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Hey folks – it’s Juan here and I’m excited to announce that it’s finally time for me to vote for who I’d like to see score some awards in the Florida Film Critics Circle. It’s my first year with ’em, as I just got accepted earlier in the year, and I’ve packed myself full of more films from the year than I would have ever expected for the sake of prepping for this lame moment. I only call it lame because most people would probably not think voting for movie awards is all that thrilling, but hey, I kind of do. So, let me explain some of the rules for things, and hop down to showing off my nominees for all our categories.

Basically, each member submits three nominees per category (unranked) and then we par it down to three nominees total per category and vote from there for the winner. Simple enough, sure. Sometimes there’s also a bit of a run-off where we have to do tie-breaker votes within each category (but I won’t reveal those, or my votes for those). Here’s my original ballot:

Best Picture

  • Under the Skin
  • Selma
  • Maps to the Stars

Best Actress

  • Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars)
  • Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant)
  • Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)

[It physically hurt me not to include Elisabeth Moss for The One I Love in this category]

Best Actor

  • Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)
  • David Oyelowo (Selma)
  • Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
  • Carmen Ejogo (Selma)
  • Elisabeth Moss (Listen Up Philip)

Best Supporting Actor

  • JK Simmons (Whiplash)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  • Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice)

Best Ensemble

Best Director

  • Ava DuVernay (Selma)
  • Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin)
  • David Cronenberg (Maps to the Stars)

Best Original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
  • Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
  • Bong Joon-ho & Kelly Masterson (Snowpiercer)

Best Cinematography

  • Bradford Young (Selma)
  • Daniel Landin (Under the Skin)
  • Robert Elswit (Inherent Vice)

Best Visual Effects

  • Interstellar
  • Under the Skin
  • Lucy

Best Art Direction/Production Design

  • Into the Woods
  • The Immigrant
  • Snowpiercer

Best Score

Best Documentary

Best Foreign-Language Film

Best Animated Feature

  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  • The Congress
  • The LEGO Movie

Breakout Award

  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Actress, Belle & Beyond the Lights)
  • Justin Simien (Filmmaker, Dear White People)
  • Jennifer Kent (Filmmaker, The Babadook)

That’s about it. Let’s see if any of my picks actually make it through!