Greater Western New York Film Critics Association Announce 2018 Inaugural Nominations

GWNYFCA (Greater Western New York Film Critics Association)

‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Roma’ and ‘A Star is Born’ Lead 2018 GWNYFCA Nominations

In addition to the LAOFCS, We Live Entertainment is also represented by the Greater Western New Film Critics Association. 2018 marks the inaugural awards season for the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association (GWNYFCA), a new collective of WNY-based film critics in and around the Buffalo and Rochester metropolitan areas. Our members consist of critics in traditional print media (newspapers and magazines) and online media (websites and podcasts). In an era of aggregate sites, we aspire to give our region a voice within the ever-changing international cinematic landscape.

The ballot is set for the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association’s inaugural end of year Film Awards. Beyond our ten Best Picture nominees are five nominees (or six in the case of a fifth-place tie) for fourteen other categories that highlight the best work in front of and behind the camera. Potential titles/artists were restricted to those films released theatrically in the United States during the 2018 calendar year.

Winners will be announced on December 28, 2018.


Best Picture:
• BlacKkKlansman
• Burning
• The Favourite
• First Reformed
• If Beale Street Could Talk
• Leave No Trace
• Minding the Gap
• Paddington 2
• Roma
• Widows

Best Foreign Film:
• Border (Gräns) – Sweden
• Burning (Beoning) – South Korea
• Cold War (Zimna wojna) – Poland
• Roma – Mexico
• Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) – Japan

Best Animated Film:
• Incredibles 2
• Isle of Dogs
• Mirai
• Ralph Breaks the Internet
• Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
• Teen Titans GO! to the Movies

Best Documentary:
• Free Solo
• Minding the Gap
• Shirkers
• Three Identical Strangers
• Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Best Director:
• Lee Chang-dong (Burning)
• Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)
• Debra Granik (Leave No Trace)
• Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk)
• Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
• Paul Schrader (First Reformed)

Lead Actor:
• Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
• Daveed Diggs (Blindspotting)
• Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)
• Joaquin Phoenix (You Were Never Really Here)
• Charlie Plummer (Lean on Pete)
• John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman)

Lead Actress:
• Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)
• Glenn Close (The Wife)
• Toni Collette (Hereditary)
• Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)
• Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)
• Carey Mulligan (Wildlife)

Supporting Actor:
• Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
• Hugh Grant (Paddington 2)
• Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
• Russell Hornsby (The Hate U Give)
• Steven Yeun (Burning)

Supporting Actress:
• Nicole Kidman (Boy Erased)
• Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
• Emma Stone (The Favourite)
• Tilda Swinton (Suspiria)
• Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)
• Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians)

Original Screenplay:
• Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade)
• Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara (The Favourite)
• Paul Schrader (First Reformed)
• Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski (A Quiet Place)
• Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You)

Adapted Screenplay:
• Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
• Jungmi Oh & Chang-dong Lee (Burning)
• 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)
• Gillian Flynn & Steve McQueen (Widows)

Best Cinematography:
• Lukasz Zal (Cold War)
• Linus Sandgren (First Man)
• James Laxton (If Beale Street Could Talk)
• Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)
• Matthew Libatique (A Star Is Born)

Best Editing:
• Tom Cross (First Man)
• Joi McMillon & Nat Sanders (If Beale Street Could Talk)
• Joshua Altman & Bing Liu (Minding the Gap)
• Jay Cassidy (A Star Is Born)
• Joe Walker (Widows)

Best Debut Performance:
• Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)
• Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)
• Helena Howard (Madeline’s Madeline)
• Brady Jandreau (The Rider)
• Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace)

Best Debut Director:
• Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade)
• Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
• Paul Dano (Wildlife)
• Bing Liu (Minding the Gap)
• Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You)

For more information about GWYNFCA, check out their official page or on Twitter#GWNYFCA2018Awards.

Written by
Matt Marshall has been reviewing films since 2003, starting with "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." He specializes in home media, including 4K UHD, Blu-ray as well as box office analysis. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.

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