Add the Columbus Film Critics Association to the growing list of critic groups that support “The Power of the Dog” as the Best Film of the Year. The film and its players earned a total of seven awards. “Licorice Pizza” was the runner-up for Best Film, earning itself three awards, two of which went to lead actress Alana Haim.

Best Film

“The Power of the Dog”

Directed by Jane Campion
Produced by Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier, Jane Campion, and Tanya Seghatchian
Netflix

RUNNER-UP
“Licorice Pizza” (MGM)
NOMINEES
“West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
“Belfast” (Focus Features)
“Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” (Searchlight Pictures)
“Pig” (Neon)
“C’mon C’mon” (A24)
“The Tragedy of Macbeth” (A24)
“tick, tick…BOOM!” (Netflix)
“Dune” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Best Director

Jane Campion
“The Power of the Dog”

Produced by Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier, Jane Campion, and Tanya Seghatchian
Netflix

RUNNER-UP
Steven Spielberg — “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
NOMINEES
Paul Thomas Anderson — “Licorice Pizza” (MGM)
Kenneth Branagh — “Belfast” (Focus Features)
Denis Villeneuve — “Dune” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Best Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch
“The Power of the Dog”

Directed by Jane Campion
Netflix

RUNNER-UP
Nicolas Cage — “Pig” (Neon)
NOMINEES
Andrew Garfield — “tick, tick…BOOM!” (Netflix)
Will Smith — “King Richard” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Denzel Washington — “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (A24)

Best Actress

Alana Haim
“Licorice Pizza”

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

RUNNER-UP
Olivia Colman — “The Lost Daughter” (Netflix)
NOMINEES
Jessica Chastain — “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (Searchlight Pictures)
Taylour Paige — “Zola” (A24)
Tessa Thompson — “Passing” (Netflix)

Best Supporting Actor

Kodi Smit-McPhee
“The Power of the Dog”

Directed by Jane Campion
Netflix

RUNNER-UP
Troy Kotsur — “CODA” (Apple Original Films)
NOMINEES
Colman Domingo — “Zola” (A24)
Ciarán Hinds — “Belfast” (Focus Features)
Jesse Plemons — “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)

Best Supporting Actress

Ruth Negga
“Passing”

Directed by Rebecca Hall
Netflix

RUNNER-UP
Kirsten Dunst — “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
NOMINEES
Caitriona Balfe — “Belfast” (Focus Features)
Jodie Comer — “The Last Duel” (20th Century Studios)
Aunjanue Ellis — “King Richard” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Marlee Matlin — “CODA” (Apple Original Films)

Best Ensemble

“The Power of the Dog”

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, and Keith Carradine
Netflix

RUNNER-UP
“The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)
NOMINEES
“The French Dispatch” (Searchlight Pictures)
“Licorice Pizza” (MGM)
“West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)

Actor of the Year
(for an exemplary body of work)

Benedict Cumberbatch
“The Electrical Life of Louis Wain,” “The Mauritanian,”
“The Power of the Dog,” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home”

RUNNER-UP
Andrew Garfield — “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” and “tick,
tick…BOOM!”
NOMINEES
Timothée Chalamet — “Don’t Look Up,” “Dune,” and “The French Dispatch”
Bradley Cooper — “Licorice Pizza” and “Nightmare Alley”
Adam Driver — “Annette,” “House of Gucci,” and “The Last Duel”

Breakthrough Film Artist

Alana Haim
“Licorice Pizza”
(actor)

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

RUNNER-UP
Jude Hill (actor) — “Belfast” (Focus Features)
NOMINEES
Janicza Bravo (for directing and screenwriting) — “Zola” (A24)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (for producing, directing, and screenwriting) — “The Lost Daughter” (Netflix)
Rebecca Hall (for producing, directing, and screenwriting) — “Passing” (Netflix)
Woody Norman (for acting) — “C’mon C’mon” (A24)

Best Cinematography

“The Tragedy of Macbeth”

Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel
A24

RUNNER-UP
“The Power of the Dog” — Ari Wegner (Netflix)
NOMINEES
“Belfast” — Haris Zambarloukos (Focus Features)
“Dune” — Greig Fraser (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“The Green Knight” — Andrew Droz Palermo (A24)
“Nightmare Alley” — Dan Lautsen (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Film Editing

“West Side Story”

