It’s that time of year when Hollywood celebrates the best it had to offer from the previous year. Here are my personal picks, and while so many categories are too close to call, I still have my faves.
International Film: Drive My Car. It won’t win Best Picture, so it’ll win here. I found it a bit long, but still worth seeing if you stream HBO Max.
Hair and Makeup: The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Costume Design: Cruella, because fashion should be fun.
Production Design: Nightmare Alley. It’s a masterpiece and deserves a win here since it won’t win much else (so unfortunate).
Best Sound, Editing, and Visual Effects: Dune. All three categories should go to Dune. Because Dune is amazing.
Adapted Screenplay: Dune. This shouldn’t even be a question since the script perfectly adapts the source material into a stellar sci fi epic. And a win here would make up for Denis Villeneuve’s snub in the director category.
Original Screenplay: Don’t Look Up. The film is satirical allegory for how humans have reacted to climate change, and honestly, how Jennifer Lawrence’s character reacts to people not caring is perfect.
Animated Feature Film: Encanto. It’s visually stunning and heartfelt. Raya and the Last Dragon comes in a very close second.
Cinematography: For me, it’s a tie between Nightmare Alley and Dune. Both deserve a win, but I’ll say this. If Last Night In Soho were in this category, it would have my vote, no contest.
Original Score: Dune. Hans Zimmer used unusual materials to create the otherworldly soundtrack for Dune, and it paid off.
Supporting Actress: Ariana DeBose. I’ll be shocked if she doesn’t win. She was my favorite part of West Side Story so it’s well deserved. I’d be okay with Kirsten Dunst here too for The Power of the Dog.
Supporting Actor: Troy Kotsur for Coda. This film, about a teenage girl born to deaf parents, is so beautifully good. He deserves a win here.
Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch for The Power of the Dog. I believed he deserved a win for The Imitation Game, and I believe he deserves it now. Will Smith is in the hunt though for King Richard.
Best Actress: I can’t decide between Jessica Chastain and Kristen Stewart, but I think I’m going with K. Stew. What a brilliant performance in Spencer. Much deserved. Really, as long as it doesn’t go to Nicole Kidman for Being the Ricardos, I’ll be happy. That movie is terrible and she shouldn’t be nominated over Jodie Comer and Lady Gaga who each turned in brilliant performances in Ridley Scott films last year.
Best Director: Jane Campion for The Power of the Dog. It’s a no contest here, especially since Denis Villeneuve isn’t nominated (I’m still bitter about that, can you tell).
Best Picture: I’m in love with Dune, Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog, Coda, and Don’t Look Up equally so I’ll be stoked to see any of them win. I’m still sore that No Time To Die and Last Night in Soho aren’t in the best picture race, but alas they are not. At this moment, I’m leaning toward Coda but it’ll be Dune in five minutes and The Power of the Dog later.
What a great year 2021 was for films.