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THE BEST AND WORST OF 2021

Alan's picks

The Year's Dozen Best Pictures

(In Descending Order)

1. Tie: Shiva Baby / Zola

2. In The Heights

3. Belfast

4. Don't Look Up

5. Being The Ricardos

6. Tick, Tick... Boom!

7. The Last Duel

8. House Of Gucci

9. Licorice Pizza

10. Spencer

11. Dear Evan Hansen

12. Last Night In Soho

Also:

 

13. Stillwater

14. The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain

15. King Richard

16. The French Dispatch

17. West Side Story

18. Benedetta

19. Cruella

20. The Suicide Squad

I also liked:

No Time To Die

Malignant

The Many Saints Of Newark

Kate

The Dig

The Eyes Of Tammy Faye

Red Notice

The Year's Best Performances

Best Actor:

Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick... Boom!)

Best Actress:

Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

Best Supporting Actor:

Ciarán Hinds (Belfast)

Best Supporting Actress:

Caitriona Balfe (Belfast)

Additional Great Performances Of 2021:

 

ACTOR:

Will Smith (King Richard), Javier Bardem (Being The Ricardos), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain & The Power Of The Dog), Adam Driver (House Of Gucci & The Last Duel), Daniel Craig (No Time To Die), Matt Damon (Stillwater)

ACTRESS:

Nicole Kidman (Being The Ricardos), Lady Gaga (House Of Gucci), Jennifer Lawrence (Don't Look Up), Rachel Sennott (Shiva Baby), Alana Haim (Licorice Pizza), Rachel Zegler (West Side Story), Jessica Chastain (The Eyes Of Tammy Faye), Renate Reinsve (Worst Person In The World), Jodie Comer (The Last Duel), Emilia Jones (Coda), Emma Stone (Cruella), Emily Blunt (Jungle Cruise)

SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Jamie Dornan (Belfast), Mike Faist (West Side Story), J.K. Simmons (Being The Ricardos), Ben Affleck (The Tender Bar), Jared Leto (House Of Gucci)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Cate Blanchett (Don't Look Up), Anya Taylor-Joy (Last Night In Soho), Dakota Johnson (The Lost Daughter), Amandla Stenberg (Dear Evan Hansen), Alexandra Shipp (Tick Tick Boom), Toni Collette (Nightmare Alley)

Best Director:

Ridley Scott (The Last Duel & House Of Gucci)

 

Additional Great Directors:

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tick, Tick... Boom!), Emma Seligman (Shiva Baby), Edgar Wright (Last Night In Soho), Tom McCarthy (Stillwater), Wes Anderson (The French Dispatch), Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza), James Gunn (The Suicide Squad), Kenneth Branagh (Belfast), Janicza Bravo (Zola), Will Sharpe (The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain)

Best Documentary Feature:

The Velvet Underground

Also: The Sparks Brothers

Best Animated Feature:

Vivo

Also: Encanto

Best Picture:

Tie: Shiva Baby / Zola

The Year's Worst Pictures

(In Alphabetical Order)

Bliss

Blithe Spirit

Breaking News In Yuba County

Godzilla Vs. Kong

Halloween Kills

The Humans

Infinite

Last Call

Love, Weddings, And Other Disasters

Midnight In The Switchgrass

Moxie

Swan Song

Things Heard & Seen

Thunder Force

Venom: Let There Be Carnage 

Chelsea's picks

The Year's Dozen Best Pictures

(In Descending Order)

1. Tick, Tick...Boom!

2. In The Heights

3. Come From Away

4. Dear Evan Hansen

5. Don't Look Up

6. Being The Ricardos

7. The Eyes Of Tammy Faye

8. Last Night In Soho

9. The Last Duel

10. Belfast

11. House Of Gucci

12. King Richard

Also:

 

13. Licorice Pizza

14. Shiva Baby

15. Zola

16. No Time To Die

17. The Dig

18. West Side Story

19. The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain

20. Stillwater

 

I also liked:

Tom & Jerry

Nightmare Alley

The Tomorrow War

Cruella

Coda

The Many Saints Of Newark

Finch

The Tender Bar

Red Rocket

Red Notice

The Year's Best Performances

Best Actor:

Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick... Boom!)

Best Actress:

Nicole Kidman (Being The Ricardos)

Best Supporting Actor:

Ciarán Hinds (Belfast)

Best Supporting Actress:

Caitriona Balfe (Belfast)

Additional Great Performances Of 2021:

 

ACTOR:

Will Smith (King Richard), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain & The Power Of The Dog), Javier Bardem (Being The Ricardos), Matt Damon (Stillwater), Tom Hanks (Finch), Jude Hill (Belfast), Daniel Craig (No Time To Die), Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Leonardo DiCaprio (Don't Look Up)

 

ACTRESS:

Jessica Chastain (The Eyes Of Tammy Faye), Lady Gaga (House Of Gucci), Jennifer Lawrence (Don't Look Up), Rachel Zegler (West Side Story), Emilia Jones (Coda), Emma Stone (Cruella), Rachel Sennott (Shiva Baby), Emily Blunt (Jungle Cruise). Alana Haim (Licorice Pizza), Renate Reinsve (The Worst Person In The World)

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR:

 J.K. Simmons (Being The Ricardos), Jamie Dornan (Belfast), Ben Affleck (The Tender Bar), Jared Leto (House Of Gucci), Mike Faist (West Side Story), Corey Hawkins (In The Heights), Jon Bernthal (King Richard), Al Pacino (House Of Gucci), Bradley Cooper (Licorice Pizza)

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Cate Blanchett (Don't Look Up), Aunjunue Ellis (King Richard), Judi Dench (Belfast), Vanessa Hudgens (Tick, Tick... Boom!), Alexandra Shipp (Tick, Tick... Boom!), Saniyya Sidney & Demi Singleton (King Richard)

Best Director:

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tick, Tick... Boom!)

 

Additional Great Directors:

Jon M. Chu (In The Heights), Emma Seligman (Shiva Baby), Edgar Wright (Last Night In Soho), Kenneth Branagh (Belfast), Ridley Scott (The Last Duel & House Of Gucci), Adam McKay (Don't Look Up), Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza), Janicza Bravo (Zola)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Animated Feature:

Vivo

Also: Encanto

Best Picture:

Tick, Tick... Boom!

The Year's Ten Worst Pictures

(In Order Of Worst First)

1. The Humans

2. Thunder Force

3. Midnight In The Switchgrass

4. Halloween Kills

5. Infinite

6. Bliss

7. Swan Song

8. Godzilla Vs. Kong

9. The Lost Daughter

10. Plan B