by Rob DiCristino
Best Actress: Emma Stone, Cruella
Best Supporting Actor: Jason Momoa, Dune
Best Actor: Nicolas Cage, Willy’s WonderlandPig and Kevin Lewis’ horror-comedy romp, Willy’s Wonderland. Both rely on Cage’s jagged stoicism, but where Pig punctuates it with bits of revelation and introspection — his Robin Feld is a wily soothsayer who speaks the truth and nothing but the truth — Willy’s Wonderland lets him remain a silent instrument of undead destruction, an impossibly cool pinball junkie who lets his work do the talking. Cage’s character (credited only as “The Janitor”) is no hero; he has no motivation aside from settling up with a mechanic whom he cannot pay for auto repairs. The deal is simple: He cleans the ersatz Chuck E. Cheese’s, he gets his car back. No irritating teenagers, small town secrets, or haunted animatronics will veer him off his course. Comparisons have already been made between the Janitor and Wild at Heart’s dashing drifter Sailor Ripley, and it’s easy to see why. Same guy? Distant cousin? Either way, I think David Lynch would approve.
Best Supporting Actress: Florence Pugh, Black Widow
Best Picture: Steven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Movemy own). The film’s distinct “fisheye” look — in which the edges of the frame appear to be stretched tightly onto the screen — create lighting and optical distortions fully aligned to the film’s genre sensibilities and makes for a fascinating new wrinkle in Soderbergh’s already stylish repertoire. No Sudden Move deserved better than the COVID-panicked steaming era (era) in which it was born, but it’s a prime candidate for rediscovery in a few years’ time. If, you know, we’re all still around by then.