Dan Hudak Steps Down as Chair of Florida Film Critics Circle; Bill Gibron Takes Helm

FFCC LogoThe Florida Film Critics Circle, an organization comprising more than 20 active or retired movie writers based in Florida, has new leadership.

Dan Hudak, chairman of the group since March 2008, is stepping down from that unpaid post, he announced earlier this week. Hudak, who writes for Florida Weekly, Folio Weekly and his own Hudak on Hollywood site, is handing the reins to Bill Gibron, vice chair of the group and a writer for Pop Matters and FilmCritic.com. The vice chair position is open until filled.

The group, founded in 1996, annually honors excellence in film with awards in about 16 categories (varies depending on the releases in any given year). In the most recent FFCC awards, “Argo” won for best picture, best director (Ben Affleck) and best adapted screenplay (Chris Terrio), while Daniel Day-Lewis was honored as best actor for “Lincoln,” Jessica Chastain as best actress for “Zero Dark Thirty,” Philip Seymour Hoffman as best supporting actor for “The Master” and Anne Hathaway as best supporting actress for “Les Miserables.” The complete list of winners in all the categories, going back to 1996, is here.

The FFCC was created “to recognize outstanding work in film, further the cause of good movies, and maintain the highest level of professionalism among film critics in Florida.”

In other FFCC news: Rene Jordan, the Cuban-born longtime film critic for El Nuevo Herald (the Miami Herald’s Spanish-language counterpart), and a member of the FFCC and National Board of Review, passed away in early April. He was 85.

For more information, visit the FFCC’s home online. 

Florida Critics Honor “Up in the Air”

Jason Reitman‘s comic drama Up in the Air has landed top honors in this year’s Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC) Awards, with prizes for best picture, Reitman’s direction and George Clooney‘s performance as a corporate axeman.

Precious, the FFCC’s other big winner, a disturbing inner-city drama directed by Lee Daniels, won two top acting honors — Gabourey Sidibe, best actress, and the group’s Pauline Kael Breakout Award, in the title role; and hip-hop star and TV personality Mo’Nique, for best supporting actress.

The complete list of winners:

Picture: Up In The Air
Actor: George Clooney, Up In The Air
Actress: Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Supp. Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Supp. Actress: Mo’Nique, Precious
Director: Jason Reitman, Up In The Air
Screenplay: Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, (500) Days of Summer
Cinematography: Mauro Fiore, Avatar
Foreign Language: Sin Nombre
Animated Feature: Up
Documentary: The Cove
Breakout: Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Golden Orange: No Award

Founded in 1996, the Florida Film Critics Circle is comprised of 17 writers from state publications. Dan Hudak of hudakonhollywood.com has served as chairman since March 2008. For more information on the FFCC, visit floridafilmcriticscircle.webs.com.