The NYFCC announced the winners of their 2018 Awards this morning on Twitter. Roma led all winnners with three; Best Film, Best Director, and Best Cinametography. Paul Schrader’s First Reformed followed with two wins for Best Screenplay and Best Actor. This sets up quite well for Curarón’s black and white semi-autobiographical story of his adolescence in 1970s Mexico, as told through the eyes of the woman who raised him. A strong showing with critics groups early will help propel some good will with Academy voters. This morning’s announcement also bodes well for Schrader, the writer of Taxi Driver & Raging Bull, to secure his ever-elusive first Oscar.
The NYFCC Awards are chosen by a group of critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, and qualifying online general interest publications. Last year, Lady Bird won the award for Best Picture while The Florida Project won for Best Director (Sean Baker).
Read through for the full list below, and make sure to check out the complete Awards Leaderboard to keep up to date on the accolades bestowed on the best movies of 2018/2019 from the press, fans, and members of the film industry.
Best Film: Roma (2018) 96%
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón — Roma (2018) 96%
Best Screenplay: Paul Schrader — First Reformed (2017) 94%
Best Actress: Regina Hall — Support the Girls (2018) 91%
Best Actor: Ethan Hawke — First Reformed (2017) 94%
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King — If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) 95%
Best Supporting Actor: Richard E. Grant — Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) 98%
Best Cinematographer: Alfonso Cuarón — Roma (2018) 96%
Best Animated Film: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman — Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) 97%
Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary): Bing Liu — Minding the Gap (2018) 100%
Best Foreign Film: Pawel Pawlikowski — Cold War (2018) 92%
Best First Film: Bo Burnham — Eighth Grade (2018) 99%
Special Award For Career Achievement: David Schwartz & Kino Classics Box Set “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers”