Monday, December 16, 2019

The 2019 Seattle Film Critics Society Award Winners

As 2019 winds to a close, before we look at what’s next, it’s a time for reflection. In movie terms, that means glancing back over the past year and taking stock of the films we saw. I’m fortunate enough to be a member of a couple groups of film critics, and one, the Seattle Film Critics Society, just revealed the results of the 2019 SFCS Awards.

We polled the membership, tallied nominations, voted on those, and here we are. 

As usual, I voted for some for some of these and I didn’t vote for others. To be honest, I did vote for a lot of these this time around, like, a startling number actually. This year is an outlier that many of my favorites line up with other people. Though some maybe weren’t my top choices, none of the winners make me cock my head like a confused dog and ask, WTF? There’s usually at least a couple.

I’m particularly happy with the results in our best villain and best action choreography categories. (Admittedly, the action winner wasn’t my number one choice, but it was on my nomination list and it definitely has a broader appeal, and wider footprint overall, than my top choice. What can you do? I’m just stoked we have an action category at all.) The villain, however, is just perfect. 

As usual, make of these results what you will. Like what you like, unapologetically and regardless of what other people think. That’s what makes movies so great, we all have the ones we love, the ones we hate, and art is open to individual interpretation.

The 2019 Seattle Film Critics Society Award Winners:


BEST DIRECTOR: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

BEST ACTOR: Adam Driver, Marriage Story

BEST ACTRESS: Lupita Nyong’o, Us

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers


BEST SCREENPLAY: Parasite – Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won (screenplay); Bong Joon-ho (story)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Toy Story 4 – Josh Cooley

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Parasite – Bong Joon-ho, director

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Apollo 11 – Todd Douglas Miller, director


BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Dolemite is My Name – Ruth E. Carter

BEST FILM EDITING: Uncut Gems – Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Uncut Gems – Daniel Lopatin 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood – Barbara Ling (Production Designer); Nancy Haigh (Set Decorator)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Ad Astra – Allen Maris, Jedediah Smith, Guillaume Rocheron, Scott R. Fisher

BEST ACTION CHOREOGRAPHY: John Wick – Chapter 3: Parabellum

BEST YOUTH PERFORMANCE: Thomasin McKenzie, Jojo Rabbit

VILLAIN OF THE YEAR: The Red Dress – In Fabric – portrayed by a red dress.

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