Film News: Chicago Film Critics Best Film of 2018 is ‘Roma’

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CHICAGO – The personal, emotional essence of Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” – a memory film set in the Mexico City neighborhood in the early 1970s – took home the Best Picture honor at the 2018 Chicago Film Critics Association annual dinner. “Roma” also was honored as Best Foreign Film, Director, Cinematography and Editing.

Other major awards included the Best Supporting Actress for Olivia Coleman in “The Favourite,” as the insecure Queen Anne caught between two ladies in waiting. Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” had Ethan Hawke taking Best Actor honors as a guilt-plagued preacher. Toni Collette, as a horrified mother in a collapsing family dynamic, was Best Actress for “Hereditary,” and Richard E. Grant was honored as Best Supporting Actor for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” as a partner in crime.

‘Roma’ is the CFCA Best Picture
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Other honors bestowed were Best Animated Feature for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and the young actress Elsie Fisher getting Most Promising Performer in her heartful role as the title student of “Eighth Grade.” A notable Chicago produced doc, “Minding the Gap,” directed by Bing Liu for the local Kartemquin Films, was honored as Best Documentary of 2018. The dinner also included the announcement of the upcoming Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, from May 17th through 23rd, 2019.

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) is an organization that oversees many events in the Chicagoland area, including the Chicago Film Critics Awards, the Chicago Critics Film Festival and various film discussions and events around the city and surrounding suburbs. The CFCA Awardees for the best of 2018 films are…

StarBest Picture

StarBest Director
Alfonso Cuarón (-) Roma

StarBest Actress
Toni Collette (-) Hereditary

StarBest Actor
Ethan Hawke (-) First Reformed

StarBest Supporting Actress
Olivia Colman (-) The Favourite

StarBest Supporting Actor
Richard E. Grant (-) Can You Ever Forgive Me?

StarBest Original Screenplay
Paul Schrader (-) First Reformed

StarBest Adapted Screenplay
Barry Jenkins (-) If Beale Street Could Talk

StarBest Foreign Language Film

StarBest Documentary
Minding the Gap

StarBest Animated Feature
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

StarBest Art Direction/Production Design
The Favourite

StarBest Cinematography
Roma (-) Alfonso Cuarón

StarBest Use of Visual Effects

StarBest Editing
Roma (-) Alfonso Cuarón & Adam Gough

StarBest Original Score
If Beale Street Could Talk (-) Nicholas Britell

StarMost Promising Performer
Elsie Fisher (-) Eighth Grade

StarMost Promising Filmmaker
Ari Aster (-) Hereditary

For more information about the 2018 Awardees, the upcoming 2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival and the CFCA, click here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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