Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson in Dune, which took home seven prizes from the first annual Portland Critics Association awards

This morning, the newly formed Portland Critics Association (to which this writer belongs) announced the recipients of their first annual film awards. The group was launched in April 2021 by Brent Hankins of The Lamplight Review, and currently sports a roster of 10 area critics.

It was a good day for Dune-heads. Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi epic took home a whopping seven prizes, mostly in technical categories, including best costume design, original score, and cinematography. The Power of the Dog and The French Dispatch followed Dune with three wins each: Jane Campion scored best director and screenplay for Dog, and Benedict Cumberbatch took best actor; The French Dispatch scooped up best comedy feature, ensemble cast, and supporting actor, for Jeffrey Wright. Best picture went to David Lowery's The Green Knight, its sole victory from eight nominations, and best Oregon feature went to the Portland Monthly-approved Pig.

Read on for a full list of winners and nominees (winners are identified in bold), and remember, it's never too early to start overthinking your Oscar pool.

BEST PICTURE

The Green Knight
Last Night in Soho
Licorice Pizza
The Power of the Dog
The Last Duel

West Side Story

BEST DIRECTOR

Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Denis Villeneuve, Dune
Edgar Wright, Last Night in Soho
Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter

BEST MALE LEADING ROLE

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
Andrew Garfield, tick tick... BOOM!
Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth
Dev Patel, The Green Knight
Nicolas Cage, Pig
Will Smith, King Richard

BEST FEMALE LEADING ROLE

Kristen Stewart, Spencer
Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Lady Gaga, House of Gucci
Renate Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World
Tessa Thompson, Passing

BEST MALE SUPPORTING ROLE

Jeffrey Wright, The French Dispatch
Bradley Cooper, Licorice Pizza
Jared Leto, House of Gucci
Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog
Mike Faist, West Side Story

BEST FEMALE SUPPORTING ROLE

Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
Cate Blanchett, Nightmare Alley
Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter
Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
Ruth Negga, Passing

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

The French Dispatch
Dune
House of Gucci
The Harder They Fall
The Green Knight
West Side Story

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Flee
Luca
Raya and the Last Dragon

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Summer of Soul
Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry
Flee
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time
The Sparks Brothers
The Velvet Underground

BEST FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

The Worst Person in the World
Drive My Car
Flee
Lamb
Petite Maman
Titane

BEST COMEDY FEATURE

The French Dispatch
Barb and Star Go to Vistal Del Mar
Licorice Pizza
Shiva Baby
The Mitchells vs. The Machines

BEST HORROR FEATURE

Titane
Candyman
Fear Street Part One: 1984
Last Night in Soho
Malignant
The Night House

BEST SCIENCE FICTION FEATURE

Dune
Godzilla vs. Kong
Oxygen
The Eternals
The Tomorrow War

BEST OREGON FEATURE

Pig
Everything in the End
Lorelei
Luz

BEST SCREENPLAY

Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza
Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch
David Lowery, The Green Knight
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Dune
Nightmare Alley
The Green Knight
The Power of the Dog
The Tragedy of Macbeth

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Dune
Last Night in Soho
No Time to Die
Spencer
The Power of the Dog

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Dune
House of Gucci
Nightmare Alley
Spencer
The Last Duel
West Side Story

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Dune
Nightmare Alley
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

BEST SOUND DESIGN

Dune
The Green Knight
The Harder They Fall
The Power of the Dog
tick tick... BOOM!
West Side Story

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Dune
Godzilla vs. Kong
No Time to Die
The Green Knight

BEST STUNTS OR ACTION CHOREOGRAPHY

No Time to Die
Dune
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
The Harder They Fall
The Last Duel

TOP 10 FILMS OF 2021

The Green Knight
The Power of the Dog
Dune
The French Dispatch
West Side Story
Last Night in Soho
Licorice Pizza
The Worst Person in the World
The Lost Daughter
The Last Duel

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