The Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards saw a healthy amount of its awards go to “Belfast,” including its top honor of Best Picture. Kenneth Branagh was also awarded with both Best Director and Original Screenplay. Ciaran Hinds won Best Supporting Actor and Jude Hill won Best Youth Performance. A film that’s been pretty quiet thus far in “Mass” won two awards: one for Best Ensemble and another for Most Overlooked Film of the Year. Lastly, “Dune” dominated the technical awards, winning five awards ranging from Best Visual Effects to Best Costume Design.

BEST PICTURE

“Belfast”

Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Produced by Laura Berwick, Kenneth Branagh, Becca Kovacik, and Tamar Thomas
Focus Features

BEST DIRECTOR

Kenneth Branagh
“Belfast”

Produced by Laura Berwick, Kenneth Branagh, Becca Kovacik, and Tamar Thomas
Focus Features

BEST ACTOR

Benedict Cumberbatch
“The Power of the Dog”

Directed by Jane Campion
Netflix

BEST ACTRESS

Kristen Stewart
“Spencer”

Directed by Pablo Larraín
Neon

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Ciaran Hinds
“Belfast”

Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Focus Features

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Ariana DeBose
“West Side Story”

Directed by Steven Spielberg
20th Century Studios

BEST ENSEMBLE ACTING

“Mass”

Cast: Reed Birney, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs, and Martha Plimpton
Bleeker Street

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Belfast”

Written by Kenneth Branagh
Focus Features

BEST SCREENPLAY ADAPTED FROM OTHER MATERIAL

“The Power of the Dog”

Written by Jane Campion
Based on “The Power of the Dog” by Thomas Savage
Netflix

THE OVERLOOKED FILM OF THE YEAR

“Mass”

Directed by Fran Kranz
Bleeker Street

BEST ANIMATED FILM

“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”

Directed by Mike Rianda
Netflix / Sony Animation

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“The Hand of God”

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Netflix

BEST DOCUMENTARY

“Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”

Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Searchlight Pictures

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“No Time To Die”
from “No Time To Die”

Preformed by Billie Eilish
Written by Billie Eilish, Miles Ale, and Finneas O’Connell
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

“Dune”

Composed by Hans Zimmer
Warner Bros. Pictures

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

“Dune”

Cinematography by Greig Fraser
Warner Bros. Pictures

BEST FILM EDITING

“Dune”

Edited by Joe Walker
Warner Bros. Pictures

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

“Nightmare Alley”

Production Design by Shane Vieau and Tamara Deverell
20th Century Studios

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

“Dune”

Costume Design by Jacqueline West and Bob Morgan
Warner Bros. Pictures

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

“Dune”

Visual Effects by Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer
Warner Bros. Pictures

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

Alana Haim
“Licorice Pizza”

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH

Jude Hill
“Belfast”

Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Focus Features

PFCS TOP TEN of 2021

“Belfast”
(Focus Features)

“Don’t Look Up”
(Netflix)

“Dune”
(Warner Bros Pictures)

“Licorice Pizza”
(MGM)

“Mass”
(Warner Bros Pictures)

“Nightmare Alley”
(20th Century Studios)

“No Time To Die”
(MGM)

“The Power of the Dog”
(Netflix)

“Spencer”
(A24)

West Side Story
(20th Century Studios)

QUICK LIST

Best Picture: “Belfast”
Best Director: Kenneth Branagh — “Belfast”
Best Actor In A Leading Role: Benedict Cumberbatch — “The Power of the Dog”
Best Actress In A Leading Role: Kristen Stewart — “Spencer”
Best Actor In A Supporting Role: Ciaran Hinds — “Belfast”
Best Actress In A Supporting Role: Ariana DeBose — “West Side Story”
Best Ensemble Acting: “Mass”
Best Original Screenplay: “Belfast”— Kenneth Branagh
Best Screenplay Adapted From Other Material: “The Power of the Dog” — Jane Campion
The Overlooked Film Of The Year: “Mass”
Best Animated Film: “The Mitchells vs. the Machines”
Best Foreign-Language Film: “The Hand of God”
Best Documentary: “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”
Best Original Song: “No Time To Die” from “No Time To Die” — Billie Eilish
Best Original Score: “Dune” — Hans Zimmer
Best Cinematography: “Dune” — Greig Fraser
Best Editing: “Dune” — Joe Walker
Best Production Design: “Nightmare Alley” — Shane Vieau and Tamara Deverell
Best Costume Design: “Dune” — Jacqueline West and Bob Morgan
Best Visual Effects: “Dune”
Breakthrough Performance: Alana Haim — “Licorice Pizza”
Best Performance By A Youth: Jude Hill — “Belfast”

Phoenix Film Critics Society

Founded in October 2000 by David Ramsey and Roger Tennis. We started with ten original members. The PFCS quickly gained attention from the major film studios and independent film distributors. One of the reasons for the recognition was that all members are established film critics in Arizona.

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