For Your Consideration 2017: A24

A GHOST STORY || With A Ghost Story, acclaimed director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A Ghost Story emerges ecstatic and surreal—a wholly-unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.

Best Picture

Toby Halbrooks
James M. Johnston
Adam Donaghey

Best Director

David Lowery

Best Original Screenplay

David Lowery

Best Actor

Casey Affleck

Best Actress

Rooney Mara

Best Cinematography

Andrew Droz Palermo

Best Production Design

Jade Healy
Tom Walker

Best Film Editing

David Lowery

Best Costume Design

Annell Brodeur

Best Original Score

Daniel Hart

Best Original Song

“I Get Overwhelmed”
Written by Daniel Hart

Best Sound Mixing

Re-Recording Mixer
Johnny Marshall
Best Sound Editing

Sound Design
Johnny Marshall

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Key Makeup & Hair
Amy Forsythe
Meagan D’Von

Best Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisors
Richard Krause
Eric Saindon


GOOD TIME || Following the mind-bending HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT, celebrated filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie return to the mean streets of New York City with GOOD TIME, a hypnotic crime thriller that explores with bracing immediacy the tragic sway of family and fate.

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city’s underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

Anchored by a career-defining performance from Robert Pattinson, GOOD TIME is a psychotic symphony of propulsive intensity crafted by two of the most exciting young directors working today. Josh and Benny Safdie’s transcendent vision is an intoxicating portrait of desperation and destruction that will not be soon forgotten.

Best Picture

Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis
Terry Dougas
Oscar Boyson
Sebastian Bear-McClard

Best Director

Josh and Benny Safdie

Best Original Screenplay

Ronald Bronstein
Josh Safdie

Best Actor

Robert Pattinson

Best Supporting Actor

Benny Safdie
Buddy Duress

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh
Taliah Webster

Best Cinematography

Sean Price Williams

Best Production Design

Sam Lisenco
Audrey Turner

Best Film Editing

Benny Safdie
Ronald Bronstein

Best Costume Design

Miyako Bellizzi
Mordechai Rubinstein

Best Original Score

Oneohtrix Point Never

Best Original Song

“The Pure and the Damned”
Written and Performed by Oneohtrix Point Never and featuring Iggy Pop

Best Sound Mixing

Re-Recording Mixer
Evan Mangiamele

Best Sound Editing

Sound by
Patrick Southern
Benny Safdie

Sound Designer
Evan Mangiamele

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Department Head Makeup
Anouck Sullivan

Department Head Hair
Vickie Vidov

Best Visual Effects

VFX Supervisor
Adam Teninbaum


IT COMES AT NIGHT || Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse. Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his breakout debut Krisha with the psychological horror thriller It Comes At Night, centering on a teenaged boy (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) as he grapples with mounting terrors—external and otherwise—in the aftermath of an unnamed cataclysm.

Secure within a desolate home with his vigilant, protective and heavily armed parents (Joel Edgerton and Carmen Ejogo), 17-year-old Travis navigates fear, grief and paranoia amid scarce resources as a desperate young couple (Christopher Abbott and Riley Keough) seeks refuge in his family home with their young child.

Despite the best intentions of both families, panic and mistrust boil over as the horrors of the outside world creep ever closer. But they are nothing compared to the horrors within, where Travis discovers that his father’s commitment to protecting the family may cost him his soul.

Best Picture

David Kaplan
Andrea Roa

Best Director

Trey Edward Shults

Best Original Screenplay

Trey Edward Shults

Best Actor

Joel Edgerton

Best Supporting Actor

Christopher Abbott
Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Best Supporting Actress

Carmen Ejogo
Riley Keough

Best Cinematography

Drew Daniels

Best Production Design

Production Designer
Karen Murphy

Set Decorator
Sally Levi

Best Film Editing

Trey Edward Shults &
Matthew Hannam, CCE

Best Costume Design

Meghan Kasperlik

Best Original Score

Brian McOmber

Best Sound Mixing

Re-Recording Mixer
Roberto Fernandez

Best Sound Editing

Supervising Sound Editor
Damian Volpe, MPSE

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Makeup Artist
Sasha Grossman

Hair Stylist
Alexa Quiroga

Best Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
John Bair


LADY GIRL || Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, LADY BIRD focuses on the loving yet turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her deeply caring, highly opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Written and directed by Greta Gerwig and featuring an ensemble cast that also includes Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Lois Smith, and Stephen McKinley Henderson, LADY BIRD is a look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

