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Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards, 2019


Which can only mean one thing: end of year “best of” lists!

I’m a member of a couple of critics’ organisations, so we’ll be releasing a couple of these sorts of end-of-years lists upon which I voted.

The Dublin Film Critics Circle have released their end of year awards. As ever, I am thrilled to be a part of the group, who are voting on films released in Ireland during the calendar year of 2019. As such, it will be a different pool of films than the Online Film Critics Society awards; films like Parasite or 1917 are excluded from consideration.

A massive thanks to the wonderful Tara Brady for organising the awards this year, balloting members and collating results.

Anyway, without further ado…

Best Film


  1. Marriage Story
  2. The Irishman
  3. Pain and Glory
  4. Joker
  5. Booksmart
  6. Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood
  7. The Favourite
  8. Hustlers/High Life
  9. The Souvenir
  10. Ash is Purest White/Monos

Best Director

  1. Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
  2. Pedro Almodóvar, Pain and Glory
  3. Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
  4. Olivia Wilde, Booksmart
  5. Todd Phillips, Joker
  6. Lorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
  7. Jordan Peele, Us
  8. Claire Denis, High Life
  9. Lorene Scafaria, Hustlers
  10. Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood

Best Actor

  1. Adam Driver, Marriage Story
  2. Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
  3. Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
  4. Robert De Niro, The Irishman
  5. Christian Bale, Vice
  6. Taron Egerton, Rocketman
  7. Brad Pitt, Ad Astra
  8. Robert Pattinson, High Life/Stephan James, If Beale Street Could Talk
  9. Steve Coogan, Stan and Ollie
  10. Felix Maritaud, Savage

Best Actress

  1. Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
  2. Lupita Nyong’o, Us
  3. Olivia Colman, The Favourite
  4. Renee Zellweger, Judy
  5. Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose
  6. Florence Pugh, Midsommar
  7. Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
  8. Awkwafina, The Farewell
  9. Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
  10. Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Kindergarten Teacher

Best Screenplay

  1. Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
  2. Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman, Booksmart
  3. Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood
  4. Rian Johnson, Knives Out
  5. Steven Zaillian, The Irishman
  6. Joanna Hogg, The Souvenir
  7. Lulu Wang, The Farewell
  8. Pedro Almodóvar, Pain and Glory
  9. Jordan Peele, Us
  10. Lorene Scafaria, Hustlers

Best Cinematography

  1. Hoyte van Hoytema, Ad Astra
  2. James Laxton, If Beale Street Could Talk
  3. Lawrence Sher, Joker
  4. Robert Richardson, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  5. Pawel Pogorzelski,  Midsommar
  6. Rodrigo Prieto,  The Irishman
  7. Robbie Ryan, Marriage Story
  8. Robbie Ryan, The Favourite
  9. Adam Newport-Berra, The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  10. Jasper Wolf, Monos

Best Irish Film

  1. Extra Ordinary
  2. The Hole in the Ground
  3. A Bump Along the Way
  4. Ordinary Love
  5. Gaza
  6. Papi Chulo
  7. The Dig
  8. The Favourite
  9. Greta
  10. Float Like a Butterfly

Best Documentary

  1. Apollo 11
  2. Diego Maradona
  3. Gaza
  4. Minding the Gap
  5. For Sama
  6. Amazing Grace
  7. An Engineer Imagines
  8. Shooting the Mafia
  9. The Man Who Wanted to Fly
  10. Land Without God


Aisling Franciosci, The Nightingale


Kantemir Balagov, Beanpole

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