‘The Power of the Dog’ Wins Big at the Critics

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Roger Frappier, Jane Campion, Kirsten Dunst, and Jesse Plemons

(L-R) Roger Frappier, Jane Campion, Kirsten Dunst, and Jesse Plemons accept the Best Picture award for ‘The Power of the Dog’ onstage during the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on March 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association.

Following other major award ceremonies in getting back to an in-person event this year, the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards were held in Los Angeles on Sunday night. And the big winner among the movie community was Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’.

Despite a slightly awkward clash with the BAFTAs (pandemic-forced scheduling shifts resulted in an awards schedule that was even more crowded than normal), necessitating a live link-up with a satellite room, the event managed to corral a good selection of stars and filmmakers, plus a diverse selection of TV creators and performers.

‘The Power of The Dog’ took home the most awards on the night, pocketing Best Picture, Best Director for Campion (who gave an entertaining speech in which she compared her competing against male filmmakers to Venus and Serena Williams – who were in the room, supporting ‘King Richard’), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

Will Smith won Best Actor for ‘King Richard’, firmly showing that he and ‘Power of the Dog’s Benedict Cumberbatch are effectively neck and neck in the Oscar race this year, while Jessica Chastain got best actress for ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’.

Will Smith gets award

Will Smith accepts the Best Actor award for ‘King Richard’ onstage during the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on March 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association.

CODA’s Troy Kotsur continued his sweep of Best Supporting Actor categories and gave a heartfelt sign language speech via video from London. Ditto Ariana DeBose for ‘West Side Story’, the two actors now seemingly on track to lift the corresponding awards come Oscar night.

Dune’ and ‘West Side Story’ largely scored in the technical categories, while trophies including ‘Best Young Actor’ gave the likes of ‘Belfast’s winning Jude Hill another chance to shine. Speech of the night, though, went to Lifetime Achievement Award winner Billy Crystal, who was naturally hilarious and touching all at once.

One slight shame of the evening, mostly for timing reasons, was several relatively big categories (Screenplay for example) announced via card before and after commercial breaks.

On the TV side, ‘Ted Lasso’ and ‘Succession’ continued their domination of the comedy and drama races, while ‘Squid Game’ saw more love. And some repeat winners took the stage, including ‘Hacks’ Jean Smart.

Jean Smart wins award

Jean Smart accepts the Best Actress in a Comedy Series award for ‘Hacks’ onstage during the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on March 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association.

You can find the full winners list below.

FILM CATEGORIES

BEST PICTURE
The Power of the Dog

BEST ACTOR
Will Smith – King Richard

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Troy Kotsur – CODA

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Ariana DeBose – West Side Story

BEST YOUNG ACTOR
Jude Hill – Belfast

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Belfast

BEST DIRECTOR
Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Kenneth Branagh – Belfast

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Ari Wegner – The Power of the Dog

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Patrice Vermette, Zsuzsanna Sipos – Dune

BEST EDITING
Sarah Broshar and Michael Kahn – West Side Story

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Jenny Beavan – Cruella

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP
The Eyes of Tammy Faye

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dune

BEST COMEDY
Licorice Pizza

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Mitchells vs. the Machines

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Drive My Car

BEST SONG
No Time to Die – No Time to Die

BEST SCORE
Hans Zimmer – Dune

TV CATEGORIES

BEST DRAMA SERIES
Succession

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Lee Jung-jae – Squid Game

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Melanie Lynskey – Yellowjackets

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Kieran Culkin – Succession

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Sarah Snook – Succession

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Ted Lasso

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jean Smart – Hacks

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Brett Goldstein – Ted Lasso

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Hannah Waddingham – Ted Lasso

BEST LIMITED SERIES
Mare of Easttown

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Oslo

BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Michael Keaton – Dopesick

BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Kate Winslet – Mare of Easttown

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Murray Bartlett – The White Lotus

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SERIES
Squid Game

BEST ANIMATED SERIES
What If…?

BEST TALK SHOW
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

BEST COMEDY SPECIAL
Bo Burnham: Inside

Andrew Garfield Thumbs Up

Andrew Garfield attends the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on March 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association.

 

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