The wild action, sci-fi and comedic adventure “Everything Everywhere All at Once” has been named Best Film of 2022 by the St. Louis Film Critics Association.
Writer-directors The Daniels’ chaotic tale of an overworked Chinese immigrant’s multiverse journey won five awards overall, including Michelle Yeoh for best actress. She plays Evelyn Wang, whose business is struggling, her marriage is on the rocks, and she has complicated relationships with her daughter and father.
As Evelyn’s milquetoast husband, Ke Huy Quan won supporting actor while Paul Rogers won for editing and The Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), who directed, were named in a tie for best original screenplay.
SLFCA announced its awards in 23 categories on Dec. 18, with honors spread out among 13 films.
“The Banshees of Inisherin,” “Elvis” and “Women Talking” each received three awards.
Martin McDonagh tied with the Daniels for original screenplay, for his pitch-black comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin,” which is about friends at an impasse, who live on a remote Irish island in 1923, while Kerry Condon won best supporting actress as the smart and feisty Siobhan, sister to Colin Farrell’s Padraic, and Ben Davis won for his moody and rugged cinematography.
This is the third year the group has selected a woman for its director award — Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland,” in 2020; Jane Campion for “The Power of the Dog” in 2021; and now, Sarah Polley for “Women Talking.”
“Women Talking,” about the women in an isolated religious community deciding on what action to take after a series of sexual assaults in 2010, also won for best ensemble cast and for Hildur Guðnadóttir’s acoustic music score that taps into community and hope.
Catherine Martin won for designing costumes and with Karen Murphy for production design on her husband Baz Luhrmann’s electric “Elvis” biopic, which was also singled out for best soundtrack.
For best actor, Brendan Fraser was selected for his bravura performance in “The Whale,” playing a 600-lb. recluse grappling with loss and guilt while trying to reconnect with his daughter.
The regional critics group announced its annual nominations Dec. 11, with “The Banshees of Inisherin” leading with 11 nominations, followed by ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ with 10; ‘Women Talking’ and ‘The Fabelmans’ earned eight each. Those nominations are listed here: http://www.stlfilmcritics.org/awards.
For Special Merit recognition, the St. Louis Film Critics selected three people for the honor: imprisoned Iranian director Jafar Panahi, whistleblower actress Ashley Judd and posthumously, influential musician-actor David Bowie.
SLFCA President Jim Tudor said the group wanted to recognize filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who was sentenced to six years in prison by the Iranian government for inquiring about the arrests of his fellow filmmakers Mohammad Rasoulof and Mostafa Al-Ahmad.
The international film community has denounced his imprisonment as unjust. His latest work, “No Bears,” was shown at the Venice Film Festival and New York Film Festival this fall.
The SLFCA statements on the three Special Merits:
“In recognition of the courage of imprisoned Iranian director Jafar Panahi and all those film professionals confronting political oppression in the pursuit of free speech, human rights, and artistic expression.”
“We recognize Ashley Judd for the bravery and courage she demonstrated in portraying herself in ‘She Said.’”
“After nominating the experimental documentary “Moonage Daydream,” we want to also honor the expansive and continuing cinematic presence of singer-songwriter and actor David Bowie, whose life and music continues to permeate and enrich the cinema landscape.”
Here’s the list of our 2022 SLFCA Awards winners and runners-up:
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Runner-up Women Talking
Best Director – Sarah Polley, “Women Talking”
Runner-up: The Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) , “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
Best Actor – Brendan Fraser, “The Whale”
Runner-up: Austin Butler, “Elvis”
Best Actress – Michelle Yeoh, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
Runner-up: Danielle Deadwyler, “Till”
Best Supporting Actor – Ke Huy Quan, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
Runner-up: Brendan Gleeson, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Best Supporting Actress – Kerry Condon, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Runners-up: (tie) Angela Bassett, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and Janelle Monae, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”
Best Ensemble – Women Talking
Runner-up: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Best Adapted Screenplay – She Said Rebecca Lenkiewicz; based on the book She Said by Jodi Cantor and Megan Twohey, and on the New York Times investigation by Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, and Rebecca Corbett
Runner-up: Women Talking – Sarah Polley, adapted from book by Miriam Toews
Best Original Screenplay – tie “The Banshees of Inisherin,” Martin McDonagh, and The Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
Runner-up: “The Menu,” Will Tracy and Seth Reiss
Best Cinematography – Ben Davis, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Runner-up: Greig Fraser, “The Batman”
Best Editing – Paul Rogers, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
Runner-up: Matt Villa and Jonathan Redmond, “Elvis “
Best Production Design – Elvis, Catherine Martin and Karen Murphy
Runner-up: “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” Rick Heinrichs
Best Costume Design – “Elvis,” Catherine Martin
Runner-up: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Ruth E. Carter
Best Visual Effects – Avatar: The Way of Water”
Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon, and Daniel Barrett
Runner-Up: Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Music Score – “Women Talking,” Hilda Guðnadóttir
Runner up (tie): Carter Burwell, “The Banshees of Inisherin”; Michael Giacchino, “The Batman” and John Williams, “The Fabelmans.”
Best Soundtrack – Elvis
Runner-up: Moonage Daydream
Best Action Film – Top Gun: Maverick
Best Comedy Film – Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
Runner-up: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Best Horror Film – Nope
Best Animated Film – Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Runner-up: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Best International Feature – Decision to Leave
Best Documentary Feature – All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Runner-up (tie): Good Night Oppy and Moonage Daydream
Best Scene – Sam Fabelman meets one of his idols on the studio lot in “The Fabelmans”
Runner-up: Iceman meets with Maverick in “Top Gun: Maverick”
Founded in 2004, the St. Louis Film Critics Association is a nonprofit organization of professional film reviewers who regularly publish current and timely film criticism, support local productions and festivals, and enhance public education, awareness, and appreciation of films. Vetted members are affiliated with qualifying media outlets in the St. Louis metropolitan region. (Note: PopLifeSTL.com critics Alex McPherson and Lynn Venhaus are members).
For the awards, eligible films are those that opened in the greater St. Louis area or had an online premiere during the 2022 calendar year – including those film that were given awards-qualifying runs in 2021 but were not available to all SLFCA members until 2022. Films slated for release in early 2023 are also eligible if a press screening, DVD screener, or screening link was provided to all SLFCA members.
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Lynn Venhaus has had a continuous byline in St. Louis metro region publications since 1978. She is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic, currently reviews films for Webster-Kirkwood Times and KTRS Radio, covers entertainment for PopLifeSTL.com and co-hosts podcast PopLifeSTL.com…Presents, and writes features and news for Belleville News-Democrat and contributes to other publications. She is a member of CCA, AWFJ and St. Louis Film Critics Association. She is a founding member of the St. Louis Theater Circle.