2015 SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
December 13th, 2015 by SFFCC

 

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle this year illuminates SPOTLIGHT as the Best Picture of 2015, while also handing out three awards to MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, two to BROOKLYN and two to LOVE & MERCY. Meeting at the Variety Club Preview Room on Market Street in San Francisco, the group of 42 Bay Area film critics discussed the merits of the year’s films and performances to reach a consensus and award the best achievements in film this year.

George Miller won recognition for his robust and masterful treatment of action with a social conscience in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, while Paul Dano and Saoirse Ronan collected Best Actor and Best Actress, the former for his portrayal of Brian Wilson’s youthful but troubled musical genius in LOVE & MERCY and the latter for essaying delicate, nuanced emotional detail as a young immigrant woman coming of age and facing the choice of her life in BROOKLYN. The same films were also recognized for their screenwriters: Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner for the thoughtfully structured biopic LOVE & MERCY and Nick Hornby for locating the emotion and internal struggle of an immigrant experience in his screen adaptation of the novel BROOKLYN.

Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress honors went, respectively, to Michael Shannon for his utterly credible work as a fiery real-estate exploiter in 99 HOMES and Mya Taylor for powerfully grounding, with heart and humor, TANGERINE, a tale of transgender sex workers navigating a nighttime odyssey on the streets of L.A.

Awards also went to MAD MAX: FURY ROAD for Best Cinematography (John Seale) and Best Film Editing (Margaret Sixel), as well as CAROL for Best Production Design (Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler). The SFFCC recognized SON OF SAUL as Best Foreign Language Film, ANOMALISA as Best Animated Feature, and LISTEN TO ME MARLON as Best Documentary. Finally, the SFFCC’s annual Special Citation Award for an underappreciated independent film went to Guy Maddin’s THE FORBIDDEN ROOM, while the group’s Marlon Riggs Award for courage and innovation in the Bay Area film community went to 4 Star Theatre proprietor Frank Lee.

Best Picture

BROOKLYN
CAROL
LOVE & MERCY
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
WINNER – SPOTLIGHT

Best Director

John Crowley, BROOKLYN
Todd Haynes, CAROL
Alejandro González Iñárritu, THE REVENANT
Tom McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT
WINNER – George Miller, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, TRUMBO
WINNER – Paul Dano, LOVE & MERCY
Leonardo DiCaprio, THE REVENANT
Michael Fassbender, STEVE JOBS
Ian McKellen, MR. HOLMES

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett,  CAROL
Brie Larson, ROOM
Rooney Mara,  CAROL
Charlotte Rampling, 45 YEARS
WINNER – Saoirse Ronan,  BROOKLYN

Best Supporting Actor

Paul Dano,  LOVE & MERCY
Benicio Del Toro,  SICARIO
Mark Rylance,  BRIDGE OF SPIES
WINNER – Michael Shannon,  99 HOMES
Sylvester Stallone,  CREED

Best Supporting Actress

Elizabeth Banks,  LOVE & MERCY
Helen Mirren,  TRUMBO
WINNER – Mya Taylor,  TANGERINE
Alicia Vikander,  THE DANISH GIRL
Alicia Vikander,  EX MACHINA

Best Screenplay, Original

EX MACHINA, Alex Garland
WINNER –
LOVE & MERCY, Oren Moverman; Michael Alan Lerner
SICARIO, Taylor Sheridan
SPOTLIGHT, Tom McCarthy; Josh Singer
TANGERINE, Sean Baker; Chris Bergoch

Best Screenplay, Adapted

CAROL, Phyllis Nagy
WINNER –
BROOKLYN, Nick Hornby
DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, Marielle Heller
45 YEARS, Andrew Haigh
THE MARTIAN, Drew Goddard
ROOM, Emma Donahue

Best Cinematography

THE ASSASSIN, Ping Bing Lee
CAROL, Edward Lachmann
WINNER –
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, John Seale
THE REVENANT, Emmanuel Lubezki
SICARIO, Roger Deakins

Best Production Design

BRIDGE OF SPIES, Adam Stockhausen; Rena DeAngelo; Bernard Henrich
BROOKLYN, François Séguin; Suzanne Cloutier
WINNER –
CAROL, Judy Becker; Heather Loeffler
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Colin Gibson; Katie Sherrock; Lisa Thompson
THE REVENANT, Jack Fisk; Hamish Purdy

Best Film Editing

THE BIG SHORT, Hank Corwin
LOVE & MERCY, Dino Jonsater
WINNER –
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Margaret Sixel
THE REVENANT, Stephen Mirrione
SICARIO, Joe Walker

Best Animated Feature

WINNER – ANOMALISA
BOY AND THE WORLD
INSIDE OUT
THE PEANUTS MOVIE
SHAUN THE SHEEP

Best Foreign Language Picture

THE ASSASSIN
GOODNIGHT MOMMY
A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE
WINNER – SON OF SAUL
TIMBUKTU

Best Documentary

AMY
BEST OF ENEMIES
WINNER – LISTEN TO ME MARLON
THE LOOK OF SILENCE
MERU

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
Frank Lee  For his lifelong dedication to film culture in San Francisco—in particular his twenty-plus-year film stewardship of the 4 Star Theatre in the tradition of the family-run independent art house and his attention to Hong Kong film, both marked by his astute taste and knowledge.

Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM Guy Maddin’s haunted scream, full of artfully recreated, vinegar-eaten celluloid, is a rat’s nest of affairs too strange to recall and too troubling to forget

 

 

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2013 SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
December 13th, 2013 by SFFCC

 

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle has named 12 YEARS A SLAVE the Best Picture of 2013, and its star Chiwetel Ejiofor as Best Actor for his performance as Solomon Northup, a free man pressed into captivity in 1850s America. Meeting at the Variety Club Preview Room on Market Street in San Francisco, the group of 31 Bay Area film critics discussed the merits of the year’s films and performances. In the end, a consensus was reached that Steve McQueen’s powerful account of Northup’s autobiography—also winner of Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley—was the year’s most impressive cinematic achievement.

Nonetheless, GRAVITY collected the most awards—four in all—for its own stellar achievements. Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director honors, as well as sharing Best Film Editing with Mark Sanger. The visually stunning story of an astronaut’s survival in terrifying circumstances also won over the S.F. critics in the categories of Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) and Best Production Design (Andy Nicholson).

Best Actress Cate Blanchett dazzled the San Francisco voters with her performance as the titular fallen socialite in Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE while Best Supporting acting awards went to Jennifer Lawrence as troubled, troublesome wife Rosalyn Rosenfeld in AMERICAN HUSTLE and James Franco as the wild man Alien in SPRING BREAKERS.

Among the other honorees: Best Documentary THE ACT OF KILLING, which creatively exposed the recent-history evil of Indonesian death-squad thugs, Best Foreign Language Picture BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, a French story of first love in a lesbian relationship, and Best Animated Feature FROZEN, Disney’s entertaining musical take on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.”

As per tradition, the group issued a Special Citation to celebrate an under-the-radar film, in this case Andrew Bujalski’s ‘80s throwback COMPUTER CHESS. The annual Marlon Riggs Award, honoring courage and innovation in the world of Bay Area film, this year is shared by Ryan Coogler, in honor of local story FRUITVALE STATION, and Christopher Statton for his inspiring work on behalf of the independent Roxie Theater.

Best Picture

AMERICAN HUSTLE
GRAVITY
NEBRASKA
WINNER – 12 YEARS A SLAVE
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Best Director

WINNER – Alfonso Cuaron, GRAVITY
Spike Jonze, HER
Steve McQueen, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
David O. Russell, AMERICAN HUSTLE
Martin Scorsese, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Best Actor

Bruce Dern, NEBRASKA
Leonardo DiCaprio, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
WINNERChiwetel Ejiofor, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Matthew McConaughey, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
Robert Redford, ALL IS LOST

Best Actress

WINNER – Cate Blanchett, BLUE JASMINE
Sandra Bullock, GRAVITY
Judi Dench, PHILOMENA
Adele Exarchopolous, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Brie Larson, SHORT TERM 12
Meryl Streep, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Michael Fassbender, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Harrison Ford, 42
Will Forte, NEBRASKA
WINNERJames Franco, SPRING BREAKERS
Jared Leto, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Best Supporting Actress

WINNER – Jennifer Lawrence, AMERICAN HUSTLE
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Lea Seydoux, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Octavia Spencer, FRUITVALE STATION
June Squibb, NEBRASKA

Best Screenplay, Original

WINNER – AMERICAN HUSTLE, Eric Singer and David O. Russell
GRAVITY, Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron
HER, Spike Jonze
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Joel and Ethan Coen
NEBRASKA, Bob Nelson

Best Screenplay, Adapted

BEFORE MIDNIGHT, Richard Linklater; Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
PHILOMENA, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
THE SPECTACULAR NOW, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
WINNER – 12 YEARS A SLAVE, John Ridley
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, Terence Winter

Best Cinematography

WINNER – GRAVITY, Emmanuel Lubezki
HER, Hoyte Van Hoytema
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Bruno Delbonnel
NEBRASKA, Phedon Papamichael
12 YEARS A SLAVE, Sean Bobbitt

Best Production Design

AMERICAN HUSTLE, Judy Becker
WINNER – GRAVITY, Andy Nicholson
HER, K. K. Barrett
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Jess Gonchor
12 YEARS A SLAVE, Adam Stockhausen

Best Editing

ALL IS LOST, Pete Beaudreau
AMERICAN HUSTLE, Alan Baumgarten; Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, Christopher Rouse
WINNER – GRAVITY, Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger
12 YEARS A SLAVE, Joe Walker
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, Thelma Schoonmaker

Best Animated Feature

THE CROODS
DESPICABLE ME
WINNER – FROZEN
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY
THE WIND RISES

Best Foreign Language Picture

WINNER – BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
A HIJACKING
THE HUNT
THE PAST
WADJDA

Best Documentary

WINNER – THE ACT OF KILLING
THE ARMSTRONG LIE
BLACKFISH
STORIES WE TELL
TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM

(6 nominations in a category indicates a tie)

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
Ryan Coogler for putting a human face to murder victim Oscar Grant in FRUITVALE STATION and to former Roxie Theater executive director Christopher Statton for putting the Roxie onto more solid ground by transforming it into a nonprofit enterprise.

Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema
COMPUTER CHESS, Andrew Bujalski’s comedy merges documentary techniques and old video technologies to make light of the ’80s race to build a winning computer-chess program.

 

OUR SPONSORS:

Variety – The Children’s Charity of the United States is an association of 23 chapters throughout the country that empower local kids who are disabled and disadvantaged to live, laugh and learn. With the help of dedicated volunteers and generous individual and corporate supporters, Variety – The Children’s Charity is able to expand the horizons of deserving children.

Wente Vineyards, in Livermore, is a certified sustainable winery that has been making wine since 1883 through five generations. Wente Family Estates is proud to have been selected as Wine Enthusiast’s “American Winery of the Year” for 2011. For more information, please visit www.wentevineyards.com or contact Charles Communications Associates at press@charlescomm.com.

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