The Avengers: Endgame Ensemble Cast of the Year Award
Previous Winners: Avengers: Endgame (2019), The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020), In the Heights (2021), Mass (2021)
Ensemble casts are vital to the movie industry. Not every film has an obvious main protagonist. Instead they depend on deep and talented casts to provide the story.
2022 has its share of top notch ensemble casts. In fact, this year, as we did last year, has a tie in The Avengers: Endgame Ensemble Cast of the Year Award.
Before we reveal the winners this year, we have to look at the runners-up.
Runners-Up: Starting off, one of my favorite movies of the year featured a great ensemble cast in The Menu. You may argue that Ralph Fiennes is the main character which keeps that out of the winner’s circle. The Woman King had a great cast, led by Viola Davis in a film where they were not the Dora Milaje. Then, Bullet Train was a lot of fun, featuring Brad Pitt and Brian Tyree Henry. The second Kenneth Branagh film with him as Hercule Poirot, Death on the Nile, is better than the other film. Everything Everywhere All the Time is a great film, but the fact that Michelle Yeoh is the main protagonist, though the remainder of the cast was amazing. German film All Quiet on the Western Front was a solid remake on Netflix this year. There was a new Scream this year too (and next year as well).
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
This cast is amazing. Featuring the skills of Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Tenoch Huerta, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Dominique Thorne, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Martin Freeman, Mabel Cadena, Michaela Coel, Florence Kasumba and Lake Bell.
This was a very emotional film for the cast to make, since they were moving on without their “king” Chadwick Boseman, who passed away in 2020. You can tell that the actors in Wakanda Forever were definitely bringing it in honor of their fallen friend.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
The second winner is another sequel, but there is only one returning character. Benoit Blanc, as played by Daniel Craig, is the pne connective tissue between the original Knives Out film and Glass Onion.
However, the rest of the cast is tremendous as well including Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn, Kate Hudson, Madelyn Cline, Jessica Henwick, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr., and Hugh Grant.
The idea of following Benoit Blanc into different mysteries with new ensemble casts is very engaging and Glass Onion was a ton of fun.