Dog" (Netflix)
  • "Tick, Tick ... Boom!" (Netflix)
  • "West Side Story" (20th Century Studios)

Best Actor

  • Nicolas Cage, "Pig"
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Power of the Dog"
  • Peter Dinklage, "Cyrano"
  • Andrew Garfield, "Tick, Tick ... Boom!"
  • Will Smith, "King Richard"
  • Denzel Washington, "The Tragedy of Macbeth"

Best Actress

  • Jessica Chastain, "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"
  • Olivia Colman, "The Lost Daughter"
  • Lady Gaga, "House of Gucci"
  • Alana Haim, "Licorice Pizza"
  • Nicole Kidman, "Being the Ricardos"
  • Kristen Stewart, "Spencer"

Best Supporting Actor

  • Jamie Dornan, "Belfast"
  • Ciarán Hinds, "Belfast"
  • Troy Kotsur, "CODA"
  • Jared Leto, "House of Gucci"
  • J.K. Simmons, "Being the Ricardos"
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee, "The Power of the Dog"

Best Supporting Actress

  • Caitríona Balfe, "Belfast"
  • Ariana DeBose, "West Side Story"
  • Ann Dowd, "Mass"
  • Kirsten Dunst, "The Power of the Dog"
  • Aunjanue Ellis, "King Richard"
  • Rita Moreno, "West Side Story"

Best Young Actor/Actress

  • Jude Hill, "Belfast"
  • Cooper Hoffman," Licorice Pizza"
  • Emilia Jones, "CODA"
  • Woody Norman, "C'mon C'mon"
  • Saniyya Sidney, "King Richard"
  • Rachel Zegler, "West Side Story"

Best Acting Ensemble

  • "Belfast"
  • "Don't Look Up"
  • "The Harder They Fall"
  • "Licorice Pizza"
  • "The Power of the Dog"
  • "West Side Story"

Best Director

  • Paul Thomas Anderson, "Licorice Pizza"
  • Kenneth Branagh, "Belfast"
  • Jane Campion, "The Power of the Dog"
  • Guillermo del Toro, "Nightmare Alley"
  • Steven Spielberg, "West Side Story"
  • Denis Villeneuve, "Dune"

Best Comedy

  • "Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar" (Lionsgate)
  • "Don't Look Up" (Netflix)
  • "Free Guy" (20th Century Studios)
  • "The French Dispatch" (Searchlight Pictures)
  • "Licorice Pizza" (MGM/United Artists)

Best Animated Feature

  • "Encanto" (Walt Disney)
  • "Flee" (Neon)
  • "Luca" (Walt Disney/Pixar)
  • "The Mitchells vs. the Machines" (Sony Pictures/Netflix)
  • "Raya and the Last Dragon" (Walt Disney)

Best Original Screenplay

  • Paul Thomas Anderson, "Licorice Pizza"
  • Zach Baylin, "King Richard"
  • Kenneth Branagh, "Belfast"
  • Adam McKay, David Sirota, "Don't Look Up"
  • Aaron Sorkin, "Being the Ricardos"

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Jane Campion, "The Power of the Dog"
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, "The Lost Daughter"
  • Siân Heder, "CODA"
  • Tony Kushner, "West Side Story"
  • Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth, "Dune"

Best Cinematography

  • Bruno Delbonnel, "The Tragedy of Macbeth"
  • Greig Fraser, "Dune"
  • Janusz Kaminski, "West Side Story"
  • Dan Laustsen, "Nightmare Alley"
  • Ari Wegner, "The Power of the Dog"
  • Haris Zambarloukos, "Belfast"

Best Production Design

  • Jim Clay, Claire Nia Richards, "Belfast"
  • Tamara Deverell, Shane Vieau, "Nightmare Alley"
  • Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, "The French Dispatch"
  • Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, "West Side Story"
  • Patrice Vermette, Zsuzsanna Sipos, "Dune"

Best Editing

  • Sarah Broshar and Michael Kahn, "West Side Story"
  • Úna Ní Dhonghaíle, "Belfast"
  • Andy Jurgensen, "Licorice Pizza"
  • Peter Sciberras, "The Power of the Dog"
  • Joe Walker, "Dune"

Best Costume Design

  • Jenny Beavan, "Cruella"
  • Luis Sequeira, "Nightmare Alley"
  • Paul Tazewell, "West Side Story"
  • Jacqueline West, Robert Morgan, "Dune"
  • Janty Yates, "House of Gucci"

Best Hair and Makeup

  • "Cruella"
  • "Dune"
  • "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"
  • "House of Gucci"
  • "Nightmare Alley"

Best Visual Effects

  • "Dune"
  • "The Matrix Resurrections"
  • "Nightmare Alley"
  • "No Time to Die"
  • "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings"

Best Foreign Language Film

  • "A Hero" (Iran)
  • "Drive My Car" (Japan)
  • "Flee" (Denmark)
  • "The Hand of God" (Italy)
  • "The Worst Person in the World" (Norway)

Best Song

  • "Be Alive" ("King Richard") - Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson
  • "Dos Oruguitas" ("Encanto") - Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • "Guns Go Bang" ("The Harder They Fall") - Scott Mescudi, Shawn Carter
  • "Just Look Up" ("Don't Look Up") - Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi
  • "No Time to Die" ("No Time to Die") - Billie Eilish, Finneas O'Connell

Best Score

  • Nicholas Britell, "Don't Look Up"
  • Jonny Greenwood, "The Power of the Dog"
  • Jonny Greenwood, Spencer"
  • Nathan Johnson, "Nightmare Alley"
  • Hans Zimmer, "Dune"
Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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