2017 SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
December 10th, 2017 by SFFCC

 

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC) announced today the winners in all categories for their 2017 Award recipients. The circle, comprised of critics from across the Bay Area and Northern California, met in San Francisco to decide the winners. THE FLORIDA PROJECT and THE SHAPE OF WATER lead with two wins each.

Sean Baker’s vibrant coming-of-age film about little rascals growing up in the shadow of Disney World, THE FLORIDA PROJECT was named Best Picture. Additionally, Willem Dafoe won Best Supporting Actor for his sensitive and layered performance among a cast of newcomers.

Mexican auteur Guillermo Del Toro won Best Director for his socially aware 1950s-set sci-fi love story THE SHAPE OF WATER. Additionally, Paul D. Austerberry won Best Production Design for his meticulous work on the film.

Andy Serkis won Best Actor for his physical motion-capture performance in the sci-fi action film WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, the final installment in the most recent Planet of the Apes reboot. Margot Robbie was named Best Actress for playing Tonya Harding over the course of two decades in I, TONYA.

Best Supporting Actress went to Laurie Metcalf’s subtle and perfectly nuanced performance as mother to the teenage protagonist in LADY BIRD.

Robin Campillo’s powerful French drama about the AIDS activists of ACT UP Paris, BPM was awarded Best Foreign Language Film, while heartstring-pulling Day of the Dead-themed family film COCO was named Best Animated Feature. FACES PLACES, JR and Agnes Varda’s playful documentary about artistic creation and human relationships, was named Best Documentary.

James Ivory won Best Adapted Screenplay for the rich and internally focused screenplay based on André Aciman’s novel CALL ME BY YOUR NAME and Jordan Peele won Best Original Screenplay for his smart and scathing horror comedy GET OUT.

English cinematographer Roger Deakins was awarded Best Cinematography for his work on the visually arresting sci-fi sequel BLADE RUNNER 2049.

Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos were awarded Best Editing for Edgar Wright’s fast-paced action film BABY DRIVER. Jonny Greenwood won Best Original Score for his rich, swooning, neo-classical score in Paul Thomas Anderson’s PHANTOM THREAD.

The circle illuminated Viktor Jakovleski’s visually arresting documentary about an annual fireworks festival in Mexico BRIMSTONE & GLORY with their annual Special Citation Award for an underappreciated independent film.

The group’s Marlon Riggs Award for courage and innovation in the Bay Area film community was award to director Peter Bratt for his work on films including DOLORES, LA MISSION and FOLLOW ME HOME.

 

Best Picture

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
WINNER – THE FLORIDA PROJECT
GET OUT
THE SHAPE OF WATER
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Best Director

Sean Baker – THE FLORIDA PROJECT
WINNER – Guillermo del Toro – THE SHAPE OF WATER
Greta Gerwig – LADY BIRD
Christopher Nolan – DUNKIRK
Jordan Peele – GET OUT

Best Actor

Timothée Chalamet – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
James Franco – THE DISASTER ARTIST
Daniel Kaluuya – GET OUT
Gary Oldman – DARKEST HOUR
WINNER – Andy Serkis – WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

Best Actress

Annette Bening – FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL
Sally Hawkins – THE SHAPE OF WATER
Frances McDormand – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
WINNER – Margot Robbie – I, TONYA
Saoirse Ronan – LADY BIRD

Best Supporting Actor

WINNER – Willem Dafoe – THE FLORIDA PROJECT
Armie Hammer – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Richard Jenkins – THE SHAPE OF WATER
Sam Rockwell – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Michael Stuhlbarg – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Best Supporting Actress

Holly Hunter – THE BIG SICK
Allison Janney – I, TONYA
Melissa Leo – NOVITIATE
Lesley Manville – PHANTOM THREAD
WINNER – Laurie Metcalf – LADY BIRD

Best Screenplay, Original

THE BIG SICK – Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon
WINNER – GET OUT – Jordan Peele
LADY BIRD – Greta Gerwig
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Guillermo Del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI – Martin McDonagh

Best Screenplay, Adapted

THE DISASTER ARTIST – Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
WINNER – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – James Ivory
MOLLY’S GAME – Aaron Sorkin
MUDBOUND – Dee Rees and Virgil Williams
WONDERSTRUCK  – Brian Selznick

Best Cinematography

WINNER – BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Roger Deakins
DUNKIRK – Hoyte van Hoytema
THE FLORIDA PROJECT – Alexis Zabe
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Dan Laustsen
WONDER WHEEL – Vittorio Storaro

Best Production Design

BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Dennis Gassner
DUNKIRK – Nathan Crowley
PHANTOM THREAD – Mark Tildesley
WINNER – THE SHAPE OF WATER – Paul D. Austerberry
WONDERSTRUCK – Mark Friedberg

Best Original Score

BLADE RUNNER 2049  – Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch
DUNKIRK – Hans Zimmer
WINNER – PHANTOM THREAD – Jonny Greenwood
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Alexandre Desplat
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES – Michael Giacchino

Best Film Editing

WINNER – BABY DRIVER – Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Joe Walker
DUNKIRK – Lee Smith
THE POST – Michael Kahn
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Sidney Wolinsky

Best Animated Feature

THE BREADWINNER
WINNER – COCO
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
LOVING VINCENT
YOUR NAME

Best Foreign Language Picture

WINNER – BPM
A FANTASTIC WOMAN
FRANTZ
IN THE FADE
THE SQUARE

Best Documentary

BRIMSTONE & GLORY
CITY OF GHOSTS
DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME
WINNER – FACES PLACES
JANE

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
Peter Bratt. The spirit of activism and social justice was imprinted on San Francisco native Peter Bratt’s DNA from the time he was a small child when his mother took Peter and his siblings to live on Alcatraz during the Native American occupation of the island and when she would bring the whole family to participate in farm workers’ protests. He carried those lessons of his youth into his filmmaking, culminating most lately with DOLORES, Bratt’s first documentary, a powerful biography of the United Farmworkers’ co-founder Dolores Huerta.

Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema
BRIMSTONE & GLORY– visually arresting documentary set during an annual fireworks festival in Mexico

 

SFFCC Members’ Best of 2016
January 10th, 2017 by SFFCC

As our members complete their Best of 2016 lists, they will be added here.

Jeffrey M. Anderson (Combustible Celluloid/ Common Sense Media/ SF Examiner)

CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR
PATERSON
ARRIVAL
SULLY
MOONLIGHT
EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!
CERTAIN WOMEN
SILENCE
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA
LOVING

added 1/8/17

Daniel Barnes (Sacramento News & Review/ E Street Film Society)

THE HANDMAIDEN
THREE
CAMERAPERSON
THE WITCH
AMERICAN HONEY
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA
THE SALESMAN
KRISHA
ELLE
THE WAILING

added 1/8/17

Peter Canavese (Groucho Reviews)

MOONLIGHT
ARRIVAL
FENCES
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA
20th CENTURY WOMEN
CHRISTINE
THE HANDMAIDEN
THE FOUNDER
SNOWDEN

added 1/8/17

Marco Cerritos (Hypable, FirstShowing.net)

THE LOBSTER
FENCES
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
MISS SLOANE
20th CENTURY WOMEN
WEINER
ZOOTOPIA
THE FOUNDER
INDIGNATION
PATRIOTS DAY

added 1/8/17

Fernando Croce (Cinepassion.org)

CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR
SULLY
PATERSON
TONI ERDMANN
RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE + THE TENNESSEE KIDS
CAMERAPERSON
NO HOME MOVIE
ELLE
SONG

added 1/8/17

Jesse Hawthorne Ficks (48hills.org)

CAFE SOCIETY
ELLE
THE FITS
ARRIVAL and IXCANUL
THE NEON DEMON and RAHMAN RAGHAV 2.0
CERTAIN WOMEN and MOONLIGHT
HELL OR HIGH WATER and NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
THE JUNGLE BOOK and MOANA
THE LOBSTER and HIGH RISE
TONI ERDMANN and FENCES

added 1/8/17

Peter Hartlaub (SF Chronicle)

HELL OR HIGH WATER
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
MOONLIGHT
ARRIVAL
THE WITCH
WEINER
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
THE JUNGLE BOOK
LA LA LAND
POP STAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING

added 1/8/17

Zaki Hasan (Zaki’s Corner /The MovieFilm Podcast)

ARRIVAL
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
HELL OR HIGH WATER
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
THE NICE GUYS
LA LA LAND
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
STAR TREK BEYOND
WEINER

added 1/8/17

Anita Katz (San Francisco Examiner)

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
THE SALESMAN
TONI ERDMANN
JACKIE
MOONLIGHT
13TH
THE CLUB
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
DON’T THINK TWICE

added 1/8/17

Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)

KNIGHT OF CUPS
HACKSAW RIDGE
LA LA LAND
FENCES
ELLE
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
MOONLIGHT
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
ARRIVAL
MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES

added 1/8/17

Jason LeRoy (The Binge)

MOONLIGHT
THE LOBSTER
LA LA LAND
ZOOTOPIA
ARRIVAL
JACKIE
THE MEDDLER
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
AMERICAN HONEY

added 1/8/17

Randy Myers (Bay Area News Group/randymyersinmotion.com)

MOONLIGHT
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
LA LA LAND
SING STREET
THE HANDMAIDEN
HELL OR HIGH WATER
THE WITCH
ARRIVAL
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

added 1/8/17

Tim Sika (Celluloid Dreams/KGO 810-AM)

FENCES
ARRIVAL
MOONLIGHT
O.J. SIMPSON: MADE IN AMERICA
LOVING
20TH CENTURY WOMEN
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
SNOWDEN
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
RULES DON’T APPLY

added 1/8/17

Michael Snyder (Marina Times/>GABNet.net/Roku)

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!
THE HANDMAIDEN
A BIGGER SPLASH
ARRIVAL
SING STREET
ZOOTOPIA
JACKIE
20TH CENTURY WOMEN
LOVING

added 1/8/17

Richard Von Busack (Metro Newspapers)

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WARS
FENCES
THE HANDMAIDEN
HELL AND HIGH WATER
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
LOVING
MOONLIGHT
OJ: MADE IN AMERICA
THE WITCH
ZOOTOPIA

added 1/8/17

Jan Wahl (KRON-TV/KCBS 740 AM)

HIDDEN FIGURES
LA LA LAND
QUEEN OF KATWE
DENIAL
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
MOANA
SULLY
EYE IN THE SKY
THE FOUNDER
FENCES

added 1/8/17

Mel Valentin (nextprojection.com)

ARRIVAL
PATERSON
SILENCE
MOONLIGHT
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
KUBO & THE TWO STRINGS
THE WITCH
UNDER THE SHADOW
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
20th CENTURY WOMEN

added 1/8/17

Kelly Vance (East Bay Express)

HELL OR HIGH WATER
INDIGNATION
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
MILES AHEAD
MOONLIGHT
NERUDA
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA
PATERSON
THINGS TO COME
TOWER

added 1/8/17

Yar Wei (Sing Tao Chinese Radio/Sing Tao Daily)

LA LA LAND
MOONLIGHT
MANCHESTER By THE SEA
THE SALESMAN
THE HANDMAIDEN
ARRIVAL
HIDDEN FIGURES
DEADPOOL
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

added 1/8/17

 

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