Austin Film Critics Association awards: The Power of the Dog wins Best Film


Benedict Cumberbatch, Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog, Austin Film Critics Association, Jane Campion
Benedict Cumberbatch and Kodi Smit-McPhee in The Power of the Dog

The power stays with The Power of the Dog in today's Austin Film Critics Association awards! Jane Campion's first film in 12 years earns five prizes from nine nominations, winning Best Film, and Director for Campion herself. It loses a few significant ones - Actor to Nicolas Cage for Pig, Adapted Screenplay to Drive My Car, Cinematography to The Green Knight - but proves its mettle as a serious Oscar frontrunner by dominating here nonetheless. Perhaps the biggest surprise here is the AFCA's pick for Best Actress: Agathe Rousselle for Titane may be an unexpected choice, but it's by no means an unworthy one. All the details of today's announcement below.


Best Film

1 THE POWER OF THE DOG

2 PIG*

3 LICORICE PIZZA

4 DUNE

5 DRIVE MY CAR

6 THE GREEN KNIGHT

7 TITANE

8 THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH

9 PARALLEL MOTHERS

THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD


Best Director

Jane Campion (THE POWER OF THE DOG)


Best Actress

Agathe Rousselle (TITANE)


Best Actor

Nicolas Cage (PIG)


Best Supporting Actress

Kirsten Dunst (THE POWER OF THE DOG)


Best Supporting Actor

Kodi Smit-McPhee (THE POWER OF THE DOG)


Best Original Screenplay

Vanessa Block and Michael Sarnoski (PIG)


Best Adapted Screenplay

Hamaguchi Ryusuke and Takamasa Oe (DRIVE MY CAR)


Best Cinematography

Andrew Droz Palermo (THE GREEN KNIGHT)


Best Editing

Joe Walker (DUNE)


Best Original Score

Jonny Greenwood (THE POWER OF THE DOG)


Best Ensemble

THE FRENCH DISPATCH


Best Stunts

NO TIME TO DIE


Best Animated Film

THE MITCHELLS VS THE MACHINES


Best Documentary

SUMMER OF SOUL (...OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)


Best International Film

DRIVE MY CAR


Best First Film

Michael Sarnoski (PIG)


Austin Film Award

WITHOUT GETTING KILLED OR CAUGHT (Tamara Saviano and Paul Whitfield)


Best Voice Acting / Animated / Digital Performance

Abbi Jacobson (THE MITCHELLS VS THE MACHINES)


The Robert R. "Bobby" McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award

Alana Haim (LICORICE PIZZA)


Special Award for Best Film Made in Austin by a Non-Austin Filmmaker

Shatara Michelle Ford (TEST PATTERN)


*oddly, this appears as #1 on the AFCA's Top 10 Films of 2021 list, above The Power of the Dog at #2, but I've shifted Pig down one to reflect how their awards officially went

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