'Power of the Dog' Wins Big, Lady GaGa Is Named Best Actress by New York Film Critics Circle

The Western drama film bags three awards, including Best Director for Jane Campion and Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch, while 'Drive My Car' nabs the coveted Best Film title.

AceShowbiz - "The Power of the Dog" has shown its early domination in the awards season. The Western drama film based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Thomas Savage has come out as the biggest winner at the 2021 New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

The Benedict Cumberbatch-starring pic collected three awards from the Friday, December 3 ceremony, including Best Director for Jane Campion. Cumberbatch was also named Best Actor, while his co-star Kodi Smit-McPhee won the Best Supporting Actor title.

Also picking up acting awards were Lady GaGa, who was hailed as Best Actress for her portrayal of Patrizia Reggiani in "House of Gucci", and Kathryn Hunter, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role in "The Tragedy of Macbeth".

Taking home the coveted prize of Best Film was "Drive My Car", a Japanese drama directed and co-written by Ryusuke Hamaguchi based on a short story by Haruki Murakami. The movie is representing the country in the International Feature category at the Oscars.

Maggie Gyllenhaal's directorial debut "The Lost Daughter" also gained more recognition as it's named Best First Film. Best Foreign Language Film went to "The Worst Person in the World", a Norwegian dark dramatic romantic-comedy directed by Joachim Trier in his "Oslo Trilogy".

"Flee", directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, won Best Documentary, while Michael Rianda's "The Mitchells vs. The Machines" was voted as Best Animated Film. "Licorice Pizza" and "West Side Story" also scored a trophy each, for Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography respectively.

The NYFCC also handed out several Special Awards to Maya Cade for the creation of the Black Film Archive, to Marshall Fine "for his years of service as NYFCC's General Manager and decades on the NY film scene," and to Diane Weyermann, a posthumous award for "supporting daring and impactful filmmaking at Sundance and Participant."

As with many other critics circle awards, the NYFCC winner for Best Film has often gone to win or be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Past NYFCC Best Film winners include "The Irishman" (2019), "Roma" (2018), "Lady Bird" (2017), "La La Land" (2016), "Carol" (2015) and "Boyhood" (2014).

Full Winner List of 2021 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

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