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Podcast: 2021 InSession Film Awards – Episode 465 (Part 1)

Podcast: 2021 InSession Film Awards – Episode 465 (Part 1)

This week on the InSession Film Podcast, we feature our 9th annual InSession Film Awards! During Part 1, we discuss the very best that 2021 had to offer in terms of surprises, overlooked movies, the best acting performances and so much more when it comes to the film year.

Stay tuned for Part 2, where we discuss our Top 10 Movies of 2021.

Want to participate with our Awards show? Go to our Preview post and download the Awards Category sheet, fill it out with your nominees, and winners and as you listen to the show, see how your picks stack up against ours!

InSession Film Awards 2021 (3:50)

    Individual Special Awards

    Best Movie Discovery

    Best Surprise Actor/Actress

    Best Surprise Movie

    Best Overlooked Movie

    Best Opening/Closing Credits Sequence or Scene

    Best Use of Song (Original or Pre-Existing)

    Best Original Score

    Best Animated Movie

    Best Foreign Language Film

    Best Documentary

    Best Cinematography

    Best Adapted Screenplay

    Best Original Screenplay

    Best Director

    Best Actress Supporting Role

    Best Actor Supporting Role

    Best Actress

    Best Actor

*See a list of all of our nominees and winners here!

Special thanks to all of our friends who called in and gave us their top movies of 2021!
Kolby Mac – Kolby Told Me
Tim Costa – First Time Watchers
Aaron White – Feelin’ Film
Jeff Zhang – Strange Harbors
Matt Oakes – Silver Screen Riot
Mike1 / AlsoMike – Mike & Mike & Oscar
Kevin Brackett – Reel Spoilers
Dave Giannini – InSession Film Editor-In-Chief

2021 was such an interesting year given its purgatory-like state and Hollywood’s attempts for normalcy. At the beginning of the year, theaters were slowly starting to open up more, but not quite to what it was before the pandemic began. Additionally, some films were being pushed further back in hopes for a better return on profit. So, it was a slow start for the first six months, aside from a few hidden gems such as the documentary In and Of Itself. However, as things started to open up more, studios begain pouring everything out at once in regards to their 2021 slate and their unreleased 2020 slate, and it became an avalanche of great films. The last few months of the year was just one great film after the other. It was seemingly endless for quite awhile as in just a short span we saw Drive My Car, Licorice Pizza, The Worst Person in the World, Power of the Dog, Red Rocket, Petite Maman, and so many others. Not to mention some of the smaller indie films that hit hard like The Novice, Pig and Bergman Island. The one thing that was very consistent, and perhaps most defining about the year, was the comeback of the musical. From West Side Story to In the Heights to Cyrano to Annette to Bo Burnham’s Inside, among others, it was a terrific year for musicals. 2021 may have started off quiet, but it ended with a bang and ultimately it was very satisfying.

Do you agree or disagree with any of our picks? Let us know in the comment section below.

– Music

So May We Start – Sparks
The Return of the Eagle – Atli Örvarsson

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