Awards season tracker: Early winners before the 2021 Oscars

EW statistically tracks contenders winning awards this season.

Amid the longest awards season in history, EW ranks the 2021 contenders purely by the number of prestige accolades they've won (or been nominated for) on the circuit so far, from the fall festivals like TIFF and Venice to esteemed groups like the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Circle. Read on for EW's statistical ranking of this year's competitors. (For our informed Oscar predictions, click here).

Read more from EW's The Awardist, featuring exclusive interviews, analysis, and our podcast diving into all the highlights from the year's best films.

Awards bodies tracked so far:

Best Picture

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1. Nomadland
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: VIFF Golden Lion, TIFF People's Choice Award, IFP Gotham Awards, IFP Gotham Awards Audience Award, NSFC
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

2. One Night in Miami...
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: TIFF People's Choice Award runner-up
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

3. Minari
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Audience Award
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

4. First Cow
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: NYFCC
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: IFP Gotham Awards

5. Small Axe (Note: this title is not eligible for Oscars consideration, as it is a series of films, though we will include it in this ranking as long as it wins industry awards).
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: LAFCA
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

Best Director

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1. Chloé Zhao — Nomadland
Best Director (or equivalent) wins: NYFCC, LAFCA, NSFC
Best Director (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

2. Steve McQueen — Small Axe (Note: this title is not eligible for Oscars consideration, as it is a series of films, though we will include it in this ranking as long as it wins industry awards).
Best Director (or equivalent) wins: IFP Gotham Awards Tribute
Best Director (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

Best Actress

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1. Frances McDormand — Nomadland
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: NSFC
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: IFP Gotham Awards

2. Vanessa Kirby — Pieces of a Woman
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: VIFF Volpi Cup
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

3. Viola Davis — Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: IFP Gotham Awards Tribute
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

4. Sidney Flanigan — Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: NYFCC
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: IFP Gotham Awards (Breakthrough)

5. Carey Mulligan — Promising Young Woman
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: LAFCA
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

6. Nicole Beharie — Miss Juneteenth
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: IFP Gotham Awards
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

Best Actor

1. Chadwick Boseman — Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Best Actor (or equivalent) wins: LAFCA, IFP Gotham Awards Tribute
Best Actor (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

2. Delroy Lindo — Da 5 Bloods
Best Actor (or equivalent) wins: NYFCC, NSFC
Best Actor (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

3. Riz Ahmed — Sound of Metal
Best Actor (or equivalent) wins: IFP Gotham Awards
Best Actor (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

Best Supporting Actress

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1. Maria Bakalova — Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) wins: NYFCC, NSFC
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

2. Yuh-jung Youn — Minari
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) nominations: IFP Gotham Awards

Best Supporting Actor

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1. Chadwick Boseman — Da 5 Bloods
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) wins: NYFCC
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

2. Glynn Turman — Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) wins: LAFCA
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

3. Paul Raci — Sound of Metal
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) wins: NSFC
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

4. Kingsley Ben-Adir — One Night in Miami...
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) wins: IFP Gotham Awards (Breakthrough)
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

Best Documentary

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1. Time
Best Documentary (or equivalent) wins: NYFCC, LAFCA, NSFC
Best Documentary (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

2. Boys State
Best Documentary (or equivalent) wins: Sundance Grand Jury Prize
Best Documentary (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

3. Crip Camp
Best Documentary (or equivalent) wins: Sundance Audience Award
Best Documentary (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

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