The Austin Film Critics Association’s 2018 Award Nominees

Keeping film award nominations weird since 2005

It’s perhaps an understatement to say that 2018 was a slog. A year of bad news and living on the edge. But at least movies are good. Very good in fact. Which only makes these end of year awards all the harder, having to select the best performances, scripts, scores, and more, from a rich pool of releases. Being predominantly based out of Austin, Cinapse has ties to Austin film, notably in this instance with five of our regular contributors being proud members of the AFCA, myself included. We’ll run a post soon showing how the Cinapse team ranked their favorites of the year but for now, the AFCA’s.

Leading the pack is The Favourite, with 9 nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Ensemble. The other Best Film nominees are Blindspotting, If Beale Street Could Talk, Roma, and Suspiria. The other categories and nominees are listed below, which this year for the first time include four new categories: Best Ensemble, Best Editing, Best Stunts, and Best Motion Capture/Special Effects Performance. The collective had already announced the nominees for Best Austin Film, which will be announced along with the rest of the winners on Jan 7th.

Best Film


If Beale Street Could Talk



The Favourite

Images indicate my personal pick for the win, here, and below.

Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Debra Granik, Leave No Trace

Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Best Actor

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Christian Bale, Vice

Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actress

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Regina Hall, Support the Girls

Toni Collette, Hereditary

Best Supporting Actor

Brian Tyree Henry, If Beale Street Could Talk

Hugh Grant, Paddington 2

Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Steven Yeun, Burning

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, Vice

Claire Foy, First Man

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Original Screenplay

Eighth Grade

First Reformed


Sorry to Bother You

The Favourite

Best Adapted Screenplay


Can You Ever Forgive Me?

If Beale Street Could Talk

Leave No Trace

The Death of Stalin

Best Cinematography


First Man

If Beale Street Could Talk


The Favourite

Best Original Score


First Man

If Beale Street Could Talk



Best Foreign Language Film


Cold War



The Guilty

Best Documentary

Free Solo

Minding the Gap



Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Best Animated Film

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs


Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse

Best Ensemble (new category)

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Crazy Rich Asians

The Favourite


Best Editing (new category)

First Man

If Beale Street Could Talk


The Favourite


Best Motion Capture/Special Effects Performance (new category)

Ben Whishaw, Paddington 2

Josh Brolin, Avengers: Infinity War

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Solo: A Star Wars Story

Shameik Moore, Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse

Sonoya Mizuno, Annihilation

Best Stunts (new category)

Black Panther


Mission Impossible: Fallout

The Night Comes for Us


Best First Film

A Star is Born (dir. Bradley Cooper)

Blindspotting (dir. Carlos López Estrada)

Eighth Grade (dir. Bo Burnham)

Hereditary (dir. Ari Aster)

Sorry To Bother You (dir. Boots Riley)

Breakthrough Artist

Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You

Brian Tyree Henry, If Beale Street Could Talk, Widows, Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

Jim Cummings, Thunder Road

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma

Austin Film Award (previously announced)

1985 (dir. Yen Tan)

Call Her Ganda (dir. PJ Raval)

Damsel (dir. David & Nathan Zellner)

Run Like the Devil (dir. Steve Mims)

Support the Girls (dir. Andrew Bujalski)

On a personal note, I’m very happy to see the magnificent Suspiria getting some love, as well as a very special marmalade loving bear. Think Widows deserved more appreciation though. Follow the AFCA on twitter, or their website here, where the winners will be announced on Monday, January 7th!

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