DFW film critics name the Power of the Dog best film of 2021


The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (of which our own Alex Bentley is a member) voted the Western Drama The power of the dog as the best film of 2021, according to the results of its 28th annual Critics’ Poll released on December 20.

Other films on the DFWFCA’s 10 Best Films list include, in order, Belfast, king richard, West Side Story, Licorice Pizza, Dune, Alley of nightmares, The French dispatch, The lost girl, and CODA.

The power of the dog topped the other awards as well, with Benedict Cumberbatch winning Best Actor, Kodi Smit-McPhee Best Supporting Actor and Jane Campion Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Best Actress went to Kristen Stewart for her performance as Princess Diana in the polarizing film, Spencer. Best Supporting Actress awarded to Ariana DeBose for her compelling performance as Anita in the update West Side Story.

Other awards went to Japanese film Drive my car for best foreign language film, directed by Questlove Summer of the soul for Best Documentary, Disney Musical Encanto for best animated film, and the sweep Dune for the best photography and the best musical score.

The Russell Smith Award, which annually recognizes the best independent low-budget or cutting-edge film, went to To flee, a Danish animated documentary.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association is made up of 33 broadcast, print, and online journalists from across North Texas.


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