Online Film Critics Society

The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) is an international professional association of online film journalists, historians and scholars who publish their work on the World Wide Web. The organization was founded in January 1997 by Harvey Karten, an early online critic who discovered that membership in the New York Film Critics Circle was open only to journalists working for newspapers and magazines.[1] Online critics have generally found it difficult to gain acceptance for their work, and one role of the OFCS is to provide professional recognition to the most productive and successful online critics.[2]

Online Film Critics Society
TypeFilm criticism
Official language

Since 1997, the OFCS has given out annual awards that recognize the best films in about seventeen categories. These awards are noted in the established print media such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, and are included in their annual speculation about the ultimate winners of the Academy Awards.[3][4][5]


Critics whose primary media affiliation is a print publication, or radio or television, are excluded; this criterion distinguishes the OFCS from associations such as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is responsible for the annual, widely televised Golden Globe Awards. Applicants for membership in the OFCS must have published at least 100 film reviews over at least two years, and are subject to a peer review process to establish the quality of their work.[6] Of hundreds of applications that are received, only a "tiny number" are accepted;[7] in 2014, there were about 270 members.[8]

Its membership includes writers for such film-related websites as Apollo Movie Guide, DVDTalk,, The Moving Arts Film Journal, (now defunct), FilmFocus, Film Threat, The Internet Movie Database, and Slant Magazine.

Current award categories

Previous award categories


  1. "Harvey S. Karten". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-10-03. When my application for membership in the New York Film Critics Circle was circular-filed (print media only, sorry), I founded the Online Film Critics Society in January 1997 and three years later, NYFCO (New York Film Critics Online).
  2. Silverman, Jason (February 28, 2004). "Invasion of the Web Film Critics". Wired.
  3. McNary, David (January 3, 2011). "Online Film Critics laud 'Social Network'". Variety.
  4. Whipp, Glenn (January 9, 2012). "Critics choices might foretell Oscar chances". Variety.
  5. Feinberg, Scott (January 30, 2012). "SAG Awards Confirm Tremendous Support for 'The Help' -- and 'The Artist' (Analysis)". The Hollywood Reporter. This awards season, Plummer has won virtually every major Oscar-precursor best supporting actor award that there is to win: the National Board of Review Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle Award, the Online Film Critics Society Award, the Critics' Choice Award, the Golden Globe Award, and now the Screen Actors Guild Award.
  6. "Want to Become a Member?". Online Film Critics Society. Retrieved 2014-10-02.
  7. Sterritt, David (May 28, 2004). "Online film critics get mixed reviews". The Christian Science Monitor.
  8. "Our Members". Online Film Critics Society. Archived from the original on 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2014-10-02.
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