Active Spectator Film Awards 2020/2021

After the success of last year’s Active Spectator Film Awards, we’ve decided to gear up for the end of this turbulent year with another celebration of all the most interesting and exciting films to have been released throughout the last twelve months. Today we’re releasing the nominations for each of our categories, and in a weeks time you’ll be able to come back and discover who’ll be taking home the coveted and currently fictitious Active Spectator Trophy!

P.S. Our honourable mentions can be found in the brackets below each category.

Best Picture:

  • Another Round
  • Power of the Dog
  • King Richard
  • Minari

(Dune, The Father)

Best Lead Actress:

  • Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman)
  • Kristen Stewart (Spencer)
  • Jennifer Hudson (Respect)
  • Jodie Comer (The Last Duel)

(Frances McDormand – Nomadland)

Best Lead Actor:

  • Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal)
  • Anthony Hopkins (The Father)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)
  • Will Smith (King Richard)

(Mads Mikkelsen – Another Round, Steven Yeun – Minari)

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Olivia Cooke (Sound of Metal)
  • Youn Tuh-jung (Minari)
  • Olivia Colman (The Father)
  • Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard)

(Rebecca Ferguson – Dune, Gaby Hoffman – C’mon C’mon)

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Vikesh Bhai (Limbo)
  • Benicio Del Toro (The French Dispatch)
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog)
  • Jon Bernthal (King Richard)

(Lakeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah)

Best Director:

  • Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)
  • Kelly Reichardt (First Cow)
  • Denis Villenevue (Dune)
  • Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog)

(Ben Sharrock – Limbo, Steven Spielberg – West Side Story)

Best Cinematography:

  • Joshua James Richards (Nomadland)
  • Greig Fraser (Dune)
  • Claire Mathon (Spencer)
  • Ari Wegner (The Power of the Dog)

(Andrew Droz Palermo – The Green Knight, Janusz Kaminski – West Side Story)

Best Original Score:

  • Hans Zimmer (Dune)
  • Jonny Greenwood (Spencer)
  • Jonny Greenwood (The Power of the Dog)
  • Jeymes Samuel (The Harder They Fall)

Extra Categories

Once again we’re trying to give the less ‘awardsy’ films a chance to be in the spotlight, whether that be something a family can sit round and enjoy on a Sunday afternoon, or the film that got audiences going back to the cinema over and over again. Enjoy our nominations for these bonus categories, perhaps there’s something in here worth checking out that you might have missed the first time round!


  • Dune
  • Spiderman: No Way Home
  • Power of the Dog
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Cruella

Based On a True Story:

  • King Richard
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Respect
  • The Last Duel
  • The Dig


  • Spiderman: No Way Home
  • A Quiet Place: Part II
  • Dune
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Get Back


  • Spiderman: No Way Home
  • Cruella
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife