Academy Award Nominations List 2021/2022 & Printable Oscar Ballot Sheet PDF

Here’s the full list of this year’s Academy Award nominees vying to take home those coveted Oscar statues on Sunday, March 27th, 2021. It’s not yet known who the host will be this year, though the Academy has said there will be one. 

Also you can download my free printable PDF ballot sheet here that can either be completed digitally or printed and written on old school. Why not have a go at predicting the winners or challenge your friends and family to do the same.

Here are the nominees in full:

Best Picture

“Belfast”
“CODA” 
“Don’t Look Up” 
“Drive My Car”
“Dune”
“King Richard”
“Licorice Pizza”
“Nightmare Alley”
“The Power of the Dog”
“West Side Story”

Best Director

Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”)
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (“Drive My Car”)
Paul Thomas Anderson (“Licorice Pizza”)
Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”)
Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”)

Best Lead Actor

Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”)
Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick … Boom!”)
Will Smith (“King Richard”)
Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”)

Best Lead Actress

Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”)
Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”)
Penélope Cruz (“Parallel Mothers”)
Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”)
Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”)

Best Supporting Actor

Ciarán Hinds (“Belfast”)
Troy Kotsur (“CODA”)
Jesse Plemons (“The Power of the Dog”)
J.K. Simmons (“Being the Ricardos”)
Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”)

Best Supporting Actress

Jessie Buckley (“The Lost Daughter”)
Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”)
Judi Dench (“Belfast”)
Kirsten Dunst (“The Power of the Dog”)
Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”)

Best Adapted Screenplay

“CODA,” Siân Heder
“Drive My Car,” Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe
“Dune,” Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth
“The Lost Daughter,” Maggie Gyllenhaal
“The Power of the Dog,” Jane Campion

Best Original Screenplay

“Belfast,” Kenneth Branagh
“Don’t Look Up,” Adam McKay, David Sirota
“King Richard,” Zach Baylin
“Licorice Pizza,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Worst Person in the World,” Eskil Vogt, Joachim Troer

Best Cinematography

“Dune,” Greig Fraser
“Nightmare Alley,” Dan Laustsen
“The Power of the Dog,” Ari Wegner
“The Tragedy of Macbeth,” Bruno Delbonnel
“West Side Story,” Janusz Kamiński

Best Animated Feature Film

“Encanto”
“Flee”
“Luca”
“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”
“Raya and the Last Dragon”

Best Animated Short Film

“Affairs of the Art”
“Bestia”
“Boxballet”
“Robin Robin”
“The Windshield Wiper”

Best Costume Design

“Cruella” 
“Cyrano” 
“Dune” 
“Nightmare Alley” 
“West Side Story” 

Best Original Score

“Don’t Look Up,” Nicholas Britell
“Dune,” Hans Zimmer
“Encanto,” Germaine Franco
“Parallel Mothers,” Alberto Iglesias
“The Power of the Dog,” Jonny Greenwood

Best Sound

“Belfast” 
“Dune” 
“No Time to Die” 
“The Power of the Dog” 
“West Side Story”

Best Original Song

“Be Alive” (“King Richard”), Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson
“Dos Oruguitas” (“Encanto”), Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Down to Joy” (“Belfast”), Van Morrison
“No Time to Die” (“No Time to Die”), Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell
“Somehow You Do” (“Four Good Days”), Diane Warren

Best Documentary Feature

“Ascension” 
“Attica”
“Flee”
“Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”
“Writing With Fire” 

Best Documentary Short Subject

“Audible”
“Lead Me Home”
“The Queen of Basketball”
“Three Songs for Benazir”
“When We Were Bullies”

Best Film Editing

“Don’t Look Up”
“Dune”
“King Richard”
“The Power of the Dog”
“Tick, Tick … Boom!”

