Combustible Celluloid - San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle Awards
Combustible Celluloid

San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle Awards

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

I am a founding member of this critics' organization, and these are the results of our annual voting. I can't say I approve of every choice -- and I've included links to my own reviews for reference -- but the process and the results are nothing if not fascinating. For a year-by-year list click here. (Updated 1/16/22)

2022: Tár
2021: The Power of the Dog
2020: Nomadland
2019: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
2018: Roma
2017: The Florida Project
2016: Moonlight
2015: Spotlight
2014: Boyhood
2013: 12 Years a Slave
2012: The Master
2011: The Tree of Life
2010: The Social Network
2009: The Hurt Locker
2008: Milk
2007: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
2006: Little Children
2005: Brokeback Mountain
2004: Sideways
2003: Lost in Translation
2002: The Pianist

2022: Todd Field, Tár
2021: Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
2020: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
2019: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
2018: Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
2017: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
2016: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
2015: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
2014: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
2013: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
2012: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
2011: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
2010: (TIE) Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan; David Fincher, The Social Network
2009: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
2008: Gus Van Sant, Milk
2007: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, No Country for Old Men
2006: Paul Greengrass, United 93
2005: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
2004: Alexander Payne, Sideways
2003: Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2002: Todd Haynes, Far From Heaven

2022: Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
2021: Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
2020: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
2019: Antonio Banderas, Pain & Glory
2018: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
2017: Andy Serkis, War for the Planet of the Apes
2016: Denzel Washington, Fences
2015: Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
2014: Michael Keaton, Birdman
2013: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
2012: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
2011: Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
2010: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
2009: Colin Firth, A Single Man
2008: (TIE) Sean Penn, Milk; Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
2007: George Clooney, Michael Clayton
2006: Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat
2005: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
2004: Paul Giamatti, Sideways
2003: Bill Murray, Lost in Translation
2002: Michael Caine, The Quiet American

2022: Cate Blanchett, Tár
2021: Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
2020: Frances McDormand, Nomadland
2019: Lupita Nyong'o, Us
2018: Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
2017: Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
2016: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
2015: Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
2014: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
2013: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
2012: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
2011: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
2010: Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
2009: Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
2008: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
2007: Julie Christie, Away from Her
2006: Helen Mirren, The Queen
2005: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
2004: Julie Delpy, Before Sunset
2003: Charlize Theron, Monster
2002: Isabelle Huppert, The Piano Teacher

2022: Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once
2021: Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog
2020: Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
2019: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
2018: Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
2017: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
2016: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
2015: Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
2014: Edward Norton, Birdman
2013: James Franco, Spring Breakers
2012: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
2011: Albert Brooks, Drive
2010: John Hawkes, Winter's Bone
2009: Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles
2008: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
2007: Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
2006: Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children
2005: Kevin Costner, The Upside of Anger
2004: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways
2003: Peter Sarsgaard, Shattered Glass
2002: Chris Cooper, Adaptation

2022: (TIE) Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once & Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin
2021: Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
2020: Youn Yuh-jung, Minari
2019: Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
2018: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
2017: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
2016: Viola Davis, Fences
2015: Mya Taylor, Tangerine
2014: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
2013: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
2012: Helen Hunt, The Sessions
2011: Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus
2010: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
2009: Mo'Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
2008: Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
2007: Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
2006: Adriana Barraza, Babel
2005: Amy Adams, Junebug
2004: Virginia Madsen, Sideways
2003: Patricia Clarkson, Pieces of April
2002: Miranda Richardson, Spider

2022: Todd Field, Tár
2021: Mike Mills, C'mon C'mon
2020: Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
2019: Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin Won, Parasite
2018: Paul Schrader, First Reformed
2017: Jordan Peele, Get Out
2016: (TIE) Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea and Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
2015: Oren Moverman, Michael A. Lerner, Love & Mercy
2014: Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu; Nicolas Giacobone; Alexander Dinelaris; Armanso Bo, Birdman
2013: David O. Russell, Eric Warren Singer, American Hustle
2012: Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
2011: J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
2010: David Seidler, The King's Speech
2009: Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
2008: Dustin Lance Black, Milk
2007: Tamara Jenkins, The Savages
2006: Rian Johnson, Brick

2022: Sarah Polley, Women Talking
2021: Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
2020: Kelly Reichardt & Jonathan Raymond, First Cow
2019: Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
2018: Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
2017: James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name
2016: Eric Heisserer, Arrival
2015: Nick Hornby, Brooklyn
2014: Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
2013: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
2012: Tony Kushner, Lincoln
2011: Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
2010: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
2009: Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach, Fantastic Mr. Fox
2008: Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
2007: Sarah Polley, Away from Her
2006: Todd Field & Tom Perrotta, Little Children

(award split into "original" and "adapted" categories after 2005)
2005: George Clooney & Grant Heslov, Good Night, and Good Luck
2004: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Sideways

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Formerly Best Foreign Language Film)
2022: Decision to Leave (South Korea)
2021: Drive My Car (Japan)
2020: Another Round (Denmark)
2019: Parasite (South Korea)
2018: Roma (Mexico)
2017: BPM (France)
2016: The Handmaiden (South Korea)
2015: Son of Saul (Hungary)
2014: Ida (Poland)
2013: Blue Is the Warmest Color (France)
2012: Amour (Austria, France, Germany)
2011: Certified Copy (France, Italy, & Belgium)
2010: Mother (South Korea)
2009: You, the Living (Sweden)
2008: Let the Right One In (Sweden)
2007: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (France)
2006: Pan's Labyrinth (Mexico/Spain)
2005: Caché (a.k.a. Hidden) (France/Austria)
2004: Maria Full of Grace (Colombia)
2003: The Son (Belgium)
2002: Y Tu Mama Tambien (Mexico)

2022: All That Breathes
2021: Summer of Soul
2020: Collective
2019: Apollo 11
2018: Won't You Be My Neighbor?
2017: Faces Places
2016: I Am Not Your Negro
2015: Listen to Me Marlon
2014: Citizenfour
2013: The Act of Killing
2012: The Waiting Room
2011: Tabloid
2010: The Tillman Story
2009: Anvil! The Story of Anvil
2008: My Winnipeg
2007: No End in Sight
2006: An Inconvenient Truth
2005: Grizzly Man
2004: Fahrenheit 9/11
2003: Capturing the Friedmans
2002: Rivers and Tides

2022: Florian Hoffmeister, Tár
2021: Bruno Delbonnel, The Tragedy of Macbeth
2020: Christopher Blauvelt, First Cow
2019: Roger Deakins, 1917
2018: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
2017: Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
2016: James Laxton, Moonlight
2015: John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road
2014: Ryszard Lenczewski & Lukasz Zal, Ida
2013: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
2012: Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
2011: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
2010: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
2009: Roger Deakins, A Serious Man
2008: Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight

2022: Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio
2021: Encanto; Honorable Mention: Flee
2020: Soul
2019: I Lost My Body
2018: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
2017: Coco
2016: The Red Turtle
2015: Anomalisa
2014: The Lego Movie
2013: Frozen
2012: ParaNorman
2011: Rango
2010: Toy Story 3
2009: Coraline

2022: Jason Isvarday, Kelsi Ephraim, Everything Everywhere All at Once
2021: Tamara Deverell, Nightmare Alley
2020: Anthony Gasparro & Vanessa Knoll, First Cow
2019: Barbara Ling, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
2018: Hannah Beachler, Black Panther
2017: Paul D. Austerberry, The Shape of Water
2015: Ryu Seong-hee, The Handmaiden
2015: Judy Becker, Carol
2014: Adam Stockhausen, The Grand Budapest Hotel
2013: Andy Nicholson, Gravity
2012: Adam Stockhausen, Moonrise Kingdom

