The 44th Kerala Film Critics awards have been announced on Tuesday. Nivin Pauly bagged the Best Actor Award for Moothon while the Best Actress award was won by Manju Warrier for Prathi Poovan Kozhi.
Jallikattu directed by Lijo Jose Pellisery has been adjudged as best movie for the year 2019 while the best director award went to Geetu Mohandas for Moothon.
While Mammootty has been selected for the Ruby Jubilee award, veteran filmmaker Hariharan was mentioned for Chalachitra Ratnam award. Both were bestowed with the award for their lifetime contributions to Malayalam film industry.
The other major awards are listed below:
Second best film: Vasanthi
Second best actor(male): Vineeth Sreenivasan (Thaneermathan Dinangal), Chemban Vinod (Jallikkattu, Porinju Mariyam Jose)
Second best actor(female): Swasika (Vasanthi)
Best child artiste: Master Vasudev Sajeesh (Kallanottam), Baby Anamiya (Samayayathra)
Best scriptwriter: Sajin Babu (Biriyani)
Best music director: Rafeeq Ahammed
Best lyricist: Ouseppachan
Best singer (male): Vijay Yesudas
Best singer (female): Manjari
Best cinematographer: Gireesh Gangadharan (Jallikattu)
Most popular film: Thaneermathan Dinangal
Special jury award
Direction: Prithviraj (Lucifer)
Cinematography: Ajay David Kachappilly (Porinju Mariam Jose)
KK Sudhakaran (Thi.Mi.Ram)
Rosshan Andrrews (Prathi Poovankozhi)
Anaswara Rajan (Thaneermathan Dianngal)
Kerala Film Critics Association president George Onakoor and general secretary Thekkinkad Joseph announced at a press conference and the organizers were yet to decide on the date of the award ceremony.