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Awards Leaderboard: Top Movies of 2021

by | January 3, 2022 | Comments

From December through April, the best movies of 2021/2022 are recognized by the press, fans, and members of the film industry in dozens of awards competitions. With the added wrinkle of some hybrid theatrical and limited-release streaming titles mixing with powerhouse blockbuster films that have been sitting on the shelf for months before release, it is hard to predict which will capture voters’ attention. And we’re just getting started. Only one major show has held an in-person ceremony, and while there are still a few major players yet to screen for critics, we can at least start tracking how well the contenders are doing at the early stops on the journey to Oscar night.

The first contests of the year and unofficial kick-off of the season, the Gotham Awards and National Board of Review honors, are less indicative of Oscar chances but still a strong indicator for end-of-year nominees. Last year, Nomadland took home the top prize at the Gothams on its way to sweeping the season, topping our awards leaderboard, and taking home the Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture. Meanwhile at the National Board of Review Da Five Bloods was listed as the Best Film but failed to secure any Oscar nominations. This year, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s debut feature The Lost Daughter was the big winner of the night and the Gotham’s, so it tops our leaderboard for now, but we are a long way from knowing who will stand out from the pack once the season heats up. For now, you should just bookmark this page to follow along each week and check out who’s taking home the hardware this season. Will favorites emerge and dominate early, or will they break into the contest late? Either way, it goes, we will keep you up to date.

Read on to find out where your favorite movies stand, and let us know what you think in the comments. 


The Power of the Dog (2021) 94%

117 wins


Dune (2021) 83%

43 wins

  • AFCC: Best Score
  • WAFCA: Best Production Design
  • WAFCA: Best Cinematography
  • WAFCA: Best Score
  • BOFC: Best Score
  • BOFC: Best Editing
  • LVFCS: Best Horror/Sci-Fi
  • LVFCS: Best Visual Effects
  • CFC: Best Visual Effects
  • PCA: Best Score
  • PCA: Best Visual Effects
  • PCA: Best Costume Design
  • PCA: Best Sound Design
  • PCA: Best Sci-Fi Feature
  • PCA: Best Production Design
  • PCA: Best Cinematography
  • PCC: Best Science Fiction Feature
  • StLFC: Best Score
  • StLFC: Best Visual Effects
  • DFWFC: Best Score
  • DFWFC: Best Cinematography
  • AFI: Top Film
  • NTFCA: Best Director
  • NTFCA: Best Cinematography
  • NFC: Best Visual Effects
  • FFC: Best Visual Effects
  • FFC: Best Score
  • FFC: Best Production Design
  • BFFC: Best Cinematography
  • OAFFC: Best Cinematography
  • HFPA: Best Score
  • CIC: Best Score
  • CACF: Best Director
  • CACF: Best Cinematography
  • CACF: Best Score
  • CACF: Best Cast
  • SDFCS: Best Visual Effects
  • SDFCS: Best Cinematography
  • SDFCS: Best Sound Design
  • DF: Best Score
  • DF: Best Sound
  • DF: Best Visual Effects
  • OFCC: Best Cinematography


Licorice Pizza (2021) 91%

29 wins


Drive My Car (2021) 98%

26 wins

  • GOTHAM: Best International Feature
  • AFCC: Best International Feature
  • WAFCA: Best International Feature
  • NYFCC: Best Film
  • BSFC: Best Picture
  • BSFC: Best Director
  • BSFC: Best Actor
  • BSFC: Best Screenplay
  • NYFCO: Best Foreign Language Film
  • CFC: Best Foreign Language Film
  • PCC: Best Foreign Language
  • StLFC: Best Foreign Language Film
  • DFWFC: Best Foreign Language Film
  • IFJ: Best Foreign Language Film
  • IFJ: Best Adapted Screenplay
  • LAFCA: Best Film
  • LAFCA: Best Screenplay
  • GWNYFCA: Foreign Language Film
  • HFPA: Best Foreign Language Film
  • SFBAFCC: Best International Feature
  • NSFC: Best Picture
  • NSFC: Best Director
  • NSFC: Best Screenplay
  • NSFC: Best Actor
  • COFCA: Best International Film
  • OFCC: Best Foreign Language Film


West Side Story (2021) 92%

25 wins

  • NBR: Best Supporting Actress
  • DFCS: Best Supporting Actress
  • NYFCC: Best Cinematography
  • NYFCO: Best Supporting Actress
  • NYFCO: Best Use of Music
  • LVFCS: Best Director
  • LVFCS: Best Supporting Actress
  • LVFCS: Best Art Direction
  • LVFCS: Best Cinematography
  • LVFCS: Best Film Editing
  • PCA: Best Supporting Actress
  • PCC: Best Supporting Actor
  • DFWFC: Best Supporting Actress
  • LAFCA: Best Supporting Actress
  • IFCS: Best Actress
  • AFI: Top Film
  • NTFCA: Best Actress
  • NTFCA: Best Newcomer
  • FFC: Best Supporting Actress
  • OAFFC: Best Supporting Actress
  • HFPA: Best Supporting Actress
  • HFPA: Best Actress, Comedy
  • HFPA: Best Motion Picture, Comedy
  • CIC: Best Editing
  • DF: Best Supporting Actress
  • COFCA: Best Film Editing


