Hello, friends and followers! As many of you are aware, I am a proud member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle and have been for the two years since its founding. We’ve just announced our film awards for 2017, and you can read our terrific selections in 22 categories here: http://bit.ly/2lxrRZ0
I am particularly proud of the fact that we gave our Impact Award to Patty Jenkins for her incredibly accomplished direction of WONDER WOMAN, one of the year’s biggest and critical hits, not to mention a game-changer for DC Comics, as well as a veritable call to arms for persistent women.
Jenkins not only showed the misbegotten men directing for DC how to do it with flair, humanity, and superb storytelling instincts, she also did it without the sexist “male gaze” which has become quite a problem in Hollywood these days. Bravo, Ms. Jenkins. And thank you.
Also, I’m more than a bit tickled to say that we gave our award for Best Independent Feature to the wondrous LADY BIRD. That was also my pick for Best Film of 2017, and we awarded Best Actress to Saoirse Ronan for her performance in the title role too. (She was also my pick as you can read here: http://bit.ly/2zOdg0H.)
All in all, there were so many terrific films out this past year that it was hard for all of the critics at the CIFCC to narrow the field. Still, we did just that, and I believe you’ll find our final roster of winners to be an incredibly smart group of select honorees.