• Nate Adams

Detroit Film Critics Society announce best of 2021


Courtesy of DFCS

The Detroit Film Critics Society is pleased to announce the BEST OF 2021 nominees and winners thirteen categories. The Detroit Film Critics Society was founded in Spring 2007 and currently consists of a group of 12 film critics from Michigan who write or broadcast in the metro-Detroit area. 


Each critic submitted their top 5 picks in the following 13 categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor,

Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, and Breakthrough in any

category, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Screenplay, Best Documentary, Best Animated Feature, and

Best Use of Music. From these submissions, each entry was given a point value and the top 5 in each

category have been placed on the final ballot.


CYRANO had a total of 4 nominations and two wins in the categories of Best Picture and

Best Actor for Peter Dinklage. KING RICHARD also received 4 nominations and finished

with one win for Jon Bernthal as Best Supporting Actor. TICK, TICK…BOOM! received 4

nominations as well with one win for director Lin-Manuel Miranda. Jessica Chastain took

the Best Actress award for her transforming performance in THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE.

Two categories ended in a tie. FLEE and SUMMER OF SOUL tied for Best Documentary

while Best Breakthrough went to Woody Norman, for his performance in C’MON C’MON and

Emma Seligman, the writer and director of SHIVA BABY. See the full results below.


PICKED BY THE DETROIT FILM CRITICS SOCIETY

WINNERS ARE BELOW IN RED BOLD LETTERS


1. BEST PICTURE


BELFAST


CODA


CYRANO


DON’T LOOK UP


KING RICHARD



2. BEST DIRECTOR


SEAN BAKER – RED ROCKET


KENNETH BRANAGH - BELFAST


DAVID LOWERY – THE GREEN KNIGHT


ADAM MCKAY – DON’T LOOK UP


LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA – TICK, TICK…BOOM!


3. BEST ACTOR


NICOLAS CAGE - PIG


PETER DINKLAGE – CYRANO


ANDREW GARFIELD – TICK, TICK…BOOM!


OSCAR ISAAC – THE CARD COUNTER


WILL SMITH – KING RICHARD



4. BEST ACTRESS


JESSICA CHASTAIN – THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE


ALANA HAIM – LICORICE PIZZA


JENNIFER HUDSON - RESPECT


NICOLE KIDMAN – BEING THE RICARDOS


KRISTEN STEWART - SPENCER

5. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


JON BERNTHAL – KING RICHARD


TROY KOTSUR - CODA


JARED LETO – HOUSE OF GUCCI


RAY LIOTTA – THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK


KODI SMIT-MCPHEE – THE POWER OF THE DOG



6. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS


ARIANA DEBOSE – WEST SIDE STORY


KIRSTEN DUNST – THE POWER OF THE DOG


AUNJANUE ELLIS – KING RICHARD


RITA MORENO – WEST SIDE STORY


DIANA RIGG – LAST NIGHT IN SOHO



7. BEST ENSEMBLE


CODA


DON’T LOOK UP


THE FRENCH DISPATCH


THE HARDER THEY FALL


HOUSE OF GUCCI



8. BEST BREAKTHROUGH (Tie)


ALANA HAIM – ACTRESS – LICORICE PIZZA


EMILIA JONES – ACTRESS - CODA


WOODY NORMAN – ACTOR – C’MON, C’MON


AGATHE ROUSSELLE – ACTRESS - TITANE


EMMA SELIGMAN – WRITER/DIRECTOR – SHIVA BABY



9. BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY


JANE CAMPION – THE POWER OF THE DOG


SIAN HEDER – CODA


QUIARA ALEGRÍA HUDES – IN THE HEIGHTS


STEVEN LEVENSON – TICK, TICK…BOOM!


DAVID LOWERY - THE GREEN KNIGHT



10. BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY


PEDRO ALMODÓVAR – PARALLEL MOTHERS


PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON – LICORICE PIZZA


WES ANDERSON – THE FRENCH DISPATCH


ADAM MCKAY – DON’T LOOK UP


JEYMES SAMUEL, BOAZ YAKIN – THE HARDER THEY FALL



11. BEST DOCUMENTARY (Tie)


FLEE


ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN


THE SPARKS BROTHERS


STREET GANG: HOW WE GOT TO SESAME STREET


SUMMER OF SOUL



12. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE


BELLE


CRYPTOZOO


ENCANTO


FLEE


LUCA


THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES



13. BEST USE OF MUSIC


CYRANO


IN THE HEIGHTS


LAST NIGHT IN SOHO


TICK, TICK…BOOM!


WEST SIDE STORY