Best Picture

Scott Rudin
Eli Bush
Evelyn O’Neil

Best Director

Greta Gerwig

Best Original Screenplay

Greta Gerwig

Best Actress

Saoirse Ronan

Best Supporting Actress

Laurie Metcalf
Beanie Feldstein

Best Supporting Actor

Tracy Letts
Lucas Hedges
Timothée Chalamet

Best Cinematography

Sam Levy

Best Production Design

Chris Jones
Traci Spadorcia

Best Film Editing

Nick Houy

Best Costume Design

April Napier

Best Original Score

Jon Brion

Best Sound Mixing

Re-recording Mixers
Skip Lievsay
Paul Hsu

Production Sound Mixer
Amanda Beggs

Best Sound Editing

Supervising Sound Editor
Paul Hsu

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Makeup Department Head
Jacqueline Marie Knowlton

Hair Department Head
Aubrey Marie

Best Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Andrew Lim


MENASHE || Set within the New York Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Menashe follows a kind but hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife, Lea, passes away. Since they live in a tradition-bound culture that requires a mother present in every home, Rieven is supposed to be adopted by the boy’s strict, married uncle, but Menashe’s Rabbi decides to grant him one week to spend with Rieven prior to Lea’s memorial. Their time together creates an emotional moment of father/son bonding as well as offers Menashe a final chance to prove to his skeptical community that he can be a capable parent.

Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community depicted in the film, and one of the only movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, Menashe is a warm, life-affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son that also sheds unusual light on a notoriously private community. Based largely on the real life of its Hasidic star Menashe Lustig, the film is a strikingly authentic and deeply moving portrait of family, love, connection, and community.

Best Picture

Alex Lipschultz
Traci Carlson
Joshua Z Weinstein
Daniel Finkelman
Yoni Brook

Best Director

Joshua Z Weinstein

Best Original Screenplay

Joshua Z Weinstein
Alex Lipschultz
Musa Syeed

Best Actor

Menashe Lustig

Best Supporting Actor

Ruben Niborski

Best Cinematography

Yoni Brook
Joshua Z Weinstein

Best Film Editing

Scott Cummings

Best Original Score

Aaron Martin
Dag Rosenqvist

Best Sound Mixing

Re-Recording Mixer
Ian Stynes

Best Sound Editing

Supervising Sound Editor
Ian Stynes


THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN || When cowboy Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) witnesses the murder of his longtime partner — the newly-elected Senator Edward Johnson (Peter Fonda) — he strikes out to find the killers and avenge his friend’s gruesome death. Tracking the outlaws across the vast and desolate Montana plains, Lefty recruits a young gunslinger, Jeremiah (Diego Josef), and an old friend, a hard-drinking U.S. Marshall (Tommy Flanagan), to help deliver the men to justice.

After a gunfight with the outlaws leaves Jeremiah wounded, Lefty returns home with the names of Johnson’s killers only to find that he is being accused of his friend’s murder. With the tables turned, and with his friend in the governor’s mansion (Jim Caviezel) refusing to help, Lefty must evade the law and prove his innocence by exposing the powerful men ultimately responsible for Johnson’s death. A thrilling and action-packed Western, The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a story about loyalty, friendship, and the relentless pursuit of justice.

Best Picture

Edward Parks
Neda Armian
Dan Burks
Jared Moshé

Best Director

Jared Moshé

Best Original Screenplay

Jared Moshé

Best Actor

Bill Pullman

Best Supporting Actor

Joseph Anderson
Jim Caviezel
Tommy Flanagan
Peter Fonda

Best Supporting Actress

Kathy Baker

Best Cinematography

David McFarland

Best Production Design

Eve McCarney

Best Film Editing

Terel Gibson

Best Costume Design

Jonny Pray

Best Original Score

H. Scott Salinas

Best Sound Mixing

Re-recording Mixer
Jason Gaya

Best Sound Editing

Supervising Sound Editor
Bryan Parker

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Head Makeup/Hair Artist
Melissa Oteri- Ferreira

Best Visual Effects

VFX Supervisor
Scott Mitchell


THE DISASTER ARTIST || With The Disaster Artist, James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau — an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable — into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy’s cult-classic disasterpiece The Room (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”), The Disaster Artist is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend — and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing.

