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.
A Star is Born
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 SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Elizabeth Debicki, Widows
Zoe Kazan, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
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 ANIMATED FEATURE
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Ruben Brandt: Collector
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
Minding the Gap
Three Identical Strangers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BEST ART DIRECTION
The Other Side of the Wind
You Were Never Really Here
BEST USE OF VISUAL EFFECTS
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Note: Brian Tallerico is the President of the CFCA, and Chaz Ebert, Nick Allen, Matt Fagerholm, Peter Sobczynski, Collin Souter and Mark Dujsik are members.