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Nominees for the 2nd MNFCA Awards

The Minnesota Film Critics Alliance completed the nomination process over the last week for its second annual award honors.

Eligible films for this year’s awards included those released from March-December 2021. Movies released from January-February 2021 were made eligible in last year’s awards process because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Many films were submitted across all genres for the 16 award categories. In the end, “Dune” and “The Power of the Dog” tied for the most nominations, with each picture earning 11 selections.

Other movies receiving multiple nominations include “West Side Story” with eight, “Licorice Pizza” with five and “Nightmare Alley” with four.

The award winners will be announced March 6.

See the full list of nominees below.

BEST PICTURE

  • “Dune.”
  • “Licorice Pizza.”
  • “Nightmare Alley.”
  • “The Power of the Dog.”
  • “West Side Story.”

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Paul Thomas Anderson, “Licorice Pizza.”
  • Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog.”
  • Ryusuke Hamaguchi, “Drive My Car.”
  • Steven Spielberg, “West Side Story.”
  • Denis Villeneuve, “Dune.”

BEST ACTOR

  • Nicholas Cage, “Pig.”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog.”
  • Andrew Garfield, “Tick, Tick… Boom.”
  • Will Smith, “King Richard.”
  • Denzel Washington, “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”

BEST ACTRESS

  • Jessica Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”
  • Penelope Cruz, “Parallel Mothers.”
  • Alana Haim, “Licorice Pizza.”
  • Emilia Jones, “CODA.”
  • Kristen Stewart, “Spencer.”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Bradley Cooper, “Licorice Pizza.”
  • Ciaran Hinds, “Belfast.”
  • Troy Kotsur, “CODA.”
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog.”
  • Jesse Plemons, “The Power of the Dog.”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story.”
  • Kirsten Dunst, “The Power of the Dog.”
  • Aunjanue Ellis, “King Richard.”
  • Kathryn Hunter, “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”
  • Ruth Negga, “Passing.”

BEST ENSEMBLE

  • “Belfast.”
  • “Dune.”
  • “The Harder They Fall.”
  • “The Power of the Dog.”
  • “West Side Story.”

BEST SCREENPLAY

  • “Dune,” by Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth.
  • “Licorice Pizza,” by Paul Thomas Anderson.
  • “Parallel Mothers,” by Pedro Almodovar.
  • “Pig,” by Vanessa Block
  • “The Power of the Dog,” by Jane Campion.

BEST EDITING

  • “Dune.”
  • “The Last Duel.”
  • “The Power of the Dog.”
  • “Tick, Tick… Boom.”
  • “West Side Story.”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • “Dune.”
  • “Nightmare Alley.”
  • “The Power of the Dog.”
  • “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”
  • “West Side Story.”

BEST MUSIC

  • “Dune.”
  • “Encanto.”
  • “The Green Knight.”
  • “The Power of the Dog.”
  • “Spencer.”

BEST COSTUME/MAKE-UP

  • “Cruella.”
  • “Dune”
  • “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”
  • “Nightmare Alley.”
  • “Spencer.”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • “Dune.”
  • “Last Night in Soho.”
  • “Nightmare Alley.”
  • “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”
  • “West Side Story.”

BEST SOUND WORK

  • “Dune.”
  • “Last Night in Soho.”
  • “No Time to Die.”
  • “A Quiet Place Part II.”
  • “West Side Story.”

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS

  • “Dune.”
  • “Godzilla Vs. Kong.”
  • “No Time to Die.”
  • “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
  • “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • “Encanto.”
  • “Flee.”
  • “Luca.”
  • “Mitchells Vs. The Machines.”
  • “Raya and the Last Dragon.”

The MNFCA is a 21 person group with members working in print, digital, broadcast and podcast media. Members are from across the state, with some in the Twin Cities metro region and others located in Greater Minnesota communities such as Brainerd, Duluth, Fargo-Moorhead, Rochester, and Wahpeton-Breckenridge.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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