Things to do: The 2021 HFCS Awards nominations

Jane Campion’s disturbing western, The power of the dog, leads the 2021 Houston Film Critics Society nominations with nine, including best film, director, lead actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), supporting role (Kirsten Dunst) and supporting role (Kodi Smit-McPhee).

The winners will be announced on 19 February.

Kenneth Branaghs Belfast, Denis Villeneuves Dune, and Sian Heders CODA are all up to five awards each, including best film. Rounding off the best image choices is Do not look up, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Parallel Mothers, Cross, Cross… Bom and The tragedy of Macbeth.

HFCS also introduces a new award for 2021: Best Ensemble Cast. These are the nominees Belfast, CODA, fair, nightmare alley and The power of the dog.

The Society will once again award its Texas Independent Film Award (TIFA) – which honors a film shot in Lone Star State – to one of the following: Amaraica, Playing God, Red Rocket, Test Pattern or 12 mighty orphans.

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2021 Houston Film Critic Society nominations

Do not look up
King Richard
Licorice pizza
Parallel mothers
The power of the dog
tick, tick … Bom
The tragedy of Macbeth

Paul Thomas Andersen, Licorice pizza
Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
Jane Campion, The power of the dog
Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare alley
Denis Villeneuve, Dune

Actor, lead role
Benedict Cumberbatch, The power of the dog
Peter Dinklage, Cyrano
Andrew Garfield, tick, tick … Bom
Will Smith, King Richard
Denzel Washington, The tragedy of Macbeth

Actress, lead role
Jessica Chastain, Tammy Faye’s eyes
Olivia Colman, The prodigal daughter
Penelope Cruz, Parallel mothers
Alana Haim, Licorice pizza
Emilia Jones, CODA
Kristen Stewart, Spencer

Actor, supporting role
Andrew Garfield, Tammy Faye’s eyes
Ciarán Hinds, Belfast
Troy Kotsur, CODA
JK Simmons, To be Ricardo’s
Kodi Smit-McPhee, The power of the dog

Actress, supporting role
Jessie Buckley, The prodigal daughter
Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
Ann Dowd, Lot
Kirsten Dunst, The power of the dog
Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard

Ensemble performing
Nightmare alley
The power of the dog

Do not look up
Licorice pizza
The power of the dog

Animated function
Raya and the last dragon
Mitchells vs. The machines

Nightmare alley
The power of the dog
The tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

The rescue
Summer of soul

Foreign language function
Drive my car
Parallel mothers
Riders of Justice
The worst person in the world

Original score
The French broadcast
The harder they fall
The power of the dog

Original song
“Dos Oruguitas” fra Charm
“Guns Go Bang” from The harder they fall
“Just look up” from Do not look up
“No Time to Die” fra No time to die
“Wherever I Fall – Pt. 1” from Cyrano

Visual effects
The Matrix Resurrection
Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings

Stunt coordination
Black widow
The Matrix Resurrection
No time to die
Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings
Spider-Man: No Way Home

Texas Independent Film Award
Play God
Red rocket
Test pattern
12 mighty orphans


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