Best of 2021: Film

Updated: Dec 25, 2021


With theaters roaring back to life thanks to big-budget blockbusters like Spider-Man: No Way Home and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, film-similar to gaming-had a welcome return to form after a rather mute year in 2020, understandably so. After all, 2021 was bundled with a massive roster of films which had been delayed from their originally planned 2020 releases. Yes, I am looking at you No Time to Die and Black Widow. Fortunately though, I am pleased to report that the year was not just the loud but still impeccably enjoyable fanfare of superhero blockbusters. Nothing against flicks like Shang-Chi or No Way Home, but artisan releases like West Side Story and Dune (which is admittedly a towering blockbuster as well) deservedly earned highlights this year as well. We will likely never see a year like 2021 ever again, where so many films were relegated to their parent company’s streaming service, not to see the grandeur of the cinema and multiplex. For the films that did though, they were certainly compelling reasons for returning to the cinema after a year of mostly absence outside of a brief surge for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. With all the circumstantial factors aside, let us now finally unveil the very best of film this year. It was definitely one for the books.



 

Best Technical Achievement:


Winner: Dune

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Honorable Mention: Spider-Man: No Way Home

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Honorable Mention: Godzilla v. Kong

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Best Performance:


Winner: Will Smith for King Richard

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Best Screenplay:


Winner: King Richard

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Best Directing:


Winner: Steven Spielberg for West Side Story

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Honorable Mention: Denis Villeneuve for Dune

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Best Film:


Winner: Dune

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Honorable Mention: West Side Story

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