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DETROIT FILM CRITICS SOCIETY announces its Best of 2017 nominees

Detroit Film Critics Society is pleased to announce the Best of 2017 nominees in twelve categories. The winners will be announced on December 7, 2017. The Detroit Film Critics Society was founded in Spring 2007 and consists of a group of 19 film critics with a Michigan connection who write or broadcast in the Detroit area as well as other major cities including Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Flint, Michigan, Toledo, Ohio, and New York, New York.

Each critic submitted their top 5 picks in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, and Breakthrough in any category, Best Screenplay, Best Documentary. Two additional categories were added this year for Best Animated Feature and Best Use of Music making a total of 12 categories. From these submissions, each entry was given a point value and the top 5 in each category have been placed on the final ballot. In the event of a tie, more than 5 were placed on the ballot.


THE NOMINATIONS FOR 2017
(in alphabetical order)

BEST PICTURE

  • The Disaster Artist
  • The Florida Project
  • Get Out
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Paul Thomas Anderson – The Phantom Thread
  • Sean Baker – The Florida Project
  • Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
  • Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
  • Jordan Peele – Get Out
  • Guillermo Del Toro – The Shape of Water

BEST ACTOR

  • Timothée Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
  • James Franco – The Disaster Artist
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
  • Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
  • Robert Pattinson – Good Time

BEST ACTRESS

  • Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game
  • Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
  • Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
  • Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
  • Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Patrick Stewart – Logan
  • Michael Stuhlberg – Call Me By Your Name

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Tiffany Haddish – Girl’s Trip
  • Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
  • Allison Janney – I, Tonya
  • Melissa Leo – Novitiate
  • Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

BEST ENSEMBLE

  • The Big Sick
  • Lady Bird
  • Mudbound
  • The Post
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

  • Timothée Chalamet (actor) – Call Me By Your Name
  • Gal Gadot (actress) – Wonder Woman
  • Tiffany Haddish (actress) – Girl’s Trip
  • Caleb Landry Jones (actor) – American Made, The Florida Project, Get Out, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Jordan Peele (writer/director) – Get Out

BEST SCREENPLAY

  • Guillermo Del Toro & Vanessa Taylor – The Shape of Water
  • Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
  • Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick
  • Liz Hannah & Josh Singer – The Post
  • Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Jordan Peele – Get Out
  • Taylor Sheridan – Wind River

BEST DOCUMENTARY

  • The Defiant Ones
  • Human Flow
  • Kedi
  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
  • Step
  • Strong Island
  • Whose Streets?

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE (NEW)

  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  • Cars 3
  • Coco
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • Loving Vincent

BEST USE OF MUSIC (NEW)

  • Baby Driver
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Good Time
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Shape of Water


The Detroit Film Critics Society members for the 2017-2018 season in alphabetical order are Paul Arlon – The New Monitor; Kirk Baird – The Toledo Blade; Christopher Giroux – Film Obsession; Adam Graham – The Detroit News; Michelle Kisner – spoilerfreemoviesleuth.com; Tom Long – The Detroit News & The Decider; Warren Pierce – WJR Radio; Mara Reinstein – MaraMovies.com & Parade Magazine; Greg Russell – WDIV-TV Detroit & Real Times Media; James Sanford – WMUK-FM; Tom Santilli – AXS, Critic Lee Speaking; Debbie Schlussel – Sirius XM Larry the Cable Guy Show; Perry Seibert – WLBY-The Lucy Ann Lance show; John Serba – The Grand Rapids Press; Terri-Lee Sylvester – WWJ Newsradio 950; Lee Thomas – WJBK Fox 2; Mike Tyrkus – Cinemanerdz.com; Carl Wheeler – TheReelGodfather.com; and Chris Williams – Grosse Pointe News, Patheos.

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