Four critics groups. Four different choices for Best Film.
Following The National Board of Review‘s pick of Green Book, the New York Film Critics Circle love for Roma, and the Atlanta Film Critics Circle embrace of The Favourite, the Detroit Film Critics Society named Eighth Grade as the Best Film of 2018.
“Gucci!”, as its star would say.
It’s a bit of a surprise for a few reasons: it’s very low budget, it has no stars, and it’s from a first time director. Even so, Eighth Grade — about a tween girl’s transition from middle school to high school in our toxic social media age — has been generally hailed as the year’s most impressive directorial debut. Now, the Detroit critics have gone a step further to say it’s the year’s best, full stop.
Writer/Director Bo Burnham won the “Breakthrough” award for that debut, but he lost the actual Best Director prize to Adam McKay for Vice. McKay also tied for Best Screenplay with Green Book.
It’s the first citations of the awards season for that Dick Cheney biopic satire. Vice also won Best Ensemble for a cast that includes Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, Amy Adams as his wife Lynne, Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, and Steve Carell as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Ethan Hawke continues to trend as an early Best Actor favorite, picking up his third honor of the season for First Reformed. Regina King also picked up her third as Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk, the new film from Moonlight director Barry Jenkins.
First time citations for the 2018 Awards race go to Toni Collette and Josh Hamilton. The DFCS named Collette Best Actress for her harrowing turn in the art house horror movie Hereditary, and Hamilton won Best Supporting Actor as the hapless but loving dad in Eighth Grade.
DETROIT FILM CRITICS SOCIETY
Best Film: Eighth Grade
Best Director: Adam McKay, Vice
Best Actor: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Best Actress: Toni Collette, Hereditary
Best Supporting Actor: Josh Hamilton, Eighth Grade
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Ensemble: Vice
Best Screenplay: TIE
– Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Curry And Peter Farrelly, Green Book
– Adam McKay, Vice
Best Animated Film: Spider-Man – Into The Spider Verse
Best Documentary: Three Identical Strangers
Best Use Of Music: A Star Is Born
Breakthrough Performance: Bo Burnham, Writer/Director of Eighth Grade
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
Atlanta Film Critics Circle
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review