By Matt Neglia
The American Film Institute (AFI) has officially announced their list of the Top 10 best films of 2021. Historically, their picks tend to line up with the nominees for Best Picture with somewhere in the 6-8 range, which I have outlined for you all down below. What films did they choose this year and which ones will go on to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture?
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A reminder that the top 10 films for the National Board Of Review were…
“Belfast” was ineligible for AFI because it’s not an American production, but it did receive a Special Award, so let’s assume it replaces one of the AFI Top 10. And then you have “Don’t Look Up,” “Dune,” “King Richard,” “Licorice Pizza,” “Nightmare Alley,” “The Tragedy of Macbeth” & “West Side Story” all making both lists. That leaves two slots open. Surely, “The Power Of The Dog” will make it, leaving now just one more slot. Personally, I’m feeling better and better every day about “CODA” making it in there. Will “C’mon C’mon” get the final slot? Will Netflix score three Best Picture nominations in a single year for the first time with “Tick, Tick…Boom!?” Or will something else miss all together and make room for another film? I still think “Nightmare Alley” & “The Tragedy of Macbeth” are vulnerable but perhaps their craft nominations will carry them through to a Best Picture nomination in the end? It’s still a very fluid race for the year’s biggest prize with a lot of moving pieces still left to come.
So what are your thoughts? Which of these films do you think will be nominated for Best Picture? Let us know in the comments below or on our Twitter account.
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