Detroit Film Critics Society honors ‘Florida Project’
Detroit has a lot of love for Florida.
“The Florida Project” was chosen as the year’s best movie by the Detroit Film Critics Society, which announced its picks for its end of 2017 awards on Thursday.
“Florida Project” helmer Sean Baker was chosen as Best Director, and Willem Dafoe was named the DFCS’ Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film, about a desolate motel outside the Magic Kingdom in Orlando.
James Franco was named Best Actor by the group for his work in “The Disaster Artist,” his tribute to one of the worst movies ever made, “The Room,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’s” Frances McDormand was named Best Actress, and the movie’s script was named Best Screenplay. (“Three Billboards” screenwriter Martin McDonagh is a previous DFCS champ, having won the group’s Best Newcomer award in 2008 for “In Bruges.”)
Best Supporting Actress honors went to “I, Tonya’s” mean mother Allison Janney. The film about Olympic skating star Tonya Harding is scheduled to open locally next month.
The award for Best Ensemble went to “The Post,” Steven Spielberg’s thriller about the Washington Post’s printing of the Pentagon Papers in the early 1970s. The movie is set to open in area theaters on Dec. 22.
Writer-director Jordan Peele was honored with the Breakthrough award for his first film, “Get Out.” The horror hit was released in February and has been gaining a lot of awards season momentum in recent weeks.
Other winners include “Baby Driver” for Best Use of Music, a new category added this year; “The LEGO Batman Movie” for Best Animated Feature; and “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” the Netflix look at the making of 1999’s Andy Kaufman biopic “Man on the Moon,” for Best Documentary.
The Detroit Film Critics Society was founded in 2007 and is composed of 19 film critics working in and around the Detroit area.
For the full list of nominees and winners, go to detroitnews.com/entertainment.
Willem Dafoe and Brooklynn Prince star in “The Florida Project.”