The Austin Film Critics Association awarded “The Power of the Dog” five trophies including Best Film ad Best Director. “Pig” was also represented well, winning three awards including Best First Film and Original Screenplay.

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

NOMINEES
“Dune” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“The Green Knight” (A24)
“Licorice Pizza” (MGM)
“Pig” (Neon)

BEST DIRECTOR

Jane Campion
“The Power of the Dog”

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

NOMINEES
Paul Thomas Anderson — “Licorice Pizza” (MGM)
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi — “Drive My Car” (Janus Films)
David Lowery — “The Green Knight” (A24)
Denis Villeneuve — “Dune” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST ACTOR

Nicolas Cage
“Pig”

Directed by Michael Sarnoski
Neon

NOMINEES
Benedict Cumberbatch — ‘The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
Andrew Garfield — “Tick Tick… Boom!” (Netflix)
Simon Rex — “Red Rocket” (A24)
Denzel Washington — “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (A24)

BEST ACTRESS

Agathe Rouselle
“Titane”

Directed by Julia Ducournau
Neon

NOMINEES
Olivia Colman — “The Lost Daughter” (Netflix)
Penelope Cruz — “Parallel Mothers” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Alana Haim — “Licorice Pizza” (MGM)
Kristen Stewart — “Spencer” (Neon)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Kodi Smit-McPhee
“The Power of the Dog”

Directed by Jane Campion
Netflix

NOMINEES
Bradley Cooper — “Licorice Pizza” (MGM)
Colman Domingo — “Zola” (A24)
Vincent Lindon — “Titane” (Neon)
Jeffrey Wright — “The French Dispatch” (Searchlight Pictures)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kirsten Dunst
“The Power of the Dog”

Directed by Jane Campion
Netflix

NOMINEES
Ariana DeBose — “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
Ann Dowd — “Mass” (Bleecker Street)
Kathryn Hunter — “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (A24)
Ruth Negga — “Passing” (Netflix)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Pig”

Written by Vanessa Block and Michael Sarnoski
Neon

NOMINEES
“C’mon C’mon” — Mike Mills (A24)
“The French Dispatch” — Wes Anderson (Searchlight Pictures)
“Licorice Pizza” — Paul Thomas Anderson (MGM)
“Mass” — Fran Kranz (Bleecker Street)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“Drive My Car”

Written by Ryusuke Hamagucki and Takamasa Oe
Based on “Drive My Car” by Haruki Murakami
Janus Films

NOMINEES
“CODA” — Sian Heder (Apple Original Films)
“Dune” — Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, and Eric Roth (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“The Green Knight” — David Lowery (A24)
“The Power of the Dog” — Jane Campion (Netflix)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

“The Green Knight”

Cinematography by Andrew Droz Palermo
A24

NOMINEES
“Dune” — Greig Fraser (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“The Power of the Dog” — Ari Wegner (Netflix)
“The Tragedy of Macbeth” — Bruno Delbonnel (A24)
“West Side Story” — Janusz Kaminski (20th Century Studios)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

“The Power of the Dog”

Composed by Jonny Greenwood
Netflix

NOMINEES
“Candyman” — Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Universal Pictures)
“Dune” — Hans Zimmer (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“The Green Knight” — Daniel Hart (A24)
“Spencer” — Jonny Greenwood (Neon)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“Drive My Car”

Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Janus Films

NOMINEES
“Lamb” (A24)
“Parallel Mothers” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Titane” (Neon)
“The Worst Person in the World” (Neon)

BEST DOCUMENTARY

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

Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Searchlight Pictures

NOMINEES
“Flee” (Neon)
“The Rescue” (Greenwich Entertainment)
“The Sparks Brothers” (Focus Features)
“The Velvet Underground” (Apple Original Films)

BEST ANIMATED FILM

“The Mitchells vs the Machines”

Directed by Michael Rianda
Netflix

NOMINEES
“Belle” (GKIDs)
“Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures)
“Flee” (Neon)
“Luca” (Pixar Animation)

BEST ENSEMBLE

“The French Dispatch”

Cast: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Henry Winkler, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Jason Schwartzman, Fisher Stevens, and Stephen Park
Searchlight Pictures

NOMINEES
“Dune” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“The Harder they Fall” (Netflix)
“Licorice Pizza” (MGM)
“Mass” (Bleecker Street)

