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Nominees for the 2018 CFCA film awards…

December 7, 2018

 

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I voted. I didn’t boo…I voted. As a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), it’s my duty to take part in our annual round-up, in which we nominate what we consider to be the best of the year. It’s always a challenge, but the way I approach this is very similar to how I approach my year-end Top Ten lists – I think about which films, performances, scenes and screenplays standout or resonate and why. Like every year around this time, there’s still some films I need to catch up with, yet there are voting deadlines to be met, so I just had to submit my nominees based on what I’ve seen. That may seem like an obvious thing to do, but you’d be surprised what happens during awards season. So, here’s the official announcement from the CFCA, as well as a full list of our nominees…

Winners will be announced tomorrow evening at our annual CFCA awards dinner. Follow @ChicagoCritics on Twitter for the real-time announcements.

 

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THE CHICAGO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 FILM AWARDS.

“Roma,” “The Favourite” and “A Star is Born” lead the way with the most nominations for the group’s awards.

 

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron’s autobiographical story of a year in the life of a family living in Mexico City in the 1970s seen primarily through the eyes of one of their servants, was a clear favorite with members of the Chicago Film Critics Association. The film received the most nominations of all for their 2018 film awards with nine. In addition to being one of the finalists for Best Picture, Cuaron himself was personally nominated in four additional categories for Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography and Editing, the latter alongside Adam Gough. Yalitza Aparicio, the non-professional chosen by Cuaron to star in the film received two nominations herself for Best Actress and Most Promising Performer and it also received nods for Art Direction/Production Design and Foreign Film.

“The Favourite,” the outrageous historical comedy-drama about two embittered cousins vying for the favor of Queen Anne, and “A Star is Born,” the latest remake of the beloved show business melodrama, tied for second place with seven nominations each, including Best Picture nods. The former has two of its co-stars, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz, going head-to-head in the Supporting Actress category and also earned nominations for Director for Yorgos Lanthimos, Original Screenplay, Cinematography and Art Direction/Set Direction. The latter earned Bradley Cooper four separate nominations for Director, Actor, Adapted Screenplay and Most Promising Filmmaker and two for co-star Lady Gaga for Best Actress and Most Promising Performer.

Four films ended up tying for third place with four nominations apiece. “First Reformed,” Paul Schrader’s powerful drama about a minister whose increasingly bleak view of the world drives him to the brink of despair earned nominations for Schrader for Director and Original Screenplay and Ethan Hawke for Best Actor in addition to Best Picture. “You Were Never Really Here,” the shocking and brutal story of a emotionally traumatized veteran who stumbles upon a conspiracy while looking for a missing girl, received nominations for Lynne Ramsey for Director, Joaquin Phoenix for Actor, Jonny Greenwood for Original Score and Joe Bini for Editing. “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins’s adaptation of the celebrated James Baldwin novel earned him a nomination for Adapted Screenplay as well as additional citations for Cinematography and Original Score as well as one for Regina King for Supporting Actress. “First Man,” Damien Chazelle’s look at the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the mission that made him the first person to set foot on the moon, scored well in the technical categories, earning nominations for Editing, Cinematography, Original Score and in the newly instituted category of Best Use of Visual Effects.

Rounding out the Best Picture category was the chilling horror film “Hereditary,” which also earned nominations for Toni Colette for Best Actress and director Ari Aster for Most Promising Filmmaker. Among the other films cited by the group, the ground-breaking blockbuster “Black Panther” took home three nominations, including Art Direction/Production Design, Visual Effects and Supporting Actor for Michael B. Jordan. The true life drama “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” earned nominations for Melissa McCarthy for Best Actress, Richard E. Grant for Supporting Actor and Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty for Adapted Screenplay. “Eight Grade,” the cringe-worthy comedy-drama about a girl negotiating the last week of eighth grade, earned writer-director Bo Burnham two nominations for Original Screenplay and Most Promising Filmmaker and one for young star Elsie Fisher for Most Promising Performer. The locally shot crime film “Widows” received an Editing nomination as well as a Supporting Actress nod for Elizabeth Debicki. Spike Lee’s incendiary true-life story “BlacKkKLansman” earned the filmmaker a nomination for co-writing the Adapted Screenplay as well as one for John David Washington as Most Promising Performer. Among posthumous nominations, the late composer Johann Johannsson received one for Original Score for “Mandy” while the legendary Orson Welles was cited, more than three decades since his passing, for Editing for his incredibly long delayed film “The Other Side of the Wind.”

 

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2018 CHICAGO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARD NOMINATIONS

 

BEST PICTURE

The Favourite
First Reformed
Hereditary
Roma
A Star is Born

BEST DIRECTOR

Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
Lynne Ramsay – You Were Never Really Here
Paul Schrader – First Reformed

BEST ACTOR

Christian Bale – Vice
Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
Ethan Hawke – First Reformed
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really Here

BEST ACTRESS

Yalitz Aparicio – Roma
Toni Collette – Hereditary
Regina Hall – Support the Girls
Lady Gaga – A Star is Born
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy
Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther
Steven Yeun – Burning

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Elizabeth Debicki – Widows
Zoe Kazan – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Eighth Grade – Bo Burnham
The Favourite – Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara
First Reformed – Paul Schrader
Roma – Alfonso Cuaron
Vice – Adam McKay

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

BlacKkKlansman – Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Wilmott & Spike Lee
Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty
The Death of Stalin – Armando Iannucci, David Schneidere & Ian Martin
If Beale Street Could Talk – Barry Jenkins
A Star is Born – Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Ruben Brandt: Collector
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Free Solo
Minding the Gap
RBG
Three Identical Strangers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

BEST FOREIGN FILM

Burning
Capernaum
Cold War
Roma
Shoplifters

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER

Ari Aster – Hereditary
Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade
Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
Bing Liu – Minding the Gap
Boots Riley – Sorry to Bother You

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER

Yalitz Aparicio – Roma

Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
Lady Gaga – A Star is Born
Thomasin McKenzie – Leave No Trace
John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman

BEST EDITING

First Man – Tom Cross
The Other Side of the Wind – Orson Welles & Bob Murawski
Roma – Alfonso Cuaron & Adam Gough
Widows – Joe Walker
You Were Never Really Here – Joe Bini

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Cold War – Lukasz Zal
The Favourite – Robbie Ryan
First Man – Linus Sandgren
If Beale Street Could Talk – James Paxton
Roma – Alfonso Cuaron

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

First Man – Justin Hurwitz
If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
Mandy – Johann Johannsson
Suspiria – Thom Yorke
You Were Never Really Here – Jonny Greenwood

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN

Annihilation
Black Panther
The Favourite
Paddington 2
Roma

BEST USE OF VISUAL EFFECTS 

Annihilation
Black Panther
First Man
Mission: Impossible—Fallout
Paddington 2

 

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Nominations By The Numbers

9 Nominations: Roma

7 Nominations: The Favourite, A Star is Born

4 Nominations: First Man, First Reformed, If Beale Street Could Talk, You Were Never Really Here

3 Nominations: Black Panther, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Eighth Grade, Hereditary

2 Nominations: Annihilation, BlacKkKlansman, Burning, Cold War, Minding the Gap, Paddington 2, Vice, Widows

1 Nomination: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Beautiful Boy, Bohemian Rhapsody, Capernaum, The Death of Stalin, Free Solo, Green Book, Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Leave No Trace, Mandy, Mission: Impossible—Fallout, The Other Side of the Wind, RBG, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Ruben Brandt: Collector, Shoplifters, Sorry to Bother You, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Support the Girls, Suspiria, Three Identical Strangers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

 

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