Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Power of the Dog’ wins London Critics Awards

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Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’ won four major awards at the 42nd annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Sunday.

“The Power of the Dog” won Movie of the Year, Director Campion of the Year and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Kodi Smit-McPhee, Actor and Supporting Actor of the Year, respectively. It is Campion’s second film to win the Cercle’s highest honor, 28 years after “The Piano” won in 1994.

Olivia Colman’s performance in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Lost Daughter’, which was snubbed during BAFTA nominations, won her the actress of the year award. This is Colman’s third award from The Circle, having won for “Tyrannosaur” and “The Favourite.”

Joanna Hogg’s ‘The Souvenir Part II’ has won British/Irish Film of the Year – two years after its predecessor ‘The Souvenir’ won the same honour. It was one of three films for which Tilda Swinton won British/Irish Actress of the Year, along with ‘Memoria’ and ‘The French Dispatch’.

Rebecca Hall’s ‘Passing’ won the award for Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker, as well as Supporting Actress of the Year for Ruth Negga.

Andrew Garfield won British/Irish Actor of the Year for his performances in ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’, ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ and “Mainstream” at the age of 11. -Older Woody Norman won the British/Irish Young Performer award for ‘C’mon C’mon’.

Ryūsuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” won Foreign Language Film of the Year, while Hamaguchi and co-writer Takamasa Oe won Screenwriter of the Year.

BAFTA favorite “Dune” won a technical achievement award for visual effects.

For the second year running, the event took place virtually on the London Critics’ Circle YouTube channel, this time with critics handing out awards remotely from the ceremony’s usual home at the May Fair Hotel. The ‘Play It Safe’ team, who won the UK/Irish short film award, were on hand to collect their prize and all of the other winners provided video messages.

An in-person event to celebrate this year’s winners is planned for later in 2022.

The winners of the 42nd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards:

FILM OF THE YEAR
“The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
“Drive My Car” (Modern)

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
“Summer of Soul… or, when the revolution couldn’t be televised” (Searchlight/Onyx Collective/Hulu)

The Attenborough Award
BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR

“The Memory, Part II” (Picturehouse)

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Jane Campion – “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)

SCREENPLAY OF THE YEAR
Ryūsuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe – “Drive My Car” (modern)

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Olivia Colman – “The Lost Girl” (Netflix)

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Ruth Negga – “Skip” (Netflix)

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Kodi Smit-McPhee – “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)

BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Tilda Swinton – for her work in 2021, including “Memoria” (Sovereign), “The Souvenir Part II” (Picturehouse) and “The French Dispatch” (Searchlight)

BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Andrew Garfield – for his work in 2021, including “Tick, Tick… ​​Boom! (Netflix), “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (Searchlight), “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (Sony) and “Mainstream” (Universal)

The Philippe French Prize
BRITISH/IRISH FILM BREAKTHROUGH

Rebecca Hall – “Skip” (Netflix)

YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER
Woody Norman – “Come On, Come On” (Entertainment)

BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM
“Play it safe”

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
“Dune” – Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer, visual effects (Warners)

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