ARGO Wins Best Film from Southeastern Film Critics Association; SEFCA Honors BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD with Wyatt Award

     December 17, 2012


Plenty of regional critics associations are announcing their winners, but I’m reporting on the picks from the Southeastern Film Critics Association since I’m a member (also, according to Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone, we have influence!).  I have to admit I’m pretty disappointed with the results.  Argo was chosen as the Best Picture of the year, and while I could see its inclusion in the Top 10, it’s a fun thriller without much depth.  Far more damning is the inclusion of The Dark Knight Rises in the Top 10.  It makes me want to scream at the people in SEFCA to watch more movies.  Why not The Avengers or Skyfall if they wanted to include a blockbuster action movie?

As for the other categories, there weren’t any surprises. And while it wasn’t a surprise, I’m glad Beasts of the Southern Wild won the Gene Wyatt Award, which is for the film that best evokes the spirit of the South.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

argo-posterTOP TEN [All bracketed comments are mine]

1.) Argo
2.) Zero Dark Thirty
3.) Lincoln
4.) Moonrise Kingdom
5.) Silver Linings Playbook
6.) Beasts of the Southern Wild
7.) The Master
8.) Les Miserables
9.) Life of Pi
10.) The Dark Knight Rises


Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Runner-up: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master


Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Runner-up: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty


Winner: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Runner-up: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln


Winner: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Runner-up: Sally Field, Lincoln [Yep, the only member of the cast who looks like she's doing community theater.]

lincoln-movie-posterBEST ENSEMBLE

Winner: Lincoln
Runner-up: Moonrise Kingdom


Winner: Ben Affleck, Argo
Runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty


Winner: Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola

Runner-up: Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal


Winner: Argo, Chris Terrio

Runner-up: Lincoln, Tony Kushner


Winner: The Queen of Versailles

Runner-up: Bully [The movie that lets the audience know that bullying is bad.]


Winner: The Intouchables [I'm not the world's biggest fan of Amour, but choosing a weightless film like The Intouchables makes SEFCA look silly. That being said, I don't know how many SEFCA members got to see Amour. The studio certainly dropped the ball in Atlanta by screening it at the last minute. We got screeners of The Intouchables weeks ago.]

Runner-up: Amour

paranorman-posterBEST ANIMATED FILM

Winner: ParaNorman

Runner-up: Frankenweenie


Winner: Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda

Runner-up: Skyfall, Roger Deakins


Winner: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Runner-up: Bernie [Bernie takes place in Texas, which is in the Southwest, not the Southeast.]

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  • Derek

    Though they got it right with Beasts of the Southern Wild for the Gene Wyatt Award, the runner-up should go to Lawless. Shot in GA, set in VA, it goes beneath common stereotypes about backwoods and defines the ambition of a family.

  • Kyle Pinion

    Re: The Dark Knight Rises’ placement, while I could at least foresee an argument that would give Skyfall an edge in terms of craft (it’s a beautiful LOOKING film), its script utterly drags it down. And The Avengers? So cookie-cutter that its painful. Neither film is bad, though I found the Avengers utterly mediocre, but I think the ambition of the The Dark Knight Rises has to give it the benefit of a nod here.

  • KingKong

    “Bernie takes place in Texas, which is in the Southwest, not the Southeast.”
    OK, I understand that these are awards from the SouthEASTern Film Critics, but the name of the award is “FILM THAT BEST EVOKES THE SPIRIT OF THE SOUTH”. It doesn’t specity the region of the South it wants to honor. I am happy to see a small film like Bernie, which I thought was very funny and touching, getting some attention.
    I’ll support Derek’s comment too though, that is to say that Lawless was very underrated.

  • Jim

    The Dark Knight Rises was better than Avengers and Skyfall.

    • Armand

      I’m in agreement there man, all three were great, but Dark Knight Rises edges em out, deserves to be on that list

  • Pat

    Wow, someone disagrees with Matt Goldberg, and he spends an entire post about how idiotic they are. Listen Matt, your opinion isn’t final. Just because they’ve common to a different conclusion doesn’t make them idiots. Lastly, your statement on Sally Field is varying toward Rex Reec territory-Really not cool.

  • Josh

    I loved Skyfall and The Avengers a lot, but lets be honest, The Dark Knight Rises is miles ahead of both those movies! The scale, the performances, the buildup, the execution, and just overall achievement of this movie as an end cap of what is in my honest opinion, the greatest film trilogy of our time, is more than enough reason for it to get the nomination. And It looked gorgeous on top of everything. It\’s my favorite movie of the year, and I would love to see it get some recognition, not just for that movie itself, but for the trilogy as a whole, which has been ignored in the past.

  • Andrew

    Whinge whinge whinge
    Critics best of awards aren’t written in stone.
    Opinions are allowed to diversify.
    I like seeing critics give films a nod that would otherwise be overlooked by the usual Spielberg/Scorsese/Lee/ubiquitous director fodder.

  • jimmy

    Matt, I completely agree with your Sally Field comment. She was so painfully bad and distracting. It felt like she was acting in a completely different film. Hilariously, Field is winning critic awards.