The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) today announces their 2021 award winners. Claiming the organization’s top honors is Jane Campion’s masterful The Power of the Dog.
The film earned a leading seven awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actor (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Score. Kristen Stewart was named Best Actress for her role as Princess Diana in Spencer; Ruth Negga was named Best Supporting Actress for Passing. Three films earned two awards: The French Dispatch (Best Editing; Best Art Direction/Production Design); Licorice Pizza (Best Original Screenplay; Most Promising Performer – Alana Haim); and Spencer (Best Actress Kristen Stewart); Best Costume Design).
Other highlights among the winners this year include: Flee named Best Animated Feature; Summer of Soul named Best Documentary; Drive My Car named Best Foreign Language Film; and Michael Sarnoski, writer/director of Pig, named recipient of the Milos Stehlik Breakthrough Filmmaker Award.
The complete list of 2021 Chicago Film Critics Award winners is as follows:
BEST PICTURE: 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: Kristen Stewart, Spencer
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Ruth Negga, Passing
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Licorice Pizza by Paul Thomas Anderson
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Power of the Dog by Jane Campion
BEST ANIMATED FILM: Flee
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Summer of Soul
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Drive My Car
BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN: The French Dispatch
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: The Power of the Dog, Ari Wegner
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Spencer, Jacqueline Durran
BEST EDITING: The French Dispatch, Andrew Weisblum
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: The Power of the Dog, Jonny Greenwood
BEST USE OF VISUAL EFFECTS: Dune
MOST PROMISING PERFORMER: Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
MILOS STEHLIK BREAKTHROUGH FILMMAKER: Michael Sarnoski, Pig