This was a brand new award last year, in honor of Avengers: Endgame. I can still remember the emotions and feelings I had when seeing this movie and its tremendous cast. This year had several movies that contained remarkable actors.
I consider an ensemble in a movie to be a group of actors from a movie where there was lacking an obvious lead performance.
The Avengers: Endgame Ensemble Cast of the Year Award
Previous Winners: Avengers: Endgame
We shall start with the runners-up.
The Personal History of David Copperfield. I included this because the cast was so great, but it did not receive the award because the fact that Dev Patel was truly the lead actor and the rest of the actors were supporting to him.
The Birds of Prey. Another ensemble that is actually headed up by Margot Robbie. She was more of the lead actor in the film than the whole film was ensemble.
Da 5 Bloods. The exceptional Netflix movie from Spike Lee was a leading candidate for this award. Once again, though, I thought there was one major standout in the cast, that being Delroy Lindo.
Hamilton. The Disney + filmed version of the stage play was a real treat during the summer of 2020. Disney + placed it on their streaming service instead of a theatrical release in 2021. The musical was brilliant.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. This was probably the second place film in this category. Viola Davis was unbelievably brilliant and Chadwick Boseman’s final filmed performance was his best work ever (and that was saying something).
And the winner is…
The Trial of the Chicago 7
The fantastic Netflix biopic telling the story of the trial of the Chicago 7 was a true ensemble cast. Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, Mark Rylance, Frank Langella, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, John Carroll Lynch, Noah Robbins, Daniel Flaherty. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Kelvin Harrison Jr.
The cast had to be great because the written word of Aaron Sorkin presented the actors with some of the best dialogue of the year.
This was a winner in many ways.