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Online Film Critics Society 2017 Award Winners!

The race this year was tight, and for a good reason. There were so many films made by minorities (females, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, etc) about minorities. They presented important stories, perspectives, and much needed social commentary. Add to that the powerful perfomances from not only veteran actors, but newcomers who have just had their breakout moments. Below are all the winners as we conclude another successful awards season. Thank you all for participating with us. The Governing Committee would especially like to thank our international membership for lending us their perspectives so that we could come up with such diverse choices.

Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Picture

A Ghost Story

Call Me By Your Name

Dunkirk

Get Out – WINNER

Lady Bird

mother!

Phantom Thread

The Florida Project

The Shape Of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture

Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Gary Oldman, “The Darkest Hour” – WINNER

James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”

Robert Pattinson, “Good Time”

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”

Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture

Cynthia Nixon, “A Quiet Passion”

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape Of Water” – WINNER

Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Director of a Motion Picture

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk” – WINNER

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”

Nominess for the OFCS Award for Best Original Screenplay

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”

Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water”

Jordan Peele, “Get Out” – WINNER

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”

Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Aaron Sorkin, “Molly’s Game”

James Gray, “The Lost City of Z”

James Ivory, “Call Me By Your Name” – WINNER

Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, “The Disaster Artist”

Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled”

Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Documentary

Dawson City: Frozen Time

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

Faces Places – WINNER

Jane

The Work

Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Foregin Language Film

BPM (Beats Per Minute) – WINNER

Nocturama

Raw

Thelma

The Square

Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Armie Hammer, “Call Me By Your Name”

Michael Stuhlbarg, “Call Me By Your Name”

Patrick Stewart, “Logan”

Richard Jenkins, “The Shape Of Water”

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – WINNER

Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”

Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird” – WINNER

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”

Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip”

Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Animated Feature

Coco – WINNER

In This Corner Of The World

Lego Batman Movie

Loving Vincent

The Breadwinner

Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Editing in a Motion Picture

Ben Safdie and Ronald Bronstein, “Good Time”

Lee Smith, “Dunkirk” – WINNER

Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos, “Baby Driver”

Sidney Wolinsky, “The Shape Of Water”

Tatiana S. Riegel, “I, Tonya”

Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Cinematography in a Motion Picture

Dan Laustsen, “The Shape Of Water”

Darius Khondji, “Lost City Of Z”

Hoyte van Hoytema, “Dunkirk”

Rachel Morrison, “Mudbound”

Roger Deakins, “Blade Runner 2049” – WINNER

Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Get Out

Lady Bird

Mudbound

The Post

The Shape Of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER

Nominees for the OFCS Award for Breakout Star of the Year

Brooklynn Prince, “The Florida Project”

Dafne Keen, “Logan”

Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip”

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name” – WINNER

Online Film Critics Society 2017 Award Nominees

Another year, another round of OFCS awards. The Online Film Critics Society is one of only a few truly international film critics organizations. Our eclectic nominations reflect the diverse tastes of our growing global membership. Here are our nominations for 2017, and keep an eye out for our winner’s announcement on December 28th.

Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Picture
A Ghost Story
Call Me By Your Name
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
mother!
Phantom Thread
The Florida Project
The Shape Of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “The Darkest Hour”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Robert Pattinson, “Good Time”
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”
Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture
Cynthia Nixon, “A Quiet Passion”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape Of Water”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Director of a Motion Picture
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”

Nominess for the OFCS Award for Best Original Screenplay

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”

Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin, “Molly’s Game”
James Gray, “The Lost City of Z”
James Ivory, “Call Me By Your Name”
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, “The Disaster Artist”
Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled”
Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Documentary
Dawson City: Frozen Time
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library
Faces Places
Jane
The Work
Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Foregin Language Film
BPM (Beats Per Minute)
Nocturama
Raw
Thelma
The Square
Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Armie Hammer, “Call Me By Your Name”
Michael Stuhlbarg, “Call Me By Your Name”
Patrick Stewart, “Logan”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape Of Water”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip”
Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Animated Feature
Coco
In This Corner Of The World
Lego Batman Movie
Loving Vincent
The Breadwinner
Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Editing in a Motion Picture
Ben Safdie and Ronald Bronstein, “Good Time”
Lee Smith, “Dunkirk”
Paul Machliss, “Baby Driver”
Sidney Wolinsky, “The Shape Of Water”
Tatiana S. Riegel, “I, Tonya”
Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Cinematography in a Motion Picture
Dan Laustsen, “The Shape Of Water”
Darius Khondji, “Lost City Of Z”
Hoyte van Hoytema, “Dunkirk”
Rachel Morrison, “Mudbound”
Roger Deakins, “Blade Runner 2049”
Nominees for the OFCS Award for Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Get Out
Lady Bird
Mudbound
The Post
The Shape Of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Nominees for the OFCS Award for Breakout Star of the Year
Brooklynn Prince, “The Florida Project”
Dafne Keen, “Logan”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip”
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”

OFCS Would Like To Welcome Its New Members!

This year’s admission process has concluded, and it was an exceptionally tough one. With several hundred applicants, the Governing Committee’s decision was a difficult one. After much deliberation, help us give a big “Welcome” to our new members!


Matthew Anderson
of CineVue
Andrea Chase of Killer Movie Reviews
Chris Evangelista of Cut Print Film
Nguyen Le of InSession Film
Joel Mayward of CineMayward
Michael Reuben of Blu-ray.com
James Roberts of Glide Magazine
Aramide Tinubu of Shadow and Act
Robert Yaniz Jr of We Got This Covered

 

Interested in becoming a member? Go here and read up on our process!

OFCS Announces 20th Annual Award Winners

2016 ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS – WINNERS PRESS RELEASE

The powerful coming-of-age drama Moonlight dominated the 2016 Online Film Critics Society Awards, winning a total of four awards out of seven nominations.

The film beat out competition from La La Land, Arrival, Jackie and Manchester by the Sea amongst others to be named Best Picture. Barry Jenkins won Best Director and Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris won Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.

The Online Film Critics Society’s Governing Committee said, “We’d like to congratulate all involved with Moonlight for the power and humanity of this extraordinary film. Topical and relevant, it is a timely reminder of that which unites us being greater than that which divides us.”

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, which tied with Moonlight for seven nominations, won in the Best Editing and Best Cinematography categories.

Casey Affleck won Best Actor for his portrayal of a man consumed by grief in Manchester By the Sea, adding another accolade to the over 30 awards he has already garnered for the performance. Natalie Portman was named Best Actress for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy in the days following the assassination of JFK in Pablo Larraín’s Jackie. Both actors are hotly tipped as Oscar favorites for their performances at the Academy Awards on 26th February.

Laika’s anime-flavored stop-motion fantasy Kubo and the Two Strings won Best Animated Feature. Kubo… won over three Disney nominees, Finding Dory, Moana and Zootopia, plus the dialogue free The Red Turtle, a Belgian-French-Japanese production with involvement from Studio Ghibli.

The Handmaiden, from South Korean director Park Chan-wook, won Best Film Not in the English Language, while O.J.: Made in America, Ezra Edelman’s epic dissection of celebrity and racial discord in latter 20th-century America, was awarded Best Documentary.

Best Original Screenplay went to Taylor Sheridan for his recession crime thriller Hell or High Water. Eric Heisserer won Best Adapted Screenplay for Arrival, adapting Ted Chiang’s short story, “Story of Your Life”.

Three Special Awards were voted for by the OFCS membership, all of them Memorials reflecting the number of cherished entertainers lost in 2016. These Memorial Awards were named for Carrie Fisher, Alan Rickman & Gene Wilder.

Alongside the films in competition, 10 films not released in the US were selected by the membership for special note. These include Hirokazu Kore-eda’s After the Storm, The Dardennes Brothers’ The Unknown Girl, Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama, Hong Sang-soo’s Yourself and Yours and Colm McCarthy’s The Girl with All the Gifts.

Previous OFCS Best Picture winners include Mad Max: Fury Road, The Grand Budapest Hotel and 12 Years a Slave.
Please visit the following link to see the full list of winners:

OFCS Announces 20th Annual Film Awards Nominations

La La Land and Moonlight top the nominations for the 2016 Online Film Critic Society’s Awards with 7 nods each, including Best Picture and Best Director.
 
With 6 nominations apiece are the critically acclaimed Arrival and Manchester by the Sea.
 
Films also up for Best Picture include Jackie and Hell or High Water.
 
Casey Affleck’s performance in Manchester by the Sea heads the Best Lead Actor category. Affleck is joined in the category by Adam Driver, Ryan Gosling, Viggo Mortensen and Denzel Washington.  
 
Leading nominations for Best Lead Actress are Natalie Portman for her performance in Pablo Larraín’s Jackie and Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven’s controversial Elle. Other actresses nominated are Amy Addams, Ruth Negga and Emma Stone.  
 
Supporting Actor and Actress nominations include Mahershala Ali for Moonlight, Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water, Michael Shannon for Nocturnal Animals, Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea, Viola Davis for Fences, and Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures.
 
Moonlight and La La Land’s 7 nominations reflect the huge acclaim the films have already garnered, both already the recipient of numerous awards. Moonlight and La La Land’s directors Barry Jenkins and Damien Chazelle are joined by Pablo Larraín, Kenneth Lonergan and Denis Villeneuve in the Best Director category.
 
Toni Erdmann, The Handmaiden, Elle, The Salesman, and Neruda have all been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Neruda is Jackie director Pablo Larraín’s second nominated film on this year’s list.
 
Ezra Edelman’s epic O.J.: Made in America leads the Best Documentary category and the film has also been nominated for Best Picture. Joining Edelman’s film for Best Documentary are two other race-centric films, 13th and I Am Not Your Negro.
 
Kubo and the Two Strings, Zootopia, Moana, The Red Turtle and Finding Dory make up the Best Animated Feature category.
 
The Online Film Critics Society is one of only a few truly international film critics organisations. Reflecting the global membership of the OFCS, 10 films not released in the US have been selected by the membership for special note.
 
These include Hirokazu Kore-eda’s After the Storm, The Dardennes Brothers’ The Unknown Girl, Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama, Hong Sang-soo’s Yourself and Yours and Colm McCarthy’s The Girl with All the Gifts.
 
The Online Film Critics Society’s Governing Committee said, “This year’s nominations and films recognised represent the rich variety of films on the global stage in 2016. Over 150 titles were long listed for Best Picture, over 100 for Best Foreign Language Film and over 30 titles for Best Animated Feature.
 
The list of nominees across all categories reflects cinema’s power to entertain, to provoke, to inspire hope and debate and to be a force for change. These films also prove that while 2016 was not a banner year in all areas, for cinema we are currently enjoying a golden age.”
 
Previous OFCS Best Picture winners include Mad Max: Fury Road, The Grand Budapest Hotel and 12 Years a Slave.
Please visit the following link to see the full list of nominations:

Interview: Key and Peele Talk KEANU And Cats, Thumb Wrestle, And Riot Over Wacky Shirts

When I was asked to interview two of the funniest comedians working today, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, known to the world as Key & Peele, for their cat caper Keanu, I knew what I had to do: find the smallest, most uncomfortable batshit crazy cat shirt available on Earth and wear it for the interview.

That’s exactly what I did, and it was a pure joy watching them lose their shit when I finally revealed it. (Pay close attention and you will notice I had to master immediately how to breathe and talk at the same time in this wild thing.)

Interviewing comedians is always a fun farce of buffoonery because you don’t have to stick to lifeless questions like “So tell me about your character” and similar tone-deaf mumbo jumbo they are asked an unimaginable amount of times during press tours. (To be fair, sometimes these half-baked questions are inevitable.)

Click HERE to watch the interview.

— Chase Whale

OFCS Reviews, Interviews, and More (April 10)

Click on any link to read member reviews, interviews, and more.

Films Reviews
Miracles from Heaven – Susan Granger
Bellissima — Paul Peralta
Batman v Superman —  João Pinto (Portugese)
Jodorowsky’s Dune — Dennis Schwartz
Eye in the Sky — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
I Saw the Light — Susan Granger
The Divergent Series: Allegiant — Frank Ochieng
God’s Not Dead 2 — Frank Ochieng
Suburra —  Hugo Gomes
SXSW Review: Jake Gyllenhaal Channels Palahniuk In Dark ‘Demolition’ – Kristy Puchko
Movie Review: ‘THE JUNGLE BOOK’ – Courtney Howard
REVIEW: THE BOSS Isn’t Very Boss – Courtney Howard
Everybody Wants Some!! — Frank Swietek
Hardcore Henry – Frank Swietek
The Invitation — Andry Crump
Demolition – Laura and Robin Clifford
The Boss — Frank Swietek
Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt – Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Everybody Wants Some!! — Brent McKnight
Everybody Wants Some!!: Still Dazed and Confused, Plus Hot and Bothered — Andrew Wyatt
Love & Mercy movie review: strange vibrations — MaryAnn Johanson
Tsai Time: AFTERNOON — Kenji Fujishima
Demolition — Kenji Fujishima
Look at Us Now, Mother! — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Misconduct — Susan Granger
Born to be Blue — Susan Granger
I Saw the Light — Susan Granger

Interviews:
Spotlight Shines on Debbie Reynolds — Betty Jo Tucker

Editorials
A Study in Spielberg: Jaws (1975) – Jerry Roberts
A Study in Spielberg: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) — Jerry Roberts
The Maltese Falcon — Mark Hobin
The Road Trip Within: Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild —  Kenji Fujishima

Festival Reviews:
Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: ALIGARH, A Human Tragedy — Josh Hurtado

Lists:
FEATURE: TOP 10 MOVIE JUDGES — Frank Ochieng

OFCS Reviews, Interviews, and More (April 1)

Click on any title to read OFCS member reviews, interviews, and more.

New Releases:
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
– Susan Granger
Eye in the Sky – Susan Granger
Kill Your Friends – Betty Jo Tucker
Standing Tall – Jose Solis
Martyrs – Rob Daniel
Batmanv v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Rob Daniel
Ki and Ka – Kathy Gibson
Everybody Wants Some!! – Laura Clifford
Sold – Maryann Johanson
Midnight Special – Mark Dujsik
The Island of the Day After – Donald Levit
Born to Be Blue – Mark Dujsik
10 Cloverfield Lane – Jared Mobarak

Repertory:
A Study in Spielberg: The Sugarland Express (1974) – Jerry Roberts
MINI-CRITICAS : BRUNA SURFISTINHA (2011), DREAM HOUSE (2011), WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? (2011) – Hugo Gomes
A Study in Spielberg: Duel (1971) – Jerry Roberts
The Crying Game – Jared Mobarak

Interviews:
Interview: Director Tom Moore on His Lifelong Love of Trapeze, and the Legacy of ‘Grease’ – Jose Solis
Joe Manganiello Talks Playing Pee-wee’s Perfect Playmate in ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday – Kristy Puchko

 

From Our Members' Desks (Mar. 1, 2016)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Best of Lists

Son of Saul tops Greek Film Critics’ best-of-year list

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: In what was dubbed Year of the Woman, we’ve come down to an Oscar race revolving around a single white male with a bear on his back. How did that happen?

Interviews

Joseph Fiennes on “Risen”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Niobe Thompson and Darren Fung on ‘The Great Human Odyssey’

Pat Mullen @ POV Magazine

  • Excerpt: The director and composer talk about taking their documentary from the small screen to epic live performance.

Rafi Pitts can’t stand the ignorance surround Green Card Soldiers

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: A Berlinale regular, the Iranian born director discusses this year’s Competition entry Soy Nero, regarding Green Card Soldiers and the American Dream Act

Soy Nero – Rafi Pitts interview

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: Iranian director Rafi Pitts, who has screened his latest film, Soy Nero [+], at the Berlinale, sat down to discuss his return to the German gathering and some of the issues explored in his movie.

Tomasz Wasilweski – United States of Love interview

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: First-time Berlinale competitor Tomasz Wasilewski came to Berlin a newbie and left an award winner with United States of Love [+], his story of three women suffering emotional and nervous breakdowns in the aftermath of the Polish communist era, which earned him the Best Script Award.

Festivals: General Coverage

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From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 1, 2016)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Best of Lists

Son of Saul tops Greek Film Critics’ best-of-year list

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: In what was dubbed Year of the Woman, we’ve come down to an Oscar race revolving around a single white male with a bear on his back. How did that happen?

Interviews

Joseph Fiennes on “Risen”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Niobe Thompson and Darren Fung on ‘The Great Human Odyssey’

Pat Mullen @ POV Magazine

  • Excerpt: The director and composer talk about taking their documentary from the small screen to epic live performance.

Rafi Pitts can’t stand the ignorance surround Green Card Soldiers

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: A Berlinale regular, the Iranian born director discusses this year’s Competition entry Soy Nero, regarding Green Card Soldiers and the American Dream Act

Soy Nero – Rafi Pitts interview

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: Iranian director Rafi Pitts, who has screened his latest film, Soy Nero [+], at the Berlinale, sat down to discuss his return to the German gathering and some of the issues explored in his movie.

Tomasz Wasilweski – United States of Love interview

Joseph Proimakis @ Cineuropa.org

  • Excerpt: First-time Berlinale competitor Tomasz Wasilewski came to Berlin a newbie and left an award winner with United States of Love [+], his story of three women suffering emotional and nervous breakdowns in the aftermath of the Polish communist era, which earned him the Best Script Award.

Festivals: General Coverage

Read More

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