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Detroit Film Crit­ics So­ci­ety hon­ors ‘Florida Project’

The Detroit News - - Front Page - ADAM GRA­HAM Detroit News Film Critic agra­ham@de­troit­news.com (313) 222-2284 @gra­hamorama

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.

June Pic­tures

Willem Dafoe and Brook­lynn Prince star in “The Florida Project.”

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