Sir Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast” Picks Up Seven Oscar Nominations, Including Best Picture

The 94th Academy Awards are drawing near, and the nominees have been announced! Belfast, which was written and directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart), has picked up an astonishing seven nominations. Potter fans will also see some other familiar names among the nominee pool.

The seven nominations for Belfast include Actor in a Supporting Role (Ciarán Hinds), Actress in a Supporting Role (Judi Dench), Directing (Sir Kenneth Branagh), Writing (Original Screenplay) (Sir Kenneth Branagh), Sound, Music (Original Song), and the most exciting of all, Best Picture. Belfast is featured in this category alongside other staple films, including Coda, Don’t Look Up, Drive My Car, Dune, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog, and West Side Story.


Written and directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, "Belfast" was nominated for nine HCA Film awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Written and directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast” is nominated for seven Academy Awards.


Branagh isn’t the only alumnus featured in the nominations for 2021 films. Raya and the Last Dragon, which features the voice talents of Gemma Chan (who played Madam Ya Zhou in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) is nominated in the Animated Feature Film category. Under the Cinematography category as well as Production Design is the film The Tragedy of Macbeth. This film features Kathryn Hunter (Arabella Figg), Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley), and Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody), who were all featured in the Harry Potter films.

A lot of us were mesmerized by the costumes and styles in Cruella, starring Dame Emma Thompson as the baroness. The film has been nominated for Costume Design and Makeup and Hairstyling.


"Cruella" is nominated for two Academy Awards

“Cruella” is nominated for two Academy Awards.


The Academy Awards will take place on March 27 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. You can view the list of nominees and categories on the official site. Will you be watching this year? Whom do you think the Oscar should go to?


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Brittany Bennett

A proud Hufflepuff and nerd beyond measure, Harry Potter has always been the series I call home.