Best International Feature Film

“Drive My Car” (Japan)
“Flee” (Denmark)
“The Hand of God” (Italy)
“Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” (Bhutan)
“The Worst Person in the World” (Norway)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Coming 2 America”
“Cruella” 
“Dune” 
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
“House of Gucci” 

Best Production Design

“Dune” 
“Nightmare Alley” 
“The Power of the Dog”
“The Tragedy of Macbeth”
“West Side Story” 

Best Visual Effects

“Dune” 
“Free Guy” 
“No Time to Die” 
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” 
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” 

Best Live Action Short Film

“Ala Kachuu – Take and Run”
“The Dress”
“The Long Goodbye”
“On My Mind”
“Please Hold”

Golden Globes: What’s Even Happening… and Who Will Win?

Did you realise it’s the Golden Globes tomorrow? No? That’s not surprising.

Despite many other awards and other events getting delayed, the HFPA are going ahead with the Golden Globes this weekend! Should we be surprised? No, not really. There’s little risk of spreading Omicron to stars and guests if there are no stars or guests attending. Even the press have been told not to bother applying to, it’ll be a very small, simple event.   

This year’s ‘ceremony’ isn’t going to be aired on TV, and with no celebrity presenters, nor any nominees attending, there wouldn’t be much to watch except HFPA representatives reading lists and announcing winners. But therein lay an opportunity. 

More than ever before, the Golden Globes are standing alone, abandoned by all their past supporters, one of the first notable events of the award season, yet the last to change plans. I strongly believe they should just make it an open stream on YouTube like they do with the nominations announcement every year. That would grab an international audience of anyone who is interested but wouldn’t have searched out, or paid, for ways to watch it otherwise.

Here in the UK it’s not an awards show that usually gets aired on TV, even on subscription services, so I usually have to search it out the next day on YouTube, often finding clip montages at best. If it was on YouTube, I’d stay up to watch it, even this year. 

However, in one of the most unfathomable decisions yet by the HFPA, they’ve said that’s NOT happening. There will be no way to watch the Golden Globes this year at all. What a stupid choice!

Everyone knows, ‘out of sight is out of mind’, so now, rather than simply suffer the shame of being called out on their failings, they’ve effectively cancelled themselves into oblivion. Why are they even doing anything this year?

There’s still an award ceremony, in the Beverly Hilton Ballroom, just the only ones who see it will be those few in attendance. Where there was an opportunity to refocus attention where it needed to be, show the new leadership, diverse additions, hear about the things that they’ve been doing, now there’s nothing but a stream of tweets and a press release once all is said and done. For an organisation that’s trying to regain credibility, profess transparency, and prove it has changed, taking their biggest event behind closed doors is an idiotic move, and a wasted opportunity.

Where they could’ve taken their own reins for a year, holding on to what interest there was left in their awards, the HFPA has likely just put the final nail in their own coffin. I don’t see how they get back to prominence and any level of legitimacy after this, what TV network is going to pick them up next year? It’s going to be a hard sell.

Despite their insignificance, here are my predictions, though they’re probably far from correct. I have a first choice (1) a backup choice (2) and who I’d personally vote for in some instances (P)

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy

“The Great” (Hulu) 
“Hacks” (HBO/HBO Max)
1. “Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu)
“Reservation Dogs” (FX on Hulu)
2P. “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama

1. Brian Cox (“Succession”)
Lee Jung-jae (“Squid Game”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Jeremy Strong (“Succession”)
2. Omar Sy (“Lupin)

Best Performance by an Actress, Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television

Jessica Chastain (“Scenes From a Marriage”)
Cynthia Erivo (“Genius: Aretha”) 
2. Elizabeth Olsen (“WandaVision“) 
Margaret Qualley (“Maid”) 
1. Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”)

