The Rider by Chloe Zhao
The Rider by Chloe Zhao

The National Society of Film Critics which is made up of 60 of the country’s most prominent movie critics, held its 53rd annual awards voting on Saturday, January 5th, 2019, and chose THE RIDER as Best Picture of the Year 2018.

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma was named Best Foreign Language Film with Cuarón winning for Best Director; and Minding the Gap won for Best Non-Fiction.

National Society of Film Critics 53rd Award Winners

BEST ACTRESS:

*1. Olivia Colman (The Favourite) – 36 points

  1. Regina Hall (Support the Girls) – 33
  2. Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) – 27

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

*1. Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) – 47

  1. Elizabeth Debicki (Widows) – 37
  2. Emma Stone (The Favourite) – 24

BEST ACTOR:

*1. Ethan Hawke (First Reformed) – 58

  1. Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate) – 30
  2. Ben Foster (Leave No Trace) – 25    and  John C. Reilly (The Sisters Brothers, Stan & Ollie) –  25

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

*1. Steven Yeun (Burning) – 40

  1. Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) – 35
  2. Brian Tyree Henry (If Beale Street Could Talk, Widows, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) – 32

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

*1. Roma (Alfonso Cuarón) – 70

  1. If Beale Street Could Talk (James Laxton) – 26
  2. Cold War (Lukasz Zal) – 24

BEST SCREENPLAY:

*1. The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin) – 47

  1. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty) – 27
  2. The Favourite (Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara) – 24

BEST PICTURE:

*1. The Rider – 44

  1. Roma – 41
  2. Burning – 27:

BEST DIRECTOR:

*1. Alfonso Cuarón (Roma) – 60

  1. Lee Chang-dong (Burning) – 22    and Chloé Zhao (The Rider) – 22

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM:

*1. Roma – 44

  1. Cold War – 34
  2. Burning – 30     and    Shoplifters  – 30

BEST NON-FICTION FILM:

*1. Minding the Gap – 35

  1. Shirkers – 31
  2. Amazing Grace – 24

FILM HERITAGE AWARD:

To the team of producers, editors, restorers, technicians, and cineastes who labored for decades to bring Orson Welles’s The Other Side of the Wind to completion for a new generation of movie lovers.

  • To the Museum of Modern Art for restoring Ernst Lubitsch’s 1923 film Rosita, starring Mary Pickford.

SPECIAL CITATION for a film awaiting U.S. distribution: A Family Tour (Ying Liang, Taiwan/Hong Kong/Singapore/Malaysia).

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