The Hollywood guilds wound up their nominations with a blitz of announcements this week, culminating in Thursday’s slates of nominees from the Producers Guild, Writers Guild, Directors Guild and American Cinema Editors. And now we can compile some statistics from the movies of 2021 – not the films that have received awards from critics’ groups or the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but ones that have been recognized by the kind of film professionals who will also be voting for the Academy Awards.
(The nominations for the guild ended on the same day as the Oscar nomination voting started.
The guilds and professional organizations we’re considering are the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the Directors Guild (DGA), the Producers Guild (PGA), the Writers Guild (WGA), the American Cinema Editors (ACE), the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), the Art Directors Guild (ADG), the Costume Designers Guild (CDG), the Cinema Audio Society (CAS), the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS), the Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) and the Visual Effects Society (VES).
Unsurprisingly, given that most of the nominations are made by below-the-line guilds, Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic “Dune”It received the most nominations (12). Every group except SAG recognized it. “West Side Story”Those were followed by nine nominations. “The Power of the Dog” “Don’t Look Up” got eight, “Nightmare Alley”Added seven “Belfast”Got six.
Two films “West Side Story” “Licorice Pizza,” were nominated by all four of the major guilds – SAG, DGA, PGA and WGA – but neither of them secured the important SAG ensemble award. There were two others. “Belfast” “The Power of the Dog,” were nominated by SAG, DGA and PGA, but weren’t eligible for WGA nominations because of that guild’s more restrictive qualifying rules.
Here’s a list of nominations restricted to films that have been nominated by at least one of the major guilds. (For Directors Guild, we restricted ourselves to feature-directing and excluded the category of first-time directors.
“Dune”: DGA, PGA, WGA, ACE, ASC, ADG, CAS. CDG, MPSE and MUAHS, SCL and VES
“West Side Story”: SAG, DGA, PGA, WGA, ADG CAS CDG MPSE MUAHS
“Don’t Look Up”: SAG (ensemble), PGA, WGA, ACE, ADG, CDG, MUAHS, SCL
“The Power of the Dog”: SAG, DGA, ACE, PGA, ACE, ASC CAS, MPSE, SCL
“Nightmare Alley”SAG, WGA. ASC, ADG. CDG. MPSE. VES.
“Belfast”: SAG (ensemble), DGA, PGA, ACE, ASC, MPSE
“Licorice Pizza”: SAG (DGA), PGA, WGA ACE, ADG
“tick, tick…BOOM!”: SAG, PGA, WGA, ACE, MPSE
“The Tragedy of Macbeth”SAG, ASC and ADG. MPSE, VES.
“Being the Ricardos”: SAG, PGA, WGA, MUAHS
“The French Dispatch”: WGA. ACE. ADG. SCL.
“King Richard”: SAG (ensemble), PGA, WGA, ACE
“CODA”: SAG (ensemble), PGA, WGA
“House of Gucci”: SAG (ensemble), CDG, MUAHS
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”SAG, MUAHS
“The Lost Daughter”SAG, ADG
“The Tender Bar”SAG
These are some of the most notable films that received multiple nominations, but were not selected by SAG or DGA.
“No Time to Die”ACE, ADG. CAS, CDG. MPSE. MUAHS. SCL. VES.
“Cruella”ACE, ADG. CDG, MUAHS
“The Matrix Resurrections”CDG, MPSE and MUAHS.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home”CAS, CDG. MPSE. VES
“The Green Knight”ADG, CDG and SCL
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”ADG, CDG, VES