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Nevada's Top Ten 2021 Movies

Review 2021 Top Ten LVFCS

Nevada’s major film critics’ group put a spin on the year’s top entries by highlighting the lesser-known movie CODA in four top categories.

The group chose CODA, which stands for Children of Deaf Adults, as best ensemble work and best family film plus, named Troy Kotsur as best supporting actor. The society also gave its “youth in film” acting award to newcomer Emilia Jones, who learned sign language to play the speaking daughter of deaf parents.

In other major rankings, the group selected Belfast as best picture. Former Las Vegas resident Nicolas Cage took best actor for the independent project Pig. Jessica Chastain, a Sacramento native, earned the best actress award for The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Ariana DeBose won best supporting actress for West Side Story, which also garnered a direction award for Steven Spielberg.

Despite the name Las Vegas Film Critics Society, the group contains members from all over Nevada, including KUNR’s Robin Holabird in Reno.

The society chose

work in 27 categories, listed on the group’s website,

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Winners for 2021

Best Picture


Best Actor

Nicolas Cage, “Pig”

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”

Best Supporting Actor

Troy Kotsur, “CODA”

Best Supporting Actress

Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”

Best Director

Steven Spielberg, “West Side Story”

Best Original Screenplay

Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast”

Best Adapted Screenplay

Jane Campion & Thomas Savage, “The Power of the Dog”

Best Cinematography

Janusz Kamiski, “West Side Story”

Best Film Editing

Michael Kahn & Sarah Broshar

“West Side Story”

Best Score

Jonny Greenwood, “Spencer”

Best Song

Billie Eilish & FINNEAS

“No Time to Die”

Best Documentary

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Best Animated Film

“The Mitchells vs the Machines”

Best International Film

Flee (Denmark)

Best Costume Design

Jenny Beavan & Tom Davies


Best Art Direction

“West Side Story”

Best Visual Effects


Best Ensemble


Best Action Film


Best Comedy

“Don’t Look Up”

Best Horror/Sci-Fi


Best Family Film


Breakout Filmmaker

Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Lost Daughter”

Best Male Youth Performance (Under 21)

Jude Hill, “Belfast”

Best Female Youth Performance (Under 21)

Emilia Jones, “CODA”

William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award

Steven Spielberg

LVFCS Top 10 Films of 2021


West Side Story

The Power of the Dog

Licorice Pizza


tick, tick… Boom!

King Richard




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