The Philadelphia Film Critics Circle named Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog the Best Film of 2021 at its fifth annual year-end awards. The Power of the Dog received six award including Best Director and Best Script (both for Jane Campion), Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actor (for Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Best Soundtrack/Score (for Johnny Greenwood.)
Summer of Soul, directed by Philadelphia native Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, won the award for Best Documentary, and the French film Titane won for Best Foreign Language Film.
“This year we had more nominations across a wider spectrum than in any previous year and all of it was top-heavy with unquestioned talent,” Rich Heimlich, the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle’s cofounder, said. “All of us had selections we cheered and those we hoped might do better, but all of us can be proud of the choices that were ultimately made.”
Winners of 2021 Philadelphia Film Critics Circle Awards
Best Film: The Power of the Dog. Runner-up: Nightmare Alley.
Best Director: Jane Campion, for The Power of the Dog. Runner-up Guillermo del Toro, for Nightmare Alley.
Best Actress: Kristen Stewart for Spencer. Runners-up: Agathe Rousselle for Titane.
Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch, for The Power of the Dog. Runner-up: Bradley Cooper, for Nightmare Alley.
Best Supporting Actress: Ruth Negga, for Passing. Runner-up: Ariana DeBose, for West Side Story.
Best Supporting Actor: Kodi Smit McPhee, for The Power of the Dog. Runner-up: Coleman Domingo, for Zola.
Best Foreign Film: Titane (France). Runner-up: Flee (Denmark).
Best Animated Film: Flee, directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen. Runner-up: Raya and the Last Dragon, directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada.
Best Documentary: Summer of Soul, directed by Questlove. Runner-up: Flee, directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen.
Best Cinematography: Nightmare Alley (Dan Lausten). Runner-up: Dune (Greig Fraser).
Best Breakthrough Performance: Agathe Rousselle, for Titane. Runner-up: Ariana DeBose, for West Side Story.
Best Directorial Debut: Rebecca Hall, for Passing, Runner-up: Maggie Gyllenhaal, for The Lost Daughter.
Best Script: The Power of the Dog (adapted by Jane Campion.) Runner-ups: The French Dispatch (written by Wes Anderson), The Last Duel (written by Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon) and Zola (written by Janicza Bravo and Jeremy O. Harris.)
Best Score/Soundtrack: The Power of the Dog. Runner-up: Summer of Soul.