Villeneuve is also well-known in Quebec for one of his earlier films, Polytechnique, which was released in 2009 and tells the story of Montreal's infamous 1989 École Polytechnique massacre of fourteen female students.
Villeneuve's films all carry a distinct style, that many have said bridge the gap between old and new cinema.
His eye for aesthetics and his ability to eke out quiet human subtleties across his body of work, which does span the entire decade, make this choice by the Hollywood Critics Association feel very well-founded.
But, I might be biased.
The stories he tells and the way he goes about telling them really do stick with you. I can remember, very distinctly, when and where I saw each of Villeneuve's movies for the first time, and as I write about them now, I can feel their lingering impact.
The Hollywood Critic's Association took to Twitter this week to make the announcement that they would be honouring Villeneuve for his decade of outstanding work.
We at the HCA are proud to announce that Denis Villeneuve will receive the Filmmaker of the Decade Award at our cer… https://t.co/ilbDXbAZyT
— Hollywood Critics Association (@Hollywood Critics Association)
The ceremony takes place early next year, where other stars like Olivia Wilde will also be given honourary awards.
And, of course, Val Plante was sure to throw her congratulations out there as well.
"Her tweet reads, "Congratulations to Denis Villeneuve, named filmmaker of the decade by the @LAOFCS 🙌 It is a fully deserved title for those who, from Incendies to Blade Runner 2049 via Sicario or Arrival, have demonstrated that they can tell, move and leave their mark 🎬🏆."