Chicago Critics Chirp For LADY BIRD (AWARDS 2017)

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After a recent trend toward Get Out among critics groups, the Chicago Film Critics Association brought it back around to early favorite Lady Bird.

The debut directing feature from actress Greta Gerwig (who also wrote the screenplay, loosely inspired by her senior year in high school), Lady Bird also took Best Actress honors for Saoirse Ronan, and Most Promising Filmmaker for Gerwig.

Christopher Nolan received his second major Best Director prize for Dunkirk.

The remaining winners are all regulars from this ongoing Awards Season.

CHICAGO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION
2017 Awards

Best Film: Lady Bird
Best Director: Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Best Actor: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Best Original Screenplay: Get Out, Jordan Peele
Best Adapted Screenplay: Call Me By Your Name, James Ivory
Best Ensemble Performance: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Animated Film: Coco
Best Foreign Film: The Square, Norway
Best Documentary: Jane
Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins
Best Editing: Baby Driver, Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss
Best Art Direction: Blade Runner 2049
Best Original Score: Phantom Thread, Jonny Greenwood
Most Promising Performer: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Most Promising Filmmaker: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2017 / 18 season:

Screen Actors Guild Nominations
Atlanta Film Critics Circle
San Diego Film Critics Society
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
Toronto Film Critics Association
Golden Globe Nominations
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Boston Society of Film Critics
Washington D.C. Film Critics Association
AFI Top 10 of 2017
Critics Choice Awards Nominations
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review

Inaugural Atlanta Critics GET OUT For Best Film, DUNKIRK Director (AWARDS 2017)

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The Atlanta Film Critics Circle recently announced their first-ever year end citations, naming Get Out Best Film. The nod furthers that movie’s surging Awards Season momentum.

Christopher Nolan has been surprisingly overlooked – until now. The AFCC named him Best Director for his experimental WWII epic Dunkirk.

The rest of the winners look familiar to what we’ve seen so far this season, namely:

Supporting Actor: Willem DafoeThe Florida Project – check
Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird – check

By including a full Top 10 ranking, the AFCC gave room for love to The Big Sick and Baby Driver as well.

ATLANTA FILM CRITICS CIRCLE
2017 Awards

Best Film: Get Out

TOP 10 2017 FILMS
1. Get Out
2. Dunkirk
3. Lady Bird
4. The Shape of Water
5. Call Me by Your Name
6. The Florida Project
7. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
8. The Big Sick
9. Baby Driver
10. The Post

Best Director: Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Best Actor: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Best Screenplay: Get Out, Jordan Peele
Best Ensemble Performance: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Animated Film: Coco
Best Foreign Film: BPM (Beats Per Minute), France
Best Documentary: TIE Jane and Kedi
Best Cinematography: Dunkirk, Hoyte van Hoytema
AFCC Breakthrough Award: Jordan Peele, Get Out

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2017 / 18 season:

Chicago Film Critics Association
Screen Actors Guild Nominations
San Diego Film Critics Society
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
Toronto Film Critics Association
Golden Globe Nominations
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Boston Society of Film Critics
Washington D.C. Film Critics Association
AFI Top 10 of 2017
Critics Choice Awards Nominations
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review

Multiple Shocking Omissions In Screen Actors Guild Nominations (AWARDS 2017)

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If the history of the Screen Actors Guild nominations is any indication, the following major Oscar contenders now have no shot at winning the Academy Award for Best Picture:

– Call Me By Your Name
– The Shape of Water
– The Post
Dunkirk

And throw in The Florida Project for good measure.

Why? Because in the 23 year history of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, only once has an eventual Academy Best Picture winner not been nominated by SAG for Cast in a Motion Picture, the guild’s top film award. (That asterisk came in year two, 1995, when SAG didn’t nominate the cast of Braveheart.)

If any of the five films mentioned above somehow move on to win the top Oscar, they’ll have broken a streak lasting more than two decades.

To further emphasize how iron clad the SAG Cast nominees have become at being Best Picture predictors, the past two years the leading Oscar favorites – La La Land and The Revenant – did not secure SAG Cast nominations, . Instead, little indies Moonlight and Spotlight were the big Best Picture winners, following their SAG cast noms (Spotlight also won the cast award for 2015).

Suffice it to say, the 2017 Awards Race has been officially blown wide open, particularly when you also consider that The Post was entirely shut out, snubbing Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep as well.

