ACCA 2018: Final Voting Opens Where ‘A Star Is Born’ Leads With 13 Nominations


With ACCA nominations and Oscar nominations behind us, it is time to celebrate the best in film from 2018. Our readers picked their favorites of 2018, and you’ve spoken some very cool and interesting nominations into existence. In fact, ACCA took some big turns away from Oscar in a handful of categories.

Perhaps the most pronounced category where the two diverged was Best Picture. ACCA chose to nominate several genre films that received zero nominations from Oscar. Only 4 films received Best Picture nominations at both bodies. The only categories with perfect crossover were Best Animated Film, Best Production Design, and our Best Sound category matched Sound Editing. In total, ACCA nominated 43 different films this year compared to Oscar nominating 37 films (not counting the shorts). Great job readers for going your own way!

Let’s do a quick review of the nominations with the video below and the press release announcing the Lifetime Achievement and Johnny Alba Innovation awards.

Official Press Release:

The Awards Circuit Community Awards (ACCA) announced today that three-time Academy Award winner, and twenty-one-time nominee Meryl Streep, will receive the 2018 Awards Circuit Lifetime Achievement Award.

Two-time Academy Award winner and six-time nominee Alfonso Cuaron will receive the Johnny Alba Innovation Award.

Clayton Davis, Editor-in-Chief, and Owner of said,

“The selection of Alfonso Cuaron and Meryl Streep were perfect given what this year delivered,” said AwardsCircuit owner and editor Clayton Davis.  He continues saying “Cuaron’s achievement with “Roma” is something we may never see again while Streep’s career is something that every actor or actress working today should aspire to.”

The Lifetime Achievement Awards is given to an individual whose dedication the film industry has made a lasting impact. Often described as the best actress of her generation, Meryl Streep is the rare type of artist that brings every emotion to her performances.  Whether making makes us laugh in films like The Devil Wears Prada, cry in Sophie’s Choice, or proving her chops in the musical styling of films like Into The Woods, the depth of her work is always vast and varied. Twenty-one Oscar nominations and three wins, thirty-one Golden Globe nominations and eight wins, two BAFTA’s and Screen Actors Guild awards from the peers of her industry serve as hard validation of her immense contribution to film. Decades and numerous accolades later, she is still a headlining actress and we look forward to seeing where she will take us next.

The Johnny Alba Innovation Award takes its name from the founder of The Oscar Igloo, the predecessor to Awards Circuit. It is given to someone who made a large impression on the film year. As a visionary director, Alfonso Cuaron has gone down the line of fantasy with the third installment of the Harry Potter franchise; he’s tackled drama and foreign language with the ubiquitous Y Tu Mama Tambien. He’s tackled science fiction with Children of Men and Gravity, the latter of which made him the first Mexican director to win the Academy Award for Best Director.  He has also displayed talents beyond directing, with nominations for writing and editing under his belt. His newest film, Roma, is already being touted a masterpiece and recently won the Critics Choice award for Best Picture. The ability to encapsulate a film while playing so many roles in its entirety makes Alfonso Cuaron the perfect recipient of the Johnny Alba Innovation Award.

According to Jury President Knox Van Horn, the nominations encapsulated everything the jury hoped to accomplish during the debate process: “I cannot think of a more worthy pair of winners than the two that have been selected. It was an early priority of the jury to consider the diversity of all kinds in our nominations and discussions, and we are all very proud and satisfied with the choices. The first woman to win one of these two awards, Meryl Streep needs no introduction. She is the creator of some of the most powerful and iconic roles in cinema, and has had an immeasurable effect on the craft of acting and on film as a whole.” On Cuaron, Van Horn continued: “Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma is simply one of the most beautiful films I have seen in my life. From the subtlety of the writing, to the restrained yet glorious black-and-white cinematography, I cannot think of a more deserving winner of the Johnny Alba Innovation Award than this visionary director who could soon take home many more well-deserving awards at this years Oscars.

 Last year, the Lifetime Achievement Award went to legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, who won his first Academy Award for Blade Runner 2049 only a few months later. The Johnny Alba Innovation Award was given to Jordan Peele, the former sketch comic who would also go on to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his groundbreaking horror filmGet Out.

The 2017 Jury were the following participants:

  • Knox Van Horn – New Orleans, LA – JURY PRESIDENT
  • Kimanie Farquharson – Bronx, NY – VICE CHAIR
  • Christian Palmer – Los Angeles, CA
  • Oliver Hetherington-Page – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Archie Wingate – London, United Kingdom
  • Michael Wachowiak – Buffalo, NY
  • Peter Wertz – Princeton, NJ

Films with Nomination Totals

  • 13 Nominations – “A Star Is Born”
  • 12 Nominations – “The Favourite”
  • 9 Nominations – “Roma” & “First Man”
  • 7 Nominations – “BlacKkKlansman”
  • 6 Nominations – “Black Panther” & “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • 4 Nominations – “Mary Poppins Returns” & “Vice”
  • 3 Nominations – “A Quiet Place”
  • 2 Nominations – “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “Hereditary,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Mary Queen of Scots,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

When voting for ACCA, we use a preferential ballot. On the ballot, you rank you winners from first to last in each category. Place your first place vote at the top of the ballot, and then rank your films in descending order down the list. Remember that placement matters for each performance, film, and craft. You can vote in the ballot below.


Full List of ACCA 2018 nominees below:

Best Motion Picture

  • “BlacKkKlansman” – Jason Blum, Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele, Shaun Redick
  • “The Favourite” – Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday
  • “Eighth Grade” – Eli Bush, Scott Rudin, Christopher Storer, Lila Yacoub
  • “First Man” – Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner, Damien Chazelle
  • “Hereditary” – Kevin Frakes, Lara Knudsen, Buddy Patrick
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk” – Megan Ellison, Dede Gardner, Barry Jenkins, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski
  • “A Quiet Place” – Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller
  • “Roma” – Nicolas Celis, Alfonso Cuaron, Gabriela Rodriguez
  • “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” – Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Christina Steinberg
  • “A Star is Born” – Bradley Cooper, Bill Gerber, Lynette Howell Taylor, Jon Peters, Todd Phillips

Best Achievement in Directing

  • Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born”
  • Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”
  • Barry Jenkins, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
  • Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Christian Bale, “Vice”
  • Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born”
  • Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed”
  • Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman”

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
  • Glenn Close, “The Wife”
  • Toni Collette, “Hereditary”
  • Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
  • Lady Gaga, “A Star is Born”

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
  • Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”
  • Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
  • Sam Elliott, “A Star is Born”
  • Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams, “Vice”
  • Claire Foy, “First Man”
  • Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
  • Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Best Performance by a Cast Ensemble

  • “BlacKkKlansman” – Kim Coleman
  • “The Favourite” – Dixie Chassay
  • “A Star is Born” – Lindsay Graham, Mary Vernieu
  • “Vice” – Francine Maisler
  • “Widows” – Francine Maisler, Mickie Paskal, Jennifer Rudnicke

Best Original Screenplay

  • “Eighth Grade” (Bo Burnham)
  • “The Favourite” (Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara)
  • “First Reformed” (Paul Schrader)
  • “A Quiet Place” (Scott Beck, John Krasinski, Bryan Woods)
  • “Roma” (Alfonso Cuaron)

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • “BlacKkKlansman” (Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott)
  • “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty)
  • “First Man” (Josh Singer)
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Barry Jenkins)
  • “A Star is Born” (Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, Eric Roth)

Best Animated Feature

  • “Incredibles 2” (Nicole Paradis Grindle, Brad Bird)
  • “Isle of Dogs” (Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin)
  • “Mirai” (Mamoru Hosoda)
  • “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (Phil Johnston, Rich Moore, Clark Spencer)
  • “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Avi Arad, Amy Pascal)

Best Documentary Feature

  • “Free Solo” – Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes, Shannon Dill
  • “Minding the Gap” – Bing Liu, Diane Quon
  • “RBG” – Julie Cohen, Betsy West
  • “Three Identical Strangers” – Silvi Alzetta-Reali, Eddy Galland, Ron Guttman, Natasha Josefowitz
  • “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” – Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma, Morgan Neville

Best Foreign Language Film

  • “Burning” – Chang-dong Lee (South Korea)
  • “Capernaum” – Nadine Labaki (Lebanon)
  • “Cold War” – Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland)
  • “Roma” – Alfonso Cuaron (Mexico)
  • “Shoplifters” – Hirokazu Koreeda (Japan)

Best Original Score

  • “Black Panther” (Ludwig Goransson)
  • “First Man” (Justin Hurwitz)
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Nicholas Britell)
  • “Isle of Dogs” (Alexandre Desplat)
  • “Mary Poppins Returns” (Marc Shaiman)

Best Original Song

  • “Black Panther” (“All the Stars”) – Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith, Solana Rowe
  • “Boy Erased” (“Revelation”) – Jon Thor Birgisson, Troye Sivan, Brett McLaughlin
  • “A Star is Born” (“Always Remember Us This Way”) – Lady Gaga, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna
  • “A Star is Born” (“I’ll Never Love Again”) – Lady Gaga, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, Aaron Raitere
  • “A Star is Born” (“Shallow”) – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt

Best Cinematography

  • “The Favourite” (Robbie Ryan)
  • “First Man” (Linus Sandgren)
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk” (James Laxton)
  • “Roma” (Alfonso Cuaron)
  • “A Star is Born” (Matthew Libatique)

Best Costume Design

  • “Black Panther” (Ruth E. Carter)
  • “Crazy Rich Asians” (Mary Vogt)
  • “The Favourite” (Sandy Powell)
  • “Mary Poppins Returns” (Sandy Powell)
  • “Mary Queen of Scots” (Alexandra Byrne)

Best Film Editing

  • “BlacKkKlansman” (Barry Alexander Brown)
  • “The Favourite” (Sam Sneade)
  • “First Man” (Tom Cross)
  • “Roma” (Alfonso Cuaron, Adam Gough)
  • “A Star is Born” (Jay Cassidy)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • “Black Panther” (Joel Harlow, Camille Friend, Ken Diaz)
  • “The Favourite” (Beverley Binda, Samantha Denyer, Nadia Stacey)
  • “Mary Queen of Scots” (Jenny Shircore)
  • “Suspiria” (Mark Coulier, Fernanda Perez, Manola Garcia)
  • “Vice” (Kate Biscoe, Patricia DeHaney, Greg Cannom, Chris Gallaher)

Best Sound

  • “Black Panther” (Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Peter Devlin, Benjamin A. Burtt)
  • “First Man” (Mary H. Ellis, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan)
  • “A Quiet Place” (Michael Barosky, Brandon Proctor, Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl)
  • “Roma” (Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan, Jose Antonio Garcia, Sergio Diaz)
  • “A Star is Born” (Steve Morrow, Tim Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder, Alan Robert Murray)

Best Visual Effects

  • “Annihilation” (Sara Bennett, Richard Clarke, Simon Hughes, Andrew Whitehurst)
  • “Avengers: Infinity War” (Dan Deleeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl, Dan Sudick)
  • “First Man” (Paul Lambert, J.D. Schwalm, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles)
  • “Mary Poppins Returns” (Matt Johnson, Steve Warner, Jim Capobianco, Kyle McCulloch)
  • “Ready Player One” (Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew Butler, David Shirk)

Best Production Design

  • “Black Panther” (Hannah Beachler, Jay Hart)
  • “The Favourite” (Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton)
  • “First Man” (Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas)
  • “Mary Poppins Returns” (John Myhre, Gordon Sim)
  • “Roma” (Eugenio Caballero, Barbara Enriquez)

Best Stunt Ensemble

  • “Ant-Man and the Wasp” – George Cottle
  • “Avengers: Infinity War” – Sam Hargrave
  • “Black Panther” – Jonathan Eusebio
  • “Deadpool 2” – Scott J. Ateah, Jonathan Eusebio, Philip J. Silvera
  • “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” – Wade Eastwood

Who are you voting for in ACCA 2018? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below! 

Voting for the ACCA 2018 Voting Closes on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. Our winners will be announced on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Make sure to vote in our most recent Academy Idol XII Round as well!

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