Roma named Best Picture by Chicago Film Critics Association

Alfonso Cuaron's autobiographical drama conquers the critics circle's year-end awards

Roma (Netflix)
Roma (Netflix)

    On Saturday night, the Chicago Film Critics Association announced their winners for its year-end awards.

    Alfonso Cuaron’s autobiographical Roma, which received the most nominations from the group with nine, won a whopping total of five awards, including Best Picture, Best Foreign Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing.

    The Favourite, First Reformed, Hereditary, and If Beale Street Could Talk all took home two awards each. The Favourite won Best Supporting Actress for Olivia Colman and Art Direction/Set Direction, while First Reformed nabbed Best Original Screenplay for Paul Schrader and Best Actor for Ethan Hawke.


    Hereditary walked away with Best Actress for Toni Collette and Most Promising Filmmaker for Ari Aster, while If Beale Street Could Talk won Best Adapted Screenplay for Barry Jenkins as well as Best Original Score prize for Nicholas Britell.

    Other notable wins include Minding the Gap for Best Documentary, Eighth Grade‘s Elsie Fisher for Most Promising Performer, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse winning Best Animated Film.

    Sadly, Paddington 2 went home empty-handed.

    It should be noted that Editor-in-Chief Michael Roffman, Film Editor Dominick Suzanne-Mayer, Associate Editor Allison Shoemaker, and senior writers Blake Goble and Clint Worthington are all voting members of the CFCA.


    Consult the full list of winners below.

    Best Picture:
    The Favourite
    First Reformed
    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 Original Screenplay:
    Eighth Grade
    The Favourite
    First Reformed

    Best Adapted Screenplay:
    Can You Ever Forgive Me?
    The Death of Stalin
    If Beale Street Could Talk
    A Star is Born


    Best Foreign Language Film:
    Cold War

    Best Documentary:
    Free Solo
    Minding the Gap
    Three Identical Strangers
    Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

    Best Animated Feature:
    The Incredibles 2
    Isle of Dogs
    Ralph Breaks the Internet
    Ruben Brandt: Collector
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

    Best Art Direction and Production Design:
    Black Panther
    The Favourite
    Paddington 2

    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
    You Were Never Really Here

    Best Original Score:
    Justin Hurwitz – First Man
    Nicholas Britell – If Beale Street Could Talk
    Jóhann Jóhannsson – Mandy
    Thom Yorke – Suspiria
    Jonny Greenwood – You Were Never Really Here

    Best Use of Visual Effects:
    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

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