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A Critics Prize Precursor Check-In

If you’re wondering which film is likely to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, chances are it’s all over the place. Some are saying Belfast, others are saying The Power of the Dog, and there are a few who will draw a wild card and say Drive My Car. If there’s one thing Awards Season always teaches us is that anything can happen. And if you want to have a clear (though not exhaustive) picture of where things currently stand, you can always go to Critics awards ceremonies and see which films/actors are currently leading them. Awards Watch has compiled a list of movies currently leading the pack, which can be considered as serious frontrunners. Currently, The Power of the Dog leads critics prizes for Best Picture, with twenty-two critics associations awarding it their highest prize (a Netflix record). Here’s a list of which film is currently leading all categories (and which one is in second place), right now, based on Awards Watch’s lists. They have the full breakdown, but the highlights are below:

BEST PICTURE: The Power of the Dog (Second place: Drive My Car)

BEST DIRECTOR: Jane Campion- The Power of the Dog (Second place: Denis Villeneuve – Dune)

BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR: Michael Sarnoski – Pig (Second place: Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Lost Daughter)

BEST ACTOR: Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog (Second place: Nicolas Cage – Pig)

BEST ACTRESS: Kristen Stewart – Spencer (Second place: Alana Haim – Licorice Pizza)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog (Second place: Troy Kotsur – CODA)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Ariana DeBose – West Side Story (Second place: Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog)

BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR/ACTRESS: Alana Haim – Licorice Pizza (Second place: Agathe Rousselle – Titane)

BEST ENSEMBLE: Mass (Second place: The French Dispatch)

BEST SCREENPLAY: Drive My Car (Second place: Licorice Pizza)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Power of the Dog (Second place: CODA)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Licorice Pizza (Second place: Mass)

BEST FILM EDITING: Dune (Second place: The Power of the Dog)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Dune (Second place: The Power of the Dog)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Nightmare Alley (Second place: Dune)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Cruella (Second place: Dune)

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING: Cruella (Second place: The Eyes of Tammy Faye)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Dune (Second place: The Power of the Dog)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG: No Time to Die (Second place: The Harder They Fall)

BEST SOUND: Dune (Second place: Last Night in Soho)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Dune (Second place: Spider-Man: No Way Home)

BEST ANIMATED FILM: The Mitchells vs. The Machines (Second place: Flee)

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Summer of Soul (Second place: Flee)

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM: Drive My Car (Second place: The Hand of God)

Source: AwardsWatch

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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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