2021 Long Lists

Me, pouring over all the movies I’ve seen this year between three different notebooks

As the Oscars draw ever-closer, and folks like me begin really digging into their ballots for this year, I decided to post one giant long list of all the films I’ve got in contention for each category, be they surefire nominees or honorable mentions worth recognizing. Picture’s off to keep some air of suspense, though I wonder who might guess what’s in that lineup. Feel free to compare notes with your own lists, ask for recommendations, and let me know if there’s anything not on this list that I need to get on ASAP.

(Oh, and if you’d like to see my final ballot, here it is!)

Director

  • Ascension, Jessica Kingdon
  • Atlantis, Valentin Vasyanovych
  • Days, Tsai Ming-liang
  • Drive My Car, Ryusuke Hamaguchi
  • Identifying Features, Fernanda Valadez
  • Licorice Pizza, Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Lost Daughter, Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Memoria, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Notturno, Gianfranco Rosi
  • The Orphanage, Shahrbanoo Sadat
  • Passing, Rebecca Hall
  • The Power of the Dog, Jane Campion
  • Prayers for the Stolen, Tatiane Huezo
  • Quo Vadis, Aida?, Jasmila Zbanic
  • This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
  • Titane, Julia Ducornau
  • What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?, Alexandre Koberidze
  • What We Left Unfinished, Mariam Ghani
  • Zola, Janicza Bravo
    • Attica, Stanley Nelson and Traci A. Cherry
    • Azor, Andreas Fontana
    • C’mon C’mon, Mike Mills
    • Censor, Peano-Bailey Bond
    • Dune, Denis Villenueve
    • The Humans, Steven Karam
    • The Killing of Two Lovers, Robert Malchioan
    • Little Girl, Sébastien Lifshitz
    • Malignant, James Wan
    • Parallel Mothers, Pedro Almódovar
    • Shadow in the Cloud, Roseanne Liang
    • Sweat, Magnus Van Horne
    • Worth, Sara Colangelo

Documentary Film

  • Ascension
  • Little Girl
  • MLK/FBI
  • No Ordinary Man
  • Notturno
  • What We Left Unfinished
  • Wojnarowicz: Fuck You Faggot Fucker
  • Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror
    • Attica
    • The First Wave
    • Flee
    • Mama Gloria
    • Procession
    • State Funeral
    • Summer of Soul
    • The Velvet Underground
    • Writing With Fire

International Film

  • Azor
  • Drive My Car
  • Great Freedom
  • Memoria
  • The Metamorphosis of Birds
  • Prayers for the Stolen
  • What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?
    • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
    • Flee
    • A Hero
    • The Intruder
    • Parallel Mothers
    • Titane
    • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Actress

  • Being the Ricardos, Nicole Kidman
  • Benedetta, Virginie Efira
  • The Last Duel, Jodie Comer
  • Licorice Pizza, Alana Haim
  • The Lost Daughter, Olivia Colman
  • Mass, Ann Dowd
  • Mass, Martha Plimpton
  • Night House, Rebecca Hall
  • Parallel Mothers, Penélope Cruz
  • Passing, Tessa Thompson
  • Quo Vadis, Aida?, Jasna Duricic
  • Sweat, Magdalena Kolensik
  • This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection, Mary Twala
  • The United States vs Billie Holiday, Andra Day
  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, Ketone Furukawa
  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, Aoba Kawai
  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, Katsuki Mori
  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, Fusako Urabe
  • The Worst Person in the World, Renate Reinsve
  • Zola, Taylour Paige
    • Adam, Lubna Azubal
    • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, Annie Mumalo
    • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, Kristen Wiig
    • Censor, Niamh Algar
    • Don’t Look Up, Jennifer Lawrence
    • Encanto, Stephanie Beatriz
    • The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Jessica Chastain
    • The Humans, Beanie Feldstein
    • The Humans, Jayne Houdeyshell
    • I’m Your Man, Maren Eggert
    • The Intruder, Erica Rivas
    • Language Lessons, Natalie Morales
    • Last Night in Soho, Thomasin McKenzie
    • My Little Sister, Nina Hoss
    • The Novice, Isabelle Fuhrman
    • Paper Spiders, Lili Taylor
    • Parallel Mothers, Milena Smits
    • Rocks, Bukky Bukray
    • Shadow in the Cloud, Chloe Grace-Moretz
    • Spencer, Kristen Stewart
    • Titane, Agatha Rouselle
    • Wife of a Spy, Yu Aoi
    • The Woman Who Ran, Kim Min-Hee

