Awards Season 2021

The Awards Season 2021 is just around the corner. Or is it Awards Season 2022? Well, it’s a little bit of both since the Golden Globe Awards were announced earlier this week. And as you may know, the awards that Hollywood Foreign Press Association gives to the best in Hollywood are going to happen in 2022. The ceremony that is. Yes, the Golden Globe ceremony did happen last night (January 9th), 2022 and the winner’s list in interesting.

Hey, we did a similar article last year as well (check it out here), so we would agree that you deserve another one in 2022. And if we do say so ourselves, we were pretty spot on in our predictions. But we also took a closer look on the film industry and the TV industry as well. Especially on the struggles of the industry during this seemingly never-ending epidemic. (visit it here). So let’s see how we do now.

Awards Season 2021: A Mix Of Rookies And Veterans

It seems to be the case, in this awards season. Well, at least that’s the aftermath of the Golden Globes.

Well for starters the top movies to earn the most nominations (Belfast and The Power of the Dog) are relatively low on budget. Compared to the star-studded Don’t Look Up and Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story anyway. And The Power Of The Dog won the Golden Globe award too. Which says a lot actually. Yeah. Belfast and The Power of the Dog are totally different but they’re both good. The former is a black and white drama inspired by the childhood of Kenneth Branagh. While the latter is a gritty western directed by the Oscar winner Jane Campion. Which brings us to the lady of the day. Jane Campion. The best director of the 2022 Golden Globes.

Dune Is Doing Well! Don’t Worry!

And things are really eclectic in the Best movie categories. Both the drama and comedy/musical movie categories. You have Dune in this category. A 165+ million-dollar blockbuster and over there is CODA as well. A low-budget darling of the Sundance Film Festival. A movie that also cost around 10 million dollars. While in the Best Comedy/Musical category you have West Side Story a 100-million-dollar blockbuster directed by Steven Spielberg. The West Side Story triumphed in the best musical or comedy category, so there’s that. And then you have Licorice Pizza. Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest movie which was robbed in plenty of other great categories.

Awards Season 2021

Awards Season 2021: Things Aren’t Different In The Other Categories

Indeed, they’re not. And over there we have some newcomers and some well-known faces as well. A recurring theme in this article don’t you think? Kenneth Branagh, Steven Spielberg and Denis Villeneuve are the familiar faces there. But the two women are bound to shake things up. Yes. Jane Campion is one of them, while Maggie Gyllenhaal is the other. And she’s the rookie too. The Lost Daughter is her directorial debut movie, but it’s already generating Oscar Buzz. However, when it comes to the actual winning, Maggie is not a strong contender. Jane Campion is, and deservingly won the best director award last night. For her western The Power Of The Dog. Westerns are having a come-back and she’s got a good one to prove it.

But the eclectic mix of newbies and oldies but goodies are prevalent in every other category. Let’s take a moment and pause for a second. So we can take a good look at all of the newcomers that are dominating the Golden Globe nominations. First and foremost, Licorice Pizza has two of them. Alana Haim is the first newbie, while Cooper Hoffman is the second. Both of them haven’t acted professionally before.

And for both of them, Licorice Pizza is their film debut. But if you take an even closer look at Cooper Hoffman, you’ll see that he’s the only son of the late Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Which if you recall was a frequent collaborator of Paul Thomas Anderson. Now, his son is starring in a PTA movie which is awesome. Cooper is following his father’s footsteps and remains to be seen if he’s got his father’s talent in his DNA.

But is he good enough to win? No. Not really. You can expect Leo to win in that category. At least those are my two cents about it.

First Time Nominees VS Acclaimed Veterans

West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler is another rookie that scored a Golden Globe nomination and as of last night her first Golden Globe win. Her colleague Ariana DeBose may not be a rookie per se, but she’s also a relative unknown and she also grabbed a Golden Globe win list too Just in the best-supporting actress category. Kodi Smit-McPhee grabbed the best supporting actor award last night, while Kenneth Branagh‘s Belfast took the award for best screenplay.

And there’s Lady Gaga. Yes, she’s an Oscar winner and has been nominated for Golden Globe before. So, she’s not technically considered a rookie, but she hasn’t been acting for that long. Well not enough to gain respect from the audience anyway. Lady Gaga is primarily a singer who’s now breaking into acting, so remains to be seen if she wins next month. Which is why Nicol Kidman was an easy choice for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for the best actress in the best drama actress category. He’s the star of Being the Ricardos, where she portrays Lucile Ball. The legendary comedic actress of the 50’s.

And what about the veterans?

Ben Affleck (aka the previous Batman) was again on the nomination list. His performance in The Tender Bar is acclaimed for sure, but Kodi Smit-McPhee turned out to be the winner now. We’ll see how how he does in February 2022 when the Oscar nominations are rolled out. But hey, you know who else might grab a nod next Month? Will Smith. He already won a Golden Globe for best actor in a drama movie (for King Richard) and just might get the come-back he desrves.

But Who Can Expect An Oscar Nod Next Year?

Well, as never before, the Awards Season 2021 is tricky. Unlike the Golden Globes, the Oscars are a bit more conservative award. And it’s expected lots of the rookies to be omitted in the Oscar nominations. Why? Well, because plenty of the members of the academy are not familiar with them. Or they don’t really respect them. The most notable examples of these two categories are Alana Haim and Lady Gaga.

I expect however Paull Thomas Anderson to get the best director nomination for Licorice Pizza, and Joel Coen as well. For his work on The Tragedy of Macbeth. Yeah, these two were left out in the Golden Globes, but i think they can expect nods at the Oscars. I also expect Meryl Streep to get an Oscar nomination, because of the reputation and acclaim she enjoys from her peers. She’s Meryl Streep after all. I mean she could play Lady Dimitrescu and she’d be awesome. But some of the rookies might pull through the Oscar nominations. Not all of them, but some.

Winners of Awards Season 2021 (Updated)

Let us know in the comment section below. How many of the nominated movies have you seen so far? And which of your pick won? We’d love to know.

Best Motion Picture, Drama

“The Power of the Dog”

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

“West Side Story”

Best Director, Motion Picture

Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos”

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

Rachel Zegler, “West Side Story”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Will Smith, “King Richard”

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

Andrew Garfield, “Tick, Tick … Boom!”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog”

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast”

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

Hans Zimmer, “Dune”

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“No Time to Die,” “No Time to Die”

Best Motion Picture, Animated


Best Motion Picture, Non-English Language

“Drive My Car”

Best Television Series, Drama


Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy


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

“The Underground Railroad”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, “Pose”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama

Jeremy Strong, “Succession”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy

Jean Smart, “Hacks”

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

Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Supporting Role

Sarah Snook, “Succession”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy

Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Michael Keaton, “Dopesick”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role

O Yeong-su, “Squid Game”

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