The Las Vegas Film Critics Society (LVFCS) has name Belfast the best film of 2021, also awarding Kenneth Branagh best original screenplay.
West Side Story was top winner of the day, however, with five. The musical adaptation won director for Steven Spielberg, supporting actress for Ariana DeBose plus film editing, cinematography and art direction.
Nicolas Cage won Best Actor for Pig, his critically acclaimed return to form about a former chef who loses his prize truffle pig to thieves and must retrieve her. Jessica Chastain was named Best Actress for her turn as the wife of disgraced 1980s televangelist Jim Bakker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Troy Kostur (CODA) won the supporting actor award.
Here is the complete list of winners and the group’s top 10 films of the year.
Best Picture: Belfast
2. West Side Story
3. The Power of the Dog
4. Licorice Pizza
6. tick, tick… Boom!
7. King Richard
Best Director: Steven Spielberg, West Side Story
Best Actor: Nicolas Cage, Pig
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Best Supporting Actor: Troy Kotsur, CODA
Best Supporting Actress: Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
Best Screenplay (Original): Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
Best Screenplay (Adapted): Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Best Animated Film: The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Best Documentary: Summer of Soul
Best International Film: Flee
Best Cinematography: Janusz Kamiński, West Side Story
Best Film Editing: Michael Kahn & Sarah Broshar, West Side Story
Best Costume Design: Jenny Beavan & Tom Davies, Cruella
Best Score: Jonny Greenwood, Spencer
Best Song: “No Time to Die” from No Time to Die (Billie Eilish & FINNEAS)
Best Art Direction: West Side Story
Best Visual Effects: Dune
Best Action Film: Nobody
Best Comedy: Don’t Look Up
Best Family Film: CODA
Best Horror/Sci-Fi: Dune
Best Ensemble: CODA
Best Breakout Filmmaker: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter
Best Male Youth in Film: Jude Hill, Belfast
Best Female Youth in Film: Emilia Jones, CODA