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

San Francisco Critics Look East To FLORIDA PROJECT For Best Film (AWARDS 2017)

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As in many things, San Francisco went its own way.

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle named The Florida Project the year’s Best Picture, a rare top win for director Sean Baker‘s indie about poverty near Walt Disney World (although it’s also been cited by some Online Critics groups). Guillermo del Toro got some traction, too, with a win for Best Director.

The bigger shocks – perhaps the biggest so far this Awards Season – came in Best Actor and (lesser so) Actress, as Andy Serkis won for his mo-cap turn as the ape Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes, and Margot Robbie was given her first top critics group honor for I, Tonya, the gonzo biopic of infamous ice skater Tonya Harding.

Not surprising: Willem Dafoe and Laurie Metcalf winning for The Florida Project and Lady Bird in the Supporting categories. Both are nearly sweeping their way to Oscar night.

SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE
2017 Awards

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 Original Screenplay: Get Out, Jordan Peele
Best Adapted Screenplay: Call Me By Your Name, James Ivory
Best Animated Film: Coco
Best Foreign Film: BPM (Beats Per Minute), France
Best Documentary: Faces Places
Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins
Best Editing: Baby Driver, Paul Machliss & Jonathan Amos
Best Score: Phantom Thread, Jonny Greenwood
Best Production Design: The Shape of Water, Paul Denham Austerberry
Special Citation: Brimstone & Glory

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
Golden Globe Nominations
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

Boston Critics Pull On PHANTOM THREAD For Best Film (AWARDS 2017)

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The 2017 Oscar Season continues to morph and change.

What first appeared to be a race focusing on The Post, Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name, and The Shape of Water as the main Best Picture contenders has now expanded.

The Boston Society of Film Critics has added Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Phantom Thread to the mix by naming it the year’s Best Film. This follows the D.C. Critics who recently cited Get Out as their Best Pic choice.

Boston also tagged Anderson as Best Director, his first notice this year in that category, for his 1950s tale of an obsessive clothing designer, played by Daniel Day-Lewis.

Guillermo del Toro‘s The Shape of Water was the runner-up in both the Picture and Director categories, while his lead Sally Hawkins won another Best Actress prize. That category remains very competitive, one that now also includes Phantom Thread‘s Vicky Krieps; she was Boston’s runner-up choice to Hawkins.

The BSFC broke from the season’s trends in the Best Actor category as well, possibly helping the lead from Get Out to get in – to the Academy Awards, that is. Daniel Kaluuya, the newcomer in the horror racism allegory Get Out, was won that Actor prize; it’s his first win of the season, boosting his Oscar prospects.

The relevant thriller’s writer/director Jordan Peele took the org’s Best New Filmmaker prize, but lost to Greta Gerwig‘s Lady Bird for Best Screenplay.

Willem Dafoe and Laurie Metcalf remain the odds-on favorites in the Supporting Actor/Actress categories as they each notch another wins for their movies, respectively, The Florida Project and Lady Bird.

Here are the BSFC’s full list of winners and runners-up.

BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS
2017 Awards

Best Film: Phantom Thread
Runner Up: The Shape of Water

Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Runner Up: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Best Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Runner Up: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Runner Up: Vicky Krieps, Phantom Thread

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

Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Runner Up: Allison Janney, I, Tonya

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

Best Ensemble Cast: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Runner Up: BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Best Animated Film: Coco
Runner Up: Loving Vincent

Best Foreign-Language Film (awarded in memory of Jay Carr): The Square, Sweden
Runner Up: BPM (Beats Per Minute), France

Best Documentary: Dawson City: Frozen Time
Runner Up: Faces Places

Best Cinematography: Dunkirk, Hoyte Van Hoytema
Runner Up: Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins

Best Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer): A Ghost Story, David Lowry
Runner Up: I, Tonya, Tatiana Riegel

Best Original Score: Phantom Thread, Jonny Greenwood
Runner Up: TIE
Dawson City: Frozen Time, Alex Somers
The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy): 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
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
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

Spielberg Back In Blockbuster Sci-Fi Mode With New READY PLAYER ONE Trailer (VIDEO/POSTER)

Whoa, this is heavy, Doc.

After a ten year break from big budget blockbusting, Steven Spielberg returns with Ready Player One, the adaptation of the popular YA novel phenomenon. Set in 2045, it’s a young man’s journey through OASIS, the future version of the internet that has gone full-blown VR.

In it, there’s an Easter Egg hunt that promises to be a golden ticket of sorts, but instead of a chocolate factory think of this as a dark dystopian Charlie and the Virtual Reality.

The book has been both beloved and derided as a 1980s nostalgia trip, yet true to late-Spielberg form (particularly post-Kubrick collaboration A.I.: Artificial Intelligence), the onetime wunderkind can’t help but infuse some heady contemplation into his tentpole spectacle, about where technology is taking us and what it’s doing to us.

Starring Tye Sheridan (whose elastic-length legs in the poster below have been the joke of new internet memes), Ready Player One – which co-stars recent Spielberg favorite Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, The BFG) as the Wonka-esque OASIS creator – hits theaters this spring on March 30, 2018.

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D.C. Critics Shake Up Awards Season, Name GET OUT Best Film (AWARDS 2017)

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For the first time this awards season, Get Out has emerged from The Sunken Place.

More importantly, by naming Get Out the Best Film of 2017, the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association stepped outside the trending convention of limiting the top honor to the trio of The Post, Call Me By Your Name, or Lady Bird, or even other likely favorites such as The Shape of Water and Dunkirk.

Prior to this surprise, Get Out had been limited to wins for Best Original Screenplay (which it also won here) and Best First Film for debut director Jordan Peele.

Dunkirk, which has made it on to a few Top 10 group lists, received its biggest single distinction of the early awards season so far: Christopher Nolan was named Best Director. Fall Festival favorite Gary Oldman also belatedly nabbed his first Best Actor honor as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, while Laurie Metcalf picked up her third Best Supporting Actress award for Lady Bird.

Perhaps the biggest surprise came in the Best Supporting Actor category where, for the first time this year, Willem Dafoe did not win for The Florida Project. Instead, it went to Sam Rockwell‘s racist drunk cop in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

In fact, with other wins including Best Actress Frances McDormand and Best Acting Ensemble, Three Billboards won the most top honors with 3. Blade Runner 2049 tied that total in the tech categories.

By favoring Get Out and Three Billboards, the D.C. critics – perhaps unsurprisingly – took a political bent with their top choices, citing films emblematic of the #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo movements (respectively). That said, it’s a bit shocking that the group from Washington D.C. didn’t go all in for the The Post, limiting it to just one honorary citation.

The D.C. Critics also became the first group of the season to completely snub the gay romance Oscar contender Call Me By Your Name.

WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION
2017 Awards

Best Film: Get Out
Best Director: Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Best Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Best Acting Ensemble: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Youth Performance: Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project
Best Voice Performance: Anthony Gonzalez, Coco
Best Motion Capture Performance: Andy Serkis, War for the Planet of the Apes
Best Adapted Screenplay: Virgil Williams and Dee Rees, Mudbound
Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Animated Feature: Coco
Best DocumentaryJane
Best Foreign Language Film: BPM (Beats Per Minute), France
Best Production Design: Blade Runner 2049, Dennis Gassner and Alessandra Querzola
Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins
Best Editing: Baby Driver, Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
Best Original Score: Blade Runner 2049, Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch
The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC: The Post

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
Golden Globe Nominations
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Boston Society of Film Critics
AFI Top 10 of 2017
Critics Choice Awards Nominations
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review