Best Director, Motion Picture

1. Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”) 
2. Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Lost Daughter”)
Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”) 
Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”) 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Marion Cotillard (“Annette”)
2. Alana Haim (“Licorice Pizza”) 
Jennifer Lawrence (“Don’t Look Up”) 
Emma Stone (“Cruella”)
1. Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Mahershala Ali (“Swan Song”)
Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”)
2. Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”) 
1. Will Smith (“King Richard”) 
Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”) 

Best Television Series, Drama

“Lupin” (Netflix)
“The Morning Show” (Apple TV Plus)
“Pose” (FX)
2. “Squid Game” (Netflix)
1. “Succession” (HBO/HBO Max)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama

1. Uzo Aduba (“In Treatment”)
Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”)
2. Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Michaela Jaé Rodriguez (“Pose”)

Best Performance by an Actor, Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture made for Television

2P. Paul Bettany (“WandaVision”)
1. Oscar Isaac (“Scenes From a Marriage”)
Michael Keaton (“Dopesick”)
Ewan McGregor (“Halston”)
Tahar Rahim (“The Serpent”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Leonardo DiCaprio (“Don’t Look Up”) 
2. Peter Dinklage (“Cyrano”) 
1P. Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick … Boom!”) 
Cooper Hoffman (“Licorice Pizza”)
Anthony Ramos (“In the Heights”)

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Ben Affleck (“The Tender Bar”) 
Jamie Dornan (“Belfast”) 
1. Ciarán Hinds (“Belfast”) 
Troy Kotsur (“CODA”) 
2. Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”) 

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

“The French Dispatch” (Searchlight Pictures) — Alexandre Desplat 
“Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures) — Germaine Franco
2. “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) — Jonny Greenwood 
“Parallel Mothers” (Sony Pictures Classic) — Alberto Iglesias 
1. “Dune” (Warner Bros.) — Hans Zimmer 

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Hannah Einbinder (“Hacks”)
2. Elle Fanning (“The Great”)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)
1. Jean Smart (“Hacks”)

Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television

Dopesick” (Hulu)
2. “Impeachment: American Crime Story” (FX)
“Maid” (Netflix) 
1. “Mare of Easttown” (HBO/HBO Max)
The Underground Railroad” (Amazon Prime Video)

Best Supporting Actor, Television

Billy Crudup (“The Morning Show”)
2. Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Mark Duplass (“The Morning Show”)
Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”)
1. O Yeong-su (“Squid Game”)

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy

“Cyrano” (MGM)
“Don’t Look Up” (Netflix) 
“Licorice Pizza” (MGM) 
2P. “Tick, Tick … Boom!” (Netflix) 
1. “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) 

Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture

Caitríona Balfe (“Belfast”) 
1. Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”) 
2. Kirsten Dunst (“The Power of the Dog”) 
Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”) 
Ruth Negga (“Passing”)

Best Picture, Foreign Language

“Compartment No. 6” (Sony Pictures Classics) — Finland, Russia, Germany
1. “Drive My Car” (Janus Films) — Japan
“The Hand of God” (Netflix) — Italy
2. “A Hero” (Amazon Studios) — France, Iran
“Parallel Mothers” (Sony Pictures Classics) — Spain

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Paul Thomas Anderson — “Licorice Pizza” (MGM/United Artists Releasing) 
1. Kenneth Branagh — “Belfast” (Focus Features) 
Jane Campion — “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) 
Adam McKay — “Don’t Look Up” (Netflix)
2. Aaron Sorkin — “Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”)
Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”) 
2. Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”)
Lady Gaga (“House of Gucci”) 
1. Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”) 

Best Motion Picture, Drama

1. “Belfast” (Focus Features) 
“CODA” (Apple) 
“Dune” (Warner Bros.) 
“King Richard” (Warner Bros.) 
2. “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) 

Best Television Actor, Musical / Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
Nicholas Hoult (“The Great”)
2. Steve Martin (“Only Murders in the Building”)
Martin Short (“Only Murders in the Building”)
1. Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)

