Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) Nominations – ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Helps Crown Brian Tyree Henry

Austin has always been known for eccentric film tastes, and sure enough, their critics feel the same. The Austin Film Critics Association announced their nominations and they are really fun this year. While some steady contenders grabbed nominations, such as “The Favourite” and “Roma,” they were off the beaten path for many of their prizes. “Suspiria” and “Blindspotting” each picked up Best Film nominations. “If Beale Street Could Talk” tied for the lead in nominations with 8, including a big showing for Brian Tyree Henry. He was nominated for both Best Supporting Actor for his role, as well as Breakthrough Artist for his 2018 body of work.

The Austin Film Critics Association really outdid themselves, and their full nominations can be found below.

2018 Austin Film Critics Association

BEST FILM
  • “Blindspotting”
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • “Roma”
  • Suspiria”
  • “The Favourite”
BEST DIRECTOR
  • Alfonso Cuaron – “Roma”
  • Debra Granik – “Leave No Trace”
  • Barry Jenkins – “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • Yorgos Lanthimos – “The Favourite”
  • Lynne Ramsay – “You Were Never Really Here”
BEST ACTRESS
  • Toni Collette – “Hereditary”
  • Olivia Colman – “The Favourite”
  • Elsie Fisher – “Eighth Grade”
  • Regina Hall – “Support The Girls”
  • Melissa McCarthy – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
BEST ACTOR
  • Christian Bale – “Vice”
  • Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born”
  • Ethan Hawke – “First Reformed”
  • Rami Malek – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Joaquin Phoenix – “You Were Never Really Here”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
  • Amy Adams – “Vice”
  • Claire Foy – “First Man”
  • Regina King – “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • Emma Stone – “The Favourite”
  • Rachel Weisz – “The Favourite”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
  • Hugh Grant – “Paddington 2”
  • Richard E. Grant – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
  • Michael B. Jordan – “Black Panther”
  • Brian Tyree Henry – “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • Steven Yeun – “Burning”
BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST
  • Yalitzia Aparicio – “Roma”
  • Jim Cummings – “Thunder Road”
  • Elsie Fisher – “Eighth Grade”
  • Boots Riley – “Sorry To Bother You”
  • Brian Tyree Henry – “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” & “Widows”
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
  • “Eighth Grade”
  • “The Favourite”
  • “First Reformed”
  • “Roma”
  • “Sorry To Bother You”
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
  • “BlacKkKlansman”
  • “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
  • ​”The Death Of Stalin”
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • “Leave No Trace”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
  • “Burning”
  • “First Man”
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • “Roma”
  • “The Favourite”
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
  • “Annihilation”
  • “First Man”
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • “Mandy”
  • “Suspiria”
BEST ANIMATED FILM
  • “Incredibles 2”
  • “Isle Of Dogs”
  • “Mirai”
  • “Ralph Breaks The Internet”
  • “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”
BEST FOREIGN FILM
  • “Burning”
  • “Cold War”
  • “The Guilty”
  • “Roma”
  • “Shoplifters”
BEST DOCUMENTARY
  • “Free Solo”
  • “Minding The Gap”
  • “RBG”
  • “Shirkers”
  • “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
BEST ENSEMBLE
  • “Avengers: Infinity War”
  • “Black Panther”
  • “Crazy Rich Asians”
  • “The Favourite”
  • “Widows”
BEST MOTION CAPTURE/SPECIAL EFFECTS PERFORMANCE
  • Josh Brolin – “Avengers: Infinity War”
  • Shameik Moore – “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”
  • Sonoya Mizuno​ – “Annihilation”
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge – “Solo: A Star Wars Story”
  • Ben Whishaw – “Paddington 2”
BEST STUNTS
  • “Black Panther”
  • “Mandy”
  • “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”
  • “The Night Comes For Us”
  • “Upgrade”
BEST FIRST FILM
  • Ari Aster – “Hereditary”
  • ​Bo Burnham – “Eighth Grade”
  • Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born”
  • ​Carlos Lopez Estrada – “Blindspotting”
  • Boots Riley – “Sorry To Bother You”
THE AUSTIN FILM AWARD

*Works made in Austin and/or directed by a filmmaker living in town during their film’s production*

  • “1985” (dir. Yen Tan)
  • “Call Her Ganda” (dir. PJ Raval)
  • “Damsel” (dir. David & Nathan Zellner)
  • “Run Like the Devil” (dir. Steve Mims)
  • “Support The Girls” (dir. Andrew Bujalski)

What do you think of the nominees from the Austin Film Critics Association? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below! 

The Austin Film Critics Association announces their winners on Jan. 7, 2019. 

Be sure to check out our Official Oscar Predictions Page to see where this year’s films and performances rank among the contenders!