Tuesday, November 28, 2023

2021 InSession Film Awards – Staff Picks

This week on the InSession Film Podcast, we feature our 9th annual InSession Film Awards! This year, we did something a little bit different. We asked all of staff writers to be involved in the nomination and award process. The writers initially nominated over 70 movies just for Best Picture! We love to have the variety of opinions that we do here at Insession Film. But, sadly, we had to narrow it down further. We came up with 5 nominations (6 in Best Director due to a tie!) in all categories besides Best Picture. In order to provide a lot of options, we gave them 20 choices for Best Picture (take that, Academy!),  Stay tuned to the show and the site for the announcement of the winners!


Without further ado, here are the nominations for the Insession Film Awards as picked by our writers and staff!

Best Picture
  • The Power of the Dog
  • Dune
  • The Green Knight
  • Drive My Car
  • The Worst Person in the World
  • Cmon Cmon
  • Pig
  • Flee
  • In The Heights
  • Belfast
  • Mass
  • CODA
  • tick, tick…BOOM!
  • Petite Maman
  • Titane
  • Licorice Pizza
  • West Side Story
  • The Lost Daughter
  • Parallel Mothers
  • Luca
Best Actor
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
  • Andrew Garfield, tick, tick…BOOM!
  • Nicolas Cage, Pig
  • Hidetoshi Nishijima, Drive My Car
  • Peter Dinklage, Cyrano
Best Actress
  • Kristen Stewart, Spencer
  • Jodie Comer, The Last Duel
  • Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
  • Renata Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World
  • Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Best Actor Supporting Role
  • Jason Isaacs, Mass
  • Anders Danielson Lie, The Worst Person in the World
  • Troy Kotsur, CODA
  • Kodi Smith-McPhee, The Power of the Dog
  • Colman Domingo, Zola
Best Actress Supporting Role
  • Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
  • Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
  • Martha Plimpton, Mass
  • Ann Dowd, Mass
  • Ruth Negga, Passing
Best Director
  • Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
  • Denis Villenueve, Dune
  • Julia Ducournau, Titane
  • Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car
  • David Lowery, The Green Knight
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza
Best Original Screenplay
  • Fran Kranz, Mass
  • Edson Oda, Nine Days
  • Mike Mills, C’mon C’mon
  • Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt, The Worst Person in the World
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza
Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
  • Ryûsuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe, Drive My Car
  • David Lowery, The Green Knight
  • Jon Spaihts, Denis Villenueve, and Eric Roth, Dune
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter
Best Cinematography
  • Ari Wegner, The Power of the Dog
  • Andrew Droz Palermo, The Green Knight
  • Greig Fraser, Dune
  • Claire Mathon, Spencer
  • Bruno Delbonnel, The Tragedy of Macbeth
Best Documentary
  • Flee
  • Summer of Soul
  • The Sparks Brothers
  • The Rescue
  • Procession
Best Foreign Language Film
  • Drive My Car
  • The Worst Person in the World
  • Flee
  • Petite Maman
  • Titane
Best Animated Movie
  • Flee
  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines
  • Luca
  • Encanto
  • The Summit of the Gods
Best Original Score
  • Hans Zimmer, Dune
  • Jonny Greenwood, The Power of the Dog
  • Jonny Greenwood, Spencer
  • Daniel Hart, The Green Knight
  • Alexandre Desplat, The French Dispatch
Best Use of Song (Original or Pre-Existing)
  • “Bye, Bye, Bye” by N’Sync, Red Rocket
  • “All I Need Is A Miracle” by Mike and the Mechanics, Spencer
  • “No Time To Die” by Billie Eilish, No Time To Die
  • “So May We Start” by Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, Annette
  • “Life on Mars?” by David Bowie, Licorice Pizza
Best Opening/Closing Credits Sequence or Scene
  • No Time To Die
  • Drive My Car
  • Annette
  • The Green Knight
  • Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar
Best Overlooked Movie
  • Nine Days
  • Mass
  • The Last Duel
  • Jockey
  • The Killing of Two Lovers
Best Surprise Movie
  • Pig
  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines
  • The Green Knight
  • Malignant
  • The Matrix Resurrections
Best Surprise Actor/Actress
  • Simon Rex, Red Rocket
  • Troy Kotsur, CODA
  • Emilia Jones, CODA
  • Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
  • Renata Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World
Best Movie Discovery
  • Lauren Hadaway –  Director The Novice
  • Edson Oda – Director and Writer, Nine Days
  • Woody Norman – Actor, Cmon Cmon
  • Renata Reinsve – Actress, The Worst Person in the World
  • Agatha Rouselle – Actress, Titane

Be sure to listen to the InSession Film Awards on Episode 465!

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