‘Drive My Car’ Named Best Picture by Los Angeles Film Critics – The Hollywood Reporter


The Los Angeles Film Critics Association weighed in on Saturday with the group’s picks for the best cinematic achievements of 2021.

drive my car won Best Picture and Best Script awards at the organization’s daytime event. The power of the dog was another key winner, with Jane Campion winning Best Director and Ari Wegner honored for Best Cinematography.

Penélope Cruz was named best actress for her role in Parallel motherswhile Simon Rex won Best Actor for red rocket.

Mel Brooks has already been announced as the recipient of this year’s Career Achievement Award.

drive my car, based on a short story by Haruki Murakami about a grieving theater director, continues its buzzing awards season, after winning Best Picture of the Year from the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, the New York Film Critics Circle and Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s film premiered at the 2021 Cannes International Film Festival, where it won for Best Screenplay.

The Hollywood Reporter Chief Film Critic David Rooney also named drive my car his favorite film of 2021, praising it as a “quietly enchanting masterpiece”.

The full list of winners is below.

Best Picture: drive my car
Finalist: The power of the dog

Director: Jeanne Campion, The power of the dog
Finalist: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, drive my car

Actor: Simon Rex, red rocket
Finalist: Benedict Cumberbatch, The power of the dog

Actress: Penelope Cruz, Parallel mothers
Finalist: Renate Reinsve, The worst person in the world

Supporting Actor (Tie): Vincent Lindon, Titanium and Kodi Smit-McPhee, The power of the dog

Supporting Actress: Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
Finalist: Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard

Scenario: Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe, drive my car
Finalist: Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza

Documentary: soul summer
Finalist: Procession

Animation: To run away
Finalist: Beautiful

Best Non-English Film: Little mom
Finalist: Quo Vadis, Aida?

Editing : Joshua L. Pearson, soul summer
Finalist: Andy Jürgensen, Licorice Pizza

Production design: Steve Saqlad, Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar
Finalist: Tamara Deverell, alley of nightmares

Music/Score: Alberto Iglesias, Parallel mothers
Finalist: Johnny Greenwood, The power of the dog and spencer

Cinematography: Ari Wegner, The power of the dog
Finalist: Greig Fraser, Dunes

Professional Excellence Award: Mel Brooks

Independent/experimental film by Douglas Edwards: Labors and Days (from Tayoko Shiojiri in Shiotani Basin)

New Generation (tie): Chatara Michelle Ford, Testing model and Tatiana Huezo, Prayers for the Stolen


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