NSFC – ‘Lady Bird’ Named Best Film Of 2017
Laurie Metcalf is among the winners of the NSFC awards of 2017. Here, she is shown at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California – Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images North America.
The National Society of Film Critics, NSFC, has declared Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird the best film of 2017. The organization also handed Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya and Sally Hawkins, of The Shape of Water, top acting honors Saturday, according to Variety.
Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) and Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) received supporting prizes, keeping them way out in front in their respective categories on the critical kudos circuit.
Gerwig also won best director for Lady Bird, as well as the screenplay award, narrowly surpassing Jordan Peele’s Get Out for the latter by one vote. (Lady Bird also won the top overall honor over Get Out by just two votes.)
Graduation and Faces Places won the foreign and documentary prizes, respectively. Blade Runner 2049 lenser Roger Deakins won the cinematography award.
This year’s National Society of Film Critics awards are dedicated to the late film critic and historian Richard Schickel.
In previous years, NSFC members who could not attend the meeting in New York were not able to vote beyond the first ballot in each category. Last year the group instituted live voting throughout the process, allowing more members to vote in each round for the first time ever. That practice was continued this year. Proxy votes, however, are still only admissible on the first ballot.
In total, 44 of the 59 NSFC members participated in the vote Saturday. Recent winners of the group’s top prize include Moonlight, Spotlight, Goodbye to Language and Inside Llewyn Davis.