The Toronto Film Critics Association have announced their 2021 Award Winners today. Winning top honours of Best Film is DRIVE MY CAR, a Japanese Drama written and directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi. The Film is Japan’s official entry at the upcoming Academy Awards.
Runners-up were LICORICE PIZZA and THE POWER OF THE DOG.
The Rogers Best Canadian Film Award will award one winner $100,000 from Rogers Communications Inc., with two runners-up each receiving $5,000. Finalists in this category are Beans, directed by Tracey Deer;Night Raiders, directed by Danis Goulet; Scarborough, directed by Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson. The winner will be announced at their upcoming (date TBD) Awards Gala.
List of winners below:
DRIVE MY CAR
Runners-up: LICORICE PIZZA
THE POWER OF THE DOG
Jane Campion (THE POWER OF THE DOG)
Runners-up: Hamaguchi Ryusuke (DRIVE MY CAR)
Denis Villeneuve (DUNE)
Olivia Colman (THE LOST DAUGHTER)
Runners-up: Penelope Cruz (PARALLEL MOTHERS)
Kristen Stewart (SPENCER)
Denzel Washington (THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH)
Runners-up: Benedict Cumberbatch (THE POWER OF THE DOG)
Andrew Garfield (TICK, TICK…BOOM!)
Best Supporting Actress
Jessie Buckley (THE LOST DAUGHTER)
Runners-up: Kirsten Dunst (THE POWER OF THE DOG)
Ruth Negga (PASSING)
Best Supporting Actor
Bradley Cooper (LICORICE PIZZA)
Runners-up: Ciaran Hinds (BELFAST)
Kodi Smit-McPhee (THE POWER OF THE DOG)
DRIVE MY CAR
Runners-up: LICORICE PIZZA
THE POWER OF THE DOG
Best Animated Feature
THE MITCHELLS VS THE MACHINES
SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)
After going virtual last year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards are back in-person on Santa Monica Pier! Nominees were announced this morning and leading the way in nominations with five nominations is IFC Films Thriller THE NOVICE, followed by THE LOST DAUGHTER, the directorial debut of Maggie Gyllenhaal. While the Awards traditionally are held the weekend of the Oscars, an earlier date this year allow the ceremony to be more of a precursor to Awards Season. Some of the presenters this year include Regina Hall, Naomi Watts and Beanie Feldstein.
Full list of nominees:
Best Feature “A Chiara” “C’mon C’mon” “The Lost Daughter” “The Novice” “Zola”
Best Director Janicza Bravo, “Zola” Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Lost Daughter” Lauren Hadaway, “The Novice” Mike Mills, “C’mon C’mon” Ninja Thyberg, “Pleasure”
Best Male Lead Clifton Collins Jr., “Jockey” Frankie Faison, “Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain” Michael Greyeyes, “Wild Indian” Udo Kier, “Swan Song” Simon Rex, “Red Rocket”
Best Female Lead Isabelle Fuhrman, “The Novice” Brittany S. Hall, “Test Pattern” Patti Harrison, “Together Together” Taylour Paige, “Zola” Kali Reis, “Catch the Fair One”
Best Supporting Female Jessie Buckley, “The Lost Daughter” Amy Forsyth, “The Novice” Ruth Negga, “Passing” Revika Reustle, “Pleasure” Suzanna Son, “Red Rocket”
Best Supporting Male Colman Domingo, “Zola” Meeko Gattuso, “Queen of Glory” Troy Kotsur, “CODA” Will Patton, “Sweet Thing” Chaske Spencer, “Wild Indian”
Best Screenplay Nikole Beckwith, “Together Together” Janicza Bravo, Jeremy O. Harris, “Zola” Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Lost Daughter” Mike Mills, “C’mon C’mon” Todd Stephens, “Swan Song”
Best First Screenplay Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr., “Wild Indian ” Matt Fifer; Story by Sheldon D. Brown, “Cicada” Shatara Michelle Ford, “Test Pattern ” Fran Kranz, “Mass” Michael Sarnoski; Story by Vanessa Block, Michael Sarnoski, “Pig”
Best First Feature “7 Days” “Holler” “Queen of Glory” “Test Pattern” “Wild Indian”
John Cassavettes Award (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000) “Cryptozoo” “Jockey” “Shiva Baby” “Sweet Thing” “This is Not a War Story”
Best Cinematography “A Chiara” “Blue Bayou” “The Humans” “Passing” “Zola”
Best Documentary “Ascension” “Flee” “In The Same Breath” “Procession” “Summer of Soul”
Best Editing “A Chiara” “The Nowhere Inn” “The Novice” “Zola” “The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain”
Robert Altman Award (Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast) “Mass”
Best International Film “Compartment No. 6” “Drive My Car” “Parallel Mothers” “Pebbles” “Petite Maman” “Prayers for the Stolen”
Producers Award (Honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality independent films.) Brad Becker-Parton Pin-Chun Liu Lizzie Shapiro
Someone to Watch Award Alex Camilleri, “Luzzu” Michael Sarnoski, “Pig” Gillian Wallace Horvat, “I Blame Society”
“The Truer Than Fiction Award” (Presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition.) Angelo Madsen Minax, “North By Current” Jessica Beshir, “Faya Dayi” Debbie Lum, “Try Harder!”
Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series “Black and Missing” “The Choe Show” “The Lady and The Dale” “Nuclear Family” “Philly D.A.”
Best New Scripted Series “Blindspotting” “It’s a Sin” “Reservation Dogs” “The Underground Railroad” “We Are Lady Parts”
Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series Thuso Mbedu, “The Underground Railroad” Anjana Vasan, “We Are Lady Parts” Jana Schmieding, “Rutherford Falls” Jasmine Cephas Jones, “Blindspotting” Deborah Ayorinde, “THEM: Covenant”
Best Male Performance in a New Scripted Series Lee Jung-jae, “Squid Game” Olly Alexander, “It’s a Sin” Michael Greyeyes, “Rutherford Falls” Murray Bartlett, “The White Lotus” Ashley Thomas, “THEM: Covenant”
Best Ensemble Cast in a New Scripted Series “Reservation Dogs”
The 37th annual FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS take place Sunday, March 6, 2022.
Academy Award winner Olivia Colman stars in THE LOST DAUGHTER, in theatres and on Netflix later this year! See the new Trailer for the Film which just premiered at the New York and London Film Festival.
Synopsis: Alone on a seaside vacation, Leda (Olivia Colman) becomes consumed with a young mother and daughter as she watches them on the beach. Unnerved by their compelling relationship, (and their raucous and menacing extended family), Leda is overwhelmed by her own memories of the terror, confusion and intensity of early motherhood. An impulsive act shocks Leda into the strange and ominous world of her own mind, where she is forced to face the unconventional choices she made as a young mother and their consequences. This is Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut, based on the novel by Elena Ferrante. THE LOST DAUGHTER also stars Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard, Dagmara Dominczyk, and Paul Mescal.
Some new Stills:
THE LOST DAUGHTER is in select Theaters December 17, 2021 and on Netflix December 31, 2021.