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Washington DC critics go for ‘ROMA,’ Cooper and Gaga are Best Actor and Actress

‘The Favourite’ and ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ also earn double wins

ROMA triumphed with four wins when The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced their top honorees for 2018 this morning. A poignantly observed, Mexico-set period drama dedicated to director Alfonso Cuarón’s real-life childhood nanny, ROMA won Best Film and Best Director, as well as Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography for its sweeping black-and-white lensing.

WAFCA awarded Best Actor to Bradley Cooper and Best Actress to Lady Gaga for their transformative turns in star-crossed musical love story A Star Is Born. Cooper also made his directorial debut with this acclaimed modern remake. Best Supporting Actor was awarded to Mahershala Ali, starring as classical pianist Don Shirley in Peter Farrelly’s socially conscious comedy-drama Green Book. Best Supporting Actress went to Regina King, touching as a mother seeking justice for her pregnant daughter’s wrongfully incarcerated beau in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk.

Best Acting Ensemble accolades were awarded to Yorgos Lanthimos’ 18th-century historical satire The Favourite, co-starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne and Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone as cutthroat cousins vying for their royal highness’ affections. The Favourite additionally took home Best Original Screenplay honors for Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara’s sharp-tongued writing.

For their enthralling adaptation of author Lee Israel’s acclaimed 2008 memoir, Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty earned the Best Adapted Screenplay award for Can You Ever Forgive Me? Melissa McCarthy stars in the film as Israel, a hard-drinking, down-on-her-luck writer who discovers a potentially lucrative—and criminal—way to make money: forging and selling letters from deceased authors and playwrights.

Here is the full list of winners.

Best Film
ROMA

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón (ROMA)

Best Actor
Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)

Best Actress
Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali (Green Book)

Best Supporting Actress
Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)

Best Acting Ensemble
The Favourite

Best Youth Performance
Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)

Best Voice Performance
Bryan Cranston (Isle of Dogs)

Best Motion Capture Performance
Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War)

Best Original Screenplay
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (The Favourite)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Best Animated Feature
Isle of Dogs

Best Documentary
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Best Foreign Language Film
ROMA

Best Production Design
Production Designer: Hannah Beachler; Set Decorator: Jay Hart (Black Panther)

Best Cinematography
Alfonso Cuarón (ROMA)

Best Editing
Tom Cross, ACE (First Man)

Best Original Score
Nicholas Britell (If Beale Street Could Talk)

The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC
Vice


The 2018 WAFCA AWARD NOMINEES WERE:

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

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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