Awards Season

War epic 1917 takes top honors from Dallas-Fort Worth film critics

War epic 1917 takes top honors from Dallas-Fort Worth film critics

George MacKay in 1917
1917 was named as Best Picture of 2019 by the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association. Photo by François Duhamel/Universal Pictures

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, of which our own Alex Bentley is a member, has voted the war epic 1917 as the best film of 2019.

The results of the DFWFCA's 26th annual critics’ poll were released on December 16, with both 1917 and Marriage Story winning four awards. In addition to Best Picture, 1917 won for Best Director (Sam Mendes), Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins), and Best Musical Score (Thomas Newman). The film is scheduled for release in Dallas on Christmas Day, with a wide release on January 10.

Marriage Story, the runner-up for Best Picture, nearly swept the acting categories, winning for Best Actor (Adam Driver), Best Actress (Scarlett Johansson), and Best Supporting Actress (Laura Dern). Writer/director Noah Baumbach also won for Best Screenplay.

The other acting award went to Brad Pitt for Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood, the only award for writer/director Quentin Tarantino's ninth, and supposedly next-to-last, film.

The rest of the top 10 films of the year, in order of number of votes received, were Parasite (which won the award for Best Foreign Language Film), The IrishmanOnce Upon a Time ... in HollywoodJojo RabbitLittle WomenThe FarewellThe Two Popes, and Knives Out.

Other winners included Apollo 11 for Best Documentary and Toy Story 4 for Best Animated Film. The Lighthouse was awarded the Russell Smith Award, named for the late Dallas Morning News film critic, for the best low-budget or cutting-edge independent film.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association consists of 32 broadcast, print, and online journalists from throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.