Echoing the British Independent Film Awards, the Atlanta Film Critics Circle gives their Best Film Award to “The Favorite,” making that the fourth different film awarded the top honor for four different American voting groups, proving the Best Picture landscape this season is fairly wide open. “The Favourite” doesn’t stop there, as it took Best Ensemble and Best Screenplay, while Olivia Colman and Emma Stone took Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, Stone breaking Regina King’s streak in that respective category. Alfonso Cuarón grabs three more for “Roma,” winning Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Cinematography, making it apparent that he could definitely take nominations in those categories when the Oscar nominations come in. Ethan Hawke wins his third Critics Award for Best Actor, representing “First Reformed,” now with awards from the New York Films Critics Circle and the Detroit Film Critics Society. Sam Elliott adds another award to his mantle as well, for his supporting role in “A Star Is Born.” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper missed out on the main awards, but grabbed the AFCC Breakthrough Awards in their respective categories (Breakthrough Performance and Best First Film) with Gaga sharing his award with Elsie Fisher of “Eighth Grade.” On the board with their first wins were “Isle Of Dog” for Best Animated Film and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” for Best Documentary Film, both of which will likely have many more wins ahead and will surprise if not included in Oscar nominations. “First Man” also appears for the first time, with Justin Hurwitz grabbing a win for Best Original Score. If “First Man” get completely shut out by the Academy, I could see Hurwitz sneaking in a nomination for his work, if absolutely nothing else.

Best Film: “The Favourite”
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón – “Roma”
Best Actor: Ethan Hawke – “First Reformed”
Best Actress: Olivia Colman – “The Favourite”
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Elliott – “A Star Is Born”
Best Supporting Actress: Emma Stone – “The Favourite”
Best Ensemble: “The Favourite”
Best Animated Film: “Isle Of Dogs”
Best Documentary Film: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Roma”
Best Screenplay: “The Favourite” – Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
Best Cinematography: “Roma” – Alfonso Cuarón
Best Original Score: “First Man” – Justin Hurwitz
AFCC Breakthrough Award for Breakthrough Performer (TIE): Elsie Fisher and Lady Gaga
AFCC Breakthrough Award for Best First Film: Bradley Cooper” – A Star Is Born”

Top 10

  1. “The Favourite”
  2. “A Star Is Born”
  3. “Roma”
  4. “A Quiet Place”
  5. “First Reformed”
  6. “Eighth Grade”
  7. “BlacKkKlansman”
  8. TIE: “First Man” & “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
  9. “Black Panther”

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