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“Roma,” “A Star Is Born” lead winners at DC Film Critics awards

Alfonso Cuarón's semi-autobiographical film won Best Film and Best Director

Roma — Photo: Netflix

Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-biographical film Roma emerged triumphant from the 2018 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) Awards.

Voted on by 60 D.C-area film critics, including Metro Weekly‘s own André Hereford and Randy Shulman, Cuarón’s drama — based on his upbringing in Mexico City — took home four awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Cinematography for its “sweeping black-and-white lensing,” according to WAFCA.

Elsewhere, the teary musical drama A Star Is Born snagged the top acting honors, with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga winning for Best Actor and Best Actress.

Mahershala Ali, who won the Academy Award for his supporting role in gay coming-of-age drama Moonlight, was voted Best Supporting Actor for playing classical pianist Don Shirley in the period drama Green Book.

And speaking of Moonlight, its director Barry Jenkins saw two wins for his new film If Beale Street Could Talk — Best Supporting Actress for Regina King, and Best Original Score for Nicholas Britell.

The visually ravishing Isle of Dogs won Best Animated Feature and its star Bryan Cranston took home Best Voice Performance. Josh Brolin snagged the award for Best Motion Capture Performance for his rich portrayal of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, while Elsie Fisher was rewarded with Best Youth Performance for her compelling turn as young girl navigating middle school in Eighth Grade.

The Favourite’s Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman — Photo: Yorgos Lanthimos / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Yorgos Lanthimos’ lesbian-themed comedy-drama The Favourite — which is currently screening at Landmark Theatres — picked up the Best Acting Ensemble award, while Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the Melissa McCarthy-starring drama about lesbian author and forger Lee Israel, won Best Adapted Screenplay.

Scroll down for the full list of nominees (winners are in bold):

Photo: WAFCA

BEST FILM

The Favourite
Green Book
If Beale Street Could Talk
Roma
A Star Is Born

BEST DIRECTOR

Ryan Coogler (Black Panther)
Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)
Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)

BEST ACTOR

Christian Bale (Vice)
Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)
Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)

BEST ACTRESS

Glenn Close (The Wife)
Toni Collette (Hereditary)
Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)
Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
Timothée Chalamet (Beautiful Boy)
Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born)
Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Cynthia Erivo (Bad Times at the El Royale)
Nicole Kidman (Boy Erased)
Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Emma Stone (The Favourite)
Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Black Panther
The Favourite
If Beale Street Could Talk
Vice
Widows

BEST YOUTH PERFORMANCE

Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (Leave No Trace)
Milly Shapiro (Hereditary)
Millicent Simmonds (A Quiet Place)
Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give)

BEST VOICE PERFORMANCE

Bryan Cranston (Isle of Dogs)
Holly Hunter (Incredibles 2)
Shameik Moore (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
Sarah Silverman (Ralph Breaks the Internet)
Ben Whishaw (Paddington 2)

BEST MOTION CAPTURE PERFORMANCE

Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War)
Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Solo: A Star Wars Story)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade)
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (The Favourite)
Paul Schrader (First Reformed)
Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly (Green Book)
Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther)
Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters (A Star Is Born)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Free Solo
RBG
Science Fair
Three Identical Strangers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Burning
Capernaum
Cold War
Roma
Shoplifters

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Production Designer: Hannah Beachler; Set Decorator: Jay Hart (Black Panther)
Production Designer: Fiona Crombie; Set Decorator: Alice Felton (The Favourite)
Production Designer: Nathan Crowley; Set Decorator: Kathy Lucas (First Man)
Production Designer: John Myhre; Set Decorator: Gordon Sim (Mary Poppins Returns)
Production Designer: Eugenio Caballero; Set Decorator: Bárbara Enríquez (Roma)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Robbie Ryan, BSC (The Favourite)
Linus Sandgren, FSF (First Man)
James Laxton (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)
Matthew Libatique, ASC (A Star Is Born)

BEST EDITING

Yorgos Mavropsaridis, ACE (The Favourite)
Tom Cross, ACE (First Man)
Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough (Roma)
Jay Cassidy, ACE (A Star Is Born)
Joe Walker, ACE (Widows)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther)
Justin Hurwitz (First Man)
Nicholas Britell (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Thom Yorke (Suspiria)
Hans Zimmer (Widows)

THE JOE BARBER AWARD FOR BEST PORTRAYAL OF WASHINGTON, DC:

The Front Runner
RBG
Vice

Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's managing editor. He can be reached at rmarr@metroweekly.com.

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