A Short Circuit – 2021 Awards Season Update

As I type this out, the Independent Spirit Awards are taking place. Normally held the night before the Oscars, this year it was moved up a couple of days to give us a little bit of breathing room between the last major ceremony of Awards Season and the Main Event that is the Academy Awards. As such, it gives us a perfect opportunity to run through the entire undercard circuit to see how the other governing bodies and trade unions weighed in over the last month. This will give us some clues about where the Academy voters might be leaning (as a large share of the membership belongs to one or more of these other groups) before I make my official predictions tomorrow night.

For the record, I’m only going to list results from the ceremonies I covered earlier in the season when nominations were announced. There are several niche guilds that also give out their own hardware, and I may reference them tomorrow as I make my calls, but for our purposes here, I’m just going to maintain the current coverage. And as always, only the film awards merit a mention here, though it’s worth checking out the full list of winners for TV awards as well.

Best Film – Nomadland
Best Director – Chloé Zhao – Nomadland
Best Actor – Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Best Actress – Frances McDormand – Nomadland
Best Supporting Actor – Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah
Best Supporting Actress – Youn Yuh-jung – Minari
Original Screenplay – Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
Adapted Screenplay – Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller – The Father
Short Animation – The Owl and the Pussycat
Short Film – The Present
Animated Film – Soul
Documentary – My Octopus Teacher
Film Not in the English Language – Another Round
Casting – Rocks
Cinematography – Nomadland
Costume Design – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Editing – Sound of Metal
Makeup and Hair – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Original Music – Soul
Production Design – Mank
Sound – Sound of Metal
Special Visual Effects – Tenet
Outstanding British Film – Promising Young Woman
Outstanding Debut – His House
Rising Star Award – Bukky Bakray

Producers Guild Awards
Theatrical Motion Picture – Nomadland
Animated Motion Picture – Soul
Documentary Motion Picture – My Octopus Teacher

Directors Guild Awards
Feature Film – Chloé Zhao – Nomadland
Documentaries – Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw – The Truffle Hunters
First-Time Feature – Darius Marder – Sound of Metal

Screen Actors Guild Awards
Lead Actor – Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Lead Actress – Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Supporting Actor – Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah
Supporting Actress – Youn Yuh-jung – Minari
Ensemble (Best Picture Equivalent) – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Stunt Ensemble – Wonder Woman 1984

Writers Guild Awards
Original Screenplay – Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
Adapted Screenplay – Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman, Lee Kern, and Nina Pedrad – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Documentary Screenplay – Mark Monroe and Bryan Fogel – The Dissident

Annie Awards
Animated Feature – Soul
Animated Independent Feature – Wolfwalkers
Animated Short – Souvenir Souvenir

Are the Spirit Awards done yet? They are? Okay, let’s wrap this up!

Independent Spirit Awards
Best Feature – Nomadland
Best Director – Chloé Zhao – Nomadland
Male Lead – Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Female Lead – Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman
Supporting Male – Paul Raci – Sound of Metal
Supporting Female – Youn Yuh-jung – Minari
Screenplay – Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
First Screenplay – Andy Siara – Palm Springs
First Feature – Darius Marder – Sound of Metal
Documentary Feature – Crip Camp
Cinematography – Nomadland
Editing – Nomadland
International Film – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Quo Vadis, Aida?


So, what have we learned? Well, I think we can pretty well sew up Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, Animated Feature, Best Director, and Best Picture based on these results alone. We probably also have major clues to Documentary Feature, International Feature, Cinematography, Editing, and Original Score. Should make my job pretty easy tomorrow, but you’ll have to check back here to make sure! That’s what we in the biz call a “teaser,” folks!

Join the conversation in the comments below! Will this info help you fill out your office pool? Do you pay attention to any of these ceremonies? Do the “First Feature” results mean that Darius Marder got snubbed for Best Director? Let me know!

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