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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.
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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.
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‘Mad Max’ Earns Top Honors from the Online Film Critics Society

Mad Max: Fury Road won Best Picture from the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) today as the group celebrated its 19th awards.

Starring Tom Hardy as the title character alongside OFCS nominee Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road is about a post-apocalyptic world where water scarcity has led to intense conflicts. The film received three other awards from the OFCS including Best Director for George Miller, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

Taking home three awards this year, Carol, a drama about a female clerk who falls in love with an older woman in the 1950s, claimed the awards for Best Actress (Cate Blanchett), Best Supporting Actress (Rooney Mara) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Other films walking away with prizes included Pixar feature Inside Out, which won Best Animated Feature. Steve Jobs’ Michael Fassbender earned the award for Best Actor while Oscar Isaac received the award for Best Supporting Actor in Ex Machina. Spotlight, a film about the exposure of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, was presented the award for Best Original Screenplay.

The Look of Silence received the award for Best Documentary while The Assassin, Taiwan’s official entry to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language, won the corresponding award from the OFCS.

Because the organization is composed of members from across the globe, the group also recognizes films that have not yet been released in the United States. The honorees in that category this year were Aferim!, Cemetery of Splendor, The Club, Dheepan, The Lobster, Mountains May Depart, Mia Madre, Rams, Right Now, Wrong Then, and The Sunset Song.

The OFCS has nominated the eventual Oscar winner for Best Picture in eight of the last ten years; matching Oscar winners 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Hurt Locker (2009), No Country for Old Men (2007) and Argo (2012), becoming the first major critics group to recognize Ben Affleck’s future Academy Award recipient.

“Our organization is excited to recognize so many unique and interesting films,” the OFCS Governing Committee members John Hanlon, Wesley Lovell and Cole Smithey said about the eclectic mix of winners.

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society is the world’s oldest and most prominent group for online film critics, comprised of 254 members representing 22 different countries.
The full list of winners can be found below.

The 2015 OFCS AWARD WINNERS WERE:

Best Picture:
Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Animated Feature:
Inside Out

Best Film Not in the English Language:
The Assassin (Taiwan)

Best Documentary:
The Look of Silence

Best Director:
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Actor:
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett (Carol)

Best Supporting Actor:
Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina)

Best Supporting Actress:
Rooney Mara (Carol)

Best Original Screenplay:
Spotlight (Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy)

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Carol (Phyllis Nagy)

Best Editing:
Mad Max: Fury Road (Margaret Sixel)

Best Cinematography:
Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)

Non-U.S. Releases (Alphabetical Order):
Aferim!
Cemetery of Splendor
The Club
Dheepan
The Lobster
Mountains May Depart
Mia Madre
Rams
Right Now, Wrong Then
The Sunset Song

“Carol” and “Sicario” Lead the 19th OFCS Nominations

The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) – the oldest and most prominent society for online film critics in the world – recognized the year’s best films with nominations for their 19th annual awards.

Carol and Sicario led the race with six nominations each. Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian followed with five nominations apiece. The Revenant, Spotlight and Steve Jobs each received four nominations while Brooklyn, Ex Machina, Inside Out and Room each received three nods.
The Best Picture category includes an eclectic mix of genre-spanning features from animated features to sci-fi dramas to action-packed blockbusters. The nominees are Brooklyn, Carol, Ex Machina, Inside Out, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Sicario and Spotlight.

Carol, a new drama chronicling a love affair in the 1950s, received several prominent nominations. In addition to Best Picture, it was nominated for Best Director (Todd Haynes), Best Actress (Cate Blanchett), Best Supporting Actress (Rooney Mara), Best Adapted Screenplay (Phyllis Nagy) and Best Cinematography (Edward Lachman). Sicario, which tells the story of an FBI agent who becomes embroiled in the drug war on the U.S-Mexico border, was nominated in Best Picture, Best Director (Denis Villeneuve), Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro), Best Original Screenplay (Taylor Sheridan), Best Editing (Joe Walker) and Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins).
The OFCS has nominated the eventual Oscar winner for Best Picture in eight of the last ten years; matching Oscar winners 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Hurt Locker (2009), No Country for Old Men (2007) and Argo (2012), becoming the first major critics group to recognize Ben Affleck’s future Academy Award recipient.

“This year’s crop of nominees is a rich tapestry of modern world cinema.” The OFCS Governing Committee members John Hanlon, Wesley Lovell and Cole Smithey said. “Our organization has always had a unique perspective in our annual selections and this batch is as compelling and fascinating as ever.”

The Online Film Critics Society currently consists of 254 members with writers representing 22 countries across the globe. The winners will be announced on Monday, December 14, 2015.

Best Picture:
Brooklyn
Carol
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Sicario
Spotlight

Best Animated Feature:
Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best Film Not in the English Language:
The Assassin (Taiwan)
Goodnight Mommy (Austria)
Mustang (France)
Phoenix (Germany)
Son of Saul (Hungary)

Best Documentary:
Amy
Best of Enemies
Cartel Land
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
The Look of Silence

Best Director:
Todd Haynes (Carol)
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Ridley Scott (The Martian)
Denis Villeneuve (Sicario)

Best Actor:
Matt Damon (The Martian)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Michael B. Jordan (Creed)
Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes)

Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Brie Larson (Room)
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Supporting Actor:
Benicio Del Toro (Sicario)
Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina)
Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)
Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Best Supporting Actress:
Rooney Mara (Carol)
Cynthia Nixon (James White)
Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

Best Original Screenplay:
Ex Machina (Alex Garland)
Inside Out (Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley)
Mistress America (Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach)
Sicario (Taylor Sheridan)
Spotlight (Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy)

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Brooklyn (Nick Hornby)
Carol (Phyllis Nagy)
The Martian (Drew Goddard)
Room (Emma Donoghue)
Steve Jobs (Aaron Sorkin)

Best Editing:
Mad Max: Fury Road (Margaret Sixel)
The Martian (Pietro Scalia)
The Revenant (Stephen Mirrione)
Sicario (Joe Walker)
Steve Jobs (Elliot Graham)

Best Cinematography:
The Assassin (Mark Lee Ping Bing)
Carol (Edward Lachman)
Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)
The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Sicario (Roger Deakins)

18th Annual OFCS Awards Announced

THE ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY ANNOUNCES WINNERS FOR THE 2014 OFCS AWARDS

New York, NY – December 15, 2014 – The Online Film Critics Society are proud to announce the winners for the 18th annual OFCS awards for excellence in film.

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society is the largest and oldest organization of its kind, and a key catalyst in the expansion of Internet-based film journalism. The OFCS represents over 275 members worldwide.

“This year represented an opportunity to revisit our youth, look toward the future, and search deep inside our souls through the spectacular array of films shown on screen. We found courage, love and heartbreak in this year’s films and we’re proud to be able to honor them,” says OFCS Chair Cole Smithey. [Editor’s Note: This attribution is factually incorrect. The OFCS is run by a three-member Governing Committee, each being equal in position.]

Past OFCS Awards winners that went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture include “12 Years a Slave,” “Argo,” “The Hurt Locker,” “American Beauty,” and “No Country for Old Men.”

Best Picture
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Animated Feature
The Lego Movie

Best Film Not in the English Language
Two Days, One Night

Best Documentary
Life Itself

Best Director
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Best Actor
Michael Keaton – Birdman

Best Actress
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Best Supporting Actor
Edward Norton – Birdman

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Best Original Screenplay
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Adapted Screenplay
Gone Girl

Best Editing
Birdman

Best Cinematography
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Non-U.S. Release (non-competitive category)
’71
10,000 km
Entre Nós
Han Gong-ju
Hard to Be a God
The Look of Silence
The Salt of the Earth
What We Do in the Shadows
Timbuktu
The Tribe

The 17th Annual OFCS Awards Winners Announced

The Online Film Critics Society proudly announces the recipients of the 17th annual OFCS awards for excellence in film.

Steven McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” was the standout winner, with recognitions for Best Picture, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o), and Best Adapted Screenplay, for John Ridley’s hand in bringing Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir to the big screen.

Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for her turn in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” while Alfonso Cuarón bested the stiff competition as the Best Director winner for the critically and commercially successful “Gravity.” The film also won in the categories for editing and cinematography, as well as special awards for its sound design and visual effects work.

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The Online Film Critics Society Announces 17th Annual Awards

The Online Film Critics Society proudly announces its nominations for the 17th annual OFCS awards for excellence in film. 2013 was marked by conspicuous trends, ranging from end-of-the-world cataclysms, A-list Hollywood stars struggling against unforgiving environments to African American filmmakers portraying the black experience with emotional candor. Art house riches abounded; films such as “The Artist and the Model,” “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me,” and “Frances Ha” stole the hearts of audiences willing to look beyond the multiplex.

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society is the largest and oldest organization of its kind, and a key catalyst in the expansion of Internet-based film journalism. Over 265 members voted.

Past OFCS Awards winners that went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture include “Argo,” “The Hurt Locker,” “American Beauty,” and “No Country for Old Men.”

Best Picture
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16th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards

ArgoThe Online Film Critics Society has announced the winners of its 16th annual movie awards. Ben Affleck’s film Argo, about the fake film shoot that was used as a cover to extract six Americans from Iran during the Iran Hostage Crisis, was named by the organization as the Best Picture of the 2012. The film was also recognized for its screenplay by Chris Terrio based on an article by Joshuah Bearman.

The year’s most nominated film, The Master, received two prizes including the Best Director prize for Paul Thomas Anderson and the award for Best Supporting Actor given to Philip Seymour Hoffman. The other acting winners were Daniel Day-Lewis who received his third award for Best Actor from the OFCS for his work as the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln; for Best Actress in the film Zero Dark Thirty, Jessica Chastain; and Anne Hathaway receiving the Best Supporting Actress award for Les Misérables

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola were jointly award the award for Best Original Screenplay for their work on the Anderson-directed Moonrise Kingdom, Roger Deakins’ work on Skyfall was awarded with the Best Cinematography prize and Cloud Atlas editor Alexander Berner was also selected as the best edited film of the year.

The Best Animated Feature of the year was ParaNorman while the Best Film Not in the English Language was Holy Motors. The Best Documentary prize was given to This Is Not a Film, which was also given a special award by the organization.

Along with Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, This Is Not a Film director Jafar Panahi recorded a documentary about his creative processes while under political arrest in Iran, forbidden from making motion pictures. The Online Film Critics Society gave one of its three special awards to the the pair for their act of protest against the Iranian government. The second award was given to legendary composer Ennio Morricone for his amazing and celebrated career in films. The final special award was given to the “For the Love of Film” program and Fandor in conjunction with the National Preservation Foundation for their work this year to raise money for an exhibition of the restoration of one of Alfred Hitchcock’s oldest works, The White Shadow.

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society has been the key force in establishing and raising the standards for Internet-based film journalism. The OFCS membership consists of film reviewers, journalists and scholars based in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asia/Pacific Rim region. For more information, visit the Online Film Critics Society at ofcs.org.

16th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards Nominations

Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master was the most nominated film for the 16th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards nominations, earning a total of eight. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Anderson), Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Best Supporting Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

Joining The Master in the Best Picture race Ben Affleck’s Argo, Leos Carax’s Holy Motors, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. The five films nominated for Best Picture had corresponding Best Director nominations.

Lincoln, Steven Spielberg’s historical account of the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, was the second most nominated film picking up six mentions including Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), Best Supporting Actress (Sally Field), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Day-Lewis and Phoenix were nominated in Best Actor alongside John Hawkes in The Sessions, Denis Lavant in Holy Motors and Denzel Washington in Flight. The Best Actress nominees were Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty, Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook, Emmanuelle Riva in Amour, Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild and Rachel Weisz in The Deep Blue Sea.

Accompanying the Lincoln and The Master supporting players in Best Supporting Actor are Alan Arkin in Argo, Dwight Henry in Beasts of the Southern Wild and Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained; and in Best Supporting Actress, they are joined by Ann Dowd in Compliance, Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables and Helen Hunt in The Sessions.

For a full list of nominees, please follow this link.

Winners will be announced on Monday, January 7, 2012

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society has been the key force in establishing and raising the standards for Internet-based film journalism. The OFCS membership consists of film reviewers, journalists and scholars based in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asia/Pacific Rim region. For more information, visit the Online Film Critics Society at ofcs.org.

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