Florida Film Critics Circle reveal best of 2017… and my ballot

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Today the Florida Film Critics Circle announced the winners of the best films and performances on film in 2017. How does this writer feel about it? It’s hard. As the vice-chairman this was a difficult year for the group. We had to make several key critics emeritus members including former Miami Herald critics Connie Ogle and Rene Rodriguez. This meant if they chose to vote they were only designated as tie breakers. They were not the only South Florida critics who sat out this year of voting. Also missing from influence were Miami Art Zine’s Ruben Rosario and Reuben Periera of Film Frontier. This led to some tight races and some staunch defenders of opinion. We should have announced winners on Friday, but we were delayed to just now.

Below you will find the full list of winners and my own ballot. Let the difference speak for itself and stay tuned of the IndieEthos personal favorites of 2017 before year’s end. We still also have another key survey to participate in for International Cinephile Society. That won’t happen until early next year.

Here are the winners and how their competition fared:

BEST PICTURE

Dunkirk (WINNER)

Lady Bird (Runners-Up)

Call Me By Your Name

Get Out

The Shape Of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk (WINNER)

Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird (Runners-Up)

Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water

Jordan Peele – Get Out

Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

BEST ACTOR

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name (WINNER)

Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour (Runners-Up)

Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out

James Franco – The Disaster Artist

Robert Pattinson – Good Time

 

BEST ACTRESS

Margot Robbie – I, Tonya (WINNER)

Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Runners-Up)

Cynthia Nixon – A Quiet Passion

Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water

Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (WINNER)

Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project (Runners-Up)

Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name

Barry Keoghan – The Killing of A Sacred Deer

Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me By Your Name

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Allison Janney – I, Tonya (WINNER)

Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird (Runners-Up)

Holly Hunter – The Big Sick

Hong Chau – Downsizing

Mary J. Blige – Mudbound

 

BEST ENSEMBLE

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (WINNER)

Dunkirk (Runners-Up)

Get Out

I, Tonya

Lady Bird

The Big Sick

The Shape Of Water

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Get Out (WINNER)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Runners-Up)

Lady Bird

The Big Sick

The Shape Of Water

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Call Me By Your Name (WINNER)

The Disaster Artist (Runners-Up)

Marjorie Prime

Molly’s Game

The Lost City of Z

Wonderstruck

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Blade Runner 2049 (WINNER)

Dunkirk (Runners-Up)

Personal Shopper

The Post

The Shape of Water

Wonderstruck

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Blade Runner 2049 (WINNER)

War for the Planet of the Apes (Runners-Up)

Dunkirk

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Shape of Water

 

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN

Blade Runner 2049 (WINNER)

Dunkirk (Runners-Up)

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Wonderstruck

 

BEST SCORE

Blade Runner 2049 (WINNER)

Dunkirk (Runners-Up)

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Jane (WINNER)

Ex Libris: New York Public Library (Runners-Up)

Dawson City: Frozen Time

Faces Places

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Kedi

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

BPM (WINNER)

The Square (Runners-Up)

First They Killed My Father

Loveless

The Ornithologist

 

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Coco (WINNER)

Loving Vincent (Runners-Up)

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

The LEGO Batman Movie

 

BEST FIRST FILM

Get Out (WINNER)

God’s Own Country (Runners-Up)

Ingrid Goes West

Molly’s Game

 

PAULINE KAEL BREAKOUT AWARD

Timothée Chalamet (WINNER)

Jordan Peele (Runners-Up)

Barry Keoghan

Greta Gerwig

Millicent Simmonds

 

GOLDEN ORANGE

The cast and crew of The Florida Project

 

The IndieEthos ballot by Hans Morgenstern:

Courtesy A24 Films

BEST PICTURE

Lady Bird

BEST ACTOR

Robert Pattinson – Good Time

BEST ACTRESS

Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

BEST ENSEMBLE

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST DIRECTOR

Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Lady Bird

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Call Me By Your Name

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Blade Runner 2049

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Blade Runner 2049

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN

Blade Runner 2049

BEST SCORE

Phantom Thread

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Dawson City: Frozen Time

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

The Ornithologist

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Coco

BEST FIRST FILM

Get Out

BREAKOUT AWARD

Timothee Chalamet

Hans Morgenstern

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