Best Picture of the Year

James Franco
Vince Jolivette
Evan Goldberg
Seth Rogen
James Weaver

Best Director

James Franco

Best Adapted Screenplay

Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

Best Actor

James Franco

Best Supporting Actor

Dave Franco
Seth Rogen
Josh Hutcherson
Paul Scheer

Best Supporting Actress

Alison Brie
Ari Graynor

Best Cinematography

Brandon Trost

Best Production Design

Chris Spellman
Susie Lynch

Best Film Editing

Stacey Schroeder

Best Costume Design

Brenda Abbandandolo

Best Original Score

Dave Porter

Best Sound Mixing

Re-recording Mixers
Christopher S. Aud
Aaron Glascock

Best Sound Editing

Supervising Sound Editor
Christopher S. Aud

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Head Makeup Artist
Sweet P Vaughn

Head Hairstylist
Vanessa Price


THE FLORIDA PROJECT || Warm, winning and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood.

Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rag-tag gang of friends. Moonee and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion.

Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the struggle and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.

With The Florida Project, Sean Baker gives life and a voice to a community rarely seen on screen. Through the eyes of Moonee, Halley, and Bobby, Baker has created a spellbinding and transformative portrait of contemporary lives lived in the margins that are otherwise too easily forgotten. The Florida Project declares, boldly and proudly, that anywhere can be a Magic Kingdom – it just depends on how you see it.

Best Picture of the Year

Sean Baker
Chris Bergoch
Kevin Chinoy
Andrew Duncan
Alex Saks
Francesca Silvestri
Shih-Ching Tsou

Best Director

Sean Baker

Best Original Screenplay

Sean Baker & Chris Bergoch

Best Actress

Brooklynn Prince

Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe

Best Supporting Actress

Bria Vinaite

Best Cinematography

Alexis Zabé

Best Production Design

Stephonik Youth
Kurt Thoresen

Best Film Editing

Sean Baker

Best Costume Design

Fernando A. Rodriguez

Best Sound Mixing

Sound Supervisor/ Re-recording Mixer
Coll Anderson

Best Sound Editing

Sound Supervisor/ Re-recording Mixer
Coll Anderson

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Department Head Makeup
Diana Thomas-Madison

Department Head Hair
Carol Raskin

Best Visual Effects

VFX Supervisor
Philippe Désiront


THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER || Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljian) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

Lanthimos has crafted a sensational thriller brimming with unsettling humor and creeping dread, steeped in Greek tragedy, existential horror, Hitchcockian psychodrama, and riveting suspense. Darting confidently between genres to subvert our expectations at every turn, The Killing of a Sacred Deer firmly cements Lanthimos in the pantheon of world-class auteurs and marks him as a cinematic provocateur without precedent.

Best Picture

Ed Guiney
Yorgos Lanthimos

Best Director

Yorgos Lanthimos

Best Original Screenplay

Yorgos Lanthimos
Efthimis Filippou

Best Actor

Colin Farrell

Best Supporting Actor

Barry Keoghan

Best Supporting Actress

Nicole Kidman

Best Cinematography

Thimios Bakatakis, GSC

Best Production Design

Production Designer
Jade Healy

Set Decorator
Adam Willis

Best Film Editing

Yorgos Mavropsaridis, ACE

Best Costume Design

Nancy Steiner

Best Sound Mixing

Sound Designer/ Re-recording Mixer
Johnnie Burn

Best Sound Editing

Supervising Sound Editor/ Re-recording Mixer
Johnnie Burn

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Makeup Department Head
Tina Roesler Kerwin

Hair Department Head
Kelvin R. Trahan

Best Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Ed Bruce

Visual Effects Supervisor
Nicholas Murphy


THE LOVERS || The Lovers is a refreshingly funny look at love, fidelity, and family, starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as a long-married and completely dispassionate husband and wife. Both are in the midst of serious affairs and are increasingly committed to their new partners. But on the brink of officially calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly and unexpectedly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance that forces them to navigate the hilarious complications of “cheating” on their respective lovers. A mixture of humor and powerful emotion, the story is a uniquely honest take on modern marriage.

Best Picture

Chris Stinson
Ben LeClair

Best Director

Azazel Jacobs

Best Original Screenplay

Azazel Jacobs

Best Actor

Tracy Letts

Best Actress

Debra Winger

Best Cinematography

Tobias Datum

Best Production Design

Production Design
Sue Tebbutt

Set Decoration
Nancy Niksic

Best Film Editing

Darrin Navarro, ACE

Best Costume Design

Diaz Jacobs

Best Original Score

Mandy Hoffman

Best Sound Mixing

Re-Recording Mixer
Alexandra Fehrman

Best Sound Editing

Supervising Sound Editor
Alexandra Fehrman

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Department Head Makeup Artist
Jeong-Hwa Fonkalsrud

Department Head Hairstylist
Elizabeth Cortez

Best Visual Effects

VFX
Gavin Carlton


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