Dec 21, 2018 04:07 PM EST

Florida Film Critics Circle Proclaims "The Favourite" is Their Favorite Film of 2018

Florida Film Critics Circle Proclaims
Marielle Heller's ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me' also honored.

Miami, FL - The Florida Film Critics Circle has released their 2018 award winners with The Favourite earning the top spot of Best Picture.  Garnering a total of nine nominations, the dark comedy set in early 18th century England also won Best Ensemble and Best Art Direction/Production Design. Can You Ever Forgive Me, based on Lee Israel's memoir,  won two awards including Melissa McCarthy for Best Actress and Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty for Best Adapted Screenplay.  It also was a runner-up in the Best Supporting Actor Category for Richard E. Grant losing out to Steven Yeun in the South Korean mystery, Burning.

Best Actor went to Joaquin Pheonix for his portrayal of veteran Joe in the thriller, You Were Never Really Here while Best Supporting Actress was awarded to Sakura Ando in Shoplifters.  While First Man was nominated in eight categories it only managed to win one award for Justin Hurwitz's score.  Claire Foy was also recognized for the film as runner-up for Best Supporting Actress. The critically acclaimed Roma also only won one award for Director Alfonso Cuaron and was runner-up in two categories - Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film.

The quirky comedy, Eighth Grade, about those awkward, hormone-fueled, middle school years saw accolades for both Director/Writer Bo Burnham and star Elsie Fisher winning Best First Film and Breakout award respectively. Burnham was recognized as runner-up in the Best Original Screenplay as well.

The Florida Film Critics Circle is dedicated to preservation and promotion of the Florida Film industry and each year bestows the Golden Orange to a film, actor or organization that they feel embodies the spirit of Florida in filmmaking.  This Year they are pleased to award the Golden Orange on Alexa Lim Haas for Agua Viva. The short-which follows a Chinese manicurist in Miami attempts to describe feelings she doesn't have the words for-was written, directed, and animated by Lim Haas, and is currently being developed into a feature film. 

The complete list of winners and runner-ups can be found below.

The Florida Film Critics Circle is an organization of 26 writers from Florida-based print and online publications. Founded in 1996, the FFCC strives to recognize outstanding work in film, further the cause of good movies, and maintain the highest level of professionalism among film critics in Florida. Hans Morgenstern of IndieEthos.com and Miami New Times has served as chair of the organization since May of 2018.

FFCC Award Winners

BEST PICTURE

The Favourite

Runners-up: No clear runner-up
 

BEST ACTOR

Joaquin Phoenix - You Were Never Really Here

Runners-up: No clear runner-up


BEST ACTRESS

Melissa McCarthy - Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Runner-up: Toni Collette - Hereditary


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Steven Yeun - Burning

Runner-up: Richard E. Grant - Can You Ever Forgive Me?


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Sakura Ando - Shoplifters

Runner-up: Claire Foy - First Man


BEST ENSEMBLE

The Favourite

Runner-up: Support the Girls


BEST DIRECTOR

Alfonso Cuarón - Roma

Runner-up: Lynne Ramsay - You Were Never Really Here


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Boots Riley - Sorry to Bother You

Runner-up: Bo Burnham - Eighth Grade


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty - Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Runner-up: Barry Jenkins - If Beale Street Could Talk


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Łukasz Żal - Cold War

Runner-up: Alfonso Cuarón - Roma


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Annihilation

Runner-up: Avengers: Infinity War


BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Favourite

Runner-up: Paddington 2


BEST SCORE

Justin Hurwitz - First Man

Runner-up: Nicholas Britell - If Beale Street Could Talk


BEST DOCUMENTARY

Shirkers

Runners-up: No clear runner-up


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Shoplifters

Runner-up: Roma


BEST ANIMATED FILM

Mirai

Runner-up: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse


BEST FIRST FILM

Eighth Grade - Bo Burnham

Runners-up: No clear runner-up


BREAKOUT AWARD

Elsie Fisher - Eighth Grade

Runner-up: Thomasin McKenzie - Leave No Trace


GOLDEN ORANGE

Alexa Lim Haas - Agua Viva

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