The nominees for ComicBook.com’s 2021 Golden Issue Awards for films
2021 is about to end, which brings a lot to look back on the year that has been – especially in the world of cinema. After a tumultuous 2020 – which has seen nearly all major blockbusters be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic – 2021 has started to bring changes for the better. Shorter cinematic exclusive windows, along with options for fans to stream movies from the comfort of their own homes, have helped more anticipated films resonate with audiences.
As part of the ComicBook.com Golden Issue Awards, an annual event where our staff votes on some of the best and most exciting things from the past twelve months, we wanted to look back on some of the biggest and most important blockbuster movies. 2021. From standout comic book movies to post-credits scenes, moviegoers absolutely had a lot to enjoy this year.
Read on for the nominees and check back to ComicBook.com next week for a full rundown of the winners!
Around the same time last year, the release of any sort of blockbuster movies was incredibly rare. While the theatrical movie experience hasn’t quite returned to normal yet, audiences have had plenty of opportunities to see major episodes of the franchise, whether in theaters, at home, or in a combination. both.
Best Comic Book Film
2021 has brought several new entries to the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes, with trending new films featuring a mix of new and established characters and teams. Amid startling new stories, fan moves, and even a giant starfish, comic book movie fans have been entertained like never before.
Best animated film
The world of animation often drives the world of cinema forward in fascinating ways, and the films of 2021 are certainly no exception. The year brought several memorable Disney hits, a new take on DC’s oldest superhero squad, and a family travel film like no other.
As our favorite fictional worlds expand – or entirely new worlds are explored onscreen – a film’s director role feels more crucial than ever. From superhero blockbusters to sci-fi epics, this year’s nominees have brought fascinating new developments to the world of cinematic storytelling.
Through the crop of genre films of 2021, audiences were treated to epic and inspired performances by some of the best actors in the business. This year’s nominees included old and new superheroes (and anti-heroes), as well as a memorable take on a pop culture icon.
2021 also brought exceptional performances to a wide range of actresses, from familiar names to newcomers. As their characters battled interdimensional threats (or took control of the London fashion scene), they made for some truly electrifying performances to watch.
Gemma Chan (Cersi, Eternals)
Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Black Widow)
Daniela Melchior (Cleo Cazo / Ratcatcher II, The suicide squad)
Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn, The suicide squad)
Emma Stone (Estella / Cruella de Vil, Cruel)
Best First Appearance
Last year, blockbusters brought some unique fictional concepts to the big screen – and some incredibly memorable characters with them. Whether it was the latest entry in an ever-expanding superhero universe or a daring new take on a literary favorite, the nominees for this year’s first appearance were stuffed with heavyweights.
Best post-credits scene
As blockbuster movies started to come back into the public consciousness, it often meant the return of the post-credits scene. Between teasing future stories and delivering the long-awaited rewards, this year’s nominees have made the wait for credits incredibly useful.