Irish tale tops Columbus critics’ 2022 faves

Brendan Gleeson (left) and Colin Farrell in a scene from The Banshees of Inisherin. The dark comedy was named the best film of 2022 by Columbus (Ohio) critics, who also recognized Gleeson and Farrell for achievements in acting.

The Columbus Film Critics Association (COFCA) has announced its picks for the best cinema of 2022. The winners, which were revealed Jan. 5, are listed below. For the complete list of nominees, visit

Best Film

  1. The Banshees of Inisherin
  2. Everything Everywhere All at Once
  3. Tár
  4. Aftersun
  5. Women Talking
  6. Glass Onion
  7. The Fabelmans
  8. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
  9. The Menu
  10. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Best Director

  • Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Runner-up: Todd Field, Tár

Best Lead Performance

  • Cate Blanchett, Tár
  • Runner-up: Brendan Fraser, The Whale

Best Supporting Performance

  • Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Runner-up: Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin

Best Ensemble

  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Runner-up: Glass Onion

Actor of the Year (for an exemplary body of work)

  • Colin Farrell (The Banshees of InisherinThe Batman and Thirteen Lives)
  • Runner-up: Hong Chau (The Menu and The Whale)

Breakthrough Film Artist

  • Charlotte Wells, Aftersun  (for directing and screenwriting)
  • Runner-up: Austin Butler, Elvis  (for acting)

Best Cinematography

  • Claudio Miranda, Top Gun: Maverick
  • Runner-up: Hoyte Van Hoytema, Nope

Best Film Editing

  • Paul Rogers, Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Runner-up: Eddie Hamilton, Top Gun: Maverick

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Sarah Polley, Women Talking
  • Runner-up: Rian Johnson, Glass Onion

Best Original Screenplay

  • Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Runner-up: Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin

Best Score

  • Alexandre Desplat, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
  • Runner-up: Justin Hurwitz, Babylon

Best Documentary

  • All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
  • Runner-up: Fire of Love

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Decision to Leave (Heojil kyolshim)
  • Runner-up: All Quiet on the Western Front (Im Westen nichts Neues)

Best Animated Film

  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
  • Runner-up: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Frank Gabrenya Award for Best Comedy

  • Glass Onion
  • Runner-up: Everything Everywhere All at Once

 Best Overlooked Film

  • After Yang
  • Runner-up: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Author: Richard Ades

Richard Ades was the arts editor of The Other Paper, a weekly news-and-entertainment publication, from 2008 until it was shut down on Jan. 31, 2013. He also served as TOP's theater critic throughout its 22-year existence.

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