Monday, January 9, 2023

The 2022 Seattle Film Critics Society Award Nominations

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Movies are pretty cool. A bold statement, I know. One of the perks (responsibilities that require additional work) of this job is that at the end of the year I get to shout out my favorite films by voting in a number of film critic groups. One that’s near and dear to my heart is the Seattle Film Critics Society in my hometown, and, wouldn’t you know it, we just announced our nominations.


We’re a little smaller than some other groups, which means a relatively modest segment can have a big sway when it comes to voting. Sometimes this leads to a wild nomination or two, though this year things played out more or less as expected. If I’m being honest, however, I like this slate of nominees way, way more than last year. Unlike a lot of cycles, many of my choices actually found a home. 


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We have a couple of different categories than other organizations to give our awards their own distinct flavor. Our action category is always interesting and fun, especially since everyone has their own interpretation of what it means. There’s also a youth performance category, a villain-of-the-year vote, and one award dedicated specifically to celebrating films with ties to the Pacific Northwest. 


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As usual, make of these what you will. I love some of the nominees and am less high on others. There aren’t any I actively dislike, as has happened, and none stick out as completely off the wall. Overall, this feels like a solid group of deserving nominees. (Fun fact, while I saw almost all of these movies, I reviewed almost none of them.)

We hand out the awards on Tuesday, January 17. Follow along live on our Twitter page.


The 2022 Seattle Film Critics Society Nominations


Best Picture


Aftersun (A24)

The Banshees of Inisherin (Searchlight)

Cha Cha Real Smooth (Apple TV+)

Decision To Leave (MUBI)

Everything Everywhere All At Once (A24)

The Fabelmans (Universal) 

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Netflix)

Nope (Universal Pictures)

TÁR (Focus Features)

Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Pictures)


Best Director


Todd Field – TÁR

Joseph Kosinski – Top Gun: Maverick

Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All At Once

Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin

Charlotte Wells – Aftersun


Best Actor in a Leading Role


Austin Butler – Elvis

Tom Cruise – Top Gun: Maverick

Colin Farrell – The Banshees of Inisherin

Brendan Fraser – The Whale

Paul Mescal – Aftersun


Best Actress in a Leading Role


Cate Blanchett – TÁR

Danielle Deadwyler – Till

Mia Goth – Pearl

Margot Robbie – Babylon

Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All At Once


Best Actor in a Supporting Role


Paul Dano – The Fabelmans

Brendan Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin

Brian Tyree Henry – Causeway

Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin

Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All At Once


Best Actress in a Supporting Role


Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin

Stephanie Hsu – Everything Everywhere All At Once

Janelle Monáe – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Keke Palmer – Nope


Best Ensemble Cast


The Banshees of Inisherin – Louise Kiely, casting director

Everything Everywhere All At Once – Sarah Halley Finn, casting director

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery – Bret Howe, Mary Vernieu, casting directors

Top Gun: Maverick – Denise Chamian, casting director

Women Talking – John Buchan, Jason Knight, casting directors


Best Action Choreography


Avatar: The Way of Water

Everything Everywhere All At Once

The Northman


Top Gun: Maverick


Best Screenplay


The Banshees of Inisherin – Martin McDonagh

Decision to Leave – Park Chan-wook, Chung Seo-kyung

Everything Everywhere All At Once – Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery – Rian Johnson

TÁR – Todd Field


Best Animated Feature


Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, directors

Mad God – Phil Tippett, director

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On – Dean Fleischer-Camp, director

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish – Joel Crawford, director; Januel Mercado, co-director

Turning Red – Domee Shi, director


Best Documentary Feature


All the Beauty and the Bloodshed – Laura Poitras, director

Fire of Love – Sara Dosa, director

Good Night Oppy – Ryan White, directors

Navalny – Daniel Roher, director

Sweetheart Deal – Elisa Levine, Gabriel Miller, directors


Best Film Not in the English Language


All Quiet on the Western Front – Edward Berger, director

Decision to Leave – Park Chan-wook, director

EO – Jerzy Skolimowski, director

RRR – S.S. Rajamouli, director

Saint Omer – Alice Diop, director


Best Cinematography


Avatar: The Way of Water – Russell Carpenter

Decision to Leave – Kim Ji-yong

Everything Everywhere All At Once – Larkin Seiple

Nope – Hoyte van Hoytema

Top Gun: Maverick – Claudio Miranda


Best Costume Design


Babylon – Mary Zophres

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Ruth Carter

Elvis – Catherine Martin

Everything Everywhere All At Once – Shirley Kurata

The Northman – Linda Muir


Best Film Editing


Aftersun – Blair McClendon

Decision to Leave – Kim Sang-beom

Everything Everywhere All At Once – Paul Rogers

TÁR – Monika Willi

Top Gun: Maverick – Eddie Hamilton


Best Original Score


Babylon – Justin Hurwitz

The Banshees of Inisherin – Carter Burwell

The Batman – Michael Giacchino

The Fabelmans – John Williams

Nope – Michael Abels


Best Production Design


Babylon – Florencia Martin (Production Design); Anthony Carlino (Set Decoration)

Elvis – Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy (Production Design); Bev Dunn (Set Decoration)

Everything Everywhere All At Once – Jason Kisvarday (Production Design); Kelsi Ephraim (Set Decoration)

The Northman – Craig Lathrop (Production Design); Niamh Coulter (Set Decoration)

White Noise – Jess Gonchor (Production Design); Claire Kaufman (Set Decoration)


Best Visual Effects


Avatar: The Way of Water – Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon, Daniel Barrett

Everything Everywhere All At Once – Zak Stoltz, Ethan Feldbau, Benjamin Brewer, Jeff Desom

Nope – Guillaume Rocheron, Jeremy Robert, Sreejith Venugopalan, Scott R. Fisher

RRR – Srinivas Mohan, Pete Draper, Daniel French

Top Gun: Maverick – Ryan Tudhope, Scott R. Fisher, Seth Hill, Bryan Litson


Best Youth Performance (18 years of age or younger upon start of filming)


Vanessa Burghardt – Cha Cha Real Smooth

Anna Cobb – We’re All Going to the World’s Fair

Frankie Corio – Aftersun

Eden Dambrine – Close

Banks Repeta – Armageddon Time


Villain of the Year


Jean Jacket – Nope

Jobu Tupaki – Everything Everywhere All At Once – portrayed by Stephanie Hsu

Lydia Tár – TÁR – portrayed by Cate Blanchett

Pearl – X/Pearl, portrayed by Mia Goth

The Riddler/Edward Nashton – The Batman – portrayed by Paul Dano


2022 Achievement in Pacific Northwest Filmmaking


All Sorts, J. Rick Castañeda

Kimi, Steven Soderbergh

Know Your Place, Zia Mohajerjasbi

Sam Now, Reed Harkness

Sweetheart Deal, Elisa Levine, Gabriel Miller

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