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Congratulations, albeit a bit delayed, are in order for Abby Olcese was elected as the new President of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle during our annual elections over the summer. In addition, Adrian Torres was elected VP, Michael D. Smith (Secretary) and Lonita Cook (Governing Board).
You can view the full Kansas City Film Critics Circle roster, including links to our reviews.
KANSAS CITY, MO, 15 DECEMBER 2019
1917, Sam Mendes’ single-shot sprint through the trenches of World War I, was named the Best Film of 2019 by the Kansas City Film Critics Circle. Mendes won the Robert Altman Award for Best Director. Roger Deankin’s cinematography earned 1917 another win. 1917 and Us were the only films to receive multiple awards. The latter received the Vince Koehler Award for the Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror Film. Us star Lupita Nyong’o was named Best Actress.
Each year, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the second oldest film critics organization in the United States, votes on its members’ selections for the James Loutzenhiser Awards. 2019 marks the 54th time the group has handed out honors. Parasite was named the year’s Best Foreign Film, and the Tom Poe Award for Best LGBT Film went to Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Toy Story 4 continued the franchise’s winning streak, winning Best Animated Feature. Previous installments topped the category in 1995, 1999, and 2010.
Below is a complete list of the winners of the 54th Annual James Loutzenhiser Awards.
BEST FILM: 1917
Runner up: Parasite
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
FOR BEST DIRECTOR Sam Mendes, 1917
Runner up: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
BEST ACTOR Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Runner up: Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name
BEST ACTRESS Lupita Nyong’o, Us
Runner up: Rene Zellweger, Judy
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Runner up: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dolemite Is My Name
Runners up (tie): Laura Dern, Marriage Story; Zhao Shuzen, The Farewell
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Rian Johnson, Knives Out
Runner up: Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won, Parasite
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Greta Gerwig, Little Women
Runner up: Steven Zaillian, The Irishman
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Roger Deakins, 1917
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Toy Story 4
Runner up: I Lost My Body
BEST FOREIGN FILM Parasite
Runner up: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
BEST DOCUMENTARY (tie) Amazing Grace; Apollo 11
VINCE KOEHLER AWARD FOR THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY/HORROR FILM Us
Runner up: Midsommar
TOM POE AWARD FOR BEST LGBT FILM Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Runner up: Booksmart
Kansas City, MO – For the first time since 1992 and the fourth time in the 53-year history of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle’s James Loutzenhiser Awards, there was a tie for Best Film. Roma and The Favourite took home three awards each, including the top prize. Roma also won Best Foreign Film and helmer Alfonso Cuarón collected the Robert Altman Award for Best Director. The Favourite‘s Olivia Colman won Best Actress and the script from Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara won Best Original Screenplay as well.
The Kansas City Film Critics Circle is the second oldest professional film critics organization in the United States. Since the first vote in 1966, this is only the fourth tie in the top category. Previous ties were 1992 (The Player, Unforgiven), 1986 (The Mission, Salvador) and 1970 (Patton, Five Easy Pieces).
The full list of winners for the 53rd James Loutzenhiser Awards are below:
BEST FILM (tie): Roma and The Favourite
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Runner Up: Paul Schrader, First Reformed
BEST ACTOR: (tie) Christian Bale, Vice and Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
BEST ACTRESS: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Runner Up: Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Runner Up: Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Amy Adams, Vice
Runner Up: Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The Favourite
Runner Up: Eighth Grade
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: BlacKkKlansman
Runner Up: Can You Ever Forgive Me?
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Runners Up (tie): Isle of Dogs, Incredibles 2
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Roma
Runner Up: Cold War
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Runner up: Free Solo
VINCE KOEHLER AWARD FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY or HORROR FILM: A Quiet Place
Runner up: Sorry to Bother You
TOM POE AWARD FOR BEST LGBT FILM: Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Runner up: Love, Simon
Kansas City, MO – Writer-director Jordan Peele and his horror/social satire “Get Out” won three awards, including Best Picture, in the Kansas City Film Critics Circle’s 52nd annual James Loutzenhiser Awards. Founded in 1966, the KCFCC is the second oldest critics group in the country. In addition to Best Picture, “Get Out” won the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Award, and Peele won for Best Original Screenplay.
“Call Me By Your Name” also received three awards, including Best LGBT Film, a category created last year in honor of late KCFCC member and activist Tom Poe. Timothée Chalamet’s performance in “Call Me By Your Name” won Best Actor, while James Ivory’s screenplay won the adapted category,
“The Shape of Water” received two awards, with Guillermo del Toro winning Best Director and Sally Hawkins winning Best Actress for “The Shape of Water.”
The full list of winners for the 52nd James Loutzenhiser Awards are below:
BEST PICTURE: Get Out
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
BEST ACTOR: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
BEST ACTRESS: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Jordan Peele, Get Out
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: (tie) James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name and Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green, Logan
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Coco
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: In The Fade
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Jane
VINCE KOEHLER AWARD FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY or HORROR FILM: Get Out
TOM POE AWARD FOR BEST LGBT FILM: Call Me By Your Name
Manchester by the Sea was chosen as the Best Film of 2016 by the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the second oldest critics group in the country. The winners were announced today during a ceremony for the 51st Annual James Loutzenhiser Awards at the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet Theatre in Kansas City.
