The Michigan Movie Critics Guild has announced its nominees for the best films and performances of 2023. American Fiction, Barbie and The Holdovers topped the list of nominees with six apiece; all three were nominated for best picture. Winners will be announced at noon on Monday, Dec. 4, via press release and on the guild’s social media channels.

This year’s nominees include:

  • Best Picture
    • American Fiction
    • Anatomy of a Fall
    • Barbie
    • The Holdovers
    • Past Lives
    • Poor Things
  • Best Director
    • Greta Gerwig – Barbie
    • Cord Jefferson – American Fiction
    • Yorgos Lanthimos – Poor Things
    • Christopher Nolan – Oppenheimer
    • Martin Scorsese – Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Best Actress
    • Lily Gladstone – Killers of the Flower Moon
    • Sandra Hüller – Anatomy of a Fall
    • Greta Lee – Past Lives
    • Carey Mulligan – Maestro
    • Emma Stone – Poor Things
  • Best Actor
    • Bradley Cooper – Maestro
    • Zac Efron – The Iron Claw
    • Paul Giamatti – The Holdovers
    • Cillian Murphy –  Oppenheimer
    • Jeffrey Wright – American Fiction
  • Best Supporting Actress
    • America Ferrera – Barbie
    • Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The Holdovers
    • Rachel McAdams – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
    • Julianne Moore – May December
    • Rosamund Pike – Saltburn
  • Best Supporting Actor
    • Sterling K. Brown – American Fiction
    • Robert DeNiro – Killers of the Flower Moon
    • Robert Downey Jr. – Oppenheimer
    • Ryan Gosling – Barbie
    • Mark Ruffalo – Poor Things
  • Best Animated Film
    • The Boy and The Heron
    • Nimona
    • Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse
    • The Super Mario Bros. Movie
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
  • Best Documentary
    • Beyond Utopia
    • Sly
    • Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie
  • Best Ensemble
    • Air
    • Barbie
    • The Holdovers
    • Killers of the Flower Moon
    • Oppenheimer
  • Best Screenplay (Adapted or Original)
    • American Fiction
    • Anatomy of a Fall
    • Barbie
    • The Holdovers
    • Past Lives
  • Breakthrough Award
    • Sandra Hüller – Actress, Anatomy of a Fall
    • Cord Jefferson – Director, American Fiction
    • Greta Lee – Actress, Past Lives
    • Dominic Sessa – Actor, The Holdovers
    • Celine Song – Director/Writer Past Lives
  • Stunts
    • John Wick: Chapter 4
    • The Killer
    • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
    • Polite Society
    • Silent Night
  • The MMCG Award for Film Excellence (presented to a filmmaker, writer, actor, crew member etc. who has Michigan ties or to a film made or set in Michigan)
    • Keegan-Michael Key – Actor Wonka/The Super Mario Bros. Movie/Migration
    • Ashley Park – Actress, Joy Ride
    • Paul Schrader –  Director, Master Gardener
    • Lily Tomlin – Actress, 80 For Brady
    • J.K. Simmons – Actor, Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse
    • Bruce Campbell – Producer, Evil Dead Rise

“This was a great year for our guild to kick off recognizing the year’s best films and performances,” said MontiLee Stormer, a member of the MMCG’s leadership board and a critic for Movie Reelist. “Right up until our final votes, we were still screening films and adjusting our lists, and I think our nominees provide an important look at the state of cinema in 2023. All actors, films, and genres have a seat at the table.”

The MMCG is a collective of film critics who are committed to enhancing the conversation about cinema and further establishing the state’s reputation as a film-loving community. This year’s MMCG – its first – is composed of 11 critics, who cover films for a variety of outlets across the state. From websites to newspapers and podcasts to YouTube, they capture the diversity of the field and bring a range of expertise, outlooks, and tastes.

This year’s lineup includes:

“I’m proud of the fact that Michigan has such a diverse array of film lovers and reviewers,” said leadership board member Chris Williams. “Our unique voices combined to highlight a number of diverse films across an array of genres and to honor the work of great men and women who are telling important stories that resonate with cinephiles and general audiences alike.

Information about the MMCG and its members is available at its website. For further information, email michiganmoviecritics@gmail.com.

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Information gathered from MMCG Website

Movie Reelist Contributor: MontiLee Stormer
MontiLee Stormer is a writer of horror, dark and urban fantasy. She’s also is a troublemaker, concocting acts of mayhem and despair for her own selfish pleasure. An avid movie watcher, she prefers horror but will see just about anything if you're buying. Poltergeist (1982) is her favorite movie and she actively hates The Shining (1980) due to its racism, misogyny, the butchering of the source material. She could host a TEDtalk on this single subject. Writing about herself in the third person is just a bonus.

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