Actor

  • Annette, Adam Driver
  • C’mon C’mon, Woody Norman
  • C’mon C’mon, Joaquin Phoenix
  • Drive My Car, Hidetoshi Nishijima
  • A Hero, Amir Jadidi
  • Licorice Pizza, Cooper Hoffman
  • Mass, Reed Bierney
  • Mass, Jason Isaacs
  • No Sudden Move, Don Cheadle
  • Pig, Nicolas Cage
  • The Power of the Dog, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • tick, tick . . . . BOOM!!, Andrew Garfield
  • Titane, Vincent Lindon
  • Worth, Michael Keaton
    • Cyrano, Peter Dinklage
    • Don’t Look Up, Leonardo DiCaprio
    • The Humans, Richard Jenkins
    • I’m Your Man, Dan Stevens
    • Judas and the Black Messiah, Daniel Kaluuya
    • The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Frankie Faison
    • The Killing of Two Lovers, Clayne Crawford
    • King Richard, Will Smith
    • My Little Sister, Lars Eidinger
    • Red Rocket, Simon Rex
    • The Tragedy of Macbeth, Denzel Washington
    • Undine, Franz Rogowski
    • Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Tom Hardy
    • Wild Indian, Michael Greyeyes

Supporting Actress

  • Benedetta, Charlotte Rampling
  • Boiling Point, Vinette Robinson
  • C’mon C’mon, Gaby Hoffmann
  • Drive My Car, Toko Miura
  • Drive My Car, Park Yu-rim
  • Dune, Rebecca Ferguson
  • King Richard, Aunjanue Ellis
  • King Richard, Saniyya Sidney
  • Licorice Pizza, Harriet Sansom Harris
  • The Lost Daughter, Jessie Buckley
  • The Lost Daughter, Dagmara Domincyzk
  • The Lost Daughter, Dakota Johnson
  • Mass, Breeda Wool
  • No Sudden Move, Amy Seimetz
  • Passing, Ruth Negga
  • Prayers for the Stolen, Mayra Batalla
  • Red Rocket, Suzanna Son
  • Saint Maud, Jennifer Ehle
  • Titane, Myriam Akhheiddou
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth, Kathryn Hunter
  • West Side Story, Rita Moreno
  • Zola, Riley Keough
    • Being the Ricardos, Nina Ariadna
    • Bergman Island, Mia Wasikowska
    • CODA, Marlee Matlin
    • Cruella, Emma Thompson
    • Dune, Sharon Duncan-Brewster
    • Dune, Charlotte Rampling
    • Judas and the Black Messiah, Dominique Fishback
    • The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Anika Noni Rose
    • The Matrix Resurrections, Carrie Ann Moss
    • The Mitchells vs The Machines, Olivia Colman
    • The Novice, Amy Forsyth
    • Old, Abbey Lee
    • Parallel Mothers, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
    • Red Rocket, Bree Elrod
    • Reminiscence, Rebecca Ferguson
    • Shiva Baby, Polly Draper
    • The Suicide Squad, Daniela Melchior
    • The Tragedy of Macbeth, Moses Ingram
    • Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Naomie Harris
    • Worth, Laura Benanti
    • Worth, Amy Ryan

Supporting Actor

  • CODA, Troy Kotsur
  • Drive My Car, Masaki Okada
  • The French Dispatch, Benicio Del Toro
  • The French Dispatch, Jeffrey Wright
  • A Hero, Mohsen Tanabandeh
  • King Richard, Jon Berenthal
  • The Last Duel, Ben Affleck
  • Licorice Pizza, Bradley Cooper
  • No Sudden Move, Kieran Culkin
  • No Sudden Move, Brendan Fraser
  • Pig, David Knell
  • The Power of the Dog, Jesse Plemons
  • The Power of the Dog, Kodi Smit-McPhee
  • tick, tick . . . . BOOM!!, Robin de Jesús
  • West Side Story, Mike Faist
  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, Kiyohiku Shibukawa
  • The Worst Person in the World, Anders Danielsen Lie
  • Zola, Colman Domingo
    • Antlers, Jesse Plemons
    • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, Jamie Dornan
    • CODA, Daniel Durant
    • Dune, Javier Bardem
    • Nightmare Alley, David Strathairn
    • No Sudden Move, David Harbour
    • Old, Rufus Sewell
    • Old, Alex Wolff
    • Passing, André Holland
    • The Tragedy of Macbeth, Alex Hassell
    • The Tragedy of Macbeth, Stephen Root
    • Wild Indian, Chaske Spencer
    • Worth, Chris Tardio
    • Worth, Stanley Tucci
    • Zola, Jason Mitchell

