Drive My Car was chosen the best film of 2021 by the Toronto Film Critics Association, as Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s gloomy drama about love and loss continued its buzzy ascension as an award season candidate.
Drive After competing in Cannes, My Car was also voted best foreign feature and best script on Sunday. In other news, Jane Campion won the best director for her period western The Power of the Dog.
And Olivia Colman won best actress for her performance in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter as a divorced scholar whose contact with a vacationing family on a Greek island brings up painful memories of her own parenting decisions in the adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s 2006 novel.
Jessie Buckley won best supporting actress for her role as a younger version of Colman’s character in Netflix’s The Lost Daughter, while Gyllenhaal won the best first feature.
Denzel Washington was chosen best actor for his performance with Frances McDormand in Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, while Bradley Cooper was nominated best supporting actor for his role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1970s-set Licorice Pizza.
In addition, Denmark’s Oscar submission Flee, directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, was chosen as the best-animated picture, while Summer of Soul, directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, was voted the best documentary of 2021.