Edited by Sarah Broshar and Michael Kahn
20th Century Studios

RUNNER-UP
“The Power of the Dog” — Peter Sciberras (Netflix)
NOMINEES
“Dune” — Joe Walker (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“The French Dispatch” — Andrew Weisblum (Searchlight Pictures)
“Licorice Pizza” — Andy Jurgensen (MGM)

Best Adapted Screenplay

“The Power of the Dog”

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

RUNNER-UP
“West Side Story” — Tony Kushner (20th Century Studios)
NOMINEES
“CODA” — Siân Heder (Apple Original Films)
“Dune” — Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, and Eric Roth (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“The Lost Daughter” — Maggie Gyllenhaal (Netflix)
“The Tragedy of Macbeth” — Joel Coen (A24)

Best Original Screenplay

“Licorice Pizza”

Written by Paul Thomas Anderson
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

RUNNER-UP
“Belfast” — Kenneth Branagh (Focus Features)
NOMINEES
“C’mon C’mon” — Mike Mills (A24)
“King Richard” — Zach Baylin (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“Pig” — Michael Sarnoski (Neon)
“Titane” — Julia Ducournau (Neon)

Best Score

“The Power of the Dog”

Composed by Jonny Greenwood
Netflix

RUNNER-UP
“Spencer” — Jonny Greenwood (Neon)
NOMINEES
“Dune” — Hans Zimmer (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“The French Dispatch” — Alexandre Desplat (Searchlight Pictures)
“Nightmare Alley” — Nathan Johnson (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Documentary

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

Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Searchlight Pictures

RUNNER-UP
“Flee” (Neon)
NOMINEES
“Attica” (Showtime Documentary Films)
“The Rescue” (Greenwich Entertainment)
“The Sparks Brothers” (Focus Features)
“The Velvet Underground” (Apple Original Films)

Best Foreign Language Film

“Drive My Car”

Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Janus Films

RUNNER-UP
“Flee” (Neon)
NOMINEES
“A Hero” (Amazon Studios)
“Titane” (Neon)
“The Worst Person in the World” (Neon)

Best Animated Film

“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”

Directed by Michael Rianda
Netflix

RUNNER-UP
“Flee” (Neon)
NOMINEES
“Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures)
“Luca” (Walt Disney Pictures)
“Raya and the Last Dragon” (Walt Disney Pictures)

Best Overlooked Film

“Riders of Justice”

Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen
Magnolia Pictures

RUNNER-UP
“Nine Days” (Sony Pictures Classics)
NOMINEES
“Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” (Lionsgate)
“CODA” (Apple Original Films)
“Cyrano” (United States)
“Together Together” (Bleecker Street)

TOP TEN FILMS OF 2021

1. “The Power of the Dog”
(Netflix)

2. “Licorice Pizza”
(MGM)

3. “West Side Story”
(20th Century Studios)

4. “Belfast”
(Focus Features)

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

6. “Pig”
(Neon)

7. “C’mon C’mon”
(A24)

8. “The Tragedy of Macbeth”
(A24)

9. “tick, tick…BOOM!”
(Netflix)

10. “Dune
(Warner Bros. Pictures)

QUICK LIST

Best Film: “The Power of the Dog”
Best Director: Jane Campion — “The Power of the Dog”
Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch — “The Power of the Dog”
Best Actress: Alana Haim — “Licorice Pizza”
Best Supporting Actor: Kodi Smit-McPhee — “The Power of the Dog”
Best Supporting Actress: Ruth Negga — “Passing”
Best Ensemble: “The Power of the Dog”
Best Actor of the Year (Body Of Work): Benedict Cumberbatch — “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain,” “The Mauritanian,” “The Power of the Dog”, and “Spider-Man: No Way Home”)
Breakthrough Film Artist: Alana Haim — “Licorice Pizza”
Best Cinematography: “The Tragedy of Macbeth” — Bruno Delbonnel
Best Film Editing: “West Side Story” — Sarah Broshar and Michael Kahn
Best Adapted Screenplay: “The Power of the Dog” — Jane Campion
Best Original Screenplay: “Licorice Pizza” — Paul Thomas Anderson
Best Score: “The Power of the Dog” — Jonny Greenwood
Best Documentary: “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Drive My Car”
Best Animated Film: “The Mitchells vs. the Machines”
Best Overlooked Film: “Riders of Justice”

Columbus Film Critics Association

Founded in 2002, the Columbus Film Critics Association is made up of film critics based in Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding areas. Its membership consists of more than 25 print, radio, television, and new media critics.

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