Detroit Film Critics Society Award Winners

The Detroit Film Critics Society has voted for their winners, and as promised, I have the results right here!

As it turns out, my hometown loved The Florida Project, winning Best Film, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for Willem Dafoe. It seems a given at this point that he will sweep the preseason like J.K. Simmons in 2014. The second biggest winner was, surprisingly, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, which won Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Screenplay. As I noted on Tuesday, it was weird that the Society didn’t nominate Lady Bird for Best Film, and that weirdness seemed to be an indicator of support, as the film failed to win anywhere. Even frontrunner Laurie Metcalf lost to her only competition, Allison Janney. And speaking of frontrunners being toppled, Gary Oldman, Timothée Chalamet, and Daniel Day-Lewis were all bested by James Franco for his performance as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist. I just saw Darkest Hour last night, and I really wish Oldman had won, but I can’t help but be elated by Franco’s win here. He’s really so lovably irritating in the film, and I hope he gets the credit he’s due. The Post ended up winning the Best Ensemble award, and Jordan Peele continued his streak of Breakthrough Awards for his work on Get Out. And we even got some surprises in the below-the-line categories, with Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond and The Lego Batman Movie both deservedly defeating the frontrunners for Best Documentary and Best Animated Film, respectively. And Baby Driver unsurprisingly won for Best Use of Music.

You can see the full list of winners below.


  • The Florida Project
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Get Out
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 


  • Sean Baker – The Florida Project
  • Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread
  • Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
  • Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
  • Jordan Peele – Get Out
  • Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water 


  • James Franco – The Disaster Artist
  • Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
  • Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
  • Robert Pattinson – Good Time


  • Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game
  • Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
  • Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird


  • Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
  • Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
  • Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Patrick Stewart – Logan
  • Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me by Your Name 


  • Allison Janney – I, Tonya
  • Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip
  • Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
  • Melissa Leo – Novitiate
  • Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird


  • The Post
  • The Big Sick
  • Lady Bird
  • Mudbound
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


  • Jordan Peele – Get Out (writer/director)
  • Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name (actor)
  • Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman (actress)
  • Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip (actress)
  • Caleb Landry Jones – American Made, The Florida Project, Get Out, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (actor)


  • Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor – The Shape of Water
  • Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
  • Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick
  • Liz Hannah, Josh Singer – The Post
  • Jordan Peele – Get Out
  • Taylor Sheridan – Wind River


  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
  • The Defiant Ones
  • Human Flow
  • Kedi
  • Step
  • Strong Island
  • Whose Streets?


  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  • Cars 3
  • Coco
  • Loving Vincent


  • Baby Driver
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Good Time
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Shape of Water

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