Sunday, January 13, 2019

This year’s Critics’ Choice winners

The Broadcast Film Critics Association Sunday announced the winners of the 24th annual Critics’ Choice awards. Roma led the field with four awards. Black Panther and Vice followed, each winning three awards. As a member of the BFCA, I posted the Association’s nominees and now offer a list of the winners, including a surprise tie in the best-actress category (Glenn Close and Lady Gaga). This year's list also inlcudes a couple of anomalies: Roma won as both best foreign-language film and best picture and Christian Bale took double honors for playing Dick Cheney in Vice, winning in the best actor and best-actor-in-a-comedy categories.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), of which I’m a member, is the largest film critics organization in the US and Canada, representing more than 330 television, radio and online critics.

If you’re interested in Oscar prognostications, I think you’ll find that the BFCA is a better bellwether than most other year-end honors.

So here’s the list of BFCA winners:

Best Picture
Best Actor
Christian Bale, Vice
Best Actress, a tie
Glenn Close, The Wife
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Best Supporting Actress
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Best Original Screenplay
Paul Schrader, First Reformed
Best Adapted Screenplay
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Cinematography
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Best Production Design
Hanna Beachler, Jay Hart, Black Panther
Best Editing
Tom Cross, First Man
Best Costume Design
Ruth Carter, Black Panther
Best Hair and Makeup
Best Visual Effects
Black Panther
Best Animated Feature
Spider-Man: Into he Spider-Verse
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Young Actor/Actress
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Best Acting Ensemble
The Favourite
Best Action Movie
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Best Comedy
Crazy Rich Asians
Best Actor in a Comedy
Christian Bale, Vice
Best Actress in a Comedy
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Best Sci-fi or Horror movie
A Quiet Place
Best Song
Shallow, A Star is Born
Best Score
Justin Hurwitz, First Man

And while we're on the subject of year-end awards, let me give you the results of voting for the Denver Film Critics Society, a group to which I also belong. Some of the winners mirror those of the BFCA, some don't. Oscar nominations, due on Jan. 22, loom.
As always, feel free to join in with your choices.

Best Picture: Roma
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Best Actor: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Best Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Best Sci-Fi/Horror, a tie: A Quiet Place and Annihilation
Best Animated Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Comedy: The Death of Stalin
Best Visual Effects: Avengers: Infinity War
Best Original Screenplay: A Quiet Place
Best Adapted Screenplay: BlacKkKlansman
Best Documentary: Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Best Original Song: Swallow
Best Original Score: Black Panther
Best Foreign Language Film: Roma

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