The Favourite leads the Houston Film Critics Society slate of 2018 nominations.
The nominations were announced Sunday, with Yorgos Lanthimos' least weird feature to date racking up six, including Best Picture, Director (Lanthimos), Actress (Olivia Colman), and two Supporting Actress nods for Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. I'm sure there's no way that will backfire.
Other Best Picture nominees include Black Panther, Roma, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Vice.
In a statement, Society President Joshua Starnes said, “Once again, the HFCS nominations tell the story of the year in film. By celebrating popular blockbusters as well as acclaimed independent films, the nominations remind us why we love to go to the movies.”
In addition to the usual categories, the HFCS also gives out the Texas Independent Film Award to the best film produced by Texas filmmakers. They'll also recognize the year's Worst Movie, always a hotly contested category.
Speaking as an HFCS member, I'm proud our group singled out some quote-unquote "nontraditional" efforts like BlacKkKlansman, Eighth Grade, and Hereditary. There are difficult choices to be made in every category, except for Best Song, where "Ashes" from Deadpool 2 is the clear winner.
The full list of nominations is below. Winners will be announced at the Society's annual awards show, which will be held Thursday, January 3 at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts. Tickets (the event is free) can be obtained here.
2018 Houston Film Critics Society Nominations
A Star is Born, Black Panther, BlackKklansman, Eighth Grade, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Favourite, First Reformed, Green Book, Hereditary, Roma, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born; Alfonso Cuaron, Roma; Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk; Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite; Adam McKay, Vice
Christian Bale, Vice; Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born; Ethan Hawke, First Reformed; Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody; Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Glenn Close, The Wife; Toni Collette, Hereditary; Olivia Colman, The Favourite; Lady Gaga, A Star is Born; Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Green Book; Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy; Adam Driver, BlackKklansman; Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, Vice; Claire Foy, First Man; Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk; Emma Stone, The Favourite; Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade; Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara, The Favourite; Paul Schrader, First Reformed; Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk; Adam McKay, Vice
Rachel Morrison, Black Panther; Linus Sandgren, First Man; Robbie Ryan, The Favourite; James Laxton, If Beale Street Could Talk; Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Best Animated Film
Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Mirai, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Original Score
Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther; Justin Hurwitz, First Man; Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk; Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs; Thom Yorke, Suspiria
Best Original Song
"All the Stars," Black Panther; "Ashes," Deadpool 2; "Hearts Beat Loud," Hearts Beat Loud; "Revelation," Boy Erased; "Shallow," A Star is Born
Best Foreign Language Film
Burning, Border, Cold War, Roma, Shoplifters
Best Documentary Feature
Free Solo, Minding the Gap, RBG, Three Identical Strangers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Texas Independent Film Award
1985, An American in Texas, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, Support the Girls, Tejano
Black Panther, First Man, Mission: Impossible – Fallout
BlacKkKlansman (two), Mandy, Suspiria (two)
Worst Film of the Year
The 5:17 to Paris, The Happytime Murders, Life Itself, Peppermint, Venom
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