2017 FFCC Winners

Dunkirk  wins top prizes in 2017 Florida Film Critics Awards

The cast and crew of The Florida Project recognized with Golden Orange

TAMPA, FL — The Florida Film Critics Circle has announced its winners for the best films and cinematic performances of 2017 and the awards were, like last year, pretty fairly spread out among an array of films. During the nomination phase, The Shape of Water dominated most categories with ten nominations. But after the final votes came in for the 2017 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards, the fantasy/romance/monster movie was nowhere to be found in the final tally.

Taking the Best Picture prize was Dunkirk, writer-director Christopher Nolan’s epic depiction of the evacuation of Dunkirk during World War II. Writer-director Greta Gerwig’s poignant coming-of-age drama Lady Bird came in as the runner-up. Best Director also went to Dunkirk, recognizing Christopher Nolan with Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig again in second place. Writer/director Jordan Peele was recognized in the Best Original Screenplay and Best First Film categories for Get Out. Peele was also the runner up for the Pauline Kael Breakout Award. That prize was won by actor Timothée Chalamet, for his roles in Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird and his brief turn in Hostiles.

But the film with the most awards this year was Blade Runner 2049. Denis Villeneuve’s technical marvel won four prizes – all in the craft categories: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction/Production, Best Visual Effects and Best Score. Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri was recognized in two acting categories: The cast won Best Ensemble and Sam Rockwell won Best Supporting Actor. The Best Actress, according to FFCC voters, was Margot Robbie for her performance as embattled former figure skater Tonya Harding in the black comedy/biopic I, Tonya. That film also found representation in another acting category, Best Supporting Actress, for Allison Janey. Winning Best Actor was, once again, Chalamet, this time for his singular performance in Call Me by Your Name. That film also won Best Adapted Screenplay honors for James Ivory.

In other categories, the winner in Best Documentary was Jane, which edged out Ex Libris: New York Public Library. The French film BPM beat out The Square for Best Foreign Language Film while Disney/Pixar made it on top this year with Coco, topping out the more adult oriented movie, Loving Vincent.

This year, the Florida Film Critics Circle bestowed its annual Golden Orange Award on the cast and crew of The Florida Project. Directing a script he co-wrote with Chris Bergoch, Sean Baker presents a look at “the other side of the highway” in Orlando, Florida. Living in a state of destitution, small children, whose parents have nowhere else to live but the low rent motels near Disney World, make the best of their world. It’s a film that touched the hearts of many critics beyond Florida and deserved some special recognition for its bold view of our state.

Congratulations to all this year’s winners!

The Florida Film Critics Circle is an organization of 25 writers from Florida-based print and online publications. Founded in 1996, the FFCC strives to recognize outstanding work in film, further the cause of good movies, and maintain the highest level of professionalism among film critics in Florida: www.floridafilmcritics.com. Bill Gibron of PopMatters.com and FilmRacket.com has served as chairman since March 2013.

COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

BEST PICTURE

Dunkirk (WINNER)

Lady Bird (Runner-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 (Runner-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 (Runner-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 (Runner-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 (Runner-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 (Runner-Up)

Holly Hunter – The Big Sick

Hong Chau – Downsizing

Mary J. Blige – Mudbound

BEST ENSEMBLE

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (WINNER)

Dunkirk (Runner-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 (Runner-Up)

Lady Bird

The Big Sick

The Shape Of Water

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Call Me By Your Name (WINNER)

The Disaster Artist (Runner-Up)

Marjorie Prime

Molly’s Game

The Lost City of Z

Wonderstruck

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Blade Runner 2049 (WINNER)

Dunkirk (Runner-Up)

Personal Shopper

The Post

The Shape of Water

Wonderstruck

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Blade Runner 2049 (WINNER)

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

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Wonderstruck

BEST SCORE

Blade Runner 2049 (WINNER)

Dunkirk (Runner-Up)

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Jane (WINNER)

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

Dawson City: Frozen Time

Faces Places

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Kedi

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

BPM (WINNER)

The Square (Runner-Up)

First They Killed My Father

Loveless

The Ornithologist

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Coco (WINNER)

Loving Vincent (Runner-Up)

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

The LEGO Batman Movie

BEST FIRST FILM

Get Out (WINNER)

God’s Own Country (Runner-Up)

Ingrid Goes West

Molly’s Game

PAULINE KAEL BREAKOUT AWARD

Timothée Chalamet (WINNER)

Jordan Peele (Runner-Up)

Barry Keoghan

Greta Gerwig

Millicent Simmonds

GOLDEN ORANGE

The cast and crew of The Florida Project

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