Chicago film critics choose ‘The Power of the Dog’ for top award

Western starring Benedict Cumberbatch takes 7 of the group’s awards, including best picture of 2021.

SHARE Chicago film critics choose ‘The Power of the Dog’ for top award
TPOTD_KS_0193.jpeg

Benedict Cumberbatch (left) and Kodi Smit-McPhee won Chicago Film Critics Awards for their performances in “The Power of the Dog.”

Netflix

“The Power of the Dog,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a hard-edged cowboy, was named the best film of 2021 by the Chicago Film Critics Association.

The group lavished multiple awards on the Netflix Western on Wednesday, including best director and best adapted screenplay for Jane Campion, best actor for Cumberbatch, best supporting actor for Kodi Smit-McPhee, best cinematography and best original score.

The best actress trophy went to Kristen Stewart for her work as Diana, Princess of Wales, in “Spencer.” Ruth Negga, who plays a Black woman living as though she’s white, won the best supporting actress award for the film.

Here are the other winners:

  • BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — “Licorice Pizza” by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • BEST ANIMATED FILM — “Flee”
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY — “Summer of Soul”
  • BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM — “Drive My Car”
  • BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN — “The French Dispatch”
  • BEST COSTUME DESIGN — “Spencer”
  • BEST EDITING — “The French Dispatch”
  • BEST USE OF VISUAL EFFECTS — “Dune”
  • MOST PROMISING PERFORMER — Alana Haim, “Licorice Pizza”
  • BREAKTHROUGH FILMMAKER — Michael Sarnoski, “Pig”
The Latest
“Justice for Jai’Mani” and “justice for number seven” were among the rallying cries for the boy who was shot and killed Wednesday outside his home on the Near West Side. No one has been arrested.
“Strong-minded, winner, team-first mentality, talent, work ethic, character, integrity,” Grifol said.
The Sox have two rookies in the current rotation and one more starting for the first time and more pitching is developing in the minors.
The Cubs beat the Giants 6-5, as Hendricks allowed one run and two hits in 5 2/3 innings
Chicago Pride Fest, the new ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ musical and a Billy Joel-Stevie Nicks concert are among the entertainment highlights of the week ahead.