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‘Beale Street,’ ‘The Favourite’ lead Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) nominations

If Beale Street Could Talk from Barry Jenkins and The Favourite from Yorgos Lanthimos lead the Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) nomination with 8 apiece, including Best Film and Best Director while Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA comes in with six.

Blindspotting and Suspiria rounded out the Best Film nominees. Both films only earned one other mention apiece – Best First Film and Best Original Score, respectively. Alternately, Best Director found room for two female directors – Debra Granik (Leave No Trace) and Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here) – each as one of only two noms for their films as well.

They are the first group to snub Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) but include Bradley Cooper in their acting lineup. Instead, they went for Toni Collette (Hereditary), Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Regina Hall (Support the Girls) and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?). Overall, A Star Is Born only earned two nominations: Best Actor and Best First Film (both for Cooper).

Brian Tyree Henry was a double nominee, earning mentions in Supporting Actor (for If Beale Street Could Talk) as well as Breakthrough Artist for his 2018 body of work that also includes Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Widows. Supporting Actor also included Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther), Steven Yeun (Burning) and double Grants – Hugh (Paddington 2) and Richard (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), leaving high profile names like Mahershala Ali, Timothée Chalamet and Sam Elliott out.

The group also includes categories for Stunts and Motion Capture performances.

Here is the full list of nominations. Winners will be announced Monday, January 7, 2019.

BEST FILM

Blindspotting
The Favourite
If Beale Street Could Talk
ROMA
Suspiria

BEST DIRECTOR

Alfonso Cuarón – ROMA
Debra Granik – Leave No Trace
Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
Lynne Ramsay – You Were Never Really Here

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

Toni Collette – Hereditary
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
Regina Hall – Support the Girls
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther
Hugh Grant – Paddington 2
Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Brian Tyree Henry – If Beale Street Could Talk
Steven Yeun – Burning

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams – Vice
Claire Foy – First Man
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

BlacKkKlansman
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
The Death of Stalin
If Beale Street Could Talk
Leave No Trace

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Eighth Grade
The Favourite
First Reformed
ROMA
Sorry to Bother You

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Annihilation
First Man
If Beale Street Could Talk
Mandy
Suspiria

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Burning
The Favourite
First Man
If Beale Street Could Talk
ROMA

BEST ANIMATED FILM

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

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Free Solo
Minding the Gap
RBG
Shirkers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Burning
Cold War
The Guilty
ROMA
Shoplifters

BEST FIRST FILM

Blindspotting
Eighth Grade
Hereditary
Sorry to Bother You
A Star Is Born

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

Yalitza Aparicio, ROMA
Jim Cummings – Thunder Road
Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
Brian Tyree Henry – If Beale Street Could Talk, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Widows
Boots Riley – Sorry to Bother You

BEST ENSEMBLE

Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
Crazy Rich Asians
The Favourite
Widows

BEST MOTION CAPTURE/SPECIAL EFFECTS PERFORMANCE

Josh Brolin, Avengers: Infinity War
Sonoya Mizuno, Annihilation
Shameik Moore, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Solo: A Star Wars Story
Ben Whishaw, Paddington 2

BEST STUNTS

Black Panther
Mandy
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
The Night Comes for Us
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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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