As we always do in honor of the Oscars, we are pleased to announce the 6th Annual Defacto Film Awards. This year, we did things even more democratically as opposed to doing separate ballots in previous years. The voting was not only done by rank-order voting by the fellow Defacto staff, which includes chief film critic Robert J. Butler and reviewers Noah Damron and Michael Powell. This year, we also ended up inviting our fellow VIP readers, bloggers, and podcasters to the voting board, which includes Adam Ferenz, Sammy Juliano, Patricia Perry, and Aaron White. Here are our picks for the Best of 2023 nominees and winners in 21 categories. We decided to nominate ten best picture nominees this year to match the Academy Award best picture nominees. We also selected the top five picks in the following major categories: Best Director, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Documentary, Best Animated Feature, Best International Film, Best Original Score, and more. We also added a new category this year: Best Stunts.

✓*Indicates Winner 

Best Picture

The Holdovers (2023) | MUBI

Winner – The Holdovers
The Boy and the Heron
Godland
Killers of the Flower Moon
Monster
Oppenheimer
Past Lives
Poor Things
Priscilla
The Zone of Interest

Best Director

Director Alexander Payne harkens back to golden age of '70′s Hollywood with 'The Holdovers' - cleveland.com

Winner – Alexander Payne [The Holdovers]
Jonathan Glazer [The Zone of Interest]
Christopher Nolan [Oppenheimer]
Martin Scorsese [Killers of the Flower Moon]
Celine Song [Past Lives]

Best Actor

The Holdovers

Courtesy Focus Features

Winner – Paul Giamatti [The Holdovers]
Leonardo DiCaprio [Killers of the Flower Moon]
Cillian Murphy [Oppenheimer]
Andrew Scott [All of Us Strangers]
Teo Yoo [Past Lives]

Best Actress

Courtesy Apple Films

Winner – Lily Gladstone [Killers of the Flower Moon]
Sandra Huller [Anatomy of a Fall]
Greta Lee [Past Lives]
Cailee Spaeny [Priscilla]
Emma Stone [Poor Things]

Best Supporting Actor

Charles Melton winner Best Supporting Actor 6th Annual Defacto Film Awards

Courtesy Netflix

Winner – Charles Melton [May December]

Robert DeNiro [Killers of the Flower Moon]
Robert Downey Jr [Oppenheimer]
Ryan Gosling [Barbie]
Dominic Sessa [The Holdovers]
Best Supporting Actress

Courtesy Focus Features

Winner – Da’Vine Joy Randolph [The Holdovers]
Danielle Brooks [The Color Purple]
Jodie Foster [Nyad]
Rachel McAdams [Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret]
Julianne Moore [May December]

Best Original Screenplay 

Courtesy Focus Features

Winner – The Holdovers [David Hemingson]
Anatomy of a Fall [Justine Triet and Arthur Hirari]
Fallen Leaves [Aki Kurasmaki]
May December [Samy Burch]
Past Lives [Celine Song]

Best Adapted Screenplay 

Courtesy A24

Winner – The Zone of Interest [Jonathan Glazer]
Killers of the Flower Moon [Martin Scorsese and Eric Roth]
Oppenheimer [Christopher Nolan]
Poor Things [Tony McNamara]
Priscilla [Sofia Coppola]

Best International Feature 

Courtesy A24

Winner – The Zone of Interest
Anatomy of a Fall
The Boy and the Heron
Fallen Leaves
Godland

Best Animated Feature

Courtesy GKIDS

Winner – The Boy and the Heron
Elemental
Nimona
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

Best Documentary Feature 

Courtesy Kino Lorber

Winner – Four Daughters
20 Days in Mariupol
Bobi Wine: The People’s President
The Disappearance of Shere Hite
Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie

Best Editing

Courtesy Universal Pictures

Winner – Oppenheimer
The Holdovers
Killers of the Flower Moon
Poor Things
The Zone of Interest

Best Cinematography

Courtesy Universal Pictures

Winner – Oppenheimer
Godland
Killers of the Flower Moon
Poor Things
The Zone of Interest

Best Original Score
Courtesy Universal Pictures

Winner – Oppenheimer
The Boy and the Heron
The Killers of the Flower Moon
Past Lives
Poor Things

Best Sound

Winner – The Zone of Interest
Godzilla Minus One
Maestro
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
Oppenheimer

Best Production Design

Courtesy Searchlight

Winner – Poor Things
Asteroid City
Barbie
Killers of the Flower Moon
Oppenheimer

Best Costume Design
Courtesy Searchlight

Winner – Poor Things
Barbie
The Holdovers
Killers of the Flower Moon
Oppenheimer

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Winner – Poor Things
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Maestro
Oppenheimer
Priscilla (26 votes)

Visual Effects
Courtesy Toho

Winner – Godzilla Minus One
The Creator
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
Poor Things

Best Stunts
Courtesy Paramount Pictures

Winner – Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
The Creator
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
John Wick: Chapter 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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