Southeastern Film Critics Association Names Best of 2022

By: Robert Prentice

Southeastern Film Critics Association Names ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ as the Best Film of 2022

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s multiverse-bending, genre-exploding feature also earned awards for Best Actress (Michelle Yeoh), Best Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan), Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.

Monday, December 12, 2022 – The Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) has named Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s exhilarating and unique film Everything Everywhere All at Once as the Best Picture of the Year. SEFCA’s eighty-four members across nine Southeastern states also recognized Kwan and Scheinert for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Additionally, the film earned Best Actress for Michelle Yeoh as (at least in one universe) beleaguered wife and mother Evelyn Wang, and Best Supporting Actor for Ke Huy Quan as her well-meaning and mild-mannered husband (again, at least in one universe) Waymond Wang.

“Personally, I am thrilled SEFCA recognized Everything Everywhere All at Once in so many categories,” said SEFCA President Matt Goldberg. “As film critics, one of the best things we can do is celebrate films that push the boundaries of narrative and genre. We hope that our voice can pull in viewers who may not normally check out a film where two women with hot dog fingers figure out their relationship. As strange as the film can be, its core message of embracing the richness of our relationships in the face of nihilistic apathy will endure far beyond this year’s award season.”

SEFCA also honored Martin McDonagh’s dark tragicomedy The Banshees of Inisherin, awarding the film Best Actor for Colin Farrell as the sweet yet achingly confused Pádraic and Best Supporting Actress to Kerry Condon as Pádraic’s frustrated sister Siobhan who wants a better life beyond their tiny Irish isle.

Read SEFCA’s full list of winners below. Visit SEFCA on the web at to learn more about its members as well as past winners. You can also follow SEFCA on Twitter at @SEFilmCritics.

Top 10 Films

  1. Everything Everywhere All at Once
  2. The Banshees of Inisherin
  3. The Fabelmans
  4. Tár
  5. Top Gun: Maverick
  6. RRR
  7. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
  8. Women Talking
  9. Nope
  10. The Batman

Best Actor

Winner: Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin

Runner-Up: Brendan Fraser, The Whale

Best Actress

Winner: Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Runner-Up: Cate Blanchett, Tár

Best Supporting Actor: 

Winner: Key Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Runner-Up: Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin

Best Supporting Actress:

Winner: Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin

Runner-Up: Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Ensemble:

Winner: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Runner-Up: Women Talking

Best Director

Winner: Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Runner-Up: Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans

Best Original Screenplay

Winner: Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Runner-Up: Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin

Best Adapted Screenplay

Winner: Sarah Polley, Women Talking

Runner-Up: Rian Johnson, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Best Documentary

Winner: Fire of Love

Runner-Up: Good Night Oppy

Best Foreign-Language 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 Cinematography

Winner: Claudio Miranda, Top Gun: Maverick

Runner-Up: Janusz Kaminski, The Fabelmans

Best Score

Winner: Michael Giacchino, The Batman

Runner-Up: John Williams, The Fabelmans

The Gene Wyatt Award (Film That Best Evokes the Spirit of the South)

Winner: Elvis

Runner-Up: Till

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