Licorice Pizza, a coming-of-age drama set in the San Fernando Valley of the Seventies from Paul Thomas Anderson, was named Best Picture of 2021 by Atlanta Film Critics Circle.
New Zealand director Jane Campion’s return to filmmaking after a 12-year absence with The Power of the Dog was an AFCC favorite winning four awards include Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography,
This year’s Best Actress award was a tie between newcomer and musician Alana Haim in Licorice Pizza and a deeply sympathetic evocation by Kristen Stewart of the tortured, sensitive Diana Spencer.
The AFCC presented the awards for Best Breakthrough Performer to Agathe Rousselle, in director Julia Ducournau’s vanguard French body horror fantasia Titane.
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda won AFCC’s Special Award for Best First Feature Film for his directorial debut Tick, Tick…Boom!
The AFCC’s Best International Film Award went to Drive My Car, a moving ensemble film from a short story by acclaimed novelist Haruki Murakami and co-written and directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi.
2021 Atlanta Film Critics Circle (AFCC) Awards
TOP 10 FILMS
The Power of the Dog
The Green Knight
Tick, Tick … Boom!
Drive My Car
West Side Story
The Worst Person in the World (tie)
BEST LEAD ACTOR
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
BEST LEAD ACTRESS (TIE):
Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
Kristen Stewart, Spencer
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Bradley Cooper, Licorice Pizza
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST (TIE)
Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE:
Drive My Car (Japan)
BEST ANIMATED FILM:
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Ari Wegner, The Power of the Dog
Hans Zimmer, Dune
AFCC Special Award for BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER:
Agathe Rousselle, Titane
AFCC Special Award for BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM:
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tick, Tick…Boom!