THE DUBLIN FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS ANNOUNCED FOR 2017

The nation’s movie critics have spoken. The members of the Dublin Film Critics Circle have, for the 11th year, selected their favourite works of 2017.  In common with many awarding bodies, Dunkirk was a clear favourite, as was Christopher Nolan, who was named Best Director.  Second placed Get Out polled strongly in the Best Film category, with a tally that, numerically, would have won any of the previous annual polls.

The biggest landslide victory, however, was scored by Emer Reynolds’ The Farthest, which was named Best Documentary.  The same film was cited for Kate McCullough’s cinematography and Reynolds’ direction.  Across all categories, The Farthest received votes from more than 90 percent of critics.

 

Sanctuary was named Best Irish Feature Film, pipping The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Cardboard Gangsters and Handsome Devil at the post.  The DFCC once again demonstrated its eclecticism by longlisting some 45 films for Best Screenplay: Jordan Peele was ultimately (and emphatically) victorious against the spread.

 

Barry Keoghan was named Breakthrough Artist of the year; other Irish nominees shortlisted for the award included Emer Reynolds, Caoilfhionn Dunne, and Tom Ryan.  Despite an extended deadline to accommodate Star Wars: The Last Jedi, that film received just one vote across all categories: for Steve Yedlin’s cinematography. Star Wars: The Force Awakens placed joint fifth for Best Film in 2015.

 

This year’s DFCC panel included: Aedín Gormley, Áine O’Connor, Ben O’Reilly, Brian Lloyd, Brogen Hayes, Cara O’Doherty, Celina Murphy, Chris Wasser, Daniel Anderson, Darren Mooney, David Turpin, Declan Burke, Deirdre Molumby, Donald Clarke, Esther McCarthy, Gavin Burke, Gordon Hayden, Graham Day, Hilary White, Jason Coyle, John Maguire, Kevin Fennell, Lisa Cannon, Michael Doherty, Niall Murphy, Nicola Timmins, Paul Whitington, Roe McDermott, Stephen Coffey, and DFCC president Tara Brady.

 

DFCC POLL 2017

BEST FILM –

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Get Out
  3. Moonlight
  4. Blade Runner 2049
  5. Manchester By The Sea
  6. Wind River
  7. The Florida Project / Call Me by Your Name
  8. La La Land
  9. Logan / God’s Own Country
  10. Jackie / Lady Macbeth

Runners up: The Handmaiden, Aquarius, Paddington 2

 

BEST DIRECTOR –

  1. Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
  2. Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049
  3. Jordan Peele, Get Out
  4. Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  5. Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
  6. Julia Ducournau, Raw/ Emer Reynolds, The Farthest
  7. Yorgos Lanthimos, The KIlling of a Sacred Deer / Paul Verhoeven, Elle
  8. Pablo Larraín, Jackie
  9. Sean Baker, The Florida Project
  10. James Mangold, Logan

Runners up: Pat Collins, Song of Granite; James Franco, The Disaster Artist; Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman

 

BEST IRISH FEATURE FILM –

  1. Sanctuary
  2. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  3. Cardboard Gangsters / Handsome Devil
  4. Song of Granite
  5. Pilgrimage
  6. Twice Shy
  7. Maze
  8. The Drummer and the Keeper
  9. In View
  10. Halal Daddy

Runners up: Property of the State, The Man Who Invented Christmas, A Dark Song

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

  1. The Farthest
  2. I Am Not Your Negro
  3. It’s Not Yet Dark
  4. Condemned to Remember
  5. Whitney: Can I Be Me
  6. Meetings with Ivor
  7. Kedi / An Inconvenient Sequel
  8. City of Ghosts
  9. Dancer / Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect
  10. The Work / Cameraperson / The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Runners up: Casting JonBenet, Jane, Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, The Prince of Nothingwood

 

BEST ACTOR

  1. James Franco, The Disaster Artist
  2. Barry Keoghan, The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  3. Robert Pattinson, Good Time
  4. Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
  5. Denzel Washington, Fences / James McAvoy, Split
  6. Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
  7. Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
  8. Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
  9. Hugh Jackman, Logan
  10. Mahershala Ali, Moonlight / John Connors, Cardboard Gangsters

Runners up: Ryan Gosling, Blade Runner 2049; Andy Serkis, War for the Planet of the Apes; Sherwan Haji, The Other Side of Hope; Adrian Titieni, Graduation

 

BEST ACTRESS

  1. Natalie Portman, Jackie / Isabelle Huppert, Elle
  2. Sally Hawkins, Maudie
  3. Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth
  4. Sonia Braga, Aquarius
  5. Viola Davis, Fences / Emma Stone, La La Land
  6. Garance Miller, Raw
  7. Kristen Stewart, Personal Shopper
  8. Ruth Negga, Loving
  9. Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes
  10. Cynthia Nixon, A Quiet Passion / Anne Hathaway, Colossal

Runners up: Annette Bening, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool; Zoe Kazan, The Big Sick; Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

  1. Jordan Peele, Get Out
  2. Taylor Sheridan, Wind River / Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  3. Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea
  4. Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick
  5. Park Chan-wook, Chung Seo-kyung, The Handmaiden
  6. Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou, The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  7. Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
  8. Rebecca Blunt, Logan Lucky / Armando Iannucci, The Death of Stalin
  9. Damien Chazelle, La La Land / Makoto Shinkai, Your Name
  10. Terence Davies, A Quiet Passion

Runners up: Hampton Fancher, Michael Green, Blade Runner 2049, James Gray, The Lost City of Z; Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, The Florida Project

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  1. Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
  2. Hoyte Van Hoytema, Dunkirk
  3. Chung Chung-hoon, The Handmaiden
  4. Linus Sandgren, La La Land
  5. M. David Mullen, The Love Witch
  6. Alexis Zabe, The Florida Project
  7. Kate McCullough, The Farthest
  8. Richard Kendrick, Song of Granite
  9. Ben Richardson, Wind River / Stéphane Fontaine, Jackie
  10. Thimios Bakatakis, The Killing of a Sacred Deer / Philippe Le Sourd, The Beguiled

Runners up: James Laxton, Moonlight; Michael Seresin, War for the Planet of the Apes; Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Call Me by Your Name

 

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR: SHORTLIST

**Barry Keoghan, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Dunkirk** (Winner)

Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project

Caoilfhionn Dunne, In View

Dafne Keen, Logan

Emer Reynolds, The Farthest

Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Julia Ducournau, Raw

Sunny Pawar, Lion

Tom Ryan, Twice Shy

 

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