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Spidey Crashes Awards Party, Snags Denver Group’s Best Picture Nomination

The wall crawler brings a rare populist streak to Colo.-based awards

Variety recently made an unlikely plea to Oscar voters.

Don’t overlook “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the biggest box office hit of the pandemic. Sure, it doesn’t look or feel like awards season catnip, but voters should consider it anyway.


The Oscars could become culturally irrelevant if voters keep ignoring box office smashes.

Some Colorado-based critics took that message to heart, or they felt the wall-crawler deserves a place at the Oscar season table with or without any prompting.

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME - Official Trailer (HD)

“No Way Home” snagged three Denver Film Critics Society nominations today, including Best F/X, Best Sci-Fi/Horror and the coveted Best Picture.

Other films snared even more nominations, including “The Power of the Dog” (seven), “Dune” (six) and “Belfast” (four). The “Spider-Man” nomination, though, suggests critics may be more willing to give superhero films a fair shake.

The DFCS winners will be announced Jan. 17. Below is the full list of nominated films.

Best Movie

“The Power of the Dog”
“Drive My Car”
“Spider-Man: No Way Home”

Best Director

Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”
Joel Coen, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”
Denis Villeneuve, “Dune”
Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast”
Ryusuke Hamaguchi, “Drive My Car”

Best Actress

Lady Gaga, “House of Gucci”
Jessica Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
Kristen Stewart, “Spencer”
Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos”
Alana Haim, “Licorice Pizza”

Best Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog”
Nicolas Cage, “Pig”
Denzel Washington, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”
Peter Dinklage, “Cyrano”
Will Smith, “King Richard”

Best Supporting Actress

Cate Blanchett, “Nightmare Alley”
Kirsten Dunst, “The Power of the Dog”
Ruth Negga, “Passing”
Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”
Aunjanue Ellis, “King Richard”

Best Supporting Actor

Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog”
Ben Affleck, “The Tender Bar”
J.K. Simmons, “Being the Ricardos”
Ciaran Hinds, “Belfast”
Troy Kotsur, “CODA”

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Film

“A Quiet Place Part II”
“The Green Knight”
“Last Night in Soho”
“Spider-Man: No Way Home”

Best Animated Film

“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”
“Raya and the Last Dragon”

Best Comedy Film

“Don’t Look Up”
“The French Dispatch”
“Free Guy”
“The Suicide Squad”
“Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar”

Best F/X

“The Green Knight”
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”
“Spider-Man: No Way Home”
“Godzilla vs. Kong”

Best Original Screenplay

Michael Sarnoski, “Pig”
Mike Mills, “C’mon, C’mon”
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Licorice Pizza”
Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast”
Zach Baylin, “King Richard”

Best Adapted Screenplay

Joel Coen, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”
Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”
Sian Heder, “CODA”
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe, “Drive My Car”
Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth, “Dune”

Best Documentary

“Summer of Soul”
“The First Wave”
“The Velvet Underground”

Best Original Song

“Be Alive,” Beyonce, “King Richard’
“Guns Go Bang,” Kid Cudi, Jay-Z, “The Harder They Fall”
“No Time to Die,” Billie Eilish, “No Time to Die”
“Just Look Up,” Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, “Don’t Look Up”
“Dos Oruguitas,” Sebastian Yatra, “Encanto”

Best Score

Jonny Greenwood, “The Power of the Dog”
Hans Zimmer, “Dune”
Germaine Franco, “Encanto”
Jeymes Samuel, “The Harder They Fall”
Jonny Greenwood, “Spencer”

Best Foreign Language Film

“Drive My Car”
“The Worst Person in the World”
“A Hero”
“Petite Maman”

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