Philly Critics Declare ROMA Best Film (AWARDS 2018)


Now we’re finally starting to see a trend.

The Philadelphia Film Critics Circle became the third critics group of 2018 to name Alfonso Cuaron‘s Roma the year’s Best Film, joining New York and Chicago. It also won Best Foreign Language Film (it’s set in Mexico).

But then for director Philly zagged, naming Barry Jenkins the best helmer for his Moonlight follow-up If Beale Street Could Talk. It’s Jenkins first director win of the awards season.

Viola Davis also picked up her first Best Actress win for Widows while Christian Bale notched another Actor prize for transforming into Dick Cheney in Vice. Winners Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) and Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) are becoming early favorites in the Best Supporting categories.

Boots Riley won Best Directorial Debut for Sorry To Bother You, a prize that has normally been going to Bo Burnham so far for Eighth Grade. Similarly, Eighth Grade‘s Elsie Fisher – a popular choice for Breakthrough Performance awards — lost out to Kiki Layne for her compelling lead turn in  If Beale Street Could Talk.

The rest of the below-the-line winners saw a mix of first timers with previous winners, including Audrey Wells‘ screenplay for The Hate U Give being cited as Best Script. The adaptation of the YA novel about the killing of a young African-Amercican male by a police officer has been critically hailed, but this is the film’s first major awards recognition.

Once again, A Star Is Born and BlackKklansman were completely ignored. That’s probably a particular blow for Star director/actor Bradley Cooper, who hails from Philly.

2018 Awards

Best Picture: Roma
Best Director: Barry Jenkins,  If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Actor: Christian Bale, Vice
Best Actress: Viola Davis, Widows
Best Supporting Actor: Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Script: The Hate U Give, Audrey Wells
Best Animated Film: Incredibles 2
Best Foreign Language Film: Roma, Mexico
Best Documentary:  Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Best Soundtrack/Score: Suspiria, Thom Yorke
Best Cinematography: Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
Best Directorial Debut:  Boots Riley, Sorry To Bother You
Best Breakthrough Performance: Kiki Layne,  If Beale Street Could Talk
Elaine May Award: RBG
Steve Friedman Award: Black Panther

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2018 / 19 season:

Directors Guild of America Nominees
Writers Guild of America Nominees
Golden Globe Winners
National Society of Film Critics
Producers Guild of America Nominees
Boston Society of Film Critics
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association
Screen Actors Guild Nominees
Critics Choice Awards Nominees
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Toronto Film Critics Association
Chicago Film Critics Association
AFI Film Awards
Detroit Film Critics Society
Atlanta Film Critics Circle
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review

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