BEST EDITING

“Dune”

Edited by Joe Walker
Warner Bros. Pictures

NOMINEES
“The Last Duel” — Claire Simpson (20th Century Studios)
“Licorice Pizza” — Andy Jurgensen (MGM)
“The Power of the Dog” — Peter Sciberras (Netflix)
“West Side Story” — Michael Kahn & Sarah Broshar (20th Century Studios)

Best Motion Capture/Special Effects Performance

Abbi Jacobson
“The Mitchells vs the Machines”

Directed by Michael Rianda
Netflix

NOMINEES
Stephanie Beatriz — “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures)
John Leguizamo — “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures)
Danny McBride — “The Mitchells vs the Machines” (Netflix)
Kaho Nakamura — “Belle” (GKIDs)

BEST STUNTS

“No Time to Die”

Stunts by Lee Morrison
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

NOMINEES
“Dune” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“Raging Fire” (Well Go USA)
“Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (Walt Disney Pictures)
“Spiderman: No Way Home” (Columbia Pictures)

BEST FIRST FILM

“Pig”

Directed by Michael Samoski
Neon

NOMINEES
“The Lost Daughter” — Maggie Gyllenhaal (Netflix)
“Mass” — Fran Kranz (Bleecker Street)
“Passing” — Rebecca Hall (Netflix)
“Shiva Baby” — Emma Seligman (Utopia)

The Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial
Breakthrough Artist Award

Alana Haim
“Licorice Pizza”

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

NOMINEES
Ariana DeBose — “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
Emilia Jones — “CODA” (Apple Original Films)
Agathe Rousselle — “Titane” (Neon)
Rachel Sennott — “Shiva Baby” (Utopia)

AUSTIN FILM AWARD

“Without Getting Killed or Caught”

Directed by Tamara Saviano and Paul Whitfield

NOMINEES
“The Carnivores” (dir. Caleb Michael Johnson)
“The Get Together” (dir. Will Bakke)
“Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles” (co-dir. Robert Rodriguez)
“Queens of Pain” (co-dir. Cassie Hay)

SPECIAL HONORARY AWARD

Shatara Michelle Ford
“Test Pattern”

Kino Lorber

Top 10 Films of 2021

1. “Pig”
(Neon)

2. “The Power of the Dog”
(Netflix)

3. “Licorice Pizza”
(MGM)

4. “Dune”
(Warner Bros Pictures)

5. “Drive My Car”
(Janus Films)

6. “The Green Knight”
(A24)

7. “Titane”
(Neon)

8. “The Tragedy of Macbeth”
(A24)

**TIE** 9. “Parallel Mothers”
(Sony Pictures Classics)

**TIE** 9.The Worst Person in the World
(Neon)

QUICK LIST

Best Film: “The Power of the Dog”
Best Director: Jane Campion — “The Power of the Dog”
Best Actor: Nicolas Cage — “Pig”
Best Actress: Agathe Rouselle — “Titane”
Best Supporting Actor: Kodi Smit-McPhee — “The Power of the Dog”
Best Supporting Actress: Kirsten Dunst — “The Power of the Dog”
Best Ensemble: “The French Dispatch”
Best Original Screenplay: “Pig” — Vanessa Block and Michael Sarnoski
Best Adapted Screenplay: “Drive My Car” — Ryusuke Hamagucki and Takamasa Oe
Best Cinematography: “The Green Knight” — Andrew Droz Palermo
Best Editing: “Dune” — Joe Walker
Best Score: “The Power of the Dog” — Jonny Greenwood
Best International Film: “Drive My Car”
Best Documentary: “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”
Best Animated Film: “The Mitchells vs the Machines”
Best Motion Capture/Special Effects Performance: Abbi Jacobson — “The Mitchells vs the Machines”
Best Stunts: “No Time to Die”
Best First Film: Michael Samoski — “Pig”
Breakthrough Artist: Alana Haim — “Licorice Pizza”
Austin Film Award: “Without Getting Killed or Caught”

Austin Film Critics Association

Founded in 2005 by Cole Dabney & Bobby McCurdy, the AFCA has seen its membership grow from single digits to well over 20 members with a diverse roster of professional film critics who regularly review movies for national television stations, daily newspapers, weekly alternatives, local radio, monthly magazines, and websites with international prominence.

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