Oscars 2021: AFI Awards

The AFI Awards were announced today. Not the most surprising list, but also not exactly what I always expect out of them either.

Here’s the list:

Don’t Look Up
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
Tick, Tick… Boom!
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

This feels more like an NBR list than an AFI list. It’s very director-heavy. And usually I expect AFI to go way more populist. But I guess without theaters being what they were two years ago, there couldn’t have been a runaway theater hit for them to include like they love doing.

They matched NBR 7/10. Technically 8/10 if you include the fact that they gave Belfast a special award (along with Summer of Soul, which I believe also won something at NBR). And CODA was on NBR’s Independent list. So the only real major difference is Power of the Dog. I haven’t seen enough of these to feel one way or another, but just glancing at it, it feels like a solid list.

I’m still catching up on everything from this year. Firmly into November now and at the rate I’m going I should be essentially caught up before the weekend’s out, with just a handful of odds and ends to work on throughout the rest of the month as the last of the major December releases come in. We’re getting there, folks.

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