Writer-director Greta Gerwig’s poignant coming-of-age drama Lady Bird came in as the runner-up. Best Director also went to Dunkirk, recognizing Christopher Nolan with Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig again in second place. Writer/director Jordan Peele was recognized in the Best Original Screenplay and Best First Film categories for Get Out. Peele was also the runner up for the Pauline Kael Breakout Award. That prize was won by actor Timothée Chalamet, for his roles in Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird and his brief turn in Hostiles.
But the film with the most awards this year was Blade Runner 2049. Denis Villeneuve’s technical marvel won four prizes – all in the craft categories: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction/Production, Best Visual Effects and Best Score. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was recognized in two acting categories: The cast won Best Ensemble and Sam Rockwell won Best Supporting Actor. The Best Actress, according to FFCC voters, was Margot Robbie for her performance as embattled former figure skater Tonya Harding in the black comedy/biopic I, Tonya. That film also found representation in another acting category, Best Supporting Actress, for Allison Janey. Winning Best Actor was, once again, Chalamet, this time for his singular performance in Call Me by Your Name. That film also won Best Adapted Screenplay honors for James Ivory.
I did not, to be clear, expect these winners — I worried more about a last-minute surge for Gary Oldman’s Great Moments with Mister Churchill. Politics and so on. For Best Supporting Actor, I wish I’d voted for my nominee Barry Keogh for The Killing of a Sacred Deer, but politics, etc: I wanted Call Me By Your Name to get something.
My final ballot:
Best Picture: Get Out
Best Director: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Best Actor: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Best Actress: Cynthia Nixon, A Quiet Passion
Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Best Supporting Actor: Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name
Best Original Screenplay: Get Out
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Lost City of Z
Best Ensemble: Lady Bird
Best Cinematography: Wonderstruck
Best Documentary: Joan Didion: The Center Cannot Hold
Breakout Award: Barry Keogh
Best First Film: God’s Own Country