The Los Angeles Film Critics Association voted Saturday on the best films and performances of 2021, with Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Japanese Oscar entry Drive My Car taking Best Picture and Best Screenplay, and earning Hamaguchi Runner-Up in the race for Best Director.
The Power of the Dog‘s Jane Campion prevailed in the latter category, with Red Rocket‘s Simon Rex taking Best Actor and Parallel Mothers‘ Penélope Cruz claiming Best Actress. The award for Best Documentary went to Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Summer of Soul, with the prize for Best Animation going to Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s animated Neon pic, Flee, and that for Best Film Not in the English Language going to Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman.
Traditionally, the categories in the LAFCA mix along with honorary awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award, which this year was given to Mel Brooks.
Today’s voting comes after the New York Film Critics Circle earlier this month selected Drive My Car as its Best Film, and Monday’s film nominations from the Critics Choice Awards which saw Belfast and West Side Story pace the field.
Today’s entire winners list can be found below.
Winner: Drive My Car
Runner-up: The Power of the Dog
Winner: Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Runner-up: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car
Winner: Penélope Cruz, Parallel Mothers
Runner-up: Renate Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World
Winner: Simon Rex, Red Rocket
Runner-up: Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
Winner: Summer of Soul
Winner: Drive My Car, Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe
Runner-up: Licorice Pizza, Paul Thomas Anderson
Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
Runner-up: Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard
Best Supporting Actor
Winner (tie): Vincent Lindon, Titane and Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog
Winner: Joshua L. Pearson, Summer of Soul
Runner-up: Andy Jurgensen, Licorice Pizza
Best Production Design
Winner: Steve Saklad, Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar
Runner-up: Tamara Deverell, Nightmare Alley
Winner: Alberto Iglesias, Parallel Mothers
Runner-up: Jonny Greenwood, The Power of the Dog and Spencer
Winner: Ari Wegner, The Power of the Dog
Runner-up: Greig Fraser, Dune
Best Film Not in the English Language
Winner: Petite Maman
Runner-up: Quo Vadis, Aida?
Douglas Edwards Experimental Film Prize
The Works And Days (Of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)
Winner (tie): Shatara Michelle Ford, Test Pattern and Tatiana Huezo, Prayers for the Stolen
Career Achievement Award
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