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16th ICS Awards: ‘Zama’ tops with Best Picture, Director; ‘Hale County,’ Brian Tyree Henry pick up wins

Lucrecia Martel’s Zama

Better than a bandit’s ears. Zama, the brilliant satire of Spanish colonialism, captured four top prizes at this year’s ICS Awards, taking home best picture, best director for Argentinian maestro Lucrecia Martel, non-English language film, and lead actor for Daniel Giménez Cacho as the clueless corregidor.

Formed in 2003, the International Cinephile Society is an online group made up of approximately 110 accredited journalists, film scholars, historians and other industry professionals who cover film festivals and events on five continents. Led by ICS president Cédric Succivalli, each year the ICS honors the finest in American and international cinema.

In spread-the-wealth mode, voters bestowed only one or two awards each on a bevy of other outstanding films. Case in point, Lee Chang-dong’s Burning – despite its runner-up status in best picture and three other categories – finished with just one win for Lee and Oh Jung-mi’s tensely unnerving adapted screenplay. Meanwhile, First Reformed auteur Paul Schrader nabbed the original screenplay prize with his Bergman/Bresson-inspired tale of faith undone in the modern world.

Shoplifters’ multigenerational cast managed to form an entire family out of society’s rejects, while stealing our hearts and our ensemble award. Sakura Andô, in an emotionally stunning performance, tied for lead actress as a woman who must pit her maternal instinct against her survival instinct. And in a surprise twist, the other lead actress award went to the sensational Helena Howard for Madeline’s Madeline, as she fully immersed us in a young drama student’s mental turmoil.

Brian Tyree Henry, If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk won supporting actor for Brian Tyree Henry’s wrenching monologue on the jail trauma of an unjustly accused man, while composer Nicholas Britell, with his warm jazz score, persuaded us to trust love all the way. And Rachel Weisz, playing wily politician Lady Sarah in The Favourite, schemed her way to the supporting actress trophy against formidable opposition.

RaMell Ross’s Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Innovative filmmaker RaMell Ross earned two awards, for best documentary and film editing, with his lyrical journey into the lives and community of Hale County This Morning, This Evening. Previous ICS winner Wes Anderson charmed us again with those shaggy ex-pet-riates from the top animated film, Isle of Dogs. Alfonso Cuarón’s panoramic, light-infused street scenes earned Roma the cinematography prize. Finally, production designer Astrid Tonnelier metamorphosed a surreal island setting into a well-deserved win for The Wild Boys.

In addition to award winners for the previous year announced each February, the ICS revealed a Top 100 Films of the 1990s in the first half of 2010. ICS has been accredited at the Festival de Cannes in 2010-2018, and also covers a number of other film festivals including Berlin, Toronto, New York, Vancouver, Rome, Venice, San Sebastian, San Francisco, AFI, Seattle, Rotterdam and TCM.

Here is the full list of winners and runners-up for the 16th International Cinephile Society (ICS) awards.

PICTURE
01.  Zama
02.  Burning
03.  Roma
04.  The Wild Boys
05.  Shoplifters
06.  The Rider
07.  A Bread Factory
07.  If Beale Street Could Talk
09.  Madeline’s Madeline
10.  First Reformed
11.  The Favourite
12.  The Other Side of the Wind

DIRECTOR
Lucrecia Martel – Zama
runner-up:  Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
01.  Zama
02.  Burning
03.  Roma
04.  The Wild Boys
05.  Shoplifters
06.  A Paris Education
07.  Happy as Lazzaro
08.  Western
09.  Sicilian Ghost Story
10.  Cold War

Honorable Mentions: The Day After, Lover for a Day, 24 Frames, Let the Sunshine In, Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc, On Body and Soul, Claire’s Camera, Border, Museo, Mrs. Hyde.

ACTOR
Daniel Giménez Cacho – Zama
runner-up:  Ethan Hawke – First Reformed

ACTRESS
Sakura Andô – Shoplifters (tie)
Helena Howard – Madeline’s Madeline (tie)

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Brian Tyree Henry – If Beale Street Could Talk
runner-up:  Steven Yeun – Burning

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite
runner-up:  Lola Dueñas – Zama

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
First Reformed – Paul Schrader
runner-up:  Shoplifters – Hirokazu Kore-eda

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Burning – Oh Jung-mi, Lee Chang-dong
runner-up:  Zama – Lucrecia Martel

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
runner-up:  Zama – Rui Poças

EDITING
Hale County This Morning, This Evening – RaMell Ross
runner-up:  The Other Side of the Wind – Bob Murawski, Orson Welles

PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Wild Boys – Astrid Tonnelier
runner-up:  Zama – Renata Pinheiro

SCORE
If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
runner-up:  Burning – Mowg

ENSEMBLE
Shoplifters
runner-up:  A Paris Education

ANIMATED FILM
Isle of Dogs
runner-up:  Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

DOCUMENTARY
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
runner-up:  Minding the Gap

BEST PICTURE NOT RELEASED IN 2018
• 3 Faces
• Asako I & II
• Ash is Purest White
• Birds of Passage
• Climax
• Diamantino
• Diane
• Dogman
• An Elephant Sitting Still
• Grass
• High Life
• The Image Book
• Joy
• Knife + Heart
• La Flor
• Leto
• Long Day’s Journey Into Night
• Manta Ray
• Memories of My Body
• Ray & Liz
• Real Love
• Rojo
• Transit
• What You Gonna Do When the World’s On Fire?
• The Wild Pear Tree

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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