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2021 Detroit Film Critics Society Award Winners

Peter Dinklage stars as Cyrano and Bashir Salahuddin as Le Bret in Joe Wright’s CYRANO A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Peter Mountain © 2021 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Detroit Film Critics Society is have announced the winners of the thirteen categories on December 6, 2021, honoring the best of film from the year.

The society was founded in the Spring of 2007 and consists of a group of 12 film critics from Michigan who write or broadcast in the metro-Detroit area.

Each critic submitted their top five (5) picks in the following 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 the Best Use of Music/Sound.

Below is the complete list of winners, highlighted in bold:

BEST PICTURE

  • Belfast
  • CODA
  • Cyrano
  • Don’t Look Up
  • King Richard

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!

BEST ACTOR

  • Nicolas Cage, Pig
  • Peter Dinklage, Cyrano
  • Andrew Garfield, tick, tick…BOOM!
  • Oscar Isaac, The Card Counter
  • Will Smith, King Richard

BEST ACTRESS

  • Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
  • Jennifer Hudson, Respect
  • Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos
  • Kristen Stewart, Spencer

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Jon Bernthal, King Richard
  • Troy Kotsur, CODA
  • Jared Leto, House of Gucci
  • Ray Liotta, The Many Saints of Newark
  • Kodi Smith-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Ariana Dabose, 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

 BEST ENSEMBLE

  • CODA
  • Don’t Look Up
  • The French Dispatch
  • The Harder They Fall
  • House of Gucci

BREAKTHROUGH

  • Alana Haim, Actress (Licorice Pizza)
  • Emilia Jones, Actress (CODA)
  • Woody Norman, Actor (C’Mon C’Mon)
  • Agathe Rouselle, Actress (Titane)
  • Emma Seligman, Writer/Director (Shiva Baby)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
  • Sian Heder, CODA
  • Quira Alegria Hudes, In the Heights
  • Steven Levenson, tick, tick…BOOM!
  • David Lowery, The Green Knight

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

BEST DOCUMENTARY

  • Flee
  • Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain
  • The Sparks Brothers
  • Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
  • Summer of Soul

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • Belle
  • Cryptozoo
  • Encanto
  • Flee
  • Luca
  • The Mitchells vs. the Machines

BEST USE OF MUSIC/SOUND

  • Cyrano
  • In the Heights
  • Last Night in Soho
  • tick, tick…BOOM!
  • West Side Story

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Written by Caillou Pettis

Caillou Pettis is a professional film critic and has been writing about film for several years across various different publications. Ever since the age of nine, film and the art of filmmaking have been his number one passion. When hes

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