In addition to winning Best Picture, Manchester by the Sea’s Casey Affleck won Best Actor, and Kenneth Lonergan won the Robert Altman Award for Best Director. Hell or High Water received two wins, for Jeff Bridges in Supporting Actor and Taylor Sheridan’s original screenplay. Arrival won the adapted screenplay award, as well as the Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror Film.
It is with great affection that the KCFCC announce the inaugural Tom Poe Award for Best LGBT Film, which was awarded to Moonlight. A beloved associate professor of film and media arts in the Department of Communications Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Tom further shared his enthusiasm for film through film reviews in the Kansas City New Times and as one of the movie critics on the Walt Bodine Show and Central Standard on KCUR. His reviews were inevitably astute and well-informed yet just as naturally considered and kind, in keeping with his sympathies for both filmmaker and audience. It was Tom’s belief that “great film reviews give rise to thinking about films.” As such, he supported many members of KCFCC through encouragement and dialogue. Tom was our colleague and friend, and it is our intention that this annual award honor his legacy as an advocate for LGBT rights and promote his desire for justice by way of accurate and beneficial representation.
The full list of winners at the 51st Annual James Loutzenhiser Awards is below:
BEST PICTURE: Manchester by the Sea
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
BEST ACTOR: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
BEST ACTRESS: Natalie Portman, Jackie
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: (tie) Naomie Harris, Moonlight and Viola Davis, Fences
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Eric Heisserer, Arrival
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Zootopia
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: The Handmaiden (South Korea)
BEST DOCUMENTARY: OJ: Made in America
VINCE KOEHLER AWARD FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY or HORROR FILM: Arrival
TOM POE AWARD FOR BEST LGBT FILM: Moonlight
The Kansas City Film Critics Circle was founded by Dr. James Loutzenhiser in 1966 as the Kansas City Film Circle Awards, and is the second oldest professional film critics’ association in the United States, after the New York Film Critics Circle.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the second oldest film critic organization in the United States, released its list of nominees for the Best Film of 2016. They are:
Mad Max: Fury Road was chosen as the Best Film of 2015 by The Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the second oldest critics group in the country. The winners were announced yesterday during a ceremony at the Alamo Drafthouse Theatre in Kansas City.
The film, which had been nominated in four categories by the group, also took home the Robert Altman Award for Best Director for George Miller and Best Actress for Charlize Theron. The film was the only multiple winner announced by the group. The directing award is named in honor of Academy Award winner and Kansas City native Robert Altman.
Leonardo DiCaprio was named Best Actor for his work in The Revenant. In the supporting categories, Michael Shannon received the Best Supporting Actor prize for 99 Homes while Alicia Vikander was named Best Supporting Actress for Ex Machina. Pixar’s Inside Out was named the year’s Best Animated Feature.
Below is a complete list of winners:
BEST PICTURE: Mad Max: Fury Road
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR: George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST ACTOR: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
BEST ACTRESS: Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big Short
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Inside Out
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Phoenix (Germany)
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Amy
VINCE KOEHLER AWARD FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY or HORROR FILM: Ex Machina
Kansas City, Missouri – The Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the second oldest film critic organization in the country, released their nominees for the 50th Annual James Loutzenhiser Awards, recognizing the best in film for 2015.
Sicario, a fall release that addressed the war on drugs in both the United States and Mexico, led all films with five nominations including Best Picture and Best Director for Denis Villeneuve. The film also earned nods for Emily Blunt for Best Actress, Benicio Del Toro for Best Supporting Actor and Original Screenplay.
Right behind are the summer action film Mad Max: Fury Road and the upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Revenant, which each earned four nominations, including Best Picture. Also earning Best Picture nominations: Room and Spotlight. DiCaprio was nominated as one of the year’s Best Actors, along with Steve Carell (The Big Short), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and last year’s Academy Award winner in this category, Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl).
Charlize Theron was nominated as Best Actress for her role as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. Nominated alongside her and Blunt are Cate Blanchett (Carol), Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn).
Besides Del Toro, the list of nominees for Best Supporting Actor include Tom Hardy (The Revenant), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Michael Shannon (99 Homes) and Sylvester Stallone, reprising his role of Rocky Balboa in Creed. In 1976, the group named Stallone the year’s Best Actor for playing Balboa in Rocky.
Blanchett’s Carol co-star, Rooney Mara, earned a nod for Best Supporting Actress, alongside Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs).
Directors joining Villeneuve in competition for the Robert Altman Award for Best Director are Alex Garland (Ex Machina), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) and George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road).
The group also handed out nominations for Best Animated Feature, Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, Foreign Film, Documentary Feature and the Vince Koehler Award, which is chosen as the year’s best Science Fiction, Horror or Fantasy Film.
Winners will be voted on and the results released this Sunday, December 20.
Below is a complete list of nominees:
Mad Max: Fury Road
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR:
Alex Garland, Ex Machina
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, The Revenant
Denis Villeneuve, Sicario
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Steve Carell, The Big Short
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Emily Blunt, Sicario
Bel Powley, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Benicio Del Toro, Sicario
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Elizabeth Banks, Love & Mercy
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
The Hateful Eight
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
The Big Short
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Son of Saul
Best of Enemies
The Look of Silence
Where to Invade
The Wrecking Crew
VINCE KOEHLER AWARD FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY or HORROR FILM:
Mad Max: Fury Road