Critics Choice Awards 2022: ‘The Power of the Dog’ surpasses BAFTA success

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Critics Choice Awards 2022.

Critics Choice Awards 2022: ‘The Power of the Dog’ surpasses BAFTA success

Award season. Glitz, glamour and a whole lot of stars. The Critics Choice Awards 2022 did not disappoint. 

In some scheduling disaster, the Critics Choice Awards was scheduled on the same night as the BAFTAs, which meant most of the stars absent from the BAFTAs were probably over the pond attending the Critics Choice Awards (including Jane Campion, Will Smith, and Jessica Chastain). 

Some nominees like Lady Gaga, Ariana Debose and Troy Kotsur managed to attend both thanks to a satellite ceremony at London’s Savoy Hotel following the BAFTAs ceremony. 

Big wins for the night included director Jane Campion, who mirrored her BAFTA success in a single night and lifted up the Best Director award for ‘The Power of the Dog’. This follows her making history at the 2022 Directors Guild Awards where she became the second woman to win the theatrical feature film director award following her ‘The Piano’ win in 1993.  

The award power of ‘The Power of the Dog’ does not stop there. In total, they received more accolades than any film of the night with 4 awards – all top prizes of the night. The Western Netflix film also won Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography for Australian cinematographer Ari Wegner. 

Ariana Debose (West Side Story), Troy Kotsur (CODA) and Will Smith (King Richard) all won their equivalent acting prizes at the Critics Choice and BAFTAs on the same night (Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor). This makes their chances of picking up the esteemed Academy Award in two weeks' time all the more likely. 

Also picking up equivalent prizes included: Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s film ‘Drive My Car’ winning Best Foreign Language Film, and Hans Zimmer winning Best Score for his dynamic work on ‘Dune’.

Best Actress went to Jessica Chastain for her work in ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’. 

There was also a touch of British success at the Critics Choice Awards, including Kenneth Branagh’s Best Adapted Screenplay win for his semi-autobiographical film ‘Belfast’. The star of the film, newcomer Jude Hill, won the Best Young Actor award at eleven years old. 

Surprisingly, ‘The Mitchells vs the Machines’ beat the favourite ‘Encanto’ to nab the top animation prize, Best Animated Feature. 

In the winners by series for the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards, there were big wins by Apple TV+’s comedy series ‘Ted Lasso’ and HBO’s acclaimed big business drama ‘Succession’. 

Unsurprisingly, Best Comedy Series went to Ted Lasso. Co-creator, writer, executive producer and star of the show Jason Sudeikis won Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of the titular character. Brit actors Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein both won Best Supporting Actress/Actor in a Comedy Series for their portrayals of football club owner Rebecca and the moody Roy Kent. 

For Succession, Best Supporting Actress/Actor in a Drama Series went to on-screen bickering Logan siblings Sarah Snook and Kieran Culkin. The series created by well-known Brit sitcom writer Jesse Armstrong also won ‘Best Drama Series’. 

Bo Burnham won Best Comedy Special for his Netflix one-off ‘Bo Burnham: Inside’ which was frankly the soundtrack of most people’s lockdown. 

The Squid Game craze did not die down at the Critics Choice, with Netflix’s biggest show claiming the Best Foreign Language Series award. Lee Jung-jae won Best Actor in a Drama Series in a highly competitive category against Brian Cox (Succession), Jeremy Strong (Succession), Billy Porter (Pose), Mike Colter (Evil), and Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us). 

Here’s the full winners’ list: 

BEST PICTURE

The Power of the Dog

BEST ACTOR 

Will Smith – King Richard

BEST ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Troy Kotsur – CODA

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Ariana DeBose – West Side Story

BEST YOUNG ACTOR

Jude Hill – Belfast

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Belfast

BEST DIRECTOR

Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Kenneth Branagh – Belfast

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Ari Wegner – The Power of the Dog

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Patrice Vermette, Zsuzsanna Sipos – Dune

BEST EDITING

Sarah Broshar and Michael Kahn – West Side Story

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Jenny Beavan – Cruella

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Dune

BEST COMEDY MOVIE

Licorice Pizza

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE 

The Mitchells vs the Machines

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Drive My Car

BEST SONG

No Time to Die – No Time to Die

BEST SCORE

Hans Zimmer – Dune

TV SERIES CATEGORIES:

BEST COMEDY SPECIAL

Bo Burnham: Inside

BEST ANIMATED SERIES

What If…?

BEST TALK SHOW

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SERIES

Squid Game

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE

Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE

Murray Bartlett – The White Lotus

BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE

Kate Winslet – Mare of Easttown

BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE

Michael Keaton – Dopesick

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Oslo

BEST LIMITED SERIES

Mare of Easttown

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Hannah Waddingham – Ted Lasso

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Brett Goldstein – Ted Lasso

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Jean Smart – Hacks

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso

BEST COMEDY SERIES

Ted Lasso

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Sarah Snook – Succession

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Kieran Culkin – Succession

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Melanie Lynskey – Yellowjackets

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Lee Jung-jae – Squid Game

BEST DRAMA SERIES

Succession

Header Image Credit: Disney

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Flo Cornall is an English Language & Linguistics graduate who is a self-acclaimed film enthusiast, critic, and writer. She attributes her film taste with her star sign (Gemini) which means she'll watch anything from Cheetah Girls 2 to Twelve Angry Men. From her background in performance poetry, she is a big believer that great artists aren't born but made and is passionate about making the arts sector more inclusive. Flo is a recipient of PA Media's Future of Journalism Fellowship award, a former BBC New Creative and is part of The Guardian's BAME All-Editorial scheme.

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