Roma tops OFCS awards

Alfonso Cuarón takes four gongs

by Amber Wilkinson

Roma Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival
Alfonso Cuarón’s autobiographical film Roma has been named Best Picture in the Online Film Critics Society annual awards, alongside a clutch of other awards. It beat off strong competition from the likes of Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite, which had led the field with the most nominations.

The black and white film, which tracks the year in the life of a maid in a Mexican middle-class family was also named Best Film Not in The English Language and saw Cuarón named Best Director and Best Cinematographer.

Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk won three awards - Bets Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress for Regina King and Best Score for Nicholas Britell. Meanwhile Ari Aster picked up the Best Debut film award for Hereditary.

The main acting awards went to Ethan Hawke for his role as a troubled priest in Paul Schrader's First Reformed and Toni Colette for her portrayal of a grieving and disturbed mother in Hereditary, while Michael B Jordan was named Best Supporting Actor for the role of Erik Killmonger Marvel Comics adaptation Black Panther.

The OFCS, which has a global membership of 283 critics, also gave five Lifetime Achievement Awards to cinematographer Roger Deakins, Blakkklansman director Spike Lee, French filmmaker Agnès Varda, Robert Redford - who said The Old Man & The Gun will be his final film as an actor - and Puerta Rican star Rita Moreno.

The full list of nominees and winners is below:

Best Picture

Best Animated Feature

Best Director

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Best Original Screenplay

  • Eighth Grade – Bo Burnham
  • The Favourite – Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
  • WINNER: First Reformed – Paul Schrader
  • Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
  • Sorry To Bother You – Boots Riley

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Editing

Best Cinematography

Best Original Score

Best Début Feature

  • WINNER: Ari Aster – Hereditary
  • Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade
  • Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
  • Carlos López Estrada – Blindspotting
  • Boots Riley – Sorry To Bother You

Best Film Not in the English Language

Best Documentary

Technical Achievement Awards

OFCS Best Of The Year

  1. Roma
  2. BlacKkKlansman
  3. If Beale Street Could Talk
  4. First Reformed
  5. The Favourite
  6. You Were Never Really Here
  7. Annihilation
  8. Eighth Grade
  9. Hereditary
  10. A Star Is Born
  11. Suspiria

Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Roger Deakins
  • Spike Lee
  • Rita Moreno
  • Robert Redford
  • Agnès Varda

Special Achievement Awards

Director Ryan Coogler, for Black Panther's distinctive critical and box office appeal

The city of Oakland, CA, for hosting two of 2018's most socially and artistically compelling films about race relations, Sorry to Bother You and Blindspotting.

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