Las Vegas Film Critics Society 2019 Awards


Vegas Critics Award Tarantino's Classic Hollywood Tale


(December 13th, 2019 - Las Vegas) Quentin Tarantino's 9th film took home the society's top Sierra Awards for 2109 - Best Picture, Director and Original Screenplay, along with Best Art Direction and Best Youth Female Performance by Julia Butters.


Renee Zellweger received Best Actress for her portrayal of Judy Garland and Adam Sandler for "Uncut Gems, while Willem Dafoe's  performance in "The Lighthouse" and Margot Robbie for "Bombshell, took both Supporting Actor categories.


Other highlights this year were, Best Animated Film, "Missing Link," Best Costume Design for "Dolemite is my Name," "Apollo 11" for Best Documentary, "Parasite" for Best Foreign Film and Roger Deakins for Best Cinematography for "1917."


The William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon career costume designer, Ruth E. Carter.


The Cinema Heritage Award was given to filmmaker, Albert Pyun.


Over the past nearly 40 years, B-movie and genre veteran Albert Pyun has directed more than 50 films, including the cult classics The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982), Cyborg (1989) and Nemesis (1992). In 1990, he directed a Captain America movie before anyone could even conceive of a Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he's directed stars including Jean-Claude Van Damme, Andrew Dice Clay, Rutger Hauer and Ice-T over the course of his career. Since moving to Las Vegas in 2011, Pyun has been active in the local film community, working with Vegas-based cast and crew on his own projects and mentoring young talent.


The Las Vegas Film Critics Society is a non-profit, progressive organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of film and is composed of selected print, television, radio and Internet film critics in the Las Vegas and Reno area. The LVFCS presents its "Sierra" awards each year for the best in film, including The William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award, which is named for the brilliant Academy Award winning actor.




Las Vegas Film Critics Society 2019 Sierra Award Winners!


Best Picture

"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"


Best Actor

Adam Sandler, "Uncut Gems"


Best Actress

Renee Zellweger, "Judy"


Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe, "The Lighthouse"


Best Supporting Actress

Margot Robbie, "Bombshell"


Best Director

Quentin Tarantino, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"


Best Original Screenplay

Quentin Tarantino, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"


Best Adapted Screenplay

Anthony McCarten, "The Two Popes"


Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins, "1917"


Best Film Editing

Andrew Buckland & Michael McCusker, "Ford v Ferrari"


Best Score

Hildur Guðnadóttir, "Joker"


Best Song

"Stand Up," by Bruce Channel, Ricky Ray Rector, & Sonny Throckmorton,



Best Documentary

"Apollo 11"


Best Animated Film

"Missing Link"


Best Foreign Film

"Parasite" - South Korea


Best Costume Design

Ruth E. Carter, "Dolemite is My Name"


Best Art Direction

"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"


Best Visual Effects

"Avengers: Endgame"


Best Action Film

"Ford v Ferrari"


Best Comedy

Dolemite is My Name


Best Horror/Sci-Fi



Best Family Film

"Fighting With My Family"


Best Ensemble

"Knives Out"


Breakout Filmmaker

Olivia Wilde," Booksmart"


Best Male Youth Performance (Under 21)

Noah Jupe, "Honey Boy"


Best Female Youth Performance (Under 21)

Julia Butters, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"


William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award

Ruth E. Carter


Cinema Heritage Award

Albert Pyun


LVFCS Top 10 Films of 2019


1. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

2. The Irishman

3. Marriage story

4. Parasite

5. 1917

6. Little Women

7. Joker

8. Ford v Ferrari

9. The Lighthouse

10. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood