‘The Favourite’ pulls ahead in annual Florida Film Critics Circle prize

After two days of deliberations, we picked our winners. Yorgos Lanthimos’ film about the sexual intrigue at Queen Anne’s court won’t make my own list of the twenty best films of 2018, but I prefer it to the corpse called Roma. The supporting races boasted the best winners in our history — my own picks — and likely the country until the National Society of Film Critics pick theirs, but don’t bet they wouldn’t go for, say, Richard E. Grant. And I’m okay with Eighth Grade‘s Ellie Fisher beating Leave No Trace‘s young Thomasin Washington for Breakout.

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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My ballot:

Best Picture: The Favourite

Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix

Best Actress: Melissa McCarthy

Supp Actor: Steven Yeun

Supp Actress: Sakura Ando

Ensemble: Support the Girls

Director: Lynne Ramsay

Original Screenplay: Sorry to Bother You

Adapted Screenplay: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Cinematography: Cold War

VFX: Annihilation

Art Direction/Production: Paddington 2

Score: Beale Street

Documentary: Shirkers

Foreign: Shoplifters

Animated: Mirai

First Film: Eighth Grade

Breakout Award: Thomasin McKenzie

Golden: YES

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