‘Dune’ Leads Nominees for 5th Annual HCA Awards

The Hollywood Critics Association (HCA) today announced their nominees for the 5th Annual HCA Awards. The group which comprises critics around the US, have nominated Dune for ten nominations, including Best Picture. Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, and Sian Heder’s CODA each earned nine nominations each.

Scott Menzel, founder of HCA and editor-in-chief of We Live Entertainment, said, “2021 was the year that the world returned to cinemas, and we are absolutely delighted to be highlighting such a wide variety of films. We are looking forward to celebrating a remarkable year in cinema at our awards ceremony on January 8, 2022. While we will have a few more announcements in the weeks leading up to our ceremony, I think I speak on behalf of all the members when I say that we are the most excited about being back together in person celebrating our love of all things film.”

HCA leadership made the decision to combine the two directing (female and male) into one category this year with ten nominees, honoring the breadth of directorial talent and recognizing that direction is not a gendered job. The rest of the categories continue from previous years.

The 5th Annual HCA Awards will take place in Los Angeles and streamed on YouTube on Saturday, January 8, 2022.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Best Picture

  • Being the Ricardos
  • Belfast
  • CODA
  • Dune
  • King Richard
  • Last Night in Soho
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Spencer
  • The Power of The Dog
  • tick, tick…Boom!

Best Actor

  • Andrew Garfield, tick, tick…BOOM!
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of The Dog
  • Nicolas Cage, Pig
  • Peter Dinklage, Cyrano
  • Will Smith, King Richard

Best Actress

  • Emilia Jones, CODA
  • Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • Kristen Stewart, Spencer
  • Lady Gaga, House of Gucci
  • Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos

Best Supporting Actor

  • Ciarán Hinds, Belfast
  • Jamie Dornan, Belfast
  • Jason Isaacs, Mass
  • Robin de Jesús, tick, tick…BOOM!
  • Troy Kotsur, CODA

Best Supporting Actress

  • Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
  • Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard
  • Caitriona Balfe, Belfast
  • Marlee Matlin, CODA
  • Ruth Negga, Passing

Best Cast Ensemble

  • Belfast
  • CODA
  • Don’t Look Up
  • King Richard
  • The Harder They Fall

Best Director

  • Denis Villeneuve, Dune
  • Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley
  • Jane Campion, The Power of The Dog
  • Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, tick, tick…BOOM!
  • Pablo Larraín, Spencer
  • Rebecca Hall, Passing
  • Reinaldo Marcus Green, King Richard
  • Siân Heder, CODA
  • Steven Spielberg, West Side Story

Best Original Screenplay

  • Aaron Sorkin, Being the Ricardos
  • Edgar Wright and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Last Night in Soho
  • Fran Kranz, Mass
  • Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
  • Zach Baylin, King Richard

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Jane Campion, The Power of The Dog
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter
  • Rebecca Hall, Passing
  • Siân Heder, CODA
  • Steven Levenson, tick, tick…BOOM!

Best Animated or VSX Performance

  • Abbi Jacobson, The Mitchells vs. The Machines
  • Sylvester Stallone, The Suicide Squad
  • Stephanie Beatriz, Encanto
  • Jacob Tremblay, Luca
  • John Leguizamo, Encanto

Best Action Film

  • No Time to Die
  • Nobody
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • The Harder They Fall
  • The Suicide Squad

Best Animated Film

  • Encanto
  • Flee
  • Luca
  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines
  • Raya and The Last Dragon

Best Comedy or Musical

  • Cyrano
  • Free Guy
  • In the Heights
  • tick, tick…BOOM!
  • West Side Story

Best Documentary

  • Flee
  • Summer of Soul
  • The Rescue
  • The Sparks Brothers
  • Val

Best Horror 

  • A Quiet Place Part II
  • Fear Street Trilogy
  • Last Night in Soho
  • Malignant
  • The Night House