2022: Paul Rogers, Everything Everywhere All at Once
2021: Peter Sciberras, The Power of the Dog
2020: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
2019: Michael McCusker & Andrew Buckland, Ford v Ferrari
2018: Bob Murawski & Orson Welles, The Other Side of the Wind
2017: Paul Machliss & Jonathan Amos, Baby Driver
2016: (TIE) Joe Walker, Arrival and Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon, Moonlight
2015: Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road
2014: Sandra Adair, Boyhood
2013: Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger, Gravity
2012: William Goldenberg, Argo

2022: Hildur Guðnadóttir, Women Talking
2021: Jonny Greenwood, The Power of the Dog
2020: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Soul
2019: Emile Mosseri, The Last Black Man in San Francisco
2018: Terence Blanchard, BlacKkKlansman
2017: Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
2016: Mica Levi, Jackie

2022: Phil Tippett, Mad God
2021: Rita Moreno, Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It and West Side Story
2020: Dawn Porter, John Lewis: Good Trouble and The Way I See It
2019: Jimmie Fails & Joe Talbot, The Last Black Man in San Francisco
2018: Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You
2017: Peter Bratt, Dolores
2016: Joshua Grannell, a.k.a. Peaches Christ
2015: Frank Lee, proprietor of the 4 Star Theatre
2014: Joel Shepard, Film & Video curator for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
2013: Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station AND Christopher Statton, former executive director of the Roxie Cinema
2012: Peter Nicks, The Waiting Room
2011: The National Film Preservation Foundation
2010: Elliot Lavine
2009: Frazer Bradshaw, Everything Strange and New [and] Barry Jenkins, Medicine for Melancholy
2008: Rob Nilsson
2007: Lynn Hershman Leeson, Strange Culture
2006: Stephen Salmons, SF Silent Film Festival
2005: Jenni Olson, The Joy of Life
2004: Anita Monga, Film Programmer Extraordinaire
2003: The Weather Underground

2022: Emergency
2021: Test Pattern and Kuessipan (TIE)
2020: La Llorona and Sh*thouse (TIE)
2019: One Cut of the Dead
2018: The Endless
2017: Brimstone & Glory
2015: The Fits
2015: The Forbidden Room
2014: The One I Love
2013: Computer Chess
2012: Girl Walk // All Day
2011: The Mill and the Cross
2010: None given
2009: Sita Sings the Blues
2008: None given
2007: Colma: The Musical
2006: Honoring former SFFCC member Arthur Lazere: The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
2003: Russian Ark
2002: Jay Rosenblatt and Caveh Zahedi, Underground Zero [and] Phillip Noyce, for The Quiet American and Rabbit-Proof Fence

(award discontinued after 2002)
2002: Dylan Kidd, Roger Dodger

• Todd Field (Best Director, 2022 & Screenplay, 2006 and 2022)
• Cate Blanchett (Best Actress, 2013 and 2022)
• Sarah Polley (Best Screenplay, 2007 and 2022)
• Park Chan-wook (Best International Feature Film, 2016 and 2022)
• Jane Campion (Best Director & Screenplay, 2021)
• Jonny Greenwood (Best Score, 2017 and 2021)
• Chloé Zhao (Best Director & Editing, 2020)
• Bong Joon-ho (Best Director & Screenplay, 2019, Best International Feature Film, 2010 and 2019)
• Spike Lee (Best Director & Screenplay, 2018)
• Roger Deakins (Best Cinematography, 2009, 2017, and 2019)
• Isabelle Huppert (Best Actress, 2002 and 2016)
• Barry Jenkins (Marlon Riggs, 2009, Best Director and Best Screenplay, 2016)
• Alfonso Cuarón (Best Foreign Language Film, 2002, Best Editing 2013, Best Director, 2013, Best Cinematography, Picture, and Foreign Film 2018)
• Emmanuel Lubezki (Best Cinematography, 2011 and 2013)
• Kathryn Bigelow (Best Director, 2009 and 2012)
• Colin Firth (Best Actor, 2009 and 2010)
• Heath Ledger (Best Actor, 2005 and Best Supporting Actor, 2008)
• George Clooney (Best Actor, 2007 and Best Screenplay, 2005)

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