Florida Film Critics Circle announces year-end nominees; here’s my ballot

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The Florida Film Critics Circle released its nominations for 2018’s best films and performances of the year on Wednesday. Coming out on top was The Favourite with nine nominations. You can see the final ballot we are voting on here.

As chair of the organization I had equal say in the final nominees the members are considering. The Favourite is an excellent film and shines for its performances and writing, but if my ballot would be the way the group voted, If Beale Street Could Talk would top the nominees with Annihilation followed closely behind. If you read my Key West Film Festival recap, you also read my review of the new movie by Barry Jenkins, an extraordinary work of cinematic poetry that I felt was even stronger than his last Oscar winning movie Moonlight.

Below you will find all my nominees for the year-end in movie watching plus screening details of where you can see both The Favourite and If Beale Street Could Talk.

The FFCC will announce the winners on Friday.

BEST PICTURE (list three choices in no particular order)
Annihilation
The Rider
If Beale Street Could Talk

BEST ACTOR (list three choices in no particular order)
Ethan Hawke – First Reformed
Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really Here
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

BEST ACTRESS (list three choices in no particular order)
Toni Collette – Hereditary
Olivia Coleman – The Favourite
Natalie Portman – Vox Lux

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (list three choices in no particular order)
Steven Yeun – Burning
Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Mahershala Ali – Green Book

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (list three choices in no particular order)
Sakura Ando – Shoplifters
Claire Foy – First Man
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk

BEST ENSEMBLE (list three choices in no particular order)
The Favourite
If Beale Street Could Talk
Support the Girls

BEST DIRECTOR (list three choices in no particular order)
Hirokazu Koreeda – Shoplifters
Lynne Ramsay – You Were Never Really Here
Alex Garland – Annihilation

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (list three choices in no particular order)
First Reformed
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The Favourite

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY (list three choices in no particular order)
Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk
Alex Garland – Annihilation
Lynne Ramsay – You Were Never Really Here

CINEMATOGRAPHY (list three choices in no particular order)
James Laxton – If Beale Street Could Talk
Łukasz Żal – Cold War
Robbie Ryan – The Favourite

VISUAL EFFECTS (list three choices in no particular order)
Annihilation
Isle of Dogs
First Man

ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN (list three choices in no particular order)
The Favourite
Roma
Annihilation

BEST SCORE (list three choices in no particular order)
Nicholas Britell – If Beale Street Could Talk
Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow – Annihilation
Scott Walker – Vox Lux

BEST DOCUMENTARY (list three choices in no particular order)
Shirkers
Monrovia, Indiana
McQueen

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM (list three choices in no particular order)
Shoplifters
Cold War
Burning

ANIMATED FEATURE (list three choices in no particular order)
Spider-Man Into the Spider-verse
Isle of Dogs
Incredibles 2

BEST FIRST FILM AWARD (list three choices in no particular order)
Hereditary
Sorry to Bother You
Eighth Grade

BREAKOUT AWARD (list three choices in no particular order)
Elsie Fisher- Eighth Grade
Thomasin McKenzie – Leave No Trace
Kiki Layne – If Beale Street Could Talk

Hans Morgenstern

The Favourite opens at O Cinema Miami Beach Friday, Dec. 21 and is now playing at the Landmark at Merrick Park. If Beale Street could Talk opens at the Landmark on Dec. 24 and at O Cinema Wynwood on Jan. 4.

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