Best Indie Film

  • CODA
  • Mass
  • Pig
  • Shiva Baby
  • Spencer

Best International Film

  • A Hero
  • Drive My Car
  • Flee
  • Titane
  • The Worst Person in the World

Best First Feature

  • Rebecca Hall, Passing
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, tick, tick…BOOM!
  • Fran Kranz, Mass
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter
  • Michael Sarnoski, Pig

Best Short Film

  • Blush
  • Far From The Tree
  • Nona
  • Robin Robin
  • Us Again

Best Score

  • Alexandre Desplat, The French Dispatch
  • Hans Zimmer, Dune
  • Jonny Greenwood, Spencer
  • Jonny Greenwood, The Power of The Dog
  • Steven Price, Last Night in Soho

Best Original Song

  • “Be Alive” sung by Beyonce from King Richard
  • “No Time to Die” sung by Billie Eilish from No Time to Die
  • “Beyond the Shore” sung by Emilia Jones from CODA
  • “Down to Joy” sung by Van Morrison from Belfast
  • “Every Letter” sung by Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. from Cyrano

Best Cinematography

  • Andrew Droz Palermo, The Green Knight
  • Ari Wegner, The Power of The Dog
  • Claire Mathon, Spencer
  • Greig Fraser, Dune
  • Janusz Kamiński, West Side Story

Best Production Design

  • Adam Stockhausen, The French Dispatch
  • Guy Hendrix Dyas, Spencer
  • Marcus Rowland, Last Night in Soho
  • Patrice Vermette, Dune
  • Tamara Deverell, Nightmare Alley

Best Film Editing

  • Andrew Weisblum and Myron I. Kerstein, tick, tick…BOOM!
  • Joe Walker, Dune
  • Pamela Martin, King Richard
  • Paul Machliss, Last Night in Soho
  • Úna Ní Dhonghaíle, Belfast

Best Stunts

  • Black Widow
  • Dune
  • No Time to Die
  • Nobody
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Best Costume Design

  • Bob Morgan and Jacqueline West, Dune
  • Jacqueline Durran, Spencer
  • Janty Yates, House of Gucci
  • Jenny Beavan, Cruella
  • Odile Dicks-Mireaux, Last Night in Soho

Best Hair & Makeup

  • Ana Lozano, David Craig Forrest, Kim Santantonio, Kyra Panchenko, Michael Ornelaz, Teressa Hill, Yvonne DePatis Kupka, Being the Ricardos
  • Carolyn Cousins and Nadia Stacey, Cruella
  • Donald Mowat, Eva Von Bahr, and Love Larson, Dune
  • Frederic Aspiras, Jana Carboni, Giuliano Mariano, Göran Lundström, & Sarah Nicole Tanno, House of Gucci
  • Justin Raleigh, Linda Dowds, and Stephanie Ingram, The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Best Visual Effects

  • Brian Connor, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, and Tristan Myles, Dune
  • Daniele Bigi, Matt Aitken, Neil Corbould, and Stephane Ceretti, Eternals
  • Bryan Grill, Dan Sudick, Nikos Kalaitzidis, and Swen Gillberg, Free Guy
  • Christopher Townsend, Dan Oliver, Joe Farrell, and Sean Walker, Shang Chi And The Legend of Ten Rings
  • Dan Sudick, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, and Kelvin McIlwain, The Suicide Squad

About the Hollywood Critics Association:

Founded in 2016, the Hollywood Critics Association’s mission is to bring together a passionate group of critics and journalists who represent the voices of a new era in Hollywood.

To learn more about the Hollywood Critics Association, please visit www.HollywoodCriticsAssociation.com.

Written by
Karen Peterson is the Awards Editor for We Live Entertainment. She previously worked as the Assistant Editor at Awards Circuit, now owned by Variety. Her work can also be found at Citizen Dame and at the Watch and Talk podcast. Her non-awards season hobbies include Angels baseball, taking pictures of other peoples' pets, and tweeting about The Bachelor franchise.

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