Chicago Film Critics Association announces 2018 nominees

Roma, First Reformed, A Star is Born, and The Favourite dominate this year's selections


    The Chicago Film Critics Association announced its 2018 nominees for its year-end awards this morning, and as usual, there’s an eclectic spread of awards season favorites and interesting surprises to be found.

    The expected: Alfonso Cuaron’s period drama Roma is nominated in nearly every major category in which its eligible. Likewise, A Star is Born has broken ahead of the pack once again, with top noms for the film, Bradley Cooper as director, and both leads. The Favourite continues to draw strong attention (despite a snub for Emma Stone under Best Actress), nominated likewise for the top prize.

    The less expected: HAIL PAIMON. Ari Aster’s horror breakout Hereditary picked up nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress (Toni Collette). First Reformed likewise garnered nominations for Picture, Actor (Ethan Hawke), and Director (Paul Schrader).


    Elsewhere, Original Score sees Jonny Greenwood and Thom Yorke picking up nominations, along with the late Jóhann Jóhannsson for Mandy. Paddington 2 picked up a pair of nominations, because Chicago holds the proper amount of respect for the good Peruvian bear.

    The winners will be announced through the CFCA on the evening of December 8th. 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 nominees 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