Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Winners

The Florida Film Critics Circle announced the winner of their awards this week.

Dunkirk won Best Picture, but the most awards went to Blade Runner 2049 with four. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri won Best Ensemble and Sam Rockwell won Best Supporting Actor. The Best Actress went to Margot Robbie for her performance as former figure skater Tonya Harding in the black comedy I, Tonya. Allison Janey wonf for Best Supporting Actress also for I, Tonya. Janey. Winning Best Actor was, once again, Timothee Chalamet continued his run to Oscar night for Best Actor in Call my by Your Name.

Complete list of winners:

BEST PICTURE
Dunkirk (WINNER)
Lady Bird (Runner-Up)

BEST DIRECTOR
Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk (WINNER)
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird (Runner-Up)

BEST ACTOR
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name (WINNER)
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour (Runner-Up)

BEST ACTRESS
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya (WINNER)
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Runner-Up)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (WINNER)
Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project (Runner-Up)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Allison Janney – I, Tonya (WINNER)
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird (Runner-Up)

BEST ENSEMBLE
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (WINNER)
Dunkirk (Runner-Up)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Get Out (WINNER)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Runner-Up)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Call Me By Your Name (WINNER)
The Disaster Artist (Runner-Up)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Blade Runner 2049 (WINNER)
Dunkirk (Runner-Up)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Blade Runner 2049 (WINNER)
War for the Planet of the Apes (Runner-Up)

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
Blade Runner 2049 (WINNER)
Dunkirk (Runner-Up)

BEST SCORE
Blade Runner 2049 (WINNER)
Dunkirk (Runner-Up)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Jane (WINNER)
Ex Libris: New York Public Library (Runner-Up)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BPM (WINNER)
The Square (Runner-Up)

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Coco (WINNER)
Loving Vincent (Runner-Up)

BEST FIRST FILM
Get Out (WINNER)
God’s Own Country (Runner-Up)

PAULINE KAEL BREAKOUT AWARD
Timothée Chalamet (WINNER)
Jordan Peele (Runner-Up)

GOLDEN ORANGE
The cast and crew of The Florida Project

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AFI Names Their Top 10 Films of 2017

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The American Film Institute announced its annual list of the Top 10 American-made movies of the year. All of the films on the list have been in the Oscar conversation one way or another.

 

The AFI has a strong track record at showing us what the Best Picture line-up at the Oscars might look like. Since 2009, the AFI has chosen 58 of the 65 nominees. That’s 90%!

This puts Wonder Woman officially on the list of possible Best Picture nominees.

The AFI Top 10 List:

Get Out
Call Be By Your Name
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
Lady Bird
The Florida Project
Dunkirk
The Big Sick
Wonder Woman

 

 

 

First Look at Best Picture 2017

Last year at this time La La Land was the frontrunner for Best Picture. Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea were close behind, but it was still all about La La Land. As soon as a film is labeled a front runner the take down begins. As the season went on people noticed that La La Land had some issues. A white guy inventing jazz, Ryan Gosling couldn’t sing, Emma Stone’s character had it way too easy before becoming a successful actress and that ending.

This year in October we have no real frontrunner. It’s very unusual to not have a movie that most of, if not all of the Oscar bloggers are predicting to win Best Picture. The closest we have is Dunkirk. It appears to have the most buzz surrounding it right now. We also have Call Me by Your Name (my personal favorite) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Shape of Water, The Florida Project and Darkest Hour. A few of these are bound to get a nomination, but we are still waiting to see a few other like The Post and Phantom Thread.

Will the 4 Gotham Awards nominations for Get Out push it into the Oscar race? Can Wonder Woman get a nomination? Is Battle of the Sexes out of the race? What about the Big Sick? Basically, we don’t know anything at this point. We can only guess what films the Academy might go for. We will know a little more once some of the critics awards are announced beginning at the end of November. It will really start to come together when the major guilds like the PGA, DGA, SAG and ACE announce their nominations. A consensus will build and everything will come into focus.

Here is my first pass at which films could get a Best Picture nomination:

Frontrunners
Dunkirk
Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water
The Florida Project
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Lady Bird
Get Out
The Post
I, Tonya

Alternatives
Battle of the Sexes
Phantom Thread
Wonder Woman
Mudbound
Hostiles
Molly’s Game
The Big Sick

Review of Dunkirk

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Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk doesn’t waste anytime. It gets right to the action. No time for character development, no time for introductions and no time for senseless drama. You are overwhelmingly immersed in this epic at the first frame. This film about the Dunkirk evacuation is not your conventional war movie. Nolan throws you right into the middle of the race against time to rescue hundreds of thousands of Allied troops from a beach in northern France in the early summer of 1940.

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Right from the start Hans Zimmer’s score sucks you into the action. This puts you right there with teenage soldier Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) as he races to get off the Dunkirk beach. We are put into a small boat driven by Mark Rylance, a skipper sailing across the Channel. One of the civilian boats called to safe the stranded soldiers. We are also in the cockpit of Tom Hardy’s fighter plane as he fights to provide air support to the rescue efforts on the beach

These are the three separate storylines that take place in three different time frames. One week on land, one day at sea and one hour in the air. Nolan plays with the timeline of each story to give us incredibly suspenseful drama that conveys the panic, terror and endurance of these soldiers. Nobody gets back story or a history of their experiences. No heroic speeches.

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Dunkirk has so little dialogue that it could worked have worked with none at all. The sounds of the war are enough to highlight the terror. In fact, the few words that are spoken are in a heavy British accent that for me it was pretty much unintelligible. From what I could gather Tommy meets another solider played by Harry Styles. Not sure why Styles was cast with this group of mostly unknowns, but he is credible as one of the desperate survivors.

Nolan likes shooting on film and despises CGI. He uses real WWII planes and boat replicas which accounted for much of the films budget. Hundreds of extras were used to represent the thousands on the beach without the use of CGI. Nolan shot the entire film using IMAX cameras, which are big, bulky and added to the challenge of shooting in the air and underwater. He accomplishes it all with tremendous detail.

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There is no question that Dunkirk looks and sounds great. Non-stop action from start to finish. Never a dull moment. Without a doubt it is the best movie of the year so far. If there is anything critical to say about Dunkirk it would be the lack of character history. I would have cared more about their fate if I know a little bit more about who they were and where they came from. It was difficult to get the feeling of despair on the beach that was no doubt felt in real life. One scene of a soldier seemingly swimming to his death is the only time we see the hopelessness. Dunkirk is not the greatest war movie if all time, but it certainly belongs on the list of one of the best.

I don’t know how Dunkirk can get ignored at Oscar time. It can easily get nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Cinematography.

My Grade: A-  

Dunkirk Reviews Are In and it’s Great

 

The embargo on Dunkirk reviews was lifted at 4pm EST on Monday .  Based on the reviews so far, Christopher Nolan has made the best movie of his career.

Currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of  97%

The Metacritic score is currently at 96. One of the highest scores on the site.

Twitter was abuzz yesterday.

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Not everyone loved it. Like this guy from Compuserve? Is that even still a thing?

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