Florida Film Critics Circle announces 2018 winners

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As promised yesterday, here are the winners of the annual Florida Film Critics Circle Awards. This writer became chair of the group this year, and this still image from The Favourite can’t represent better how self-important these results make some of us feel. If you are following awards season and other critics groups and such organizations, you will note that the much hyped Roma only got one award from us. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill awards winners.

The results are quirky for our diverse group, which is spread across a huge state and whose active members have diminished with end of full-time film criticism at most of the state’s major publications. I would have loved to have seen all my choices win, of course, but to see all the films and people I chose as final picks appear on the final list, including runners up, is something beyond good fortune. Below you will find a complete list of the winners. I’ve noted my choices in parenthesis. there are a few among the runners up.

Before you check out the list, let me make a special mention about our Golden Orange winner. “Agua Viva,” by Alexa Lim Haas, a short film I chose to highlight in my selection of the Best of Borscht, last year (Borscht is Dead: the short films, part 2). My colleague at the FFCC and the Miami New Times, Juan Barquin, brought up how the short was missing from some sort of shortlist or other (The Oscars?). So I figured why don’t we give Haas our prestigious Florida award, The Golden Orange. I lobbied other critics for a vote and all but one agreed. You can watch the full short at the end of the post.

 

BEST PICTURE

The Favourite

Runners-up: No clear runner-up

 

BEST ACTOR

Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really Here

Runners-up: No clear runner-up

 

BEST ACTRESS

Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Runner-up: Toni Collette – Hereditary

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Steven Yeun – Burning

Runner-up: Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Sakura Ando – Shoplifters

Runner-up: Claire Foy – First Man

 

BEST ENSEMBLE

The Favourite

Runner-up: Support the Girls (my choice)

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

Runner-up: Lynne Ramsay – You Were Never Really Here (my choice)

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Boots Riley – Sorry to Bother You

Runner-up: Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Runner-up: Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Łukasz Żal – Cold War

Runner-up: Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Annihilation

Runner-up: Avengers: Infinity War

 

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Favourite

Runner-up: Paddington 2

 

BEST SCORE

Justin Hurwitz – First Man

Runner-up: Nicholas Britell – If Beale Street Could Talk (my choice)

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Shirkers

Runners-up: No clear runner-up

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Shoplifters

Runner-up: Roma

 

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Mirai

Runner-up: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse (my choice)

 

BEST FIRST FILM

Eighth Grade – Bo Burnham

Runners-up: No clear runner-up

 

BREAKOUT AWARD

Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade

Runner-up: Thomasin McKenzie – Leave No Trace (my choice)

GOLDEN ORANGE

Hans Morgenstern

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