San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award Winners, from Blade Runner to I, Tonya

Tis' the season of award giving, and today while Southern California was all caught up in Star Wars premiere fever, Northern California saw the San Francisco Film Critics Circle come together to vote for their winning slate of films, actors, and creators from 2017.

San Francisco Film Critics Circle

The 50 members of the San Francisco critic's community went against some of the current trend of clustering awards (some awards shows are falling over themselves to gush over The Shape of Water or Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), and went fairly wide for their recipients. Rather than it being all indies or all Hollywood top-lines, they went from the surprise hits of the year (Get Out) to a Pixar entry (Coco) to an action/war film (War for the Planet of the Apes).

  • Marlon Riggs Award (Bay Area Filmmaker) – Peter Bratt
  • Special Citation – Brimstone & Glory
  • Best Original ScreenplayGet Out by Jordan Peele
  • Best Adapted ScreenplayCall Me by Your Name by James Ivory
  • Best CinematographyRoger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049
  • Best Production DesignPaul D. Austerberry for The Shape of Water
  • Best ScoreJonny Greenwood for Phantom Thread
  • Best Film EditingPaul Machliss and Jonathan Amos for Baby Driver
  • Best Animated FeatureCoco
  • Best Foreign Language FilmBPM
  • Best DocumentaryFaces Places
  • Best Supporting ActorWillem Dafoe for The Florida Project
  • Best Supporting ActressLaurie Metcalf for Lady Bird
  • Best ActorAndy Serkis for War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Best ActressMargot Robbie for I, Tonya
  • Best DirectorGuillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water


  • Best PictureThe Florida Project

As always there's a few entries taking home prizes which either have only just released or aren't releasing until later in the year so it may leave people scratching heads regarding why a film like Phantom Thread might be under consideration (it doesn't release wide until Christmas day). It did in fact sneak in a screening in New York in November which winds up making it eligible. If there's any films you haven't yet seen that are on the list – they're likely some of the independent films, like Sean Baker's The Florida Project. It's as always a great reminder to keep an eye on what's showing at your local indie theater, because as often as not, that's where you'll find the gems.

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Bill WattersAbout Bill Watters

Games programmer by day, geek culture and fandom writer by night. You'll find me writing most often about tv and movies with a healthy side dose of the goings-on around the convention and fandom scene.
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