The Power of the Dog

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‘The Power Of The Dog’

Jane Campion’s western The Power of the Dog heads the nominations at the 42nd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, represented nine times including for best film, director and screenwriter of the year.

The film, which is backed by Netflix and developed with and backed by BBC Film, has also scored acting nominations for all its key cast: Benedict Cumberbatch for actor of the year, Kirsten Dunst for supporting actress, and both Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee for supporting actor.

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Campion won the London Circle’s film of the year award in 1993 for The Piano, which also co-won the Palme d’Or in Cannes and was nominated for eight Oscars, winning three.

Female filmmakers lead the way in this year’s nominations, with Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter and Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir: Part II the second and third-most nominated titles with six and five respectively.

Two of the nine titles nominated for film of the year hail from the UK and Ireland: Hogg’s The Souvenir Part II, and Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast.

A further two film of the year nominees are also in the foreign language film of the year category, replicating similar successes elsewhere on the awards circuit: Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car, and Julia Ducournau’s 2021 Palme d’Or winner Titane.

David Lowery’s The Green Knight is one of five titles nominated for British/Irish film of the year, qualifying through its Irish production company Wild Atlantic Pictures. It faces stiff competition from The Souvenir: Part II and Belfast, plus Aleem Khan’s six-time Bifa winner After Love and Ben Sharrock’s Limbo, which has picked up prizes across both 2020 and 2021 awards seasons.

Olivia Colman was nominated for both actress of the year for The Lost Daughter, and British/Irish actress of the year for body of work, for an impressive five titles in the eligibility period, including Mothering Sunday and animation Ron’s Gone Wrong.

Among studio titles, there are four nominations for Disney’s The French Dispatch, released by Searchlight; and for the studio’s West Side Story.

Female filmmakers dominated the winners at the 2021 awards, with Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland and Rose Glass’ Saint Maud receiving three awards each.

Over 180 critics across print, online and broadcast media voted for this year’s nominations. The awards will take place at London’s May Fair Hotel on February 6.

“Even though cinemas were closed for half of this year, our members were always watching films,” says Rich Cline, chair of the Critics’ Circle Film Section. “On the nominations ballots, voters named 204 feature films, with 51 of them making it onto the shortlists. Because our members see so many movies, our nominations tend to look a bit different from other groups, finding a diverse selection of worthy talent in studio blockbusters as well as low-budget indies.”

London Critics’ Circle Film Awards 2022 nominations

Film Of The Year

Drive My Car
Licorice Pizza
The Lost Daughter
The Power Of The Dog
The Souvenir Part II
West Side Story 

Foreign Language Film Of The Year

Drive My Car
The Hand Of God
Petite Maman
The Worst Person In The World

Documentary Of The Year

The Most Beautiful Boy In The World
Summer Of Soul
The Velvet Underground

British/Irish Film Of The Year

After Love
The Green Knight
The Souvenir Part II

Director Of The Year

Jane Campion - The Power Of The Dog
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi - Drive My Car
Joanna Hogg - The Souvenir Part II
Céline Sciamma - Petite Maman
Denis Villeneuve - Dune

Screenwriter Of The Year

Paul Thomas Anderson - Licorice Pizza
Wes Anderson - The French Dispatch
Jane Campion - The Power Of The Dog
Maggie Gyllenhaal - The Lost Daughter
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe - Drive My Car

Actress Of The Year

Olivia Colman - The Lost Daughter
Penélope Cruz - Parallel Mothers
Renate Reinsve - The Worst Person In The World
Joanna Scanlan - After Love
Kristen Stewart - Spencer

Actor Of The Year

Benedict Cumberbatch - The Power Of The Dog
Adam Driver - Annette
Andrew Garfield - Tick, Tick… Boom!
Oscar Isaac - The Card Counter
Daniel Kaluuya - Judas And The Black Messiah

Supporting Actress Of The Year

Jessie Buckley - The Lost Daughter
Ariana Debose - West Side Story
Kirsten Dunst - The Power Of The Dog
Rita Moreno - West Side Story
Ruth Negga - Passing

Supporting Actor Of The Year

Richard Ayoade - The Souvenir Part II
Ciarán Hinds - Belfast
Jesse Plemons - The Power Of The Dog
Kodi Smit-McPhee - The Power Of The Dog
Jeffrey Wright - The French Dispatch

British/Irish Actress Of The Year (For Body Of Work)

Jessie Buckley - The Lost Daughter
Olivia Colman - The Lost Daughter/Mothering Sunday/Ron’s Gone Wrong/
The Mitchells Vs The Machines/The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain
Ruth Negga - Passing/Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché
Joanna Scanlan - After Love
Tilda Swinton - Memoria/The Souvenir Part II/The French Dispatch

British/Irish Actor Of The Year (For Body Of Work)

Riz Ahmed - Encounter
Adeel Akhtar - Ali & Ava/The Nest/The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain/
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Power Of The Dog/
The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain/The Courier
Andrew Garfield - Tick, Tick… Boom!/The Eyes Of Tammy Faye/Mainstream
Stephen Graham - Boiling Point/Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker

Prano Bailey-Bond - Censor
Rebecca Hall - Passing
Aleem Khan - After Love
Marley Morrison - Sweetheart
Ben Sharrock - Limbo

Young British/Irish Performer

Max Harwood - Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Jude Hill - Belfast
Emilia Jones - Coda
Daniel Lamont - Nowhere Special
Woody Norman - C’mon C’mon

British/Irish Short Film

Diseased And Disorderly - Dir. Andrew Kotting
Expensive Shit - Dir. Adura Onashile
Know The Grass - Dir. Sophie Littman
Play It Safe - Dir. Mitch Kalisa
Precious Hair & Beauty - Dir. John Ogunmuyiwa

Technical Achievement Award

Cruella - Jenny Beavan, Costumes
Dune - Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor And Gerd Nefzer, Visual Effects
Flee - Kenneth Ladekjær, Animation
The French Dispatch - Adam Stockhausen, Production Design
The Green Knight - Andrew Droz Palermo, Cinematography
The Invisible Life Of Euridice Gusmão - Hélène Louvart, Cinematography
Martin Eden - Fabrizio Federico And Aline Hervé, Film Editing
No Time To Die - Olivier Schneider, Stunts
The Power Of The Dog - Jonny Greenwood, Music
West Side Story - Justin Peck, Choreography