Nerdtropolis 2021 Movie Awards

Check out all the winners of the Nerdtropolis Movie Awards!

Nerdtropolis Awards 2021

This year kicks off the very first Nerdtropolis Movie Awards! It has been a busy year for Hollywood, with tons of movies making their debut in theaters and via streaming. Below are this year’s categories and winners! We look forward to hosting an in-person event for our 2022 Movie Awards. See all the winners below!!

Comedy of the Year: Free Guy

Free Guy 2021 Comedy of the Year

Starring Ryan Reynolds and Lil Rel Howery, Free Guy is Grand Theft Auto meets Ready Player One! It is about a bank teller who discovers he is a background player in an open-world video game and decides to become the hero of his own story… once he rewrites himself. Now in a world with no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way… before it is too late. We personally presented the award to the super-talented Lil Rel Howery.

Read our Movie Review HERE.

Animated Film of the Year: The Mitchells vs the Machines

The Mitchells vs The Machines would have been a box-office success! It is from the producer of Into The Spider-Verse. The voice cast features Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Beck Bennett, Fred Armisen, and Eric Andre. It follows a creative outsider Katie Mitchell who is accepted into the film school of her dreams and is eager to leave home and find “her people.” Her nature-loving dad insists on having the whole family drive her to school and bond during one last totally not awkward-or-forced road trip. But when the trip can’t get any worse, the family suddenly finds itself in the middle of the robot uprising! It’s up to the Mitchells, including upbeat mom Linda, quirky little brother Aaron, their squishy pug, Monchi, and two friendly but simple-minded robots, to save humanity.

Read our Movie Review HERE.

Drama of the Year: Cruella

Drama of the year 2021 Cruella

Cruella starring Emma Stone, is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution. It follows a young grifter named Estella. She is a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief. Together, they build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of Baroness von Hellman. She is a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifying. But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable, and revenge-bent Cruella.

Read our Movie Review HERE.

Action Movie of the Year: Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi is a young Super Hero whose journey of self-discovery unfolds in this never-before-seen origin story. Shang-Chi must confront the past even though he thought he left it behind when drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. This movie stars Simu Liu, Tony Leung, and Awkwafina.

Read our Movie Review HERE. 

Family Movie of the Year: Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Family movie of the year Ghostbusters Afterlife

In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town. They begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. This movie created a new generation of fans and introduced brand new characters as well as bringing back the iconic original cast that excited the original fans who first fell in love with the Ghostbusters franchise back in 1984, which is cemented in pop culture forever.

Read our Movie Review Here

Sci-Fi of the Year: Dune

Sci-fi of the year 2021 Dune

Dune follow Paul Atreides who is a brilliant and gifted young man, born into a great destiny beyond his understanding. He must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, only those who can conquer their own fear will survive. The star studded cast features Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgård, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, and Zendaya

Read our Movie Review HERE.

Villain of the Year: Willem Dafoe/Green Goblin

Villain of 2021 Norman Osborn Green Goblin

Willem Dafoe returned brilliantly as Norman Osborne/Green Goblin in No Way Home. There is no doubt that he perfected the ultimate Jekyll and Hyde performance. Dafoe even added more layers to his character that debuted 20 years ago in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. He stole the show amongst the multiple villains included in this multiverse-based MCU film.

Hero of the Year: Andrew Garfield – The Amazing Spider-Man

Hero of the Year 2021 Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield’s tenure as the Amazing Spider-Man was cut suddenly short for multiple reasons. Undoubtedly, that allowed for Tom Holland to emerge as the newest web-slinger. Garfield’s Spider-Man was always praised, but everything else surrounding his performance was lackluster. So surprisingly to us, Andrew Garfield was allowed to put closure to his arc we never got in No Way Home. His performance and the revelations we learned about where his Peter Parker is was brilliant and gave fans the answers to the questions they were always asking.

Comic Book Movie of the Year: Spider-Man No Way Home

Comic Book Movie Of The Year Spider-Man No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home has been one of the most ambitious Comic Book Movies ever made. It even toppled multiple box-office records as it now sits at over $1 Billion since opening. For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.

Read our Movie Review HERE.

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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