Florida Film Critics Circle announces nominations for Best of 2017

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Today, the Florida Film Critics Circle announced who they will be voting for in the best of cinema for 2017. These are the choices 25 members of the organization, including this writer, will consider for the title of the greatest in 18 categories, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, etc. But we also consider Best First Feature by a director and the coveted Pauline Kael Breakout Award, not to mention technical awards like art direction and visual effects. As the vice chair of the organization, I also wrote the release announcing the nominees, which you can read on the FFCC’s site here. I’ll save my own personal musings about the end of the year with a top 10 a bit later. For now, here’s the ballot. Who would you vote for? The list of winners will be announced on Saturday.

BEST PICTURE
Call Me By Your Name
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape Of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST ACTOR
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
James Franco – The Disaster Artist
Robert Pattinson – Good Time
Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name

BEST ACTRESS
Cynthia Nixon – A Quiet Passion
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
Barry Keoghan – The Killing of A Sacred Deer
Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me By Your Name
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
Hong Chau – Downsizing
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Mary J Blige – Mudbound

BEST ENSEMBLE
Dunkirk
Get Out
I, Tonya
Lady Bird
The Big Sick
The Shape Of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST DIRECTOR
Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Big Sick
The Shape Of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Call Me By Your Name
Marjorie Prime
Molly’s Game
The Disaster Artist
The Lost City of Z
Wonderstruck

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
Personal Shopper
The Post
The Shape of Water
Wonderstruck

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Shape of Water
War for the Planet of the Apes

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Wonderstruck

BEST SCORE
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Dawson City: Frozen Time
Ex Libris: New York Public Library
Faces Places
Jane
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
Kedi

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BPM
First They Killed My Father
Loveless
The Ornithologist
The Square

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Coco
Loving Vincent
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
The LEGO Batman Movie

BEST FIRST FILM
Get Out
God’s Own Country
Ingrid Goes West
Molly’s Game

PAULINE KAEL BREAKOUT AWARD
Barry Keoghan
Greta Gerwig
Jordan Peele
Millicent Simmonds
Timothee Chalamet

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So that is what we are considering. I nominated several movies and talent that were not included. This personal nomination ballot can also offer insight into what I personally thought was great about movies in 2017. On a side note, I was going to consider Dustin Hoffman for a Best Actor nomination, but after reading an essay from yet another one of his accusers, I deemed him unworthy. As vice chairman of the FFCC, I’ve seen the ballots, and no one else nominated him either. I won’t speak for the rest the group, but I can tell you I have no qualms not nominating sexual predators in the industry. I hope they keep weeding them out and finally change the culture. That said, on to what I suggested for nomination.

Warner Bros.

BEST PICTURE (list three choices in no particular order)

Lady Bird
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo.
Blade Runner 2049

BEST ACTOR (list three choices in no particular order)

Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
Robert Pattinson – Good Time
Adam Sandler – The Meyerowitz Stories

BEST ACTRESS (list three choices in no particular order)

Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo.
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saiorse Ronan – Lady Bird

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (list three choices in no particular order)

Robert Pattinson – Lost City of Z
Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (list three choices in no particular order)

Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread

BEST ENSEMBLE (list three choices in no particular order)

Lady Bird
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo.
The Meyerowitz Stories

BEST DIRECTOR (list three choices in no particular order)

Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo.
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (list three choices in no particular order)

Lady Bird
Get Out
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY (list three choices in no particular order)

The Lost City of Z
Call Me By Your Name
Molly’s Game

CINEMATOGRAPHY (list three choices in no particular order)

Roger Deakins – Blade Runner 2049
Dan Laustsen – The Shape of Water
Hoyte van Hoytema – Dunkirk

VISUAL EFFECTS (list three choices in no particular order)

Blade Runner 2049
The Shape of Water
War for the Planet of the Apes

ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN (list three choices in no particular order)

Blade Runner 2049
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water

BEST SCORE (list three choices in no particular order)

Jonny Greenwood – Phantom Thread
Alexandre Desplat – The Shape of Water
Oneohtrix Point Never – Good Time

BEST DOCUMENTARY (list three choices in no particular order)

Kedi
Dawson City: Frozen Time
Brimstone & Glory

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM (list three choices in no particular order)

Raw
The Ornithologist
Frantz

ANIMATED FEATURE (list three choices in no particular order)

Coco
Loving Vincent
LEGO Batman Movie

BEST FIRST FILM AWARD (list three choices in no particular order)

Jordan Peele – Get Out
Aaron Sorkin – Molly’s Game
Francis Lee – God’s Own Country

PAULINE KAEL BREAKOUT AWARD (list three choices in no particular order)

Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name & Lady Bird
Barry Keoghan – Killing of a Sacred Deer & Dunkirk
Millicent Simmonds – Wonderstruck

Hans Morgenstern

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