Ensemble

  • Drive My Car
  • King Richard
  • Licorice Pizza
  • The Lost Daughter
  • Mass
  • No Sudden Move
  • Rocks
  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
  • Worth
  • Zola
    • Azor
    • Boiling Point
    • The French Dispatch
    • A Hero
    • The Killing of Two Lovers
    • The Orphanage
    • The Suicide Squad

Original Screenplay

  • Azor
  • Being the Ricardos
  • C’mon C’mon
  • The Disciple
  • Holler
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Limbo
  • Mass
  • The Orphanage
  • Sweat
  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
  • Worth
    • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
    • Censor
    • The French Dispatch
    • King Richard
    • No Sudden Move
    • Parallel Mothers
    • El Planeta
    • Saint Maud
    • Shiva Baby
    • Test Pattern
    • This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection
    • Wife of a Spy
    • The Worst Person in the World

Adapted Screenplay

  • Benedetta
  • Drive My Car
  • Dune
  • The Lost Daughter
  • Passing
  • The Power of the Dog
  • Prayers for the Stolen
  • Quo Vadis, Aida?
  • Zola
    • The Humans
    • I’m Your Man
    • The Intruder
    • The Last Duel
    • West Side Story

Cinematography

  • Ascension
  • Atlantis
  • C’mon C’mon
  • Dune
  • Faya Dayi
  • The French Dispatch
  • Identifying Features
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Little Girl
  • Moffie
  • Notturno
  • Passing
  • Petite Maman
  • The Power of the Dog
  • Prayers for the Stolen
  • This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • West Side Story
  • The Worst Person in the World
  • Zola
    • About Endlessness
    • Adam
    • Censor
    • El Planeta
    • Holler
    • The Humans
    • Judas and the Black Messiah
    • The Killing of Two Lovers
    • The Lost Daughter
    • Malignant
    • Memoria
    • Night of the Kings
    • The Orphanage
    • Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
    • Summer of 85
    • Sweat
    • Raya and the Last Dragon
    • Titane
    • Undine
    • What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

Editing

  • Ascension
  • C’mon C’mon
  • Censor
  • Drive My Car
  • Dune
  • The Killing of Two Lovers
  • King Richard
  • Licorice Pizza
  • The Lost Daughter
  • No Ordinary Man
  • The Novice
  • The Orphanage
  • Parallel Mothers
  • The Power of the Dog
  • Prayers for the Stolen
  • Quo Vadis, Aida?
  • Saint Maud
  • What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?
  • What We Left Unfinished
  • Wojnarowicz: Fuck You Faggot Fucker
  • Zola
    • Azor
    • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
    • Bo Burnham: Inside
    • The French Dispatch
    • The Humans
    • Malignant
    • Memoria
    • MLK/FBI
    • Notturno
    • Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
    • Spencer
    • This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection
    • Titane
    • Undine
    • Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror
    • The Worst Person in the World

Sound Design

  • Bo Burnham: Inside
  • Days
  • Dune
  • Ema
  • The Humans
  • The Intruder
  • In the Earth
  • The Killing of Two Lovers
  • The Last Duel
  • Malignant
  • Memoria
  • Passing
  • The Power of the Dog
  • Prayers for the Stolen
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • West Side Story
  • Zola
    • Ascension
    • Atlantis
    • C’mon C’mon
    • Censor
    • King Richard
    • Last and First Men
    • Last Night in Soho
    • Licorice Pizza
    • The Lost Daughter
    • Night of the Kings
    • Notturno
    • Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
    • Saint Maud
    • Shadow in the Cloud
    • Summer of Soul (or . . . . When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
    • This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection
    • Titane
    • Undine
    • What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

Score

  • Ema
  • Encanto
  • The French Dispatch
  • The Green Knight
  • Last and First Men
  • Parallel Mothers
  • The Power of the Dog
  • Shadow in the Cloud
  • This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection
  • What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?
  • The World to Come
  • Zola
    • Annette
    • Cyrano
    • Dune
    • Judas and the Black Messiah
    • King Richard
    • The Lost Daughter
    • The Novice
    • Passing
    • Raya and the Last Dragon
    • Shiva Baby
    • The Tragedy of Macbeth

Production Design

  • About Endlessness
  • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
  • Censor
  • Cliff Walkers
  • Dune
  • The French Dispatch
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Malignant
  • Nightbooks
  • The Night House
  • Night of the Kings
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Orphanage
  • Petite Maman
  • The Power of the Dog
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • West Side Story
    • Annette
    • Candyman
    • Cyrano
    • The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
    • The Eyes of Tammy Faye
    • The Humans
    • In the Earth
    • The Matrix: Resurrections
    • Raya and the Last Dragon
    • Reminiscence
    • Shadow in the Cloud
    • The Suicide Squad
    • This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection
    • Zola

Costume Design

  • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
  • Being the Ricardos
  • Cruella
  • Cyrano
  • Dune
  • The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • The French Dispatch
  • The Green Knight
  • Passing
  • The Power of the Dog
  • Spencer
  • The Suicide Squad
  • The United States vs Billie Holiday
  • Wife of a Spy
  • Zola
    • Cliff Walkers
    • Judas and the Black Messiah
    • Licorice Pizza
    • The Lost Daughter
    • Nightmare Alley
    • El Planeta
    • Summer of 85
    • This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection
    • The Tragedy of Macbeth
    • Venom: Let There Be Carnage
    • West Side Story

Makeup & Hairstyling

  • Annette
  • Cyrano
  • The French Dispatch
  • The Green Knight
  • The Lost Daughter
  • Malignant
  • Nightmare Alley
  • Old
  • Titane
  • The United States vs Billie Holiday
  • West Side Story
  • Zola
    • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
    • Benedetta
    • Candyman
    • Cruella
    • Dune
    • The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
    • The Eyes of Tammy Faye
    • House of Gucci
    • King Richard
    • Licorice Pizza
    • Shadow in the Cloud
    • The Suicide Squad

Visual Effects

  • Annette
  • Dune
  • The Green Knight
  • Malignant
  • The Matrix: Resurrections
  • The Mitchells vs The Machines
  • No Time to Die
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • Reminiscence
  • The Suicide Squad
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

Song

  • Annette, “So May We Start”
  • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, “Edgar’s Prayer”
  • Bo Burnham: Inside, “Welcome to the Internet”
  • Cyrano, “Every Letter”
  • Don’t Look Up, “Don’t Look Up”
  • Encanto, “Dos Orugitos”
  • Encanto, “The Family Madrigal”
  • King Richard, “Be Alive”
  • No Time to Die, “No Time to Die”
  • Petite Maman, “Music of the Future”
  • The World to Come, “The World to Come”

Still to see

About Endlessness, Antlers, Beginning, Belle, Black Widow, Blue Bayou, Boiling Point, Bruised, Cinderella, Coming 2 America, Compartment No. 6, A Cop Movie, The Courier, Cruella, Cryptozoo, Dance of the Forty One, The Dig, Dogs, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, Encounter, Eternals, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Finch, Flee, Four Good Days, Free Guy, Gaia, Genus Pan, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Godzilla vs Kong, Halloween Kills, The Hand of God, The Harder They Fall, Her Socialist Smile, Hive, Hope, The Hunt, Isabella, Jockey, Labyrinth of Cinema, Lamb, Land, Lapsis, The Little Things, Luzzu, Malcolm & Marie, Malmkrog, The Many Saints of Newark, The Mauritanian, Mogul Mowgli, Moments Like This Never Last, Nine Days, President, A Quiet Place Pt. II, Radiograph of a Family, Raya and the Last Dragon, Respect, Red Moon Tide, The Scary of 61st, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Some Kind of Heaven, The Sparks Brothers, Spider-Man: No Way Home, The Strong Ones, Summit of the Gods, Swan Song, Swan Song, Sweet Thing, Swimming Out Til the Sea Turns Blue, Take Me Somewhere Nice, The Tender Bar, Those Who Wish Me Dead, Tina, True Mothers, Two of Us, The White Tiger, The Witches of the Orient, Writing With Fire, Yellow Cat.

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