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

     December 17, 2012

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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

BEST ACTOR

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

BEST ACTRESS

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

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

BEST DIRECTOR

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

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Winner: Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola

Runner-up: Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Winner: Argo, Chris Terrio

Runner-up: Lincoln, Tony Kushner

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Winner: The Queen of Versailles

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

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

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

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Winner: Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda

Runner-up: Skyfall, Roger Deakins

GENE WYATT AWARD for FILM THAT BEST EVOKES THE SPIRIT OF THE SOUTH

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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