Phantom Thread
Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread was named the Best Picture of 2017 by the Boston Society of Film Critics on Sunday, and the film’s director Paul Thomas Anderson was named Best Director.  The Square was voted Best Foreign-Language Film, and Dawson City: Frozen Time was named Best Documentary.

2017 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, Commendations and Rediscoveries

Best Picture  –   Phantom Thread

Best Actor – Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out

Best Actress –  Sally Hawkins for The Shape of Water

Best Supporting Actor –  Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project

Best Supporting Actress –  Laurie Metcalf for Lady Bird

Best Director – Paul Thomas Anderson for Phantom Thread

Best Screenplay –  Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird

Best Cinematography – Hoyte Van Hoytema for Dunkirk

Best Documentary – Dawson City: Frozen Time

Best Foreign-Language Film  (awarded in memory of Jay Carr) –  The Square

Best Animated Film –  Coco

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer) –  David Lowery for A Ghost Story

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy) –  Jordan Peele for Get Out

Best Ensemble Cast –  The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Best Original Score –  Jonny Greenwood for Phantom Thread

Best Film Series

“A Year of Women in Cinema” at The Brattle Theatre

“Hachimiri Madness! Japanese Independents from the Punk Years” at The Harvard Film Archive
“Harry Dean Stanton: Say Something True” at The Museum of Fine Arts Boston
“Frederick Wiseman: For the Record” at The Museum of Fine Arts Boston
“Robert Mitchum Centennial Tribute” at The Brattle Theatre

Best Rediscoveries

Targets [1968, Peter Bogdanovich] at The Brattle Theatre
The Loom [1986, Stan Brakhage] (“Stan Brakhage’s Metaphors on Vision”) at The Harvard Film Archive
Seven Beauties [1975, Lina Wertmuller] (“The Films of Lina Wertmuller”) at The Brattle Theatre
The Brig [1964, Jonas Mekas] (“Scenes from the Life of a Happy Man … The Films of Jonas Mekas”) at The Harvard Film Archive
A Bay of Blood [1971, Mario Bava] (“Mario Bava and the Birth of Italian Giallo”) at The Brattle Theatre

Retrospective of the Year (awarded in memory of David Pendleton)

“The Complete Jean Renoir” at The Harvard Film Archive


To The Brattle Theatre for ensuring that the iconic Boston movieThe Friends of Eddie Coyle can once again be seen by cinema audiences. With no prints to be found of the 1973 film starring Robert Mitchum, the Brattle convinced Paramount Pictures that there was demand for the picture and made a significant financial contribution to the studio’s creation of a DCP of the digital restoration that had been done for a DVD release.

To Boston-based musicians and silent-film-music scholars Martin Marks, Robert Humphreville and Jeff Rapsis, whose live accompaniment at silent-film screenings have delighted Boston audiences for many years. Their artistry was particularly sublime this year during the silent component of The Harvard Film Archive’s “That Certain Feeling … The Touch of Ernst Lubitsch,” a series requiring music for broad comedies, extravagant adventures and subtle dramas.

To the Waltham-based, artist-run film collective AgX Boston, for creating a space dedicated to fostering skill-building and interest in photochemical-based moving images through workshops, events and collaborative experimentation.

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