The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) voted on the best achievements in film in 2021 on Saturday, announcing its award winners through its Twitter account.
The organization named Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s breakout drama “Drive My Car” as the best film of the year, with “The Power of the Dog” taking the runner-up slot. LAFCA flipped the two in the category of best director, awarding “Power of the Dog” helmer Campion with Hamaguchi as the runner-up. With its best picture win, “Drive My Car” has become one of fourteen films to win the top prize from the LAFCA and New York Film Critics Circle. Each of these films has gone on to become a best picture nominee.
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Other big winners included Simon Rex in “Red Rocket” for best actor, Penélope Cruz in “Parallel Mothers” for best actress and Ariana DeBose in “West Side Story” for best supporting actress. Best supporting actor unfolded as a tie between Vincent Lindon for “Titane” and Kodi Smit-McPhee for “The Power of the Dog.”
As previously announced, Mel Brooks received the association’s 2021 career achievement award. This year’s winners will be honored alongside Brooks during a ceremony in 2022.
Last year, the LAFCA named director Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” best picture. Chloé Zhao won best director for “Nomadland,” which went on to earn her two Academy Awards, for best director and best picture. Chadwick Boseman and Carey Mulligan won for their lead performances in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “Promising Young Woman,” respectively.
Earlier this month, the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) awarded Lady Gaga with best actress for Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci,” while Benedict Cumberbatch took home best actor for Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog.” The NYFCC named Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s breakout drama “Drive My Car” as the best film of 2021, while Campion took home the best director prize.
See the full winners list below, updating as announcements come in:
Best Picture: “Drive My Car”
Runner-up: “The Power of the Dog”
Best Director: Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”
Runner-up: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, “Drive My Car”
Best Actor: Simon Rex, “Red Rocket”
Runner-up: Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog”
Best Actress: Penélope Cruz, “Parallel Mothers”
Runner-up: Renate Reinsve, “The Worst Person in the World”
Best Supporting Actor: Vincent Lindon, “Titane” and Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog” (TIE)
Best Supporting Actress: Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”
Runner-up: Aunjanue Ellis, “King Richard”
Best Animated Film: “Flee”
Best Documentary/Non-Fiction: “Summer of Soul”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Petite Maman”
Runner-up: “Quo vadis, Aida?”
Best Screenplay: “Drive My Car,” Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe
Runner-up: “Licorice Pizza,” Paul Thomas Anderson
Best Cinematography: “The Power of the Dog,” Ari Wegner
Runner-up: “Dune,” Greig Fraser
Best Editing: “Summer of Soul,” Joshua L. Pearson
Runner-up: “Licorice Pizza,” Andy Jurgensen
Best Music/Score: “Parallel Mothers,” Alberto Iglesias
Runner-up: “The Power of the Dog” and “Spencer,” Jonny Greenwood
Best Production Design: “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” Steve Saklad
Runner-up: “Nightmare Alley,” Tamara Deverell
New Generation Prize: Shatara Michelle Ford, “Test Pattern” and Tatiana Huezo, “Prayers for the Stolen” (TIE)
Douglas Edwards Experimental Film Award: The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)
Career Achievement: Mel Brooks
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