Sunday 17 December 2017

For your consideration: my Critics' Circle votes 2017

Best Director
1. Pablo Larraín, Neruda
2. Katell Quillévéré, Heal the Living
3. James Gray, The Lost City of Z
4. Darren Aronofsky, mother!
5. SS Rajamouli, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

(Honourable mentions: William Oldroyd, Lady Macbeth; Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman; Dee Rees, Mudbound; Juho Kuosmanen, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki; Jordan Peele, Get Out; Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women; Anna Biller, The Love Witch.)

Best Screenwriter
1. Guillermo Calderón, Neruda
2. Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin and Peter Fellows, The Death of Stalin
3. James Gray, The Lost City of Z
5. Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman

(Honourable mentions: Justine Triet, In Bed with Victoria; Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women; Sherry White, MaudieCéline Sciamma, My Life as a Courgette; Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth; Jordan Peele, Get Out.)

Best Actor
1. Luis Gnecco, Neruda
2. Jean-Pierre Léaud, The Death of Louis XIV
3. Gael Garcia Bernal, Neruda
4. Shabab Hosseini, The Salesman
5. Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes

(Honourable mentions: Adam Sandler, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected); Makis Papadimitriou, Suntan; Ethan Hawke, Maudie; Joel Edgerton, It Comes at Night.)

Best Actress
1. Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project
2. Isabelle Huppert, Elle, Souvenir and Happy End
4. Judith Chemla, A Woman's Life
5. Zaira Wasim, Secret Superstar

(Honourable mentions: Virginie Efira, In Bed with Victoria; Danielle Macdonald, Patti Cake$; Jennifer Lawrence, mother!; Kim Min-hee, The Handmaiden; Sonia Braga, Aquarius; Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman.)

Best Supporting Actor
1. Steve Buscemi, The Death of Stalin
2. Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
3. Hugh Grant, Paddington 2
4. Jason Mitchell, Mudbound
5. Ian Hart, God's Own Country

(Honourable mentions: Aamir Khan, Secret Superstar; Henry B.J. Phiri, I Am Not a Witch.)

Best Supporting Actress
1. Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
2. Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
3. Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
4. Bria Vinaite, The Florida Project
5. Meher Vij, Secret Superstar

(Honourable mentions: Michelle Williams, Certain Women; Bridget Everett, Patti Cake$; Laura Dern, Certain Women; Kristen Stewart, Certain Women.)

Best British/Irish Actress
1. Sally Hawkins, Maudie and Paddington 2
2. Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth
3. Ellie Kendrick, The Levelling
4. Emily Beecham, Daphne
5. Sienna Miller, The Lost City of Z

Best British/Irish Actor
1. Simon Russell Beale, The Death of Stalin
2. John Boyega, Detroit
3. Johnny Harris, Jawbone
4. Josh O'Connor, God's Own Country

(Honourable mentions: Timothy Spall, The Party; Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out.)

Young British/Irish Performer
1. Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth
2. Harris Dickinson, Beach Rats
3. Anya Taylor-Joy, Split
4. Jack Parry-Jones, Moon Dogs

(Honourable mentions: Will Tilston, Goodbye Christopher Robin; Raffey Cassidy, The Killing of a Sacred Deer.)

Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker
1. Rungano Nyoni, writer-director, I Am Not a Witch
2. William Oldroyd, director, Lady Macbeth
3. Francis Lee, writer-director, God's Own Country
4. Thomas Napper, director, Jawbone
5. Hope Dickson Leach, writer-director, The Levelling

(Honourable mentions: Alice Birch, writer, Lady Macbeth; Peter Mackie Burns, director, Daphne; Shola Amoo, writer-director, A Moving Image.)

My Top 20 films of the year list will be published here on New Year's Day.

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