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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



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


The Many Saints Of Newark


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:



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)


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)


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


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:


Also: Encanto

Best Picture:

Tie: Shiva Baby / Zola

The Year's Worst Pictures

(In Alphabetical Order)


Blithe Spirit

Breaking News In Yuba County

Godzilla Vs. Kong

Halloween Kills

The Humans


Last Call

Love, Weddings, And Other Disasters

Midnight In The Switchgrass


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