Monday, 12 December 2016


Some suspected it, few predicted it, but enough about the election. Another vote has yielded a surprise victory, this time for precisely the type of film that would win Best Picture in Trump's America, whether or not it were ever intended to ignite such interest. Hell or High Water sweeps the San Diego Film Critics Circle awards, advancing its standings in the Oscar race by a notch or two perhaps, and likely winning more awards than its projected total Oscar nominations. So there's that! Check out their nominations right here, and their award winners below.

Best Picture
1. Hell or High Water
2. La La Land

Best Director
1. David MacKenzie (Hell or High Water)
2. Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Best Actor, Female
1. Sonia Braga (Aquarius)
2. Emma Stone (La La Land)

Best Actor, Male
1. Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
2. Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

Best Supporting Actor, Female
1. Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
2. Judy Davis (The Dressmaker)

Best Supporting Actor, Male
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)

Best Original Screenplay
1. Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)
2. Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster)

Best Adapted Screenplay
1. Whit Stillman (Love & Friendship)
2. Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Best Cinematography
1. Giles Nuttgens (Hell or High Water)
2. James Laxton (Moonlight)
=  Linus Sandgren (La La Land)

Best Editing
1. Blu Murray (Sully)
2. Joan Sobel (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Production Design
1. Jess Gonchor (Hail, Caesar!)
2. David Wasco (La La Land)

Best Costume Design
1. Mary Zophres (La La Land)
2. Madeline Fontaine (Jackie)

Best Visual Effects
1. The Jungle Book
2. Arrival

Best Use of Music
1. Sing Street
2. Jackie
=  La La Land

Best Ensemble
1. Hell or High Water
2. Hidden Figures

Best Animated Film
1. Kubo and the Two Strings
2. April and the Extraordinary World

Best Documentary
1. Weiner
2. Gleason

Best Foreign Language Film
1. Mountains May Depart
2. Mother
=  Neruda

Best Breakthrough Artist
1. Lily Gladstone (Certain Women)
2. Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Comedic Performance
1. Ryan Gosling (The Nice Guys)
2. Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!)

Body of Work Award
Michael Shannon (Elvis & Nixon / Loving / Midnight Special / Nocturnal Animals)