Vancouver Film Critics Nominate Documentaries

Because We Are Girls
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By Pat Mullen

The Vancouver Film Critics Circle (VFCC) released their list of nominees for the annual VFCC Awards yesterday. The nominees on the documentary front are For Sama, Honeyland, and Apollo 11. Unlike the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA), the VFCC features a complete roster of categories for Canadian films to recognize homegrown cinema alongside international work. The nominees for Best Canadian Documentary are Because We Are Girls, Danny, and nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up.

Because We Are Girls also landed a nomination in the category for Best British Columbia Film. The other nominees in that category are RAF and The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open.

Overall, Noah Baumbach’s dramedy lead the VFCC nominations with five citations including Best Picture and Matthew Rankin’s The Twentieth Century topped the Canuck contenders with seven including Best Picture (Canadian). Joining Rankin’s trippy farce in the Canadian race for Best Picture were The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open and Anne at 13,000 ft. Body is also up for the top prize at January’s TFCA Awards, while Anne is not eligible until next year. The VFCC recognizes Canadian films that either open theatrically or play one of the city’s major festivals, while TFCA recognizes films during their year of theatrical release.

The complete list of Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award nominations is as follows:

International Film nominations

Best Picture:
The Irishman
Marriage Story
Parasite

Best Actor:
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Best Actress:
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong’o, Us
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Best Supporting Actor:
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress:
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Florence Pugh, Little Women

Best Director:
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Best Screenplay:
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won, Parasite
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Best Foreign Language Film:
The Farewell
Pain and Glory
Parasite

Best Documentary:
Apollo 11
For Sama
Honeyland

Canadian Film nominations

Best Picture
Anne at 13,000 ft
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
The Twentieth Century

Best Director:
Kathleen Hepburn & Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Kazik Radwanski, Anne at 13,000 ft
Matthew Rankin, The Twentieth Century

One to Watch:
Heather Young, Murmur
Matthew Rankin, The Twentieth Century
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Best Screenplay:
Yonah Lewis & Calvin Thomas, White Lie
Kazik Radwanski, Anne at 13,000 ft
Matthew Rankin, The Twentieth Century

Best Actor, Male:
Dan Beirne, The Twentieth Century
Tim Guinee, Ash
David Thewlis, Guest of Honour

Best Actor, Female:
Deragh Campbell, Anne at 13,000 ft
Violet Nelson, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Kacey Rohl, White Lie

Best Supporting Actor, Male:
David Cronenberg, Clifton Hill
Matt Johnson, Anne at 13,000 Ft
Louis Negin, The Twentieth Century

Best Supporting Actor, Female:
Amber Anderson, White Lie
Chelah Horsdal, Ash
Catherine St-Laurent, The Twentieth Century

Best Canadian Documentary:
Because We Are Girls
Danny
nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

Best British Columbia Film:
Because We Are Girls
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Raf

International winners will be announced on December 16, while Canadians will be revealed in the new year.