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Nov 29 2018
A STAR IS BORN, ROMA, CRAZY RICH ASIANS Nab Early Awards-Season Attention Comments (0)

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The female cast of Crazy Rich Asians were named entertainers of the year, by Entertainment Weekly a reminder boost for the film's Oscar potential (hey, there are 10 slots) for Best Picture and/or Best Supporting Actress (Awkwafina) consideration. EW may seem meaningless in the grand scheme of things, but NBR and the Globes are also pretty fly-by-night. Feel-good and culturally important hits like CRA and Black Panther have shots this year.

Also on the list: Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga, the women of Black Panther (see above), Cardi B, Darren Criss, Donald Glover, John Krasinski & Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place may be a sleeper nominee), Ariana Grande and — hey, this is a gay blog! — the Queer Eye cast.

More importantly, the New York Film Critics have made their picks:

Best Film: Roma (Netflix)

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma (Netflix)

Best First Film: Eighth Grade, dir. Bo Burnham (A24)

Best Actor: Ethan Hawke for First Reformed (A24)

Best Actress: Best Actress, Regina Hall, Support the Girls (Magnolia Pictures)

Best Supporting Actor: Richard E. Grant for Fox Searchlight’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox Searchlight)

Best Supporting Actress: Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna)

Best Screenplay: First Reformed (Paul Schrader) (A24)

Best Cinematography: Roma, Alfonso Cuaron (Netflix)

Best Foreign Language Film: Cold War (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski) (Amazon)

Best Documentary: Minding the Gap (dir. Bing Liu)

Best Animated Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (dirs. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman)

Special Awards: David Schwartz, Chief Film Curator at Museum of the Moving Image (who will be stepping down after 33 years) and Kino Classics Box Set “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers.

Those all sound like strong Oscar choices, though I was unaware Regina Hall was being seriously considered.

Finally, the mysterious National Board of Review — which last year failed to select eventual Oscar winner The Shape of Water among its Top 11 films — has also spoken:

Best Film: Green Book

Best Director: Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Best Actor: Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Best Actress: Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born

Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Original Screenplay: Paul Schrader, First Reformed

Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Animated Feature: Incredibles 2

Breakthrough Performance: Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace

Best Directorial Debut: Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade

Best Foreign Language Film: Cold War

Best Documentary: RBG

Best Ensemble: Crazy Rich Asians

William K. Everson Film History Award: The Other Side of the Wind and They'll Love Me When I'm Dead

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: 22 July

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: On Her Shoulder

Top Films (in alphabetical order)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Black Panther
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Eighth Grade
First Reformed
If Beale Street Could Talk
Mary Poppins Returns
A Quiet Place
A Star Is Born

Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order)
The Guilty
Happy as Lazzaro

Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order)
Crime + Punishment
Free Solo
Minding the Gap
Three Identical Strangers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order)
The Death of Stalin
Lean on Pete
Leave No Trace
The Old Man & the Gun
The Rider
Sorry to Bother You
We the Animals
You Were Never Really Here