Georgia Film Critics Association

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The Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) is an organization of film critics operating in the state of Georgia which was founded in 2011.[1]

In January of every year, the GFCA votes on their annual film awards. The organization is open to members of both print and digital media. While membership is open to film critics from all across the state, current membership is mostly concentrated in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Currently, there are fourteen members representing a broad variety of local and international outlets. [2]

Nominations for the 4th annual GFCA Awards will be announced on January 5, 2015.[3]


  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Production Design (formerly Best Art Direction)
  • Best Score
  • Best Original Song
  • Best Ensemble
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Animated Film
  • Best Foreign Film
  • Breakthrough Award
  • Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema


Year Best Film Best Director Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
2011 - 1st The Tree of Life Terrence Malick
The Tree of Life
Brad Pitt
Juliette Binoche
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Brad Pitt
The Tree of Life
Jessica Chastain
The Tree of Life
2012 - 2nd Silver Linings Playbook Kathryn Bigelow
Zero Dark Thirty
Daniel Day-Lewis
Jennifer Lawrence
Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Master
Judi Dench
2013 - 3rd Her Alfonso Cuarón
Chiwetel Ejiofor
12 Years a Slave
Cate Blanchett
Blue Jasmine
Michael Fassbender
12 Years a Slave
Lupita Nyong'o
12 Years a Slave

Breakthrough Award[edit]

Breakthrough Award nominees can belong to any part of the film industry. So far, nominees have included actors, actresses, directors, composers, documentarians, editors, producers and screenwriters.

Year Nominee Role(s) Film(s)
Richard Ayoade Director, Writer Submarine
Jessica Chastain Actress Coriolanus, The Debt, The Help, Take Shelter, The Tree of Life
Tom Hiddleston Actor Midnight in Paris, Thor, War Horse
Hunter McCracken Actor The Tree of Life
Josh Radnor Actor, Director, Writer Happythankyoumoreplease
Zal Batmanglij Director, Writer Sound of My Voice
Derek Connolly Writer Safety Not Guaranteed
Bart Layton Director, Documentarian The Imposter
Scoot McNairy Actor Argo, Killing Them Softly, Promised Land
Quvenzhané Wallis Actress Beasts of the Southern Wild
Benh Zeitlin Composer, Director, Writer Beasts of the Southern Wild
Sophie Kennedy Clark Actress Philomena
Brie Larson Actress Don Jon, The Spectacular Now, Short Term 12
Lupita Nyong'o Actress 12 Years a Slave
Amy Seimetz Actress, Director, Editor, Producer, Writer Lucky Them, 9 Full Moons, Pit Stop, The Sacrament, Sun Don't Shine, Upstream Color
Tye Sheridan Actor Joe, Mud
Miles Teller Actor The Spectacular Now, 21 & Over

Oglethorpe Award[edit]

Each year, the Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema is bestowed upon a film or short film that was produced in Georgia. During the GFCA's first awards season in 2011, only the recipient of the award was named. Beginning with the 2012 awards, the entire shortlist of films in the running was released along with the winning film.

Year Film Filmmaker(s)
2011 Sahkanaga John Henry Summerour
4:00AM (short) Chris Tsambis
Everything's For Sale (short) Eric Haviv, R. Phillip Maxwell
Flight John Gatins, Robert Zemeckis
John Portman: A Life of Building Ben Loeterman
Lawless Nick Cave, John Hillcoat
Superhero (short) Kristin Wright
Trouble with the Curve Randy Brown, Robert Lorenz
2013 A.C.O.D. Stu Zicherman, Ben Karlin
Anchorman: The Legend Continues Adam McKay, Will Ferrell
Congratulations! Mike Brune
euphonia Danny Madden, Benjamin Weissner
Gideon's Army Dawn Porter, Matthew Hamachek
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Francis Lawrence, Michael Arndt, Simon Beaufoy
Prisoners Denis Villeneuve, Aaron Guzikowski
The Spectacular Now James Ponsoldt, Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Sweet, Sweet Country (short) Dehanza Rogers
Three Days at Foster Keith Dunnavant

Award breakdown[edit]

(2 awards and more)

See also[edit]