San Diego Film Critics Society—Mission Statement
"To provide diverse critical opinion about movies, advance film education and awareness, and recognize excellence in cinema."
The San Diego Film Critics Society was formed in 1997
SAN DIEGO FILM CRITICS CHOOSE BEST OF 2012
Argo was voted Best Film of 2012 by the San Diego Film Critics Society on Tuesday. The film dramatizes the events surrounding the rescue of American civil service staff following the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Iran. Ben Affleck, who also stars in the film, won the society’s Best Director award, while Chris Terrio won Best Adapted Screenplay and William Goldenberg won Best Editing for their efforts on the film as well.
Michelle Williams, playing a married woman falling for another man, won the society’s award for Best Actress. Daniel Day-Lewis took home Best Actor for Lincoln. Christoph Waltz, playing a bounty hunter in Django Unchained, won Best Supporting Actor, while Emma Watson was voted Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a film that also was awarded Best Ensemble Performance.
The society’s critics, comprising print, television, radio, podcast and Web critics working in San Diego County, also gave two awards to The Master. Paul Thomas Anderson earned Best Original Screenplay honors, while Jonny Greenwood won Best Score.
The Kid with a Bike was chosen as Best Foreign Language Film. Paranorman won Best Animated Film and Kirby Dick’s The Invisible War was voted Best Documentary. Best Cinematography went to Claudio Miranda for his work on The Life of Pi, while Hugh Bateup and Uli Hanisch won Best Production Design for Cloud Atlas.
The critics chose recently retired film critic Dan Bennett to receive the annual Kyle Counts Award. The award, named after the late San Diego film critic, honors those who have made contributions to film in the city. Bennett is the former film critic for the North County Times, a founding member of the San Diego Film Critics Society, and is the Festival Director for the San Diego International Children’s Film Festival.
LIST OF WINNERS
BEST DIRECTOR – Ben Affleck (ARGO)
BEST ACTRESS – Michelle Williams (TAKE THIS WALTZ)
BEST ACTOR – Daniel Day-Lewis (LINCOLN)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Emma Watson (THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Christoph Waltz (DJANGO UNCHAINED)
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Paul Thomas Anderson (THE MASTER)
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Chris Terrio (ARGO)
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – THE KID WITH A BIKE
BEST DOCUMENTARY – THE INVISIBLEWAR
BEST EDITING – William Goldenberg (ARGO)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – Hugh Bateup and Uli Hanisch, CLOUD ATLAS
BEST SCORE – Jonny Greenwood (THE MASTER)
KYLE COUNTS AWARD (for support of cinema in San Diego) – Dan Bennett, Member Emeritus SDFCS, North County Times Film Critic, International Children’s Film Festival
Dan Bennett - Emeritus
Ian Forbes, Membership Chair
Alison Gang, Secretary/Social Networking Chair
Outlet: San Diego Union Tribune
James Colt Harrison
Outlets: Hillcrest News, Monthly Courier, No Cover Music Magazine, Mid City Journal, reviewexpress.com
Glenn Heath Jr., Secretary/Social Media Chair
Outlets: Slant Magazine, Fandor, Little White Lies, The House Next Door, NOT Coming to a Theater Near You
Outlets: East County California, Imperial Beach Sun, Fleet Reserve Press, Military Press, Chula Vista Star News, Chulavista.com, MovieMaven, The Star News.com, Upcoming-Movies.com, ScoopPost.com
Diana Saenger, Treasurer
Betty Jo Tucker
Anders Wright, President