Spencer (2021) 83%

23 wins


Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) 99%

23 wins 


Flee (2021) 98%

21 wins

  • GOTHAM: Best Documentary Feature
  • NBR: Freedom of Expression Award
  • AFCC: Best Documentary
  • DFCS: Best Documentary (tie)
  • NYFCC: Best Non-Fiction Film
  • BSFC: Best Animated Feature
  • NYFCO: Best Documentary Feature
  • PFCW: Best Animated Feature
  • BOFC: Best Documentary
  • LVFCS: Best International Film
  • CFC: Best Animated Film
  • UFCA: Best Animated Feature
  • UFCA: Best Foreign Language Feature
  • StLFC: Best Documentary
  • DFWFC: Best Low Budget Deal
  • IFJ: Best Animated Film
  • LAFCA: Best Animated Film
  • NFC: Best Documentary
  • OAFFC: Best Documentary
  • SFBAFCC: Honorable Mention
  • NSFC: Best Non-Fiction
  • CACF: Best Documentary


The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021) 97%

21 wins

  • AFCC: Best Animated Film
  • WAFCA: Best Animated Feature
  • DFCS: Best Animated Feature
  • NYFCC: Best Animated Feature
  • NYFCO: Best Animated Feature
  • BOFC: Best Animated Feature
  • LVFCS: Best Animated Feature
  • PCA: Best Animated Feature
  • PCC: Best Animated Feature
  • UFCA: Best Original Screenplay
  • StLFC: Best Animated Film
  • IFJ: Best Voice Performance
  • NFC: Best Animated Film
  • BFFC: Best Animated Film
  • OAFFC: Best Animated Film
  • GWNYFCA: Best Animated Film
  • CIC: Best Animated Film
  • CACF: Best Animated Film
  • DF: Best Animated Film
  • COFCA: Best Animated Film
  • OFCC: Best Animated Film


Mass (2021) 95%

19 wins

  •  AFCC: Best Ensemble (tie)
  • WAFCA: Best Ensemble
  • UFCA: Best Female Supporting
  • StLFC: Best Supporting Actress
  • StLFC: Best Screenplay
  • StLFC: Best Ensemble
  • IFJ: Best Film
  • IFJ: Best Original Screenplay
  • IFJ: Best Ensemble
  • IFJ: Best Breakout of the Year
  • NFC: Best Original Screenplay
  • FCC: Best Ensemble
  • OAFFC: Best Ensemble
  • CACF: Best Supporting Actress (tie)
  • CACF: Best Screenplay
  • SDFCS: Best Original Screenplay
  • SDFCS: Best Supporting Actor
  • DF: Best Original Screenplay
  • DF: Best Ensemble


CODA (2021) 96%

15 wins

  • GOTHAM: Best Breakthrough Performer
  • GOTHAM: Best Supporting Actor
  • BSFC: Best Supporting Actor
  • LVFCS: Best Supporting Actor
  • LVFCS: Best Youth Performer
  • LVFCS: Best Family Film
  • LVFCS: Best Ensemble
  • UFCA: Best Adapted Screenplay
  • UFCA: Best Lead Female Performance
  • IFJ: Best Supporting Actor
  • AFI: Top Film
  • NFC: Best Film
  • NFC: Best Actor
  • CIC: Best Independent Film
  • SDFCS: Best Breakthrough Artist


King Richard (2021) 91%

15 wins

  • NBR: Best Actor
  • NBR: Best Supporting Actress
  • WAFCA: Best Supporting Actress
  • DFCS: Best Supporting Actor
  • WFCC: Best Actor
  • WFCC: Best Equality of Sexes
  • AFI: Top Film
  • NFC: Best Supporting Actress
  • BFFC: Best Actor
  • BFFC: Best Picture
  • BFFC: Best Supporting Actress
  • BFFC: Best Original Screenplay
  • HFPA: Best Actor
  • CACF: Best Florida Film
  • CACF: Best Supporting Actress (tie)


The Velvet Underground (2021) 98%

14 wins

  • NYFCO: Best Supporting Actress
  • NYFCO: Best Actress
  • PFCW: Best Supporting Actress
  • PFCW: Best Directorial Debut
  • WFCC: Best Movie About Women
  • WFCC: Best On-screen Couple
  • BFFC: Best Actress
  • OAFFC: Breakthrough Filmmaker
  • GWNYFCA: Best Supporting Actor
  • NSFC: Best Supporting Actress
  • CIC: Best Supporting Actress
  • CIC: Best Actor
  • SDFCS: Best Supporting Actress
  • COFCA: Best Supporting Actress


