AWARDS: Our 2018 Winners


The ballots have been counted for the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association’s inaugural end-of-year Film Awards. We’ve chosen the below films as our collective favorites after engaging in a weighted scale voting process for Best Picture and fourteen other major categories. (Foreign Film ended in a tie as a result of the votes for both titles being identical across all tie-breakers.) Potential titles/artists were restricted to those films released theatrically in the United States during the 2018 calendar year.

Leading the way is IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (5 wins) and ROMA (4 wins).

The 2018 GWNYFCA Film Awards WINNERS:

Best Picture:


Best Foreign Film:

  • Border (Sweden)
  • Burning (South Korea) – **WINNER** (TIE)
  • Cold War (Poland)
  • Roma (Mexico) – **WINNER** (TIE)
  • Shoplifters (Japan)

Best Animated Film:

Best Documentary:

Best Director:

  • Lee Chang-dong, Burning
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Debra Granik, Leave No Trace
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk – **WINNER**
  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Paul Schrader, First Reformed

Lead Actor:

Lead Actress:

Supporting Actor:

Supporting Actress:

  • Nicole Kidman, Boy Erased
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk – **WINNER**
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite
  • Tilda Swinton, Suspiria
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
  • Michelle Yeoh, Crazy Rich Asians

Original Screenplay:

  • Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
  • Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara, The Favourite
  • Paul Schrader, First Reformed
  • Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski (story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck), A Quiet Place
  • Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You – **WINNER**

Adapted Screenplay:

  • Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Jungmi Oh & Chang-dong Lee, Burning
  • Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk – **WINNER**
  • Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, A Star Is Born
  • Gillian Flynn & Steve McQueen, Widows

Best Cinematography:

  • Lukasz Zal, Cold War
  • Linus Sandgren, First Man
  • James Laxton, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma – **WINNER**
  • Matthew Libatique, A Star Is Born

Best Editing:

  • Tom Cross, First Man
  • Joi McMillon & Nat Sanders, If Beale Street Could Talk – **WINNER**
  • Joshua Altman & Bing Liu, Minding the Gap
  • Jay Cassidy, A Star Is Born
  • Joe Walker, Widows

Best Debut Performance:

  • Yalitza Aparicio, Roma – **WINNER**
  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
  • Helena Howard, Madeline’s Madeline
  • Brady Jandreau, The Rider
  • Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace

Best Debut Director:

  • Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
  • Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
  • Paul Dano, Wildlife
  • Bing Liu, Minding the Gap
  • Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You – **WINNER**


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