This is rare, nuanced storytelling, anchored by one of Brad Pitt’s career-best performances and remarkable technical elements on every level. It’s a special film.
The Chicago Film Critics Association announced their nominees for the best of 2018 this morning, and Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” led the contenders with nine nominations, including picks for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. Not far behind were Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star is Born,” both of which landed seven nods, including ones for Picture and Director. Both films also earned a pair of acting nominations for Olivia Colman & Rachel Weisz and Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga, respectively.
Some of the usual contenders who have popped up during awards season reappeared for Chicago—Ethan Hawke, Melissa McCarthy, Regina King—but the group made a few unexpected choices too, including Steven Yeun for “Burning,” Zoe Kazan for “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” and Joaquin Phoenix for “You Were Never Really Here,” which also landed nominations for Best Editing, Best Original Score, and Best Director for Lynne Ramsay.
All in all, 42 films were nominated across 18 categories, indicating a variety of great movies to choose from in 2018. The winners will be announced tomorrow night, December 8th, live from the CFCA Awards Dinner.
Bradley Cooper, "A Star is Born"
Alfonso Cuaron, "Roma"
Yorgos Lanthimos, "The Favourite"
Lynne Ramsay, "You Were Never Really Here"
Paul Schrader, "First Reformed"
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
"BlacKkKlansman" by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee
"Can You Ever Forgive Me?" by Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty
"The Death of Stalin" by Armando Iannucci, David Schneider & Ian Martin
"If Beale Street Could Talk" by Barry Jenkins
"A Star is Born" by Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"The Other Side of the Wind"
"You Were Never Really Here"
BEST USE OF VISUAL EFFECTS
"Mission: Impossible - Fallout"
MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Yalitza Aparicio, "Roma"
Elsie Fisher, "Eighth Grade"
Lady Gaga, "A Star is Born"
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, "Leave No Trace"
John David Washington, "BlacKkKlansman" & "Monsters and Men"
Note: Brian Tallerico is the President of the CFCA, and Chaz Ebert, Nick Allen, Matt Fagerholm, Allison Shoemaker, Peter Sobczynski, Collin Souter and Mark Dujsik are members.
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