Pig (2021) 97%

13 wins


The French Dispatch (2021) 75%

13 wins

  • DFCS: Best Ensemble
  • CFC: Best Editing
  • CFC: Best Production Design
  • PCA: Best Ensemble
  • PCA: Best Comedy
  • PCA: Best Supporting Actor
  • StLFC: Best Production Design
  • NTFCA: Best Supporting Actress
  • NTFCA: Best Supporting Actor
  • NTFCA: Best Ensemble
  • FFC: Best Original Screenplay
  • CIC: Best Supporting Actor
  • OFCC: Best Ensemble


Titane (2021) 88%

13 wins

  •  AFCC: Best Breakthrough Performer
  • PFCW: Best Best Foreign Language Film
  • PFCW: Best Breakthrough Performance
  • WFCC: Best Foreign Film About Women
  • PCA: Best Horror Movie
  • PCC: Best Horror Movie
  • LAFCA: Best Supporting Actor
  • IFCS: Best Horror/Sci-Fi
  • OAFFC: Breakthrough Filmmaker
  • DF: Best Director
  • DF: Best International Film
  • DF: Best Supporting Actor
  • DF: Best Debut


The Lost Daughter (2021) 95%

11 wins


Belfast (2021) 87%

10 wins


Nightmare Alley (2021) 81%

9 wins

  • PFCW: Best Cinematography
  • AFI: Top Film
  • NFC: Best Production Design
  • NFC: Best Adapted Screenplay
  • NFC: Best Cinematography
  • SFBAFCC: Best Production Design
  • CIC: Best Production Design
  • SDFCS: Best Production Design
  • DF: Best Production Design


Tick, Tick... Boom! (2021) 88%

9 wins


The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021) 93%

7 wins

  • NBR: Best Adapted Screenplay
  • NBR: Best Cinematography
  • NYFCC: Best Supporting Actress
  • PCC: Best Cinematography
  • AFI: Top Film
  • CACF: Best Picture
  • COFCA: Best Cinematography


Parallel Mothers (2021) 97%

wins


Encanto (2021) 91%

6 wins

  • NBR: Best Animated Film
  • WFCC: Best Animated Movie
  • DFWFC: Best Animated Film
  • FFC: Best Animated Film
  • HFPA: Best Animated Film
  • SFBAFCC: Best Animated Film


The Green Knight (2021) 89%

6 wins


C'mon C'mon (2021) 95%

wins

  • WAFCA: Best Youth Performer
  • DFCS: Best Breakthrough Performance
  • IFJ: Best Supporting Actress
  • IFCS: Best Drama
  • SFBAFCC: Best Original Screenplay


No Time to Die (2021) 83%

5 wins


The Harder They Fall (2021) 88%

4 wins

  • NBR: Best Ensemble
  • GOTHAM: Ensemble Tribute
  • BFFC: Best Harder They Fall
  • BFFC: Rising Star Award


Annette (2021) 71%

4 wins


The Worst Person in the World (2021) 100%

4 wins

  • NYFCC: Best Non-English Language Film
  • PCA: Best Foreign Language Films
  • NSFC: Best Supporting Actor
  • CACF: Best Actress


Last Night in Soho (2021) 75%

3 wins


A Hero (2021) 96%

3 wins

  • NBR: Best Foreign Language film
  • NBR: Best Original Screenplay
  • CACF: Best Foreign Language film


The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) 66%

3 wins


Don't Look Up (2021) 55%

4 wins


Shiva Baby (2020) 97%

1 win

  • CIC: Best Costume Design
  • SDFCS: Best Costume Design
  • DF: Best Costumes


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) 91%

3 wins

  • UFCA: Best Performance in Sci-fi, Fantasy
  • StLFC: Best Action
  • CIC: Best Stunts


Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) 96%

2 wins


Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) 94%

2 win

  • WAFCA: Best Voice Performance
  • NTFCA: Best Animated Film


Cyrano (2021) 84%

2 wins


Hand of God (2006)

2 wins

  • FFC: Best Foreign Language Film
  • BFFC: Best Foreign Language Film


Shiva Baby (2020) 97%

1 win

  • DFCS: Best Breakthrough Performance(tie)
  • GWNYFCA: Breakthrough Performance


House of Gucci (2021) 63%

1 win


The Velvet Underground (2021) 98%

1 win


Nobody (2021) 84%

1 win


Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) 95%

1 win

  • WFCC: Best Documentary About Women


The First Wave (2021) 97%

1 win

  • UFCA: Best Documentary


A Quiet Place Part II (2021) 91%

1 win


The Card Counter (2020) 86%

1 win


Red Rocket (2021) 87%

1 win


Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) 80%

1 win

  • LAFCA: Best Production Design


Petite Maman (2021) 96%

1 win

  • LAFCA: Best Film in Foreign Language


Identifying Features (2020) 99%

1 win


Lamb (2021) 86%

1 win

  • NTFCA: Best Foreign Language


Zola (2020) 88%

1 win

  • BFFC: Pioneer Award


Being the Ricardos (2021) 68%

1 win

  • HFPA: Best Actress, Comedy


Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) 93%

1 win

  • CIC: Best Visual Effects


Luca (2021) 91%

1 win


In the Heights (2021) 94%

1 win


The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain (2020) 97%

1 win


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