Best Supporting Actress, Television

Jennifer Coolidge (“White Lotus”)
Kaitlyn Dever (“Dopesick”)
Andie MacDowell (“Maid”)
1. Sarah Snook (“Succession”)
2. Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”)

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

2. “Be Alive” from “King Richard” (Warner Bros.) — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson 
“Dos Orugitas” from “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures) — Lin-Manuel Miranda 
“Down to Joy” from “Belfast” (Focus Features) — Van Morrison 
“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from “Respect” (MGM/United Artists Releasing) — Jamie Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King 
1P. “No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing) — Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell 

Best Motion Picture, Animated

2. “Encanto” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) 
“Flee” (Neon) 
1. “Luca” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
“My Sunny Maad” (Totem Films)
“Raya and the Last Dragon” (Walt Disney Studios)

A Little Bit of Spider-Man: No Way Home Speculation!

Don’t worry, there are no ‘spoilers’ here, I’ve not seen the film yet, but tomorrow, finally I’m seeing ‘No Way Home’!

(You can now read my first thoughts HERE)

By the end of the week, most of the world will have had a chance to see it. So now is the last chance for a little last-minute pondering, speculating, and guessing as to what we’ll be treated to in this movie.

It’s almost certain we’ll be getting Venom, if you’re not expecting that, you haven’t seen ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage‘. I think there could possibly also be another villain from past movies they’ve not already specifically revealed, maybe other characters too. It would be strange if we don’t briefly get an Avenger or two cameoing, and, many hope to see Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprising their roles as alternate Peter Parkers, though it’s far from confirmed. 

Beyond those ‘obvious’ predictions, what less-expected surprises could be in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’? 

Firstly, like ‘Infinity War’, I don’t think the problems will be fully resolved by the end of the movie. ‘Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness’ seems to be following on very directly from this, and I don’t think it will just be Steven Strange that ties the two together, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s more unfinished at the end of this film that needs resolving.

Something people are hoping to see, though there’s no firm basis to think it’s imminent, is Miles Morales. The MCU is in a phase where they’re bringing in successors for their hero roles, most distinctly a new Captain America and we’ve also been introduced to a new Black Widow though she’s not yet taken on that role in the Avengers roster. Despite not yet being named as such we’re seeing the introduction of a new Hawkeye on Disney+. Beyond that we’ve also had alternate Loki, soon to be getting an alternate Thor, and sadly for other reasons, it looks likely there could be someone else taking on the role of Black Panther. It’s not Marvel Studios’ decision, it’s Sony’s, but if it were, then this wouldn’t even be a question, we would be certain of a different Spidey by this phase of the MCU. 

Whether we get it in this movie or not, it’s time for a Spider-Man that isn’t Peter Parker. Introducing a live-action Miles would mean there are two, one for the MCU, another more focused on appearing in Sony’s Universe. We’ve not had Peter’s origin story shown yet with the Holland MCU version, so any similar elements can be explored with Miles without feeling too repetitive. A fresh Spidey could also be fresh, unsupported by the Avengers and expensive tech, which would work better if going into the Sony films to face off against their current version of Venom.

Another thing I’m guessing is that we’ll see Tony Stark, from another universe. Sure, they got to say goodbye but only briefly, and we know from ‘Far From Home’ that Peter is struggling with his death and the weight of the responsibility he has to shoulder. 

I also wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Happy Hogan is retconned to be Benjamin Hogan, and becomes new Uncle Ben… sure, it would be weird, but also not far off what they’ve done with Zendaya’s Michelle being known as MJ to her friends. She’s not Mary Jane, but she’s taken the place of MJ in all other ways. So Happy could step into the role of Ben in many ways, something that hit me as a possibility after rewatching ‘Far From Home’ the other day. 

Will we see any of these things? I don’t know, but it’s a lot of fun pondering because this movie has the scope to do almost anything, and I really hope they grab that opportunity with both hands and make it unlike anything else!