The Utah Film Critics Association gathered together on Saturday, January 6, 2024 to deliberate and vote on excellence in filmmaking for 2023. The awards were widely distributed this year with Past Lives taking three including Best Picture as well as two for Celine Song for both Best Achievement in Directing and Best Original Screenplay.

Poor Things also received three wins, two for Emma Stone in Best Overall Performance and Leading Performance, Female, and Best Cinematography for Robbie Ryan.

The performances in The Holdovers were popular with Dominic Sessa and Da’Vine Joy Randolph winning in both Best Supporting Actor categories, while Andrew Scott in All of Us Strangers and the cast of The Iron Claw rounded out acting with Best Lead Performance, Male and Best Ensemble Cast, respectively.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was recognized for Best Animated Feature and Best Editing, and Godzilla Minus One received Best Visual Effects and came in runner-up for Best Non-English Language Feature

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Best Picture

  • Winner: Past Lives
  • Runner-up: Poor Things

Best Achievement in Directing

  • Winner: Celine Song, Past Lives
  • Runner-up: Yorgos Lanthimos, Poor Things

Best Overall Performance

  • Winner: Emma Stone, Poor Things
  • Runner-up: Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers

Best Lead Performance, Male

  • Winner: Andrew Scott, All of Us Strangers
  • Runner-up: Jeffrey Wright, American Fiction

Best Lead Performance, Female

  • Winner: Emma Stone, Poor Things
  • Runners-up: Greta Lee, Past Lives and Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon (Tie)

Best Supporting Performance, Male

  • Winner: Dominic Sessa, The Holdovers
  • Runner-up: Charles Melton, May December

Best Supporting Performance, Female

  • Winner: Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers
  • Runner-up: Sandra Huller, The Zone of Interest

Vice/Martin Award for Performance in a Science-Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror Film

  • Winner: Iman Vellani, The Marvels
  • Runner-up: Nicolas Cage, Renfield

Best Ensemble Cast

  • Winner: The Iron Claw
  • Runner-up: The Holdovers

Best Original Screenplay

  • Winner: Celine Song, Past Lives
  • Runner-up: Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, Barbie

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Winner: Kelly Fremon Craig, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
  • Runners-up: Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer and Cord Jefferson, American Fiction (Tie)

Best Cinematography

  • Winner: Poor Things, Robbie Ryan
  • Runner-up: Oppenheimer, Hoyte van Hoytema

Best Original Score

  • Winner: Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Runner-up: Poor Things

Best Film Editing

  • Winner: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  • Runners-up: The Holdovers and Oppenheimer (Tie)

Best Visual Effects

  • Winner: Godzilla Minus One
  • Runners-up: The Creator and Poor Things (Tie)

Best Documentary Feature

  • Winner: Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie
  • Runner-up: The Mission

Best Animated Feature

  • Winner: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  • Runner-up: Robot Dreams

Best Non-English Language Feature

  • Winner: The Zone of Interest
  • Runner-up: Godzilla Minus One
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