2022 Critics Association of Central Florida (CACF) Award Winners

This past year we were honored to have joined the Critics Association of Central Florida, an amazing community of film lovers now ready to announce our picks for the best of 2022. Here are the winners of this year’s awards.

Best Picture
Winner: Everything Everywhere All at Once
Runner-up: Top Gun: Maverick

Best Director
Winner: Daniels, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Runner-up: Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans

Best Actor
Winner: Brendan Fraser, The Whale
Runner-up: Austin Butler, Elvis

Best Actress
Winner: Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Runner-up: Cate Blanchett, TÀR

Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Runner-up: Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin

Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Runner-up: Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Cast
Winner: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Runner-up: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Documentary
Winner: All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Runner-up: Good Night Oppy

Ram Charan in RRR

Best International Film
Winner: RRR
Runner-up: Decision to Leave

Best Animated Film
Winner: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Runner-up: Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

Best Screenplay
Winner: Daniels, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Runner-up: Rian Johnson, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Best Cinematography
Winner: Claudio Miranda, Top Gun: Maverick
Runner-up: Russell Carpenter, Avatar: The Way of Water

Best Score
Winner: Michael Giacchino, The Batman
Runner-up: Justin Hurwitz, Babylon

Best Original Song
Winner: “Hold My Hand,” Top Gun: Maverick
Runner-up: “Naatu Naatu,” RRR

Best Make-Up and Hairstyling
Winner: The Whale
Runner-up: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Production Design
Winner: Babylon
Runner-up: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Visual Effects
Winner: Avatar: The Way of Water
Runner-up: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Costume Design
Winner: Elvis
Runner-up: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

Best Stunt Coordination
Winner: Top Gun: Maverick
Runner-up: Everything Everywhere All at Once


Special Categories

In addition to the traditional line up of awards, the CACF has several special honors. Returning this year are: “Best Central Florida Film,” a category designed to recognize outstanding achievement by a film with a significant connection to the Central Florida area, and “Best Achievement in Diversity,” a category designed to recognize outstanding achievement by a film that showcases inclusion and diversity, both on the screen and behind the scenes.

New for 2022 are: “The Golden Paw,” for best animal performance, “Best Achievement in Choreography,” for achievement in dance, fight, and stunt choreography, and “Best First Feature,” to honor the work of this year’s most exciting new voice. These winners are listed below.

Best Central Florida Film
Winner: Calendar Girls

Best Achievement in Diversity
Winner: Nope

Best Achievement in Choreography
Winner: RRR

Golden Paw for Best Animal Performance
Winner (tie): The Horses of Nope / The Donkeys of EO

Best First Feature
Winner: Marcel the Shell With Shoes On


About CACF

The Critics Association of Central Florida (CACF) is proud to announce the full list of Winners for the Second Annual Critics Association of Central Florida Awards.

The Critics Association of Central Florida is an organization of critics based in or around the Central Florida area and consists of critics and journalists with a wide reach to a diverse and expansive audience.

Our membership experienced rapid growth in its second year, expanding from our inaugural class of 15 to a membership of 30. Our membership represents outlets of all sizes, from independent blogs to major outlets such as iHeartRadio’s PRIDE Radio and SlashFilm.

The Critics Association of Central Florida is proud to recognize these amazing achievements in film. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or requests.

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