The North Texas Film Critics Association (NTFCA), of which I am a member, voted this month to honor the best films of 2017. As an organization, the NTFCA is proud to call attention to outstanding achievements in the craft of filmmaking. I consider movies to be not only entertainment, but in the best examples, they are also art. They teach us about the human condition. Here are the winners for each category in which we voted:

2017 Awards:

Best Picture:
The Post

Best Director:
Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water

Best Actress:
Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actor:
Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour

Best Supporting Actress:
Laurie Metcalf for Lady Bird

Best Supporting Actor:
Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Cinematography:
Roger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049

Best Animated Film:

Best Documentary:

Best Foreign Language Film:

Best Newcomer:
Brooklynn Prince for The Florida Project

Gary Murray Award (Best Ensemble):
The Post

For a full list of runners-up in each category, visit our "Best of 2017" page.