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'The Favourite' Named Best Film of 2018 by Atlanta Film Critics Circle

The Atlanta Film Critic Circle has named Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite as the best film of 2018, as voted on by its members. Featuring a powerhouse female cast including Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, the film also garnered a Best Actress Award for Olivia Colman, a Best Supporting Actress nod for Emma Stone, as well as Best Screenplay and Best Ensemble Cast awards.

“The film is defined by incredible performances and a powerful rendering of the viciousness behind class divisions,” says AFCC co-founder Felicia Feaster. “Though set in the 18th century, there is clear resonance for our current age and the often brutal circumstances for women who are powerless and lack social standing in Yorgos Lanthimos’ trenchant rendering of gender divisions and power,” says Feaster.

Bradley Cooper's directorial debut, A Star is Born, landed in second place, followed closely by Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white Roma in third. A Star is Born also took home Best Supporting Actor for Sam Elliott and AFCC Special Awards for Breakthrough Performer for Lady Gaga and Best First Film for Bradley Cooper. Roma also took home Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Cinematography.

“Our list includes period dramas, inventive horror, commentary on religion, race relations and the environment, minimalist art-house fare, stark social media observations, sci-fi fantasy and a fresh take on the traditional Hollywood epic,” says AFCC co-founder Michael Clark. “It covers the gamut and I’m very pleased with the members’ collective enthusiasm.”

Top 10 Films:

1. The Favourite
2. A Star is Born
3. Roma
4. A Quiet Place
5. First Reformed
6. Eighth Grade
7. BlackkKlansman
8. Tie - First Man
            Won't You Be My Neighbor?
10. Black Panther

Best Lead Actor
Ethan Hawke in First Reformed

Best Lead Actress
Olivia Colman in The Favourite

Best Supporting Actor
Sam Elliott in A Star is Born 

Best Supporting Actress
Emma Stone in The Favourite 

Best Ensemble Cast
The Favourite

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón for Roma

Best Screenplay
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara for The Favourite 

Best Documentary
Won't You Be My Neighbor? 

Best Foreign Language Film
Roma 

Best Animated Film
Isle of Dogs

Best Cinematography
Alfonso Cuarón for Roma

Best Original Score
Justin Hurwitz for First Man

AFCC Special Award for BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER
Tie: Elsie Fisher and Lady Gaga

AFCC Special Award for BEST FIRST FILM
Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born
 

 

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