The Michigan Movie Critics Guild (MMCG) recently revealed the honorees for the 2023 movie season, a momentous occasion that showcased the cinematic prowess and talent that graced the silver screen. Notably, Barbie, an epitome of artistic brilliance, emerged as the crowning jewel, clinching the Best Picture award. Greta Gerwig’s adept direction and Ryan Gosling’s stellar supporting role added to the film’s accolades, securing its place as the highest-grossing film of the year. Here’s all the winners of Michigan Movie Critics Guild

Outstanding Performances

Emma Stone Shines in ‘Poor Things’

Emma Stone’s portrayal in Poor Things stood out, earning her the well-deserved Best Actress award. Stone’s ability to immerse herself in her character brought depth and authenticity to the film, contributing to its critical acclaim.

A Tie: Paul Giamatti and Jeffrey Wright

The MMCG witnessed a rare tie in the Best Actor category, honoring both Paul Giamatti for his role in The Holdovers and Jeffrey Wright for his outstanding performance in American Fiction. This unprecedented recognition reflects the exceptional talent displayed by these two actors in delivering gripping and memorable portrayals.

The Creative Minds Behind the Scenes

Greta Gerwig: A Visionary Director

Greta Gerwig’s prowess as a director reached its peak with Barbie, earning her the title of Best Director. Her unique vision and storytelling finesse contributed significantly to the film’s success, solidifying her status as a trailblazer in the industry.

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Cord Jefferson’s Breakthrough

Acknowledging emerging talent, Cord Jefferson received the Breakthrough Award for his directorial debut in American Fiction. Jefferson’s ability to weave compelling narratives showcased a fresh perspective, leaving an indelible mark on the cinematic landscape.

Cinematic Excellence

Animation Marvel: Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse

The Best Animated Film category celebrated the visual spectacle of Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse. The film’s innovative animation techniques and captivating storyline captivated audiences, earning it the prestigious MMCG award.

Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie – Best Documentary

Still emerged as the winner in the Best Documentary category, providing an intimate glimpse into the life of the legendary Michael J. Fox. The film’s poignant storytelling and heartfelt narrative resonated with both critics and audiences alike.

Technical Brilliance

Stunts of Adrenaline: John Wick 4 and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

Recognizing the adrenaline-fueled sequences, the MMCG acknowledged the outstanding stunt work in John Wick: Chapter 4 and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. Both films showcased unparalleled action choreography, setting new standards for cinematic excellence.

Michigan’s Cinematic Legacy

MMCG Award for Film Excellence: Keegan-Michael Key

Honoring Michigan’s cinematic legacy, the MMCG Award for Film Excellence was bestowed upon Keegan-Michael Key. A Detroit native, Key’s contributions to films like Wonka, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, and Migration exemplify his dedication to the craft and his ties to the Michigan film industry.

Full list of winners MMCG 2023:

  • Best Picture: Barbie
  • Best Director: Greta Gerwig – Barbie
  • Best Actress: Emma Stone – Poor Things
  • Best Actor: Paul Giamatti – The Holdovers, Jeffrey Wright – American Fiction
  • Best Supporting Actress: Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The Holdovers
  • Best Supporting Actor: Ryan Gosling – Barbie 
  • Best Animated Film: Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse
  • Best Documentary: Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie
  • Best Ensemble: Oppenheimer
  • Best Screenplay (Adapted or Original): Anatomy of a Fall 
  • Breakthrough Award: Cord Jefferson – Director, American Fiction
  • Stunts: John Wick: Chapter 4, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One 
  • 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 

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