‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Dunkirk’ among top winners for Denver Film Critics Society awards
Denver Film Critics Society named the winners of its annual awards this week for cinematic features from 2017.
Taking two of the top prizes was “Lady Bird,” winner of Best Picture and Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan as a Sacramento teenager weathering a tumultuous trip into adulthood.
Gary Oldman’s physical transformation into 1940s British Prime Minister Winston Churchill earned him Best Actor for the film “Darkest Hour.”
Winning Best Supporting Actor and Actress were Willem Dafoe and Allison Janney as a gruff but lovable motel manager and Tonya Harding’s caustic mother in “The Florida Project” and “I, Tonya,” respectively.
Christopher Nolan won Best Director for the World War II film “Dunkirk,” the tense music of which also received DFCS honors for Best Score for composer Hans Zimmer.
The interracial romance “The Big Sick” received Best Comedy, while Jordan Peele’s racially charged “Get Out” took Best Sci-Fi/Horror and Best Original Screenplay.
Best Adapted Screenplay went to James Ivory for his script of André Aciman’s book “Call Me by Your Name,” focusing on a 1980s teen’s sexual awakening. The film led in DFCS nominations with seven.
Pixar’s “Coco” was named Best Animated Film in addition to earning Best Original Song for the much-lauded, multi-generational tune “Remember Me.”
Summer hit “War for the Planet of the Apes” won Best Visual Effects, while favorites outside Hollywood were not forgotten — the Norwegian thriller “Thelma” won Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Documentary went to “Faces Places” for its depiction of French filmmakers creating an art project from the likenesses of small-town folk.
DFCS consists of online and print film critics from the Denver area, among them The Denver Post’s Lisa Kennedy, online critic Christian Toto and Northwest Colorado’s Andy Bockelman.
Craig Parks and Recreation will host Movie in the Park Thursday, July 18 at Breeze Street Park with a showing of “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.”