Critics’ Awards and Film Books

On Film / The Daily — Dec 11, 2017


Over the weekend, the European Film Awards, the International Documentary Association’s IDA Awards, and the British Independent Film Awards were presented, and now, of course, we have the Golden Globe nominations. A good handful of critics’ organizations announced their picks for the best of 2017 this weekend, too, and we begin with three that have named Sean Baker’s The Florida Project Best Picture.

The San Francisco Critics Circle:

Best Picture: The Florida Project
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Best Actor: Andy Serkis, War for the Planet of the Apes
Best Actress: Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Best Screenplay, Original: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Screenplay, Adapted: James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
Best Production Design: Paul D. Austerberry, The Shape of Water
Best Original Score: Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
Best Film Editing: Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos, Baby Driver
Best Animated Feature: Coco
Best Foreign Language Picture: BPM (Beats Per Minute)
Best Documentary: Faces Places

The SFFCC’s Marlon Riggs Award “for courage and vision in the Bay Area film community” goes to Peter Bratt, producer, writer, and director of Dolores, “a powerful biography of the United Farmworkers’ co-founder Dolores Huerta.” And a Special Citation “for under-appreciated independent cinema” goes to Viktor Jakovleski’s Brimstone & Glory.

The Toronto Film Critics Association:

Best Picture: The Florida Project; runners-up: Phantom Thread and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread; runners-up: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name and Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; runners-up: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water, and Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project; runners-up: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name
Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird; runners-up: Allison Janney, I, Tonya, and Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Best Director: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird; runners-up: Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread, and Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Screenplay, Adapted or Original: Jordan Peele, Get Out; runners-up: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird, and Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best First Feature: Get Out; runners-up: Lady Macbeth and Werewolf
Best Animated Feature: The Breadwinner; runners-up: Coco and Window Horses
Best Foreign Language Film: The Square; runners-up: Faces Places and Loveless
Allan King Documentary Film Award: Faces Places; runners-up: Jane and Kedi
Rogers Best Canadian Film Award Finalists: Kevan Funk’s Hello Destroyer, Ashley McKenzie’s Werewolf, and Joyce Wong’s Wexford Plaza

The Detroit Film Critics Society:

Best Film: The Florida Project
Best Director: Sean Baker, The Florida Project
Best Actor: James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Best Ensemble: The Post
Breakthrough: Jordan Peele, Writer/Director, Get Out
Best Screenplay: Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Documentary: Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton
Best Animated Feature: The LEGO Batman Movie
Best Use of Music: Baby Driver

The Boston Society of Film Critics:

Best Picture: Phantom Thread
Best Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Best Screenplay: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Best Cinematography: Hoyte Van Hoytema, Dunkirk
Best Documentary: Dawson City: Frozen Time
Best Foreign-Language Film (awarded in memory of Jay Carr): The Square
Best Animated Film: Coco
Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer): David Lowery, A Ghost Story
Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy): Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Ensemble Cast: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Best Original Score: Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread

The BSoFC also recognizes some of the best local film series, rediscoveries, and one retrospective, The Complete Jean Renoir at the Harvard Film Archive.

The Boston Online Film Critics Association:

Best Picture: Get Out
Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Best Actor: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Best Ensemble: Get Out
Best Screenplay: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Foreign Language Film: First They Killed My Father
Best Documentary: Faces Places
Best Animated Feature: Coco
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
Best Editing: Lee Smith, Dunkirk
Best Score (tie): Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water, and Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread

And the BOFCA’s “Ten Best Films of 2017” are:

1. Get Out
2. The Florida Project
3. Call Me by Your Name
4. Lady Bird
5. Phantom Thread
6. Dunkirk
7. The Shape of Water
8. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
9. A Ghost Story
10. Good Time

The New York Film Critics Online:

Best Picture is a tie: The Florida Project and Mudbound
Best Director: Dee Rees, Mudbound
Best Debut Director: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Actress: Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Best Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Breakthrough Performance: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Best Ensemble: Mudbound
Best Screenplay: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Cinematography: Dan Laustsen, The Shape of Water
Best Foreign Language Film: In the Fade
Best Documentary: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Best Animated Feature: Coco
Best Use of Music: Baby Driver

And the NYFCOO “Top Ten Films of 2017” are:

Call Me by Your Name
Dunkirk
The Florida Project
Get Out
I, Tonya
Lady Bird
Mudbound
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water

Meantime, Robin Campillo’s BPM (Beats Per Minute), “France’s foreign-language Oscar candidate, is leading nominations at the Lumieres Awards, Gaul’s equivalent to the Golden Globes,” reports Variety’s Elsa Keslassy.

Lists

Julia Ducournau’s Raw tops Mark Kermode’s list of ten for the Observer: “Using cannibalism to tell an intimate story of growing pains and sibling rivalry, Raw is an astonishingly assured work from a filmmaker whose unique vision is etched into every frame, straddling humor, heartbreak and horror with ease.”

Lady Bird comes in at #1 on Matt Singer’s list at ScreenCrush: “As co-writer or co-director, Gerwig has helped to create some very good movies in the past. But she outdid herself in her first solo outing, the best film I saw in 2017.”

Miriam Bale’s tweeted her top ten, and at #1 we find David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks: The Return.

Graham Fuller lists twenty for Culture Trip, noting that, had he known it was eligible, he would have put Twin Peaks: The Return on his Sight & Sound ballot. As it is, Phantom Thread is his #1.

Subscribers to the Wall Street Journal can read Joe Morgenstern’s comments on his list, but Year-End Lists has the titles for everyone. #1: The Shape of Water.

For the Herald Scotland, Teddy Jamieson writes about the “Best Film Books of 2017”:

Sophie Gilbert’s list of the “20 Best TV Shows of 2017” for the Atlantic is alphabetical.

Contributors to the BFI write about the “best British TV of 2017.”

All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson to discuss “The Year in Music 2017” (84’20”).

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