AWARDS: Our 2021 Winners

(L to R): BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH as PHIL BURBANK, JESSE PLEMONS as GEORGE BURBANK in THE POWER OF THE DOG. Cr. KIRSTY GRIFFIN/NETFLIX © 2021

The ballots have been counted for the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association’s fourth annual end-of-year Film Awards. We’ve chosen the below films as our collective favorites after engaging in a weighted scale voting process for Best Picture and fifteen other major categories. Potential titles/artists were restricted to those films released theatrically in the United States during the 2021 calendar year.

Leading the way are PIG (3 wins, including Best Picture), THE POWER OF THE DOG (3 wins), JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH (2 wins), and SPENCER (2 wins).

The 2021 GWNYFCA Film Awards WINNERS:

BEST PICTURE:

Flee. Photo Courtesy of Neon

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

BEST ANIMATED FILM:

BEST DOCUMENTARY:

BEST DIRECTOR:

  • Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog – **WINNER**
  • Pablo Larraín, Spencer
  • Ridley Scott, The Last Duel
  • Michael Sarnoski, Pig
  • Denis Villeneuve, Dune
THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES – (L-R) Danny McBride as “Rick Mitchell”, Abbi Jacobson as “Katie Mitchell”, Mike Rianda as “Aaron Mitchell”, and Maya Rudolph as “Linda Mitchell”. Cr: ©2021 SPAI. All Rights Reserved.

LEAD ACTOR:

  • Nicolas Cage, Pig – **WINNER**
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
  • Andrew Garfield, tick, tick … BOOM!
  • Joaquin Phoenix, C’mon C’mon
  • Will Smith, King Richard

LEAD ACTRESS:

  • Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
  • Jodie Comer, The Last Duel
  • Emilia Jones, CODA
  • Renate Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World
  • Kristen Stewart, Spencer – **WINNER**

SUPPORTING ACTOR:

  • Robin de Jesús, tick, tick … BOOM!
  • Mike Faist, West Side Story
  • Jason Isaacs, Mass
  • Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah – **WINNER**
  • Troy Kotsur, CODA

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

  • Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter
  • Ariana Debose, West Side Story
  • Ann Dowd, Mass
  • Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard
  • Ruth Negga, Passing – **WINNER**
Titane. Photo courtesy of Neon.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

  • Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza
  • Will Berson & Shaka King (story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenneth Lucas & Keith Lucas), Judas and the Black Messiah – **WINNER**
  • Julia Ducournau, Titane
  • Fran Kranz, Mass
  • Mike Mills, C’mon C’mon

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

  • Ben Affleck, Matt Damon & Nicole Holofcener, The Last Duel
  • Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog – **WINNER**
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter
  • Rebecca Hall, Passing
  • Tony Kushner, West Side Story

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

  • Bruno Delbonnel, The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • Andrew Droz Palermo, The Green Knight – **WINNER**
  • Greig Fraser, Dune
  • Claire Mathon, Spencer
  • Ari Wegner, The Power of the Dog

BEST EDITING:

  • Peter Sciberras, The Power of the Dog – **WINNER**
  • Sebastián Sepúlveda, Spencer
  • Claire Simpson, The Last Duel
  • Joe Walker, Dune
  • Andrew Weisblum, The French Dispatch

BEST SCORE:

  • Carter Burwell, The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • Jonny Greenwood, The Power of the Dog
  • Jonny Greenwood, Spencer – **WINNER**
  • Alberto Iglesias, Parallel Mothers
  • Hans Zimmer, Dune
Spencer. Photo courtesy of Neon.

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE:

  • Mike Faist, West Side Story
  • Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
  • Emilia Jones, CODA
  • Agathe Rousselle, Titane
  • Rachel Sennott, Shiva Baby – **WINNER**

BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR:

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter
  • Rebecca Hall, Passing
  • Fran Kranz, Mass
  • Michael Sarnoski, Pig – **WINNER**
  • Emma Seligman, Shiva Baby

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