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:
The Favourite
First Reformed
If Beale Street Could Talk – **WINNER**
Leave No Trace
Minding the Gap
Paddington 2


Best Foreign Film:
• Border (Gräns) – Sweden
• Burning (Beoning) – South Korea – **WINNER** (TIE)
• Cold War (Zimna wojna) – Poland
• Roma – Mexico – **WINNER** (TIE)
• Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) – Japan

Best Animated Film:
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – **WINNER**
Teen Titans GO! to the Movies

Best Documentary:
Free Solo
• Minding the Gap – **WINNER**
• Shirkers
Three Identical Strangers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor

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:
• Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
• Daveed Diggs (Blindspotting)
• Ethan Hawke (First Reformed) – **WINNER**
• Joaquin Phoenix (You Were Never Really Here)
• Charlie Plummer (Lean on Pete)
• John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman)

Lead Actress:
• Yalitza Aparicio (Roma) – **WINNER**
• Glenn Close (The Wife)
• Toni Collette (Hereditary)
• Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)
• Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)
• Carey Mulligan (Wildlife)

Supporting Actor:
• Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
• Hugh Grant (Paddington 2)
• Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
• Russell Hornsby (The Hate U Give)
• Steven Yeun (Burning) – **WINNER**

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 (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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