If SAG has boosted any film’s prospects it’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It leads with 4 nominations: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role – Frances McDormand, and two nods for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role – Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.

Favorite surprise inclusion: The Big Sick, which has been sorely overlooked so far this awards season until getting nods for Best Cast and Supporting Female Actor Holly Hunter. The year’s best rom-com (and one of the year’s best, period) is very deserving of this belated recognition.

The 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards will be handed out live on Sunday January 21, 2017 at 8pm EST/7pm CST/5pm PST, simulcast on TBS and TNT.

24th SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARD NOMINATIONS
Films of 2017

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
Mudbound
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
– Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
– James Franco, The Disaster Artist
– Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
– Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
– Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
– Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
– Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
– Frances McDormandThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
– Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
– Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
– Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
– Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
– Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
– Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
– Sam Rockewell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
– Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
– Hong Chau, Downsizing
– Holly Hunter,  The Big Sick
– Allison Janney, I, Tonya
– Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Baby Driver
Dunkirk
Logan
War For The Planet Of The Apes
Wonder Woman

54th Life Achievement Recipient
Morgan Freeman

(To see a full list of SAG Television Nominees, click here.)

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2017 / 18 season:

Chicago Film Critics Association
Atlanta Film Critics Circle
San Diego Film Critics Society
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
Toronto Film Critics Association
Golden Globe Nominations
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Boston Society of Film Critics
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association
AFI Top 10 of 2017
Critics Choice Award Nominees
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review

San Diego Critics Go Genre With GET OUT Best Film, SPLIT Best Actor (AWARDS 2017)

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Finally, a critics group that dares to go against the conventional tide.

Okay, not so much with Get Out, a worthy choice for Best Film that’s actually gaining steam with more and more critics groups. It’s in the lead acting categories, where James McAvoy gets a surprise win for his spectacular turn as the metaphysical multi-personality villain in M. Night Shyamalan‘s Split. In a more honest world, where pure merit mattered over fitting a certain type of Awards Season mold, McAvoy would be in the Oscar conversation.

And speaking of split, there’s the inspired choices for the winner and runner-up in the Best Actress category: Sally Hawkins – for both. The Shape of Water could win her an Oscar, but she’d be just as deserving for Maudiean inspiring real life tale that ripped my heart out in the best way, primarily because of Hawkins. You might find acting equal to those two performances in 2017, but you won’t find better.

SAN DIEGO FILM CRITICS SOCIETY
2017 Awards

Best Film: Get Out
Runner Up: Lady Bird

Best Director: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Runner Up: Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Best Actor: James McAvoy, Split
Runner Up: James Franco, The Disaster Artist

Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Runner Up: Sally Hawkins, Maudie

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Runner Up: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Best Supporting Actress: TIE
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird and Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Best Comedic Performance: Daniel Craig, Logan Lucky
Runner Up: James Franco, The Disaster Artist

Best Ensemble Cast: Mudbound

Best Original Screenplay: Get Out, Jordan Peele
Runner Up:  Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Runner Up:  Mudbound, Virgil Williams & Dee Rees

Best Animated Film: My Life as a Zucchini
Runner Up: The Boss Baby

Best Foreign-Language Film: Thelma, Norway
Runner Up: BPM (Beats Per Minute), France

Best Documentary: Jane
Runner Up: The Work

Best Cinematography: Dunkirk, Hoyte Van Hoytema
Runner Up: The Lost City of Z, Darius Khondji

Best Editing: Baby Driver, Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss
Runner Up: Dunkirk, Lee Smith

Best Production Design: The Shape of Water, Paul D. Austerberry
Runner Up: Blade Runner 2049, Alessandora Querzola and Dennis Gassner

Best Costume Design: TIE 
Beauty and the Beast, Jacqueline Durran and Phantom Thread, Mark Bridges

Best Use of Music: Baby Driver
Runner Up: Call Me By Your Name

Best Visual Effects: War for the Planet of the Apes
Runner Up: TIE Beauty and the Beast and Dunkirk

Breakthrough Artist: Timothee Chalamet
Runner Up: Barry Keoghan

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2017 / 18 season:

Chicago Film Critics Association
Screen Actors Guild Nominations
Atlanta Film Critics Circle
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
Toronto Film Critics Association
Golden Globe Nominations
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Boston Society of Film Critics
Washington D.C. Film Critics Association
AFI Top 10 of 2017
Critics Choice Awards Nominations
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review

First Ever Philly Critics Awards Cite GET OUT Best Film (AWARDS 2017)

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The Philadelphia Film Critics Circle showed some brotherly love to Get Out in their first annual year-end awards.

