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"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Roma Wins Big with Chicago Film Critics

At an awards dinner Saturday night, the Chicago Film Critics Association announced their picks for the best of 2018, awarding Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" with five prizes, three to Cuaron himself for Directing, Editing, and Cinematography. "First Reformed" walked off with two prizes, for acting and screenwriting. "The Favourite," "Hereditary," and "If Beale Street Could Talk" all won a pair as well. 

Best Picture: "Roma"
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (-) "Roma"
Best Actor: Ethan Hawke (-) "First Reformed"
Best Actress: Toni Collette (-) "Hereditary"
Best Supporting Actor: Richard E. Grant (-) "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"
Best Supporting Actress: Olivia Colman (-) "The Favourite"
Best Original Screenplay: Paul Schrader (-) "First Reformed"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins (-) "If Beale Street Could Talk"
Best Foreign Film: "Roma"
Best Documentary: "Minding the Gap"
Best Animated Film: "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"
Best Cinematography: "Roma" (-) Alfonso Cuaron
Best Editing: "Roma" (-) Alfonso Cuaron & Adam Gough
Best Art Direction/Production Design: "The Favourite"
Best Original Score: "If Beale Street Could Talk" (-) Nicholas Britell
Best Use of Visual Effects: "Annihilation"
Most Promising Filmmaker: Ari Aster (-) "Hereditary"
Most Promising Performer: Elsie Fisher (-) "Eighth Grade"

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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