It’s still early, but the year’s Oscar race is wide open.
Three different films have dominated the first three critics groups. Green Book took the top prize from The National Board of Review, then the New York Film Critics Circle honored Roma. Now, the Atlanta Film Critics Circle have completely embraced The Favourite, which they named the Best Film of 2018.
From controversial director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer), The Favourite is a dark satire about England’s 18th Century monarch Queen Anne, her closest confidante, and the young woman that comes between them. It dominated the AFCC with 5 wins total.
Included in that sweep was an acclaimed trio of actresses — Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone, in the respective roles — two of whom were cited by the Atlanta crix: Colman for Best Actress and Stone for Best Supporting Actress. The film also won the ATL’s Best Ensemble prize and Best Screenplay.
Roma won Best Foreign Film for director Alfonso Cuarón. He was also named Best Director, and his lensing won Best Cinematography.
Notably absent: Barry Jenkins‘ If Beale Street Could Talk and Peter Farrelly‘s Green Book. Also, Toni Collette‘s hailed turn in the art house horror film Hereditary is going to need to start notching some notices if her dark horse campaign has any hopes of taking off. The same goes for Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, although that film and perf are more Academy friendly (which is not a perjorative in this case).
Also conspicuously película non grata: Vice, the Dick Cheney biopic starring Christian Bale from director Adam McKay (The Big Short) and Clint Eastwood‘s The Mule.
ATLANTA FILM CRITICS CIRCLE
Best Film: The Favourite
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Best Actor: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Best Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Best Supporting Actress: Emma Stone, The Favourite
Best Ensemble: The Favourite
Best Screenplay: The Favourite, Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
Best Animated Film: Isle of Dogs
Best Foreign Film: Roma, Mexico
Best Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Best Cinematography: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz, First Man
AFCC Special Award for Breakthrough Peformer: TIE
Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade) and Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)
AFCC Special Award for Best First Film: Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2018 / 19 season:
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Toronto Film Critics Association
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
Chicago Film Critics Association
Golden Globe Nominations
AFI Film Awards
Detroit Film Critics Society
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review