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Film For Thought Awards 2021: The Nominations

Another year is finally over and it is time to reward some of the best of the year. I am happy today to announce what I have nominated as my favourites of the year, from performances, screenplay, techs and more. Despite the weird year 2020 has been, there was plenty to enjoy and celebrate in the world of films and I cannot wait any longer to announce these nominations.

Note: as with all of my wrap-up content on this site, these nominations are based on the official UK release date of a film. That means that films from the start of the year, like Parasite and 1917 are eligible, whilst films that have not yet officially released such as Promising Young Woman and Minari will not be eligible to be nominated this year. The only exception that people may question is One Night in Miami, which does release on Amazon Prime on the 15th of January but had a theatrical run in the UK from the 26th of December, therefore is eligible for these awards.

Without further ado, here are the nominations for the 2021 Film For Thought Awards.

Best Picture

1917
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Soul
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Director
Pete Docter and Kemp Powers, SOUL
Marielle Heller, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Bong Joon-Ho, PARASITE
Sam Mendes, 1917
Céline Sciamma, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

Best Directorial Debut
Radha Blank, THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION
Regina King, ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
Natalie Krinsky, THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY
Tim True, HERE AWHILE
Gits Zilbalodis, AWAY

Best Actor
Chadwick Boseman, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
Pete Davidson, THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND
Delroy Lindo, DA 5 BLOODS
Robert Pattinson, THE LIGHTHOUSE
Mark Ruffalo, DARK WATERS

Best Actress
Haley Bennett, SWALLOW
Viola Davis, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
Sidney Flanigan, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
Noemie Merlant, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
Elisabeth Moss, THE INVISIBLE MAN

Best Supporting Actor
Sterling K. Brown, WAVES
Willem Dafoe, THE LIGHTHOUSE
Tom Hanks, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Leslie Odom Jr., ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
Mark Rylance, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Best Supporting Actress
Maria Bakalova, BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
Julia Fox, UNCUT GEMS
Adele Haenel, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
Scarlett Johansson, JOJO RABBIT
Amanda Seyfried, MANK

Best Breakthrough Performance
Radha Blank, THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION
Sidney Flanigan, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
Julia Fox, UNCUT GEMS
Eli Goree, ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
Jo Ellen Pellman, THE PROM

Best International Feature
Collective
I’m No Longer Here
Les Misérabes
Parasite
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Documentary Feature
Collective
Dick Johnson is Dead
Miss Americana
Spelling the Dream
Totally Under Control

Best Animated Feature
Away
Onward
Over the Moon
Soul
Wolfwalkers

Best Short Film
Basic
Burrow
if anything happens i love you
Once Upon a Snowman
The Speed Cubers

Best Editing
1917
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Mank
Parasite
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Screenplay
1917
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Jojo Rabbit
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Soul

Best Cinematography
1917
The Lighthouse
Mank
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Tenet

Best Score
1917
Emma.
Mank
Soul
Tenet

Best Production Design
1917
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Mank
Parasite
Tenet

Best Costume and Make-Up Design
Birds of Prey
Emma.
Enola Holmes
Mank
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Sound Design
1917
The Invisible Man
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Possessor

Best Visual Effects
1917
The Invisible Man
Possessor
Soul
Tenet

Best Overlooked Film
Away
The Broken Hearts Gallery
Dark Waters
The Devil All The Time
Possessor

Honourary Awards
Best Non-Movie of 2020: Hamilton
Best Limited Series of 2020: The Queen’s Gambit
Best TV Series of 2020: The Boys Season Two

Congratulations to all of the nominees. For quick stats, here are the films which are leading in nominations for the Film For Thought Awards.

1917 – 9 nominations
Portrait of a Lady on Fire – 8 nominations
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – 6 nominations
Soul – 6 nominations

Winners of the Film For Thought Awards will be revealed on the 21st of January.

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