Sci-fi epic "Dune," coming-of-age drama "Licorice Pizza" and musical remake "West Side Story" received major boosts in Hollywood's awards season race Thursday as several of the film industry's top guilds unveiled their nominees.
The movies earned nods from Tinseltown's directors', producers' and writers' unions, putting then in contention alongside presumed early Oscars frontrunners "Belfast" and "The Power of the Dog" -- which also secured multiple nominations.
But hopes that mainstream crowdpleasers such as superhero blockbuster "Spider-Man: No Way Home" or 007 installment "No Time To Die" might enter the awards race were thwarted.
Hollywood's guilds each host their own annual ceremonies to honor the year's best films ahead of the season-capping Academy Awards.
The guild awards are often considered bellwethers for the Oscars and, by coincidence this year, Academy members also began voting for their own nominees on Thursday.
The Directors Guild of America's top award-winner in particular has a strong track record of predicting the Oscar for best director -- the same victor has been selected for both prizes on 16 of the last 18 years.