Beale Street Wins Five Austin Critics Awards


Stephan James and Kiki Layne in If Beale Street Could Talk

Rely on the Austin Film Critics Association! They'll never let you down! Barry Jenkins' wondrous James Baldwin adaptation If Beale Street Could Talk wins five awards in the AFCA's 2018 voting including Best Film and Best Director, a delightful tonic from some of the more dispiriting awards picks from more high profile groups recently. Alas, this leaves a mere single award for Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, but then it's been doing well enough with critics groups elsewhere that I guess I'll sanction this brief break from convention. Check out the AFCA's nominees at this link, and their award winners below:


Best Film*

If Beale Street Could Talk

1. The Favourite

2. Roma

3. Blindspotting

4. You Were Never Really Here

5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

6. First Reformed

7. If Beale Street Could Talk

8. Eighth Grade

9. Shoplifters

10. Suspiria

*Yes, I know, If Beale Street Could Talk wins the award while only placing seventh on their poll, which is topped by The Favourite. I don't understand it either.


Best Director

Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk)


Best Actress

Olivia Colman (The Favourite)


Best Actor

Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)


Best Supporting Actress

Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)


Best Supporting Actor

Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)


Best Original Screenplay

Sorry to Bother You


Best Adapted Screenplay

If Beale Street Could Talk


Best Cinematography

Roma


Best Film Editing

First Man


Best Original Score

Mandy


Best Ensemble

Widows


Best Stunts

Mission: Impossible - Fallout


Best Animated Film

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


Best Documentary

Won't You Be My Neighbour?


Best Foreign Film

Burning


Best First Film

Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade)


Robert R. "Bobby" McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award

Brian Tyree Henry (If Beale Street Could Talk / Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse / Widows)


Best Motion Capture / Special Effects Performance

Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War)


Austin Film Award

Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski)


Special Honorary Award

Bo Burnham, Elsie Fisher and Josh Hamilton (Eighth Grade) - for their brilliant collaborative work

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