With the year 2021 over, all the eligible films for Hollywood’s annual awards have now come out, and the top contenders are up for discussion. It’s also the end of the 21st year of the 21st century, a good opportunity to look back, as Hollywood is well into its second century now.
There’s no better way to see what happened, what could have been, or perhaps what should have been than a simple look at The Academy Award for Best Picture year by year. Mistakes were clearly made, awards intentionally politicized, and cultural identity revised relentlessly.
This could be a much bigger issue to discuss and deliberate, but for an end-of-year list we’ll simply mention what won versus what was in the running. In