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Monday
Dec172018

Boston Society (and Other Film Critics Awards)

After the jump, let's catch up on "The ROMA Show" AKA "what's been going down in regional critics awards" for those who are interested in the infinite amount of groups that do this sort of thing. Winners lists after the jump from Utah, Boston, Dallas, Kansas City, Indiana, Atlanta, and Las Vegas.

Utah Film Critics Association
A refreshingly original take on the best of the year with Roma only winning 3 prizes and not even Best Film. Into the Spider-Verse and Eighth Grade slightly dominated and some cool curveballs like Annihilation for Best Score. Okay then. I'll give it a listen.

Film: Into the Spider-Verse
Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Actress: Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Actor: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed...
Supporting Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Supporting Actor: Russell Hornsby, The Hate U Give
Original Screenplay: Eighth Grade
Adapted Screenplay: Into the Spider-Verse
Animated Feature: Into the Spider-Verse
Foreign Language Film: Roma
Documentary: Won't You be My Neighbor?
Score: Barrow & Salisbury, Annihilation
Cinematography: Cuarón, Roma

 

Boston Society of Film Critics
The Boston Society of Film Critics has named If Beale Street Could Talk the best film of the year but they were also big fans of Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Actress, Supporting Actor, Screenplay) and Shoplifters (Foreign Film and Ensemble). The BSFC is one of the nation's coolest critics organizations often having interesting choices that don't mirror exactly what all the other awards bodies think each year. This year that iconoclasticism took the form of only one prize for Roma (Cinematography) which at this point is something of a shocker.

Film: If Beale Street Could Talk
Director: Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here
Actress: Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Actor: John C Reilly, Stan & Ollie
Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Supporting Actor: Richard E Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Screenplay: Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Animated Feature: Isle of Dogs
Foreign Language Film: Shoplifters
Documentary: Won't You be My Neighbor?
First Film: Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
Score: Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk
Cinematography: Cuarón, Roma
Editing  Cross, First Man
Ensemble Cast Shoplifters

Dallas Ft Worth Film Critics Association
They've been in operation since 2009

Film: A Star is Born
Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Actor: Christian Bale, Vice
Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Screenplay: The Favourite
Animated Feature: Isle of Dogs
Foreign Language Film: Roma
Documentary: Won't You be My Neighbor?
Score: Desplat, Isle of Dogs
Cinematography: Cuarón, Roma
Independent Film The Rider

 

Kansas City Film Critics Circle
One of the longest running critics organizations (formed over 50 years ago!) had a tie for only the fourth time in their history with Roma and The Favourite sharing top honors. They also really liked the Vice actors.

Film: [TIE] The Favourite AND Roma
Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Actor: [TIE] Christian Bale, Vice AND Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, Vice
Supporting Actor: Richard E Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Original Screenplay: The Favourite
Adapted Screenplay: BlacKkKlansman
Animated Feature: Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse
Foreign Language Film: Roma
Documentary: Won't You be My Neighbor
SciFi Fantasy Film: A Quiet Place
LGBT Film: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

 

Indiana Film Journalists Association
The big winner in the Hoosier state was The Hate U Give

Film: The Hate U Give
Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Actress: Amandla Stenberg, The Hate U Give
Actor: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Supporting Actor: Sam Elliott, A Star is Born
Original Screenplay: First Reformed
Adapted Screenplay: The Hate U Give
Animated Feature: Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse
Foreign Language Film: Roma
Documentary: Won't You be My Neighbor
Vocal/Mo-Cap Performance: Josh Brolin, Avengers: Infinity War
Ensemble: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Score: Thom Yorke, Suspiria
Breakout of the Year: Chloe Zhao for directing The Rider
Original Vision Award: Sorry to Bother You
The Hoosier Award (Indiana-related films/film artists): Dead Man's Line: The True Story of Tony Kiritsis

Atlanta Film Critics Circle
They were huge fans of The Favourite and A Star is Born so we approve... although we can't approve of the category fraud award for Emma Stone considering they're also handing The Favourite Ensemble. Why not just give it Best Ensemble and leave Supporting Actress to an actual, you know, supporting player?

Film: The Favourite
Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Actor: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Supporting Actress: Emma Stone, The Favourite
Supporting Actor: Sam Elliott, A Star is Born
Ensemble Cast: The Favourite
Screenplay: The Favourite
Animated Feature: Isle of Dogs
Foreign Language Film: Roma
Documentary: Won't You be My Neighbor
Cinematography: Roma
Original Score: Justin Hurwitz, First Man
Breakthrough Performer: [TIE] Elsie Fisher, Eight Grade AND Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
First Film: Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born

Las Vegas Film Critics Society
They were big fans of A Star is Born giving it four prizes plus an extra for Sam Elliott (Lifetime Achievement), but still went with Roma for the usuals (Film, Director, Cinematography)

Film: Roma
Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Actress: Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
Actor: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Supporting Actor: Sam Elliott, A Star is Born
Original Screenplay: A Quiet Place
Adapted Screenplay: Leave No Trace
Animated Feature: Isle of Dogs
Foreign Language Film: Roma
Documentary: Won't You be My Neighbor?
Score: Yorke, Suspiria
Song: "Shallow," A Star is Born
Cinematography: Cuarón, Roma
Costume Design: The Favourite
Art Direction: Isle of Dogs
Visual FX Ready Player One
Action Film: Mission Impossible
Comedy Film: Sorry to Bother You
Horror SciFi: A Quiet Place
Family Film: Mary Poppins Returns
Ensemble: Widows
Breakout Filmmaker: Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
Breakout Performance, Male: Ed Oxenbould, Wildlife
Breakout Performance, Female: Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Lifetime Achievement: Sam Elliott

Seattle Film Critics Society
One of the newest of the ever proliferating critics organizations across the country. They've been around since 2016 and have so far awarded Moonlight, Get Out, and Roma with their best picture prizes

Film: Roma
Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Actress: Toni Collette, Hereditary
Actor: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Supporting Actor: Richard E Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Screenplay: The Favourite
Animated Feature: Into the Spider-Verse
Foreign Language Film: Roma
Documentary: Free Solo
Score: Johannsson, Mandy
Cinematography: Cuarón, Roma
Costume Design: Carter, Black Panther
Production Design: Crombie, The Favourite
Visual FX Mission Impossible - Fallout
Youth Performance Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Villain of the Year Kilmonger (Michael B Jordan), Black Panther

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Reader Comments (27)

Still waiting for Glenn Close's long coronation to begin! Ha.

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterFaye

How did Ethan Hawke miss with SAG and Globes? Seems like he should be the frontrunner to win the Oscar.

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterReady

@Faye: Still waiting for you to get lost. Ha!

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBruno

Well said, Bruno. To watch regional critics pretend that Glenn Close didn't give one of the top 5 female performances of the season is just ridiculous.

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

@Peggy Sue: Thanks. Tough pre-season for Glenn, hopefully the Globes/SAGs/Oscars right the ship.

Overrated: Glenn Close not having a coronation run. Underrated: A Star Is Born not having a coronation run.

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBruno

She didn't though. But she doesn't need critics prizes, I'd contend.

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

I love that the awards are all over the place. It will make for a much more fun loving ceremony. I love all the choices. They deserve recognition.

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterrdf

Um...if someone's going to honestly suggest that Elsie Fisher's performance exceeds that of Glenn Close's, well, I may just have to not respond out of courtesy.

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBruno

Olivia Coleman is taking the Oscar. Can we stop pussyfooting around that fact?

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEli

Yay Boston - another Director prize for Lynne Ramsay. In an ideal world...

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSteve G

I speak the truth! Glenn has no narrative. Not a single acor is promoting her because the clear winner for evolution is Lady GaGa!

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterFaye

Lol what critic group didn't vote for Hawke? When was the last time the runaway critic's choice didn't get in?

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Regina King is cleaning house!

Also, I love when critics groups award totally unexpected films like The Hate You Give and the Spiderman movie.

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJJM

Critics awards don’t mean anything.
Rockwell Janney Oldman McDormand took the first televised awards and clean sweeper from there. At this time last year we were watching Dafoe MetCalfe Chalamet take major prizes.

December 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

While Hawke, King n Grant r dominating the critics prizes, it's interesting to see tt Queen Olivia n Toni Collette r rather evenly splitting the lion shares o critics wins between them! 😁

I agreed the Critics wins will only push the above mentioned five into possible nom. The critics r not exactly precursors to actual televised wins.

Last yr this time the same pattern had unfolded, Ronan/Hawkins, Chalamet, Metcalf n Dafoe dominated the critics wins n then Golden Globes changes their entire course.

December 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterClaran

I also feel like Olivia Colman might be the actual BA winner

- The Wife is evidently not getting a Best Picture nomination, and its box office continues to be very humble. Award-giving critics groups don't seem to love this performance.
- I think some academy members are going to be Gaga-resistant; also, Bohemian Rhapsody (mediocre as it is) steals a lot of A Star is Born's thunder.
- Mary Poppins Returns is not as loved by the critics as we were initially led to believe, so probably no Best Pic nomination here either.

I do think Close should win. It'll be utterly embarrassing if she doesn't. But I feel like Colman is the one whose chances are getting stronger by the hour.

December 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterYavor

Diversity is a good thing. Bravo to the regions. Where is Saint Louis???

December 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterForever1267

Right now I am thinking... Best picture nom...

The Locks
1. A Star is Born
2. BlackKklansman
3. Roma

The safe
4. Green Book

The likely but... can easily miss
5. The Favourite
6. If Beale Street could talk
7. Black Panther

The filler.
8. Bohemian Rhapsody
9. Vice
10. First Man
11. Mary Poppins Returns
12. First Reformed
13. Eight Grade
14. A Quiet Place
15. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

So I think 1-4 are in, then 3 out of the 5-8, and maybe 1-2 extra ones pending on if we have 8 or 9 nominees. Or even 7 only, which can happen. I think Bohemian Rhapsody is being underrated in its chances... it can miss but I can see it landing noms for Picture, Actor, both Sound cathegories, Make Up, Production Design, Film Editing and/or Cinematogfaphy... it's wildly loved by audiences, and guilds are closer to audiences than to critics.

December 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJesus Alonso

@Jesus Alonso: I think that's a smart list. I do get the feeling that Bohemian Rhapsody, though unworthy, will sneak into the BP nominees it's certainly popular enough with audiences). The other filler item I have a hunch will make it in is Vice.

December 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRob

@Yavor: It'd be hard for me to complain if Colman wins. Her performance is outstanding, as is Close's. The same if Collette somehow were to pull out a miracle. But if Lady Gaga beats those ladies, that would be something entirely another.

December 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBruno

Bruno;

Thank you.

Ramsey gets something, finally.

December 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Loved THE HATE U GIVE. Hope Amandla Stenberg gets that 5th spot in the Best Actress nominees shortlist. What an amazing performance!

December 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEd

http://www.stlfilmcritics.org/awards/

St. Louis nominations and winners. They did remember Charlize and Michael B. And Emily in their nominations.

December 18, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

I can't believe Ethan Hawke was not nominated for SAG or Golden Globes.

December 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRafe

^I know. It's been a horrible shock.

December 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterClaire D.

A24 needs to start campaigning HARD for Hawke. I fear Washington is going to take his spot for a - let's face it - average performance at best.

December 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R

@Jesus Alonso I more or less agree with you. While I enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody, I really would like to talk to anyone who puts it at #1 on their list. Well done and entertaining, but filled with clichés and lots of total fabrications.

December 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMark F.

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