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Denver Film Critics Society names Netflix feature ‘Roma’ best picture of 2018

Craig Press Staff Report
The Netflix feature "Roma" took multiple honors from Denver Film Critics Society, including Best Picture.
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2018 Denver Film Critics Society awards

Best Picture: “Roma”Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”Best Actress: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”Best Actor: Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed”Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”Best Sci-Fi/Horror: “A Quiet Place” and “Annihilation”Best Animated Film: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”Best Comedy: “The Death of Stalin”Best Visual Effects: “Avengers: Infinity War”Best Original Screenplay: John Krasinski, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, “A Quiet Place”Best Adapted Screenplay: Spike Lee, Kevin Willmott, Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz, “BlacKkKlansman”Best Documentary: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”Best Original Song: Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt, “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”Best Original Score: Ludwig Goransson, “Black Panther”Best Foreign Language Film: “Roma”

Regional cinematic group Denver Film Critics Society recently announced its selections for the top movies of 2018.

The Spanish-language feature “Roma” took multiple honors, including Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón.

The movie, produced through streaming service Netflix, focuses on the struggles of a middle-class Mexican family in the 1970s, as seen through the eyes of their housekeeper.

The film is partially based on Cuarón’s own childhood in Mexico City.

Two of DFCS’s acting honors both went to the period piece “The Favourite,” about the court of Britain’s Queen Anne in the early 18th century.

Olivia Colman won Best Actress as the temperamental royal, while Rachel Weisz took Best Supporting Actress as Anne’s manipulative confidante and best friend, Sarah Churchill.

Ethan Hawke received Best Actor for his portrayal of a conflicted clergyman at odds with faith in the modern world in “First Reformed.”

Mahershala Ali gained Best Supporting Actor for “Green Book,” a true story about an African-American musician traveling through the Deep South in the 1960s.

John Krasinski, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods won Best Original Screenplay for the suspense film “A Quiet Place,” about a family attempting to survive in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by sound-sensitive aliens. The film also gained Best Sci-Fi/Horror honors, tying with the female-driven action movie “Annihilation.”

Best Adapted Screenplay went to Spike Lee, Kevin Willmott, Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz for “BlacKkKlansman,” a screen version of a 1970s Colorado Springs police officer’s efforts to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

Superhero films took multiple awards as “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” received Best Animated Film, “Avengers: Infinity War” won Best Visual Effects, and composer Ludwig Goransson’s music for “Black Panther” garnered Best Original Score.

The selection for Best Original Song was from the remake of “A Star Is Born” — the tune “Shallow,” written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt, which was performed in the movie by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

The dark humor satire about Soviet government, “The Death of Stalin,” earned Best Comedy, while Best Documentary went to “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” about the efforts of Fred Rogers to shape child development through television.

Denver Film Critics Society includes area Colorado-based writers ranging from Denver Post’s Lisa Kennedy to Craig Press’s Andy Bockelman.