The Detroit Film Critics Society (DFCS) was founded in spring 2007 and currently consists of a group of seventeen film critics who write or broadcast in the Detroit area as well as other major cities within a 150-mile radius of the city including Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Flint, Michigan. Tom Long, film critic of the Detroit News said this of the DFCS, “Critics are inevitably influenced by the environment that surrounds them, so the idea all along was that a Detroit Film Critics Society would reflect the Detroit area. And I think the results do just that, showing an enthusiasm and appreciation for both the established and the new.”
To be eligible to join the DFCS, a professional critic must have reviewed at least twelve films over the last year in an established publication (print, radio, television or web as long as it is a commercial entity). No more than two writers per publication are admitted. Finally, each participating critic has an obligation to publicize the society and the announcement of the year end award winners via their medium.
Every year, the DFCS is pleased to present the annual Detroit Film Critics Society Awards. Each critic submits their top five picks in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, Breakthrough Performance, Best Screenplay, and Best Documentary. From these submissions, each entry is given a point value and the top five in each category are placed on the final ballot. The final ballots are then given to each critic to rank in order. The results are then tabulated and the winners decided.
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