The National Society of Film Critics is one of the more offbeat major awards groups. Last year they made a comparatively mainstream choice, picking Spotlight for Best Picture, but the year before they chose Godard’s hyper-experimental Goodbye to Language, and in 2011 they gave their award to my beloved Melancholia.
So I respect them to some degree. Let’s see what they gave us. (To see the final vote count, visit their website.)
- Runners-up: Manchester By the Sea, La La Land
A better choice than Spotlight, to be sure, but I was hoping, in what’s been a pretty stagnant season, they’d go a little bit off the beaten path.
Director: Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
- Runners-up: Damien Chazelle – La La Land, Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester By the Sea
Glad Jenkins beat out Chazelle, at least.
How Lonergan came in third in the voting is beyond me. Did no one here see Jackie?
Actor: Casey Affleck – Manchester By the Sea
- Runners-up: Denzel Washington – Fences, Adam Driver – Paterson
I really want to see Paterson. I hope I get to before the end of the month.
At least I’m cool with Affleck winning (well…for the performance. Not so much for the man). I think Washington gave the best performance, but Affleck does do a very fine job.
Actress: Isabelle Huppert – Elle and Things to Come
- Runners-up: Annette Bening – 20th Century Women and Sandra Hüller – Toni Erdmann (tie)
At least they made a good choice here. It’ll be so fucked up if the Academy snubs her.
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
- Runners-up: Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water, Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals
Though not as fucked up as if they snub him. Though I hope they at least nominate Shannon.
Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams – Manchester By the Sea
- Runners-up: Lily Gladstone – Certain Women, Naomie Harris – Moonlight
I still don’t really see why Williams is the vote, but whatever.
Screenplay: Manchester By the Sea
- Runners-up: Moonlight, Hell or High Water
I wonder if anyone voted for The Lobster.
I wonder what the people who voted for Goodbye to Language voted for this year.
- Runners-up: La La Land, Silence
Damn. Silence really did not go over with the awards groups at all.
Foreign-Language Film: Toni Erdmann
- Runners-up: The Handmaiden, Elle and Things to Come (tie)
Can we call this particular race over? I can’t see anything beating Toni at this point.
Non-Fiction Film: O.J.: Made in America
- Runners-up: I Am Not Your Negro, 13th
Likewise. It’s pretty much a done deal here (well, unless they somehow fail to nominate it).
Special Citation for a film awaiting American distribution: Sieranevada
I’d like to see this. So props.