Detroit Film Critics Society Award Nominations 2018

As individual cities begin weighing in with their individual critics’ awards, I will continue my tradition of updating you on the critical body nearest and dearest to my heart, the Detroit Film Critics Society. Not only does Detroit have the distinction of being my hometown, but the branch has the unique distinction of somehow lining up with my own personal preferences every damn year (like James Franco in The Disaster Artist, or Her for Best Picture). And that tradition has continued here, as several of my top films of the year appear here (including four current Top Ten contenders!).

Obviously the big news of the nominations is the absolute domination of Eighth Grade. Bo Burnham’s little indie film that could has earned eight nominations, including Best Picture. The film also earned unsurprising nominations in Best Director and Screenplay for Burnham and Best Actress for star Elsie Fisher, a slightly surprising double nomination in Breakthrough Performer for Burnham as director and Fisher as actress, and a wonderful surprise in Best Supporting Actor as Josh Hamilton earns a nomination for his awkwardly loving dad. I am in love with all of these nominations, and I am excited to see if this film can earn a major nomination to kick off the season. Meanwhile, one of my other favorite films of the year found itself nominated: First Reformed, which found itself nominated for Picture, Director/Screenplay for Paul Schrader, and an unsurprising nomination for Ethan Hawke. The film has really been racking up nominations this season, and I wouldn’t be surprised at this point to see it sneak into the Oscar race. Critical darling Roma managed to walk away with three nominations, for Picture, Director for Alfonso Cuarón, and Ensemble, while Green Book managed to walk away with four nominations, for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, Best Screenplay, and Best Use of Music. Overall, this is a fairly unsurprising list so far, with most of these films already earning several nominations and awards early on. However, one of the biggest surprises of the list comes in Best Picture: while several films in Oscar contention appear on this list, and earn several nominations (more on these films in a minute), the fifth Best Picture nomination served as its film’s only nomination. Thankfully, that film was A Quiet Place, yet another film currently in my Top Ten for the year, and a film that has not earned the due it deserves. Overall, this serves to make up a great list of Best Picture nominees.

Meanwhile, outside of Eighth Grade, several other films racked up hefty nominations. Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born was nominated in six categories, including Best Director, Best Actor and Actress for Cooper and Lady Gaga, Best Breakthrough for Gaga, and Best Use of Music. Furthermore, The Favourite and Vice both earned five nominations each: The Favourite earning nominations for Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz as well as Best Ensemble and Best Screenplay, while Vice earned Best Actor and Supporting Actress for Christian Bale and Amy Adams, as well as Best Director/Screenplay for Adam McKay and Best Ensemble for the team. And then there are a few nominations that made me happy on a personal level, like the love for Mandy and Mary Poppins Returns’ scores, as well as John David Washington’s remarkable and badass turn in BlacKkKlansman. However, I’d argue the coolest wins came for films that didn’t expect to find love, and likely won’t find love later in the season. The first example of this comes for Jesse Plemons for his scene-stealing turn in Game Night. I was lukewarm on the comedy overall, but a lot of critics and audiences loved this film, and a major reason for that is Plemons’ performance as a lonely, creepy next-door neighbor who just wants to play board games with his friends. The other great nominations come in Breakthrough Performance, where Boots Riley, Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs earned nominations for their little indie films that could – Sorry To Bother You for Riley, Blindspotting for Casal and Diggs (who write and star in the film). Both are excellent films, and I’m glad the Detroit Film Critics didn’t forget them.

You can see the full list of nominees below, and I will be reporting back later tonight or tomorrow morning when the winners are announced!

Best Picture

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

Best Director

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

Best Actor

  • Christian Bale – Vice
  • Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
  • Ethan Hawke – First Reformed
  • 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

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

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Ensemble

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

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

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

Best Documentary

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

Best Animated Film

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

Best Use of Music

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

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