The results of this year’s New York Film Critics Circle are in, and the organization has chosen director Alfonso Cuarón’s Netflix/Participant Media feature ROMA as its Best Film of 2018. Recently, Cuarón’s emotionally-charged drama which chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s earned a Golden Lion win at the Venice Film Festival, and even landed a spot on the National Board of Reviews top films of the year list.
In the past, the NYFCC has awarded a diverse group of films with their coveted Best Film prize, including last year’s LADY BIRD from director Greta Gerwig, followed by LA LA LAND in 2016, CAROL (2015), BOYHOOD (2014), THE ARTIST (2011), THE HURT LOCKER (2009) and MILK (2008). Among this year’s winners for excellence in film was director Bo Burham’s EIGHTH GRADE, which had earned itself a Best First Film win. Another major feather meant for cinema’s cap was given to Paul Schrader’s FIRST REFORMED, which had walked away from the ceremony with a pair of wins for both the categories of Best Screenplay and Best Actor for Ethan Hawke. Meanwhile, Regina Hall snagged herself the award for Best Actress thanks to ger powerhouse performance in director Andrew Bujalski’s SUPPORT THE GIRLS from Magnolia Pictures.
You’ll find a full list of this year’s winners of the NYFCC Awards below:
Best Film: Roma (Netflix)
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma (Netflix)
Best First Film: Eighth Grade, dir. Bo Burnham (A24)
Best Actor: Ethan Hawke for First Reformed (A24)
Best Actress: Best Actress, Regina Hall, Support the Girls (Magnolia Pictures)
Best Supporting Actor: Richard E. Grant for Fox Searchlight’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox Searchlight)
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna)
Best Screenplay: First Reformed (Paul Schrader) (A24)
Best Cinematography: Roma, Alfonso Cuaron (Netflix)
Best Foreign Language Film: Cold War (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski) (Amazon)
Best Documentary: Minding the Gap (dir. Bing Liu)
Best Animated Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (dirs. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman)
Special Awards: David Schwartz, Chief Film Curator at Museum of the Moving Image (who will be stepping down after 33 years) and Kino Classics Box Set “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers.