'The Florida Project' Named Best Film by Toronto Film Critics

The Florida Project 3 - H 2017
Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

Willem Dafoe and Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project.

Greta Gerwig was tapped as best director and Daniel Day-Lewis and Frances McDormand figured among the year's best actors.

After just over three hours of deliberation, the Toronto Film Critics Association on Sunday named The Florida Project, a story about a mother and daughter living out a precarious existence in a motel on the outskirts of Disney World, as the year's top film.

Sean Baker's follow-up to Tangerine, released by A24, is anchored by performances from child actors Brooklynn Prince and Valeria Cotto, Bria Vinaite as a wild-child mother and Willem Dafoe as a motel manager. Toronto critics last year named Moonlight as the best picture of 2016.

Acting awards for performances this year went to Daniel Day-Lewis for Phantom Thread, Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Dafoe for Florida Project and Laurie Metcalf for Lady Bird.

Directing honors went to Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, and Jordan Peele's Get Out won for best first feature and best screenplay. Other award winners included the Angelina Jolie-produced The Breadwinner for best animated feature, while the Cannes Palme d'Or winner The Square by Ruben Östlund took home the prize for best foreign film.

The Toronto Film Critics Association will hand out trophies Jan. 9 during a gala in Toronto. The winner of the best Canadian feature prize will be announced at that event.

See the full list of winners below.

Best Picture: The Florida Project
Best Director: Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
Best Male Performance: Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread)
Best Female Performance: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Best Male Supporting Performance: Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)
Best Female Supporting Performance: Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
Best Screenplay (Adapted or Original): Get Out
Best First Feature: Get Out
Best Animated Feature: The Breadwinner
Best Documentary: Faces Places
Best Foreign Film: The Square