Tuesday 18 June 2019

Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards 2018 – the results are in, with a few surprises

Bradley Cooper as Jackson and Lady Gaga as Ally in A Star Is Born
Bradley Cooper as Jackson and Lady Gaga as Ally in A Star Is Born
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The results of the annual Dublin Film Critics Circle awards have been revealed and A Star is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, made the biggest impact on its members this year.

The musical drama, which was also directed by Cooper, was voted Best Film, although Polish historical drama Cold War, which came second, also polled strongly with DFCC members.  Gaga and Cooper were also voted Best Actress and Actor while Cooper also ranked third in the Best Director category.

Forty five films were longlisted in the category and American Animals, First Reformed, Widows, Zama, and Sorry to Bother You were also hugely popular.

Thirty of Ireland’s top film critics including Paul Whitington of the Irish Independent, Aine O'Connor and Hilary White of the Sunday Independent and Chris Wasser of The Herald, voted for their favourite works of the year.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born (Neal Preston/Warner Bros.)
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born (Neal Preston/Warner Bros.)

This year’s biggest landslide victory was scored by Linus Sandgren for his cinematography on First Man. The film’s director Damien Chazelle was also shortlisted.  However, Alfonso Cuarón was named Best Director for the stunning Roma.

In the Best Irish Feature Film category it was Paddy Breathnach’s Rosie, written by Roddy Doyle and starring Sarah Greene and Moe Dunford which triumphed, narrowly beating Michael Inside on what was the awards’ closest-fought battle.

Sarah Greene in Rosie
Sarah Greene in Rosie

Dafhyd Flynn was named Breakthrough Artist for his work on Michael Inside. Other nominees shortlisted for that award included Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You), Cynthia Erivo (Widows), Charlie Plummer (Lean on Pete), and Millicent Simmons (A Quiet Place).

The DFCC also paid tribute to their colleague Stephen Coffey who passed away this year.

Reluctant offender: Dafhyd Flynn in the title role as the young prisoner in Michael Inside, directed by Frank Berry
Reluctant offender: Dafhyd Flynn in the title role as the young prisoner in Michael Inside, directed by Frank Berry

“The DFCC would like to acknowledge the death this year of our friend and colleague Stephen Coffey. Also an author and comics creator, Stephen was a true enthusiast who is missed every time members gather to chatter outside the morning’s press screening. We extend sympathy to his wife Tina and to all his friends and family.”

Full list of winners:

 

BEST FILM

1. A Star is Born

2. Cold War

3. Lady Bird

4. You Were Never Really Here

5. Loveless/ A Quiet Place

6. BlacKKKlansman

7. Leave No Trace

8. Shoplifters

9. First Man

10. The Rider/Mandy

Reviews of the top three in the Best Film category:

A Star is Born review: Lady Gaga proves she was Born to act in Bradley Cooper's terrific remake Film of the week: Cold War Lady Bird 5 star movie review: Saoirse Ronan shines in Greta Gerwig's wise and delightful film

 

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

2. Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here

3. Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born

4. Paweł Pawlikowski, Cold War

5. Damien Chazelle, First Man

6. Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

7. Hirokazu Kore-eda, Shoplifters

8. Spike Lee, BlacKKKlansman

9. Debra Granik, Leave No Trace

10. Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson

 

BEST ACTRESS

1. Lady Gaga, A Star is Born

2. Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

3. Toni Collette, Hereditary

4. Sarah Greene, Rosie

5. Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

6. Viola Davis, Widows

7. Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace

8. Vicky Krieps, Phantom Thread

9. Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water/ Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

10. Charlize Theron, Tully

 

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

1. Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

2. Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

3. Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here

4. Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

5. Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You

6. Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee, BlacKKKlansman

7. Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, Leave No Trace

8. Xavier Legrand, Custody

9. Dan Kokotajlo, Apostasy

10. Paweł Pawlikowski, Janusz Głowacki, Cold War

 

BEST ACTOR

1. Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born

2. Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here

3. Daniel Day Lewis, Phantom Thread

4. Ben Foster, Leave No Trace       

5. John David Washington, BlacKKKlansman

6. Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

7. Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

8. Marcello Fonte, Dogman

9. Brady Jandreau, The Rider

10. Nakhane Touré, The Wound

 

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1. Linus Sandgren, First Man

2. Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

3. Łukasz Żal, Cold War

4. Dan Laustsen, The Shape of Water

5. Benjamin Loeb, Mandy

6. Joe Anderson, The Old Man and the Gun

7. Benoît Debie, Climax

8. Ashley Connor, The Miseducation of Cameron Post

9. Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Suspiria

10. Norm Li, Never Steady, Never Still

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

1. Three Identical Strangers

2. Katie

3. The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid

4. Whitney

5. Filmworker

6. Studio 54

7. Free Solo

8. McQueen

9. Cambodian Spring

10. I, Dolours

 

BEST IRISH

1. Rosie

2. Michael Inside

3. Black 47

4. The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid

5. The Little Stranger

6. The Breadwinner

7. Making the Grade

8. Kissing Candice

9. Katie

10. The Image You Missed

 

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

Dafhyd Flynn, Michael Inside

 

Read more:

Golden Globes nominations 2019: Irish produced film The Favourite earns five noms 'I miss the experience, but I don't long to play the person again' - Claire Foy on leaving roles behind

 

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