‘Roma’ Tops The 2018 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

Well, it looks the critics have made up their minds for the best film of the year, as the Los Angeles Film Critics Association has unsurprisingly chosen to name Roma the best film of the year.

That’s right, Roma has taken home yet another critics award, winning Best Picture and Best Cinematography, as well as taking home the runner-up prizes in Best Director and Best Editing (all of these titles go to the auteur behind the scenes Alfonso Cuarón). It seems like foreign language films were on L.A.’s mind this year, as the Korean hit Burning followed closely behind, winning Best Foreign Language Film and Best Supporting Actor for Steven Yeun, as well as earning the runner-up prize for Best Picture. As for the other major Oscar contenders – If Beale Street Could Talk and The Favourite, both films managed to find varying degrees of success. Barry JenkinsBeale Street managed to win two awards, for Best Music Score and Best Supporting Actress for Regina King, as well as a runner-up award in Cinematography, while Yorgos LanthimosThe Favourite won Best Actress for Olivia Colman, and earned runner-up mentions in Screenplay and Production Design. Of course, the biggest surprise of the night was the love for the mostly-forgotten (unjustly so, I might add) indie film Leave No Trace and the beloved documentary Minding the Gap. Trace managed to shake up the fairly male-oriented Best Director field with a win for Debra Granik, while Ben Foster earned a runner-up prize for Best Actor. Meanwhile, Minding surprisingly only earned the runner-up prize in Documentary (losing to Shirkers), but toppled Roma in Best Editing. As we turn our attentions to Best Actor, it is clear that Ethan Hawke is as beloved an acting contender as Roma is a film contender. And there was even room for a few surprises – Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Debicki each earned runner-up prizes for their highly deserving genre performances. Grant appears in Best Supporting Actor for Paddington 2, while Debicki appears in Best Supporting Actress for Widows. Overall, these nominations aren’t that surprising, but I will say it is weird to not see A Star Is Born appear anywhere on this list. L.A. tends to like films about the industry, and considering the film is supposed to be a major contender, its absence here stands out like a sore thumb. I’m wondering if this is a sign of things to come.

I will be taking these awards into account as I work towards posting my full Oscar predictions later this week. At the moment, I will comment on the fact that Roma is building towards becoming the first Best Picture nominee from Netflix, First Reformed is a real contender, and Beale Street and The Favourite are major contenders for the top prize. You can see the full list of winners below.

Best Picture: Roma
        Runner Up: Burning

Best Director: Debra Granik – Leave No Trace
        Runner Up: Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

Best Actor: Ethan Hawke – First Reformed
        Runner Up: Ben Foster – Leave No Trace

Best Actress: Olivia Colman – The Favourite
        Runner Up: Toni Collette – Hereditary

Best Supporting Actor: Steven Yeun – Burning
        Runner Up: Hugh Grant – Paddington 2

Best Supporting Actress: Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
        Runner Up: Elizabeth Debicki – Widows

Best Screenplay: Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)
        Runner Up: The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)

Best Editing: Minding the Gap (Joshua Altman and Bing Liu)
        Runner Up: Roma (Alfonso Cuarón and Adam Gough)

Best Cinematography: Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)
        Runner Up: If Beale Street Could Talk (James Laxton)

Best Production Design: Black Panther (Hannah Beachler)
        Runner Up: The Favourite (Fiona Crombie)

Best Music Score: If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell)
        Runner Up: First Man (Justin Hurwitz)

Best Foreign Language Film: Burning AND Shoplifters (TIE)

Best Documentary/Non Fiction Film: Shirkers
        Runner Up: Minding the Gap

Best Animation: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
        Runner Up: The Incredibles 2

Career Achievement Award: Hayao Miyazaki

Douglas Edwards Experimental Film Award: The Green Fog (Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, and Guy Maddin)

New Generation Prize: Chloe Zhao

Special Citation: The Other Side of the Wind

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