NASHVILLE, Tenn. – January 25, 2022 – The Music City Film Critics’ Association is proud to announce its winners of the MCFCA 2022 Film Awards. The association is comprised of more than 30 professional film critics working in or near Nashville, Tennessee.
The Power of the Dog comes out on top with four awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay. Dune comes away with the second-most awards with three, including Best Score, Best Sound and Best Production Design.
“While there were no ties for this year’s awards, there were a lot of close votes, and in the end, 15 different films accounted for our 24 awards,” Sean Atkins, President of the MCFCA said. “That speaks to how exceptional 2021 was for film.”
“Once again the Music City Film Critics have honored a unique group of films and performances that showcase the unique quality presented throughout 2021,” Vice President Micheal Compton added.
Each year, the MCFCA gives out The Jim Ridley Award, a special award named after one of Nashville’s most beloved film critics, who died at age 50 in 2016. It is given to the film or the person that best represents Nashville and Tennessee. This year’s recipient is Old Henry.
“Jim Ridley was always one of Nashville’s biggest champions when it came to spotlighting local films made by local artists, and the MCFCA strongly felt that Old Henry honors the spirit of exactly who and what this important award is about,” said Cory Woodroof, MCFCA board member.
“Being both a gripping Western and an independent film shot just outside of Nashville, Old Henry is the perfect recipient of this honor. It’s exactly the type of movie you’d love to catch Jim afterward in the lobby and talk about.”
I really enjoyed a couple of great Westerns this year. The Harder They Fall was a great revenge fantasy, while The Power of the Dog dealt with psychological terror in two feature films that were not technically considered within the horror genre. Both were great in different ways, and both deserve many kudos. I didn’t get to watch Old Henry, but since it was the Jim Ridley winner representing Tennessee, I’ve got to see it sometime soon.
I was really moved by Summer of Soul, Licorice Pizza and especially Nightmare Alley. I truly hope the latter two movies will receive more recognition through the rest of this awards season. While I don’t consider them perfect films, I truly hope a large audience gets the opportunity to watch them, once they’re available to stream. COVID-19 really hurt large groups of people to view them in movie theaters, and it feels like these releases may miss out on some major awards because more people missed out on watching them, opposed to the smaller numbers that did view them.
I enjoy tracking box office results and will keep watching to see if these films progress throughout the current awards circuit. Until then, make sure to check these out and judge for yourself.
The 2022 Music City Film Critics’ Association Award Winners:
The Power of the Dog
The Jim Ridley Award
Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
Nicolas Cage – Pig
Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Best Supporting Actor
Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog
Best Supporting Actress
Ann Dowd – Mass
Best Young Actor
Jude Hill – Belfast
Best Young Actress
Emilia Jones – CODA
Best Acting Ensemble
The Harder They Fall
Best Music Film
Best Animated Film
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Summer of Soul
Best International Film
Drive My Car
The Power of the Dog
Best Original Song
“No Time to Die” – No Time to Die
Hans Zimmer – Dune
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Best Production Design
Last Night in Soho
Best Comedy Film
Best Horror Film
A Quiet Place Part II
Best Action Film
Spider-Man: No Way Home