2021 Houston Film Critics Society award nominations announced


Milena Smit, Penelope Cruz, Parallel Mothers, Pedro Almodovar, Houston Film Critics Society
Milena Smit and Penelope Cruz in Parallel Mothers

The Houston Film Critics Society is another one of the critics' groups you can typically expect to announce their awards choices around the start of the new year, and 2022 is no exception. At least, they've announced their nominations - the award winners themselves won't be declared until the 19th of February, which might seem a while away, but is still over a month ahead of the Oscars. No prizes for guessing which movie leads these nominations - ofc it's The Power of the Dog, garnering nine here - but there are some mild surprises peppered throughout the HFCS' choices for 2021, such as a Best Picture nod for Pedro Almodovar's Parallel Mothers. Neat!


Best Picture

BELFAST

CODA

DON'T LOOK UP

DUNE

KING RICHARD

LICORICE PIZZA

PARALLEL MOTHERS

THE POWER OF THE DOG

TICK, TICK...BOOM!

THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH


Best Director

Paul Thomas Anderson (LICORICE PIZZA)

Kenneth Branagh (BELFAST)

Jane Campion (THE POWER OF THE DOG)

Guillermo del Toro (NIGHTMARE ALLEY)

Denis Villeneuve (DUNE)


Best Actress

Jessica Chastain (THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE)

Olivia Colman (THE LOST DAUGHTER)

Penelope Cruz (PARALLEL MOTHERS)

Alana Haim (LICORICE PIZZA)

Emilia Jones (CODA)

Kristen Stewart (SPENCER)


Best Actor

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 Supporting Actress

Jessie Buckley (THE LOST DAUGHTER)

Ariana DeBose (WEST SIDE STORY)

Ann Dowd (MASS)

Kirsten Dunst (THE POWER OF THE DOG)

Aunjanue Ellis (KING RICHARD)


Best Supporting Actor

Andrew Garfield (THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE)

Ciaran Hinds (BELFAST)

Troy Kotsur (CODA)

J. K. Simmons (BEING THE RICARDOS)

Kodi Smit-McPhee (THE POWER OF THE DOG)


Best Screenplay

BELFAST

CODA

DON'T LOOK UP

LICORICE PIZZA

THE POWER OF THE DOG


Best Cinematography

DUNE

NIGHTMARE ALLEY

THE POWER OF THE DOG

THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH

WEST SIDE STORY


Best Visual Effects

DUNE

THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS


Best Original Score

DUNE

THE FRENCH DISPATCH

THE HARDER THEY FALL

THE POWER OF THE DOG

SPENCER


Best Original Song

"Dos Oruguitas" (ENCANTO)

"Guns Go Bang" (THE HARDER THEY FALL) "Just Look Up" (DON'T LOOK UP)

"No Time to Die" (NO TIME TO DIE)

"Wherever I Fall - Pt. 1" (CYRANO)


Best Ensemble Cast

BELFAST

CODA

MASS

NIGHTMARE ALLEY

THE POWER OF THE DOG


Best Stunt Coordination

BLACK WIDOW

THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS

NO TIME TO DIE

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME


Best Animated Feature

ENCANTO

FLEE

LUCA

THE MITCHELLS VS THE MACHINES

RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON


Best Documentary Feature

FLEE

THE RESCUE

THE SPARKS BROTHERS

SUMMER OF SOUL (...OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)

VAL


Best Foreign Language Feature

DRIVE MY CAR

FLEE

PARALLEL MOTHERS

RIDERS OF JUSTICE

THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD

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