The Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, to which I belong and which was established earlier this year as the first film critics association in the Philadelphia region, met on Dec. 10 and selected the winners of its first-ever year-end awards.
Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” was the big winner at the awards, winning four, including Best Picture, as well as Best Director, Best Script and Best Directorial Debut, all for Peele himself.
Coco also won two awards, for Best Animated Film and Best Soundtrack / Score.
Several other films won major awards. Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for “Phantom Thread,” while Sally Hawkins was named Best Actress for “The Shape of Water.” The Supporting acting awards went to Woody Harrelson for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri “and Allison Janney for “I, Tonya.”
Other winners included Brooklynn Prince of The Florida Project for Best Breakthrough Performance, Blade Runner 2049’s Roger Deakins for Best Cinematography, Brett Morgen’s Jane for Best Documentary Film and Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation (Romania) for Best Foreign Language Film.
In addition, the inaugural Steve Friedman Award, meant to honor “a person or film that drives major public discourse on a topic or issue,” has been presented to Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, while the Elaine May Award, for a deserving person or film that brings awareness to women’s issues, was presented to “Lady Bird.”
List of winners:
Best Picture: Get Out
Best Director: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, for Phantom Thread
Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, for The Shape of Water
Best Supporting Actor: Woody Harrelson, for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, for I, Tonya
Best Script: Jordan Peele, for Get Out
Best Soundtrack/Score: Coco
Best Directorial Debut: Jordan Peele, for Get Out
Best Breakthrough Performance: Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, for Blade Runner 2049
Best Documentary Film: Jane
Best Foreign Language Film: Graduation
Best Animated Film: Coco