ACCA 2018 WINNERS: Netflix’s ‘Roma’ Takes Best Picture But ‘The Favourite’ Leads Wins

NEW YORK (January 30, 2019) – Awards Circuit announced its winners for the 2018 Awards Circuit Community Awards.  The awards are voted on annually by’s community of nearly 700,000 readers from all over the world.

Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón‘s personal tale of a housekeeper in Mexico City during the 1970s, took home Best Motion Picture for 2018 for its producers Gabriela RodriguezNicolas Celis,  and Alfonso Cuarón. The film won three of its nine total nominations. It also won prizes for Foreign Language Film and Cinematography for Alfonso Cuarón. This is the second time that the readers of Awards Circuit have chosen an Alfonso Cuarón film for Best Motion Picture, with the first being “Gravity” in 2013. He joins Jonathan Demme, Quentin Tarantino, and Joel Coen as the only individuals to accomplish the feat. This is the first time in ACCA history that a foreign language film won Best Motion Picture.

The film with the most wins with ACCA in 2018 was “The Favourite” from Yorgos Lanthimos. The period feature won six prizes, including Best Achievement in Direction for Lanthimos, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Olivia Colman, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Rachel Weisz, and Cast Ensemble for Dixie Chassay. The Original Screenplay for Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara was also rewarded, as was Production Designers Fiona Crombie & Alice Felton. This was Lantimos’ first win and second nomination at ACCA. The rest of “The Favourite” winners were on their first film nomination.

The nomination leader, “A Star Is Born,” took home four wins. Bradley Cooper headlined the wins, with his first ACCA win for Actor in a Leading Role after four ACCA nominations. He had been previously nominated for Lead Actor in “Silver Linings Playbook,” as well as the Cast Ensemble awards for “The Hangover” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” Sam Elliott also won for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Jay Cassidy won for Best Editing, and songwriters  Lady GagaNatalie HembyHillary Lindsey, and Lori McKenna, won for “Always Remember Us This Way” for Best Original Song.

Three films tied with two wins apiece. “Black Panther” received awards for Best Makeup and Best Costume Design. Ruth E. Carter wins her first ACCA on her third attempt. She had been previously nominated for “Malcolm X” and “Amistad” in the retrospective ACCA years. Joel Harlow, Camille Friend, and Ken Diaz won for their makeup work. “Avengers: Infinity War” surprised by winning two categories. Its first prize went to best Stunt Ensemble, and the second went to the film for Best Visual Effects. Meanwhile,

First Man” won for both Original Score and Best Sound. For Justin Hurwitz, this is his third win in five nominations, all of them since 2016. For the sound team, the wins recognize sound experts ACCA has nominated before. Nathan Crowley wins his first ACCA in three nominations, Frank A. Montaño wins his first of two nominations, Ai-Ling Lee won his second ACCA in as many nominations, and finally, Mary H. Ellis won her first prize after being nominated last year as well.

Other winners include “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” in Animated Feature and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” in Documentary Feature, and “If Beale Street Could Talk” for Adapted Screenplay. This was Barry Jenkins‘ first win in three nominations, after losing both screenplay and director for “Moonlight” in 2016.

During the announcement of the awards on the Circuit Breaker podcast, changes were made to which films receive recognition. Moving forward, the runners up will no longer be announced. Rather than focusing on who almost won the prize, we want the focus to be on the films that were considered the best in each category.

Alfonso Cuarón, the recipient of the Johnny Alba Innovation Award, won three prizes from ACCA this year. He picked up two prizes for producing “Roma,” as well as the cinematography award. His joint roles as Producer, Director, Writer, Cinematographer, and Editor earned him six nominations this year, the most ever for an individual in a single ACCA year. He increases his ACCA win total to five with these wins and his nomination total to fourteen.

Meryl Streep received the Lifetime Achievement Award this year. While she was not active in the Oscar race, Streep’s record more than speaks for itself. She has won three ACCA prizes in twelve nominations. Her earliest nomination came for her work in “Death Becomes Her” in 1992, and received her last nomination for “The Iron Lady” in 2011.

The full list of winners and runner-ups are down 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 – WINNER
  • “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” – WINNER
  • Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Christian Bale, “Vice”
  • Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born” – WINNER
  • 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” – WINNER
  • 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” – WINNER
  • 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” – WINNER

Best Performance by a Cast Ensemble

  • “BlacKkKlansman” – Kim Coleman
  • “The Favourite” – Dixie Chassay – WINNER
  • “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) – WINNER
  • “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) – WINNER
  • “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) – WINNER

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 – WINNER

Best Foreign Language Film

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

Best Original Score

  • “Black Panther” (Ludwig Goransson)
  • “First Man” (Justin Hurwitz) – WINNER
  • “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 – WINNER
  • “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) – WINNER
  • “A Star is Born” (Matthew Libatique)

Best Costume Design

  • “Black Panther” (Ruth E. Carter) – WINNER
  • “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) – WINNER

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • “Black Panther” (Joel Harlow, Camille Friend, Ken Diaz) – WINNER
  • “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) – WINNER
  • “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) – WINNER
  • “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) – WINNER
  