The critically acclaimed Roma only won one 2018 Florida Film Critics Circle award for Director Alfonso Cuarón and was runner up in two categories: Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film. The award for Best Foreign Language Film went to Shoplifters, and Best Documentary went to Shirkers.
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 the Pauline Kael Breakout award, respectively.
The Florida Film Critics Circle is dedicated to the 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 the Golden Orange went to Alexa Lim Haas for the short, Agua Viva,which follows a Chinese manicurist in Miami as she 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.
2018 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Winners
Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really Here
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
Runner-up: Support the Girls
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
Łukasz Żal – Cold War
Runner-up: Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Runner-up: Avengers: Infinity War
BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
Runner-up: Paddington 2
Justin Hurwitz – First Man
Runner-up: Nicholas Britell – If Beale Street Could Talk
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BEST ANIMATED FILM
Runner-up: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
BEST FIRST FILM
Eighth Grade – Bo Burnham
Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
Runner-up: Thomasin McKenzie – Leave No Trace
Alexa Lim Haas – Agua Viva