San Francisco Critics Ride ROMA Wave (AWARDS 2018)


It’s difficult to remember the last time one movie dominated an awards season like Roma suddenly has.

After an initial slate of critics group picked one different “Best Film” after another, Netflix’s big Oscar contender from Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men) has become an absolute juggernaut in the span of one day.

When the San Francisco Film Critics Circle named Roma the Best Picture of 2018, it capped a Sunday in which the black-and-white, 1970 Mexico City-set Spanish language film went 6-for-6 with critics groups who announced their year-end choices on December 9. The other five: Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York Film Critics Online. They also joined the New York Film Critics Circle who also tagged Roma nearly two weeks ago. (Roma debuts on the Netflix this Friday, December 14, following a limited theatrical run in major markets.)

And yet, BlacKkKansman was probably the biggest winner from the San Francisco slate.

The Spike Lee true story joint has been largely ignored by the critics groups so far, with only the Golden Globes showing it some substantial love with major nominations. But here, Lee’s timely tale (and return to form) took three major prizes: Best Director (Lee), Best Adapted Screenplay (also Lee), and Best Original Score (Terence Blanchard). This should put some wind in the sails of its Oscar hopes.

Likewise, Melissa McCarthy notched a needed win for Best Actress in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, while Michael B. Jordan also received his first Supporting Actor citation for Black Panther.

Conversely, Regina King added yet another win to her mounting Supporting Actress haul for If Beale Street Could Talk, as did Ethan Hawke for his bounty of Best Actors in First Reformed. His director Paul Schrader also won (again) for Best Original Screenplay.

2018 Awards

Best Picture: Roma
Best Director: Spike Lee, BlacKkKansman
Best Actor: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Best Actress: Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Best Supporting Actor: Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Original Screenplay: First Reformed, Paul Schrader
Best Adapted Screenplay: BlacKkKansman, Spike Lee
Best Animated Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Foreign Film: Roma, Mexico
Best Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Best Cinematography: Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
Best Editing: The Other Side of the Wind, Bob Murawski, Orson Welles
Best Original Score: BlacKkKlansman, Terence Blanchard
Best Production Design: Black Panther, Hannah Beachler
Martin Riggs Award: Boots Riley, Sorry To Bother You
Special Citationfor under-appreciated independent film : The Endless

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
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Toronto Film Critics Association
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
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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