It’s another Best Picture win this Awards Season for writer / director Jordan Peele‘s horror racism allegory, following top honors from the Washington D.C. Film Critics Association. Philly also gave Peele his first major critics group award for Best Director.

Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Hawkins remain Actor and Actress Oscar contenders with their wins here for, respectively, Phantom Thread and The Shape of Water.

Meanwhile, the Best Supporting front-runners (Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project; Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird) were both snubbed by Philly critics. Instead, the PFCC went for Woody Harrelson in hree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Allison Janney in I, Tonya.

PHILADELPHIA FILM CRITICS CIRCLE
2017 Awards

Best Picture: Get Out
Best Director: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Best Supporting Actor: Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Best Script: Get Out, Jordan Peele
Best Animated Film: Coco
Best Foreign Language Film: Graduation, dir. Cristian Mungiu, Romania
Best Documentary: Jane, dir. Brett Morgen
Best Soundtrack/Score: Coco
Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins
Best Directorial Debut: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Breakthrough Performance: Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2017 / 18 season:

Chicago Film Critics Association
Screen Actors Guild Nominations
Atlanta Film Critics Circle
San Diego Film Critics Society
Toronto Film Critics Association
Golden Globe Nominations
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Boston Society of Film Critics
Washington D.C. Film Critics Association
AFI Top 10 of 2017
Critics Choice Awards Nominations
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review

Toronto Critics Go South To THE FLORIDA PROJECT For Best Film (AWARDS 2017)

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The critics awards keep rolling in, and now Canada’s premiere group adds its list.

The Toronto Film Critics Association showed a lot of love for indie efforts, with The Florida Project, Lady Bird, and Get Out each garnering two awards.

The big winner was The Florida Project, which was named the year’s Best Picture. Willem Dafoe also continued his march to a Supporting Actor Oscar.

Likewise, Laurie Metcalf remains the strong odds-on Academy favorite for Best Supporting Actress. She wins yet again for her turn in Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig‘s semi-autobiographical Coming Of Age charmer. Gerwig took Best Director honors.

Jordan Peele also snagged two prizes, Screenplay and Best First Feature, for Get Out.

Daniel Day-Lewis was named Best Actor for his lead turn in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Phantom Thread, which he has announced will be his last screen role, and Frances McDormand was recognized as Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

TORONTO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION
2017 Awards

Best Picture: The Florida Project
Best Director: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
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 Screenplay: Get Out, Jordan Peele
Best Animated Film: The Breadwinner
Best Foreign Film: The Square, Sweden
Best Documentary: Faces Places
Best First Feature: Get Out, Jordan Peele

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2017 / 18 season:

Chicago Film Critics Association
Screen Actors Guild Nominations
Atlanta Film Critics Circle
San Diego Film Critics Society
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
Golden Globe Nominations
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Boston Society of Film Critics
Washington D.C. Film Critics Association
AFI Top 10 of 2017
Critics Choice Awards Nominations
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review

The 75th Golden Globe Nominations (AWARDS 2017)

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The Oscar race is taking on the shape of water.

That pun refers not only to The Shape of Water, which leads the 75th Golden Globe Awards with 7 nominations, but also to how fluid this year’s Oscar race remains.

Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War fantasy drama joins Steven Spielberg‘s The Post (6 nominations) as the two big Academy Award contenders, but only insomuch as it relates to number of nominations. Both movies, which also received Globe nods for their directors, will eventually find Academy recognition in major categories plus arts and tech, but they aren’t locks to win anything.

For others, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is also looking strong after the Globe nominations. It received 6, tying for second most, including Best Picture (Drama), Director (Martin McDonagh), Actress – Drama (Frances McDormand), and Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell).

Beyond that, other Awards Season favorites saw some expected nominations but not nearly as many as they’d hoped: Lady Bird (4), Call Me By Your Name (3), and Dunkirk (3). The first two are hurt by less tech recognition, and the third lacks acting/writing support. Even so, expect those titles to make the Academy’s shortlist for Best Picture.

Get Out is still in the Oscar hunt as well, despite being denied a Globe Screenplay nomination for writer/director Jordan Peele. The Academy Awards won’t make that mistake.

Biggest snubs? A mere one nomination for The Florida Project and the complete shutout of The Big Sick, one of the year’s best comedies. Supporting Actor front-runner Willem Dafoe was the only recognition given to The Florida Project, even as that indie darling has made headway on the critics group awards circuit. With TFP‘s portrayal of poverty and a large cast of no-names, the Globes opted for more elegant options with famous people in the Drama categories.

Despite The Big Sick‘s foreign / ethnic angle, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the org that produces/nominates the Globes) showed no love to Kumail Nanjiani‘s hilarious and moving semi-autobiographical romance. Instead, they wanted to make room for a star-driven vehicle like The Greatest Showman in its Comedy / Musical categories, while also inexplicably shoe-horning in Get Out to Comedy / Musical simply because they don’t have the integrity to allow it to compete in Drama where it belongs.

Netflix can probably give up its hopes for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay Oscar nominations for Mudbound, too, although it can still contend for Best Supporting Actress (Mary J. Blige), Best Song, and possibly Cinematography.

Other unlikely Oscar nominees that actually made the Globe cut are your usual suspects of major Hollywood stars, ones who the Globes want walking down their red carpet and sitting at their tables: Denzel Washington (Actor – Drama, Roman J. Israel, Esq.), Judi Dench (Actress – Comedy/Musical, Victoria & Abdul) Helen Mirren  (Actress – Comedy/Musical, The Leisure Seeker), and Actor/Actress – Comedy/Musical Battle of the Sexes co-stars Steve Carell and Emma Stone.

A big unknown that had a good showing: All the Money in the World, the real-life kidnapping thriller that involved the family of tycoon John Paul Getty III. Due to November re-shoots to replace scandal-maligned Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer as Getty, it’s still unseen by critics. The Globe membership, however, was able to screen a re-cut in time for their consideration (or so we suspect; I wouldn’t put it past the star-whore Globes to nominate sight-unseen).

All the Money in the World ended up with three major Globe nods – Michelle Williams (Actress – Drama), Christopher Plummer (Supporting Actor – Drama), and director Ridley Scott – but no Best Picture.

The 75th Golden Globe Awards will be handed out live on Sunday January 7, 2018 at 8pm EST/7pm CST on NBC, with host Seth Meyers.

75th GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS
Films of 2017

Best Motion Picture – Drama
– Call Me By Your Name
Dunkirk
– The Post
– The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
– The Greatest Showman
– I, Tonya
Lady Bird

Best Male Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama
– Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
– Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
– Tom Hanks, The Post
– Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Female Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama
– Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
– Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
– Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
– Meryl Streep, The Post
– Michelle Williams, All The Money in the World

Best Male Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
– Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
– James Franco, The Disaster Artist
– Ansel Elgort – Baby Driver
– Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Female Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
– Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
– Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
– Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
– Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
– Emma Stone – Battle of the Sexes

Best Male Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture
– Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
– Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name
– Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
– Christopher Plummer, All The Money in the World
– Sam Rockewell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Female Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture
– Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
– Hong Chau, Downsizing
– Allison Janney, I, Tonya
– Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
– Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Director
– Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
– Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
– Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
– Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
– Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best Screenplay
The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
The Post, Liz Hannah and Josh Singer
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh
Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin

Best Original Score
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Carter Burwell
The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat
Phantom Thread, Jonny Greenwood
The Post, John Williams
Dunkirk, Hans Zimmer

Best Original Song
– “Home” – Ferdinand (Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter, Nick Monson)
– “Mighty River” – Mudbound (Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Laura Stinson)
– “Remember Me” – Coco (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez)
– “The Star” – The Star (Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman)
– “This Is Me” – The Greatest Showman (Benj Pasek, Justin Paul)

Best Animated Feature Film
The Boss Baby
– The Breadwinner
Coco
– Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Best Foreign Language Film
– A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
First They Killed My Father
(Cambodia)
– In the Fade
(Germany)
– Loveless
(Russia)
– The Square
(Sweden)

The Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award
Oprah Winfrey

(For a full list of the Golden Globe Television Nominees, click here.)

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2017 / 18 season:

Chicago Film Critics Association
Screen Actors Guild Nominations
Atlanta Film Critics Circle
San Diego Film Critics Society
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
Toronto Film Critics Association
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Boston Society of Film Critics
Washington D.C. Film Critics Association
AFI Top 10 of 2017
Critics Choice Awards Nominations
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review