Georgia Film Critics Association

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Georgia Film Critics Association
PurposeFilm critics

The Georgia Film Critics Association (GAFCA) is an organization of professional film critics from the U.S. state of Georgia. Inclusion is open to film critics throughout the entire state of Georgia, although the majority of members are concentrated in the Metro Atlanta area. GAFCA members represent the reviewing press through online, radio, television, or print media.[1]


The Georgia Film Critics Association was founded in 2011, and is the first film critic group in the state of Georgia.[2][3] As of 2023, GAFCA comprises 48 members.[4] Awards are given annually in 17 categories. A special award, the Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema, is bestowed upon a film or short film that was produced in Georgia.[5] The Oglethorpe Award is credited to the winning film's director and writer.[6]

Each January, GAFCA votes on their end-of-year awards for films released in the previous calendar year. Nomination ballots are typically due on the first Saturday in January, with nominations announced the following Monday and winners announced that Friday.[7]

In 2022, GAFCA released the runners-up alongside winners for the first time in their history.[8]

Awards Categories[edit]

  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Animated Film
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Director
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Ensemble
  • Best International Film (formerly Foreign Film or Foreign Language Film)
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Original Song
  • Best Picture
  • Best Production Design (formerly Art Direction)
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Breakthrough Award
  • Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema

Awards History[edit]

Top Category Winner History[edit]

Year Best Film Best Director Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
2011 - 1st The Tree of Life Terrence Malick
The Tree of Life
Brad Pitt
Juliette Binoche
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Brad Pitt
The Tree of Life
Jessica Chastain
The Tree of Life
2012 - 2nd Silver Linings Playbook Kathryn Bigelow
Zero Dark Thirty
Daniel Day-Lewis
Jennifer Lawrence
Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Master
Judi Dench
2013 - 3rd Her Alfonso Cuarón
Chiwetel Ejiofor
12 Years a Slave
Cate Blanchett
Blue Jasmine
Michael Fassbender
12 Years a Slave
Lupita Nyong'o
12 Years a Slave
2014 - 4th Boyhood Richard Linklater
Jake Gyllenhaal
Marion Cotillard
Two Days, One Night
J. K. Simmons
Tilda Swinton
2015 - 5th Mad Max: Fury Road George Miller
Mad Max: Fury Road
Leonardo DiCaprio
The Revenant
Brie Larson
Sylvester Stallone
Alicia Vikander
Ex Machina
2016 - 6th Moonlight Damien Chazelle
La La Land
Casey Affleck
Manchester by the Sea
Natalie Portman
Mahershala Ali
Viola Davis
2017 - 7th Lady Bird Greta Gerwig
Lady Bird
Daniel Kaluuya
Get Out
Saoirse Ronan
Lady Bird
Willem Dafoe
The Florida Project
Laurie Metcalf
Lady Bird
2018 - 8th[9] A Star Is Born Alfonso Cuarón
Ethan Hawke
First Reformed
Toni Collette
Sam Elliott
A Star Is Born
Emma Stone
The Favourite
2019 - 9th[10] Parasite Bong Joon-ho
Adam Driver
Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong'o
Joe Pesci
The Irishman
Florence Pugh
Little Women
2020 - 10th Nomadland Chloé Zhao
Riz Ahmed
Sound of Metal
Carey Mulligan
Promising Young Woman
Paul Raci
Sound of Metal
Youn Yuh-jung
2021 - 11th Licorice Pizza Jane Campion
The Power of the Dog
Nicolas Cage
Alana Haim
Licorice Pizza
Bradley Cooper
Licorice Pizza
Ariana DeBose
West Side Story
2022 - 12th Everything Everywhere All at Once Daniels
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Colin Farrell
The Banshees of Inisherin
Michelle Yeoh
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Ke Huy Quan
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Stephanie Hsu
Everything Everywhere All at Once
2023 - 13th Oppenheimer Christopher Nolan
Cillian Murphy
Lily Gladstone
Killers of the Flower Moon
Robert Downey Jr.
Da'Vine Joy Randolph
The Holdovers

Breakthrough Award Winner History[edit]

The Breakthrough Award is credited to an individual only and not to a film.

Danielle Deadwyler and Stephanie Hsu tied for the Breakthrough Award in 2022, marking the first tie in Georgia Film Critics history in any category.[11]

Year Winner Role
2011 - 1st Jessica Chastain Performer
2012 - 2nd Benh Zeitlin Director, writer, composer
2013 - 3rd Brie Larson Performer
2014 - 4th David Oyelowo Performer
2015 - 5th Alicia Vikander Performer
2016 - 6th Mahershala Ali Performer
2017 - 7th Jordan Peele Director, writer
2018 - 8th Elsie Fisher Performer
2019 - 9th Florence Pugh Performer
2020 - 10th Emerald Fennell Director, writer
2021 - 11th Alana Haim Performer
2022 - 12th Danielle Deadwyler
Stephanie Hsu
2023 - 13th Dominic Sessa Performer

Multiple award winners[edit]

Films with multiple awards[edit]

People with multiple awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Georgia Film Critics Association".
  2. ^ Hensley, Ellie (January 19, 2017). "Georgia Film Critics Association unveils 2016 winners". Atlanta Business Chronicle.
  3. ^ "Georgia Film Critics Association Announces 2016 Winners". 13 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Georgia Film Critics Association Announces Nominations for 2019 Year in Film". Oz Magazine. January 8, 2020.
  5. ^ "Georgia Film Critics Association Awards Winners: 'A Star Is Born' and 'The Favourite' Win Big". Awards Circuit.
  6. ^ "Oscars 2015: 'Glory' from movie 'Selma' wins award for best original song". 23 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Welcome!".
  8. ^ "2022 Awards!".
  9. ^ "Georgia Film Critics Association (GAFCA) - 2019 Awards".
  10. ^ Neglia, Matt (10 January 2020). "The 2019 Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Winners". Next Best Picture.
  11. ^ "Georgia Film Critics on Twitter".

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