Toronto Film Critics Association Names ‘Faces Places’ Top Doc

Faces Places
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By Pat Mullen

The Toronto Film Critics Association named Faces Places (Visages Villages) the best documentary of 2017 yesterday in its annual awards vote. The film by Agnès Varda and JR scooped the honours for the Allan King Documentary Film Award after being crowned the audience favourite for documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year. The runners-up for the TFCA’s documentary prize were Brett Morgen’s Jane and Ceyda Torun’s Kedi. Faces Places also scored a runner-up nod in the category for Best Foreign Language Film.

Three dramatic films received nominations for the TFCA’s prize for Best Canadian Feature: Kevan Funk’s Hello Destroyer, Ashley McKenzie’s Werewolf, and Joyce Wong’s Wexford Plaza. The winner will be named at the TFCA awards ceremony in January.

It was also announced that this year’s recipient of the Clyde Gilmour Prize, Zacharias Kunuk, selected Montreal-based filmmaker Isabella Weetaluktuk to receive $50,000 in services from Technicolor. The award invites a veteran of the industry to “pay it forward” to an emerging talent.

Documentary received a little shout-out from the TFCA as true crime mockumentary I, Tonya scored a runner-up citation for Allison Janney’s scene-stealing performance as LaVona, the chain-smoking and foul-mouthed mother of Tonya Harding.

The full list of winners is as follows:

BEST PICTURE: The Florida Project
Runners-up: Phantom Thread, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Runners-up: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name and Gary Oldman Darkest Hour

BEST ACTRESS: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Runners-up: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water and Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Runners-up: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri and Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Runners-up: Allison Janney, I, Tonya and Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

BEST DIRECTOR: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Runners-up: Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread and Jordan Peele, Get Out

BEST SCREENPLAY, ADAPTED OR ORIGINAL: Get Out by Jordan Peele
Runners-up: Lady Bird by Greta Gerwig and Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh

BEST FIRST FEATURE: Get Out directed by Jordan Peele
Runners-up: Lady Macbeth directed by William Oldroyd and Werewolf, directed by Ashley McKenzie

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: The Breadwinner
Runners-up: Coco and Window Horses

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: The Square
Runners-up: Faces Places and Loveless
 
ALLAN KING DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD: Faces Places
Runners-up: Jane and Kedi

ROGERS BEST CANADIAN FILM AWARD FINALISTS:
Hello Destroyer directed by Kevan Funk
Werewolf directed by Ashley McKenzie
Wexford Plaza directed by Joyce Wong