2021 Film Favorites

During early December voting, each member of the Las Vegas Film Critics Society picked up to 5 titles per movie category; my updated list looks like this alphabetically, with * for extras



Best Picture (Film Title Only) CODA; Drive My Car; West Side Story; Power of the Dog; Tick, Tick…Boom!

*C’mon, C’mon, Don’t Look Up; Licorice Pizza; King Richard; Last Duel (and even though it’s not a best, I had lots of fun watching Last Night in Soho)

Best Actor (Alpha Name + Film) Benedict Cumberbatch, Power of the Dog; Peter Dinklage, Cyrano; Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick…

Will Smith, King Richard; Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of MacBeth

*Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos

Best Actress (Alpha Name + Film) Jessica Chastain, Eyes of Tammy Faye; Jennifer Hudson, Respect; Emilia Jones, CODA; Lady Gaga, House of Gucci; Kristen Stewart, Spencer

*Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos

Best Supporting Actor (Name & Film) Ciaran Hinds, Belfast; Troy Kotsur, CODA Codi Smit-McPhee, Power of the Dog; Jesse Plemons, Power of the Dog; Mark Rylance, Don’t Look Up;

*J.K. Simmons, Being the Ricardos

Best Supporting Actress (Name & Film) Caitrona Balfe, Belfast; Kirsten Dunst, Power of the Dog; Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard; Kathryn Hunter, Tragedy of MacBeth; Marlee Matlin, CODA

*Ann Dowd, Mass; Ariana DuBose, West Side Story

Best Director (Name & Film) Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza; Jane Campion, Power of the Dog; Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tick, Tick…Boom!; Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley; Denis Villenueve, Dune

Best Screenplay (Original) (Film Title Only) Being the Ricardos; Belfast; C’mon C’mon; Card Counter; Licorice Pizza

Best Screenplay (Adapted) (Film Title Only) CODA; Dune; Power of the Dog; Tick, Tick…Boom!; West Side Story

* Tragedy of MacBeth

Best Cinematography (Film Title Only) Dune; Power of the Dog; Nightmare Alley; Tragedy of MacBeth

Best Film Editing (Film Title Only) Belfast; Being the Ricardos; King Richard; Nightmare Alley; Tick, Tick…Boom!, West Side Story

Best Score (Film Title Only) French Dispatch; Last Night in Soho; Nightmare Alley; Power of the Dog; Tragedy of MacBeth

Best Song (Title and Film Only) “Be Alive,” King Richard; “Beyond the Shore,” CODA; “Down to Joy,” Belfast; “Guns Go Bang,” Harder they Fall; So May We Start,”Annette;

Best Documentary (Film Title Only) Flee; Lost Leonardo; Summer of Soul; Roadrunner; Truffle Hunters

Best Animated Film (Film Title Only) Encanto; Lucas; Mitchells vs. Machines; Raya

Best Foreign Film (Film Title Only) Drive My Car; Hand of God; I’m Your Man; Prayers for the Stolen; Worst Person in the World

Best Costume Design (Name & Film) Cruella; French Dispatch; Last Night in Soho; Respect; Spencer

Best Art Direction (Name & Film) Dune; French Dispatch; Harder They Fall; Nightmare Alley; Tragedy of MacBeth

Best Visual Effects Film Title Only) Black Widow; Dune; Last Night in Soho; No Time to Die; Shang-Chi; Suicide Squad

Best Action Film (Film Title Only) Black Widow; Shang-Chi; Suicide Squad

Best Comedy (Film Title Only) Coming 2 America; Don’t Look Up; Free Guy; French Dispatch; Licorice Pizza

Best Horror/Sci-Fi Film (Film Title Only) Dune; Candyman; Last Night in Soho; Quiet Place 2; Werewolves Within Extra credit to Red Snow, an unreleased Tahoe project with good insight about vampires

Best Family Film (Film Title Only) CODA; In the Heights; Mitchells Vs. Machines

Best Ensemble (Film Title Only) CODA; Being the Ricardos; House of Gucci; Nightmare Alley; Power of the Dog; West Side Story

Breakout Filmmaker (Name & Film) Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lost Daughter; Rebecca Hall, Passing

Youth in Film - Male (under 21) (Name & Film) Jude Hill, Belfast; Woody Norman, C’mon, C’mon

Youth in Film - Female (under 21) (Name & Film) Emilia Jones, CODA; Daniyya Sidney, King Richard; Demi Singleton, King Richard

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