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Nicolas Cage in Pig (Neon)

The Power of the Dog dominated the 2021 Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) awards, winning 5 awards including Best Film, Best Director for Jane Campion, Best Supporting Actress for Kirsten Dunst, Best Supporting Actor for Kodi Smit-McPhee and Best Original Score.

Pig was also a big winner scoring Best First Film for Michael Samoski, Best Actor for Nicolas Cage and Best Original Screenplay.

The winner of this year’s Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award is Alana Haim for her memorable performance in Licorice Pizza.

Other major awards went to Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) for Best Documentary; Drive My Car won Best International Film along with Best Adapted Screenplay and The French Dispatch won for Best Ensemble.

2021 Austin Film Critics Association Award Winners

Best Film: The Power of the Dog

Best Director: Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

Best Actress: Agathe Rousselle, Titane

Best Actor: Nicolas Cage, Pig

Best Supporting Actress: Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog

Best Supporting Actor: Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

Best Ensemble: The French Dispatch

Best Original Screenplay: Vanessa Block and Michael Sarnoski, Pig

Best Adapted Screenplay: Ryūsuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe, Drive My Car

Best Cinematography: Andrew Droz Palermo, The Green Knight

Best Editing: Joe Walker, Dune

Best Original Score: Jonny Greenwood, The Power of the Dog

Best International Film: Drive My Car

Best Documentary: Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Best Animated Film: The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Best Voice Acting/Animated/Digital Performance: Abbi Jacobson, The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Best Stunts: No Time to Die

Best First Film: Michael Samoski, Pig

The Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award: Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza

SPECIAL AWARD: to director Shatara Michelle Ford for Test Pattern, the Best Film Made in Austin by a Non-Austin Filmmaker

As part of the organization’s annual voting, the Austin Film Critics Association awards titles with local ties — works made by directors who live in Austin. This award is distinct to our group of critics.

2021 Austin Film Award Winner: Without Getting Killed or Caught (dirs. Tamara Saviano and Paul Whitfield)

With the gracious support of the Austin Film Society, Without Getting Killed or Caught will celebrate this win with a special screening at the AFS Cinema at 7pm on January 25th right here in Austin, TX.

AFCA Top 10 Films of 2021

  1. Pig
  2. The Power of the Dog
  3. Licorice Pizza
  4. Dune
  5. Drive My Car
  6. The Green Knight
  7. Titane
  8. The Tragedy of Macbeth
  9. Parallel Mothers and The Worst Person in the World (tie)
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