2018 Detroit Film Critics Society Winners

As I stated yesterday, the Detroit Film Critics Society has returned its ballots for the best of 2018, and while the results are light on surprises, it is still a sign of the show’s willingness to take chances and be bold in its voting.

To the surprise of no one who viewed the nominations this weekend, the critics have voted Eighth Grade the Best Film of 2018. The wonderfully scrappy little underdog also received awards for writer/director Bo Burnham for Breakthrough Performer, while Josh Hamilton pulled off the surprising upset for Best Supporting Actor. Also receiving love was Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic Vice, which pulled off the surprising victory in Best Director, the unsurprising victory in Best Ensemble, and strangely tied with Green Book for Best Screenplay. As for the acting races, outside of Hamilton’s win in Supporting Actor, Detroit seems to have made an effort to join the collective critics in anointing the favorites in their hopes of Oscar nominations: Ethan Hawke won for Best Actor, Toni Collette won for Best Actress, and Regina King won for Best Supporting Actress. King is already the frontrunner for the Oscar, and Collette’s win here is nice for her campaign, but the real victory here is for Ethan Hawke. Based on the way he has racked up nominations and wins all year, I’d be hard pressed to say he won’t get nominated by the Academy next month. Hell, with Mortensen, Cooper, and Bale all battling it out for the award, don’t be surprised if Hawke slowly sneaks his way to the front of the pack. In the other categories, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse continues celebrating its coming-out party with a win in animation, the terrific Three Identical Strangers wins Best Documentary, and A Star Is Born unsurprisingly wins Best Use of Music. Overall, it’s a pretty great list, and you can see that full list below.

Best Picture

  • Eighth Grade
  • A Quiet Place
  • First Reformed
  • Green Book
  • Roma

Best Director

  • Adam McKay – Vice
  • Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade
  • Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
  • Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
  • Paul Schrader – First Reformed

Best Actor

  • Ethan Hawke – First Reformed
  • Christian Bale – Vice
  • Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
  • Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman 

Best Actress

  • Toni Collette – Hereditary
  • Olivia Colman – The Favourite
  • Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
  • Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Supporting Actor

  • Josh Hamilton – Eighth Grade
  • Mahershala Ali – Green Book
  • Sam Elliott – A Star Is Born
  • Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Jesse Plemons – Game Night 

Best Supporting Actress

  • Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Amy Adams – Vice
  • Thomasin McKenzie – Leave No Trace
  • Emma Stone – The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz – The Favourite 

Best Ensemble

  • Vice
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Eighth Grade
  • The Favourite
  • Roma

Breakthrough Performance

  • Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade
  • Rafael Casal & Daveed Diggs – Blindspotting
  • Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
  • Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
  • Boots Riley – Sorry To Bother You 

Best Screenplay

  • Green Book – Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, & Nick Vallelonga
  • Vice – Adam McKay
  • Eighth Grade – Bo Burnham
  • The Favourite – Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara
  • First Reformed – Paul Schrader

Best Documentary

  • Three Identical Strangers
  • Free Solo
  • RBG
  • Whitney
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Best Animated Film

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • The Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Smallfoot

Best Use of Music

  • A Star Is Born
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Green Book
  • Mandy
  • Mary Poppins Returns

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