The Power of the Dog, Night Raiders lead Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards nominations

Movies by female directors topped both the best international film and the Canadian categories

The Power of the Dog topped the International Film nominees list for this year’s Vancouver Film Critics Circle’s Awards. Kod Smit-McPhee (left, with Benedict Cumberbatch) is nominated in the supporting actor category. Photo by Kirsty Griffin / NETFLIX

Films from female directors topped both the International Film and Canadian Film nomination lists for the 2022 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

It was announced recently that Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog earned five nominations in the Best in International Film section and Danis Goulet’s Night Raiders landed seven in the Canadian category.

The Power of the Dog earned nods for best picture, director, supporting actress for Kristen Dunst, and supporting actor for both Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jesse Plemons.

Following The Power of the Dog on the nominations front was Belfast and The Lost Daughter, with three nominations each.

Belfast scored mentions in the best-picture category, and Kenneth Branagh received nominations in the director and screenplay categories.

The Lost Daughter’s Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley were nominated in the best actress and supporting actress categories respectively while Maggie Gyllenhaal will be competing for best acreenplay.

In the Canadian section of the VFCC Awards, Goulet’s Night Raiders topped the field with seven nominations. It was followed by All My Puny Sorrows and Scarborough with five apiece.

Indigenous filmmaker Danis Goulet’s Night Raiders topped the Canadian Film nomination list for the 2022 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards. The awards will be handed out on March 7, 2022.Photo credit: File photo/Postmedia Network SunMedia

Goulet will be competing in the best director and best screenplay categories, while the film is in also the running for best picture, best actress for Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, supporting actor for Alex Tarrant. Amanda Plummer and Brooklyn Hart both earned supporting-actress nominations.

In the best British Columbia film category, the features Portraits From a Fire and Be Still and the documentary Someone Like Me will face off for the award.

The nominees in the one-to-watch category are the writer/director of Be Still, Elizabeth Lazebnick, the lead actor of The White Fortress, Pavle Cemerikic, and the writer/producer/director of Portraits From a Fire, Trevor Mack.

The winners of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards will be announced during the VFCC awards ceremony next March 7th.

Here is the full list of nominees:

International Nominations

Best picture
• Belfast
• The Power of the Dog

Best director
• Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
• Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
• Denis Villeneuve, Dune

Best screenplay
• Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
• Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter
• Adam McKay & David Sirota, Don’t Look Up

Best actor
• Andrew Garfield, tick, tick… BOOM!
• Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth
• Bradley Cooper, Nightmare Alley

Best actress
• Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
• Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
• Renate Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World

Best supporting actor

• Bradley Cooper, Licorice Pizza
• Troy Kotsur, CODA
• Jesse Plemons, The Power of the Dog
• Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

Best supporting actress
• Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter
• Ann Dowd, Mass
• Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog

Best documentary
• Flee
• The Sparks Brothers
• Summer of Soul

Best foreign language film
• Flee
• Riders of Justice
• The Worst Person in the World

Canadian Nominations

Best picture
• All My Puny Sorrows
• Night Raiders
• Scarborough

Best director
• Danis Goulet, Night Raiders
• Michael McGowan, All My Puny Sorrows
• Shasha Nakhai & Rich Williamson, Scarborough

Best screenplay
• Igor Drljaca, The White Fortress
• Danis Goulet, Night Raiders
• Catherine Hernandez, Scarborough
• Michael McGowan, All My Puny Sorrows

Best actor

• Pavle Cemerikic, The White Fortress
• Daniel Doheny, Drinkwater
• Jorge Antonio Guerrero, Drunken Birds

Best actress
• Piercey Dalton, Be Still
• Alison Pill, All My Puny Sorrows
• Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Night Raiders

Best supporting actor
• Eric McCormack, Drinkwater
• Joshua Odjick, Wildhood
• Alex Tarrant, Night Raiders

Best supporting actress
• Cherish Violet Blood, Scarborough
• Sarah Gadon, All My Puny Sorrows
• Brooklyn Hart, Night Raiders
• Amanda Plummer, Night Raiders
• Ellie Posadas, Scarborough

Best Canadian documentary
• Kimmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy
• The Last Tourist
• The Six

Best B.C. film
• Be Still
• Portraits From a Fire
• Someone Like Me

One to watch
• Pavle Cemerikic, The White Fortress
• Elizabeth Lazebnick, Be Still
• Trevor Mack, Portraits From a Fire

Source: Vancouver Sun

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