Roma, The Favourite, A Star is Born Lead Chicago Film Critics Nominees

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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.

BEST PICTURE
The Favourite
First Reformed
Hereditary
Roma
A Star is Born

BEST DIRECTOR
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 ACTOR
Christian Bale, Vice 
Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
Ethan Hawke, First Reformed 
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here 

BEST ACTRESS
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Toni Collette, Hereditary 
Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
Regina Hall, Support the Girls
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me? 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali, Green Book 
Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy 
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
Steven Yeun, Burning

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 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Eighth Grade by Bo Burnham
The Favourite by Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara
First Reformed by Paul Schrader
Roma by Alfonso Cuaron
Vice by Adam McKay

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Ruben Brandt: Collector
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Free Solo
Minding the Gap
RBG
Three Identical Strangers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Burning
Capernaum
Cold War
Roma
Shoplifters

BEST ART DIRECTION
Annihilation
Black Panther
The Favourite 
Paddington 2
Roma 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Cold War – Lukasz Zal
The Favourite – Robbie Ryan 
First Man – Linus Sandgren
If Beale Street Could Talk – James Laxton
Roma – Alfonso Cuaron

BEST EDITING
First Man
The Other Side of the Wind
Roma 
Widows
You Were Never Really Here

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
First Man – Justin Hurwitz
If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
Mandy – Johan Johannson
Suspiria – Thom Yorke
You Were Never Really Here – Jonny Greenwood

BEST USE OF VISUAL EFFECTS
Annihilation 
Black Panther
First Man
Mission: Impossible – Fallout 
Paddington 2

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER
Ari Aster, Hereditary
Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
Bing Liu, Minding the Gap
Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You

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, Peter Sobczynski, Collin Souter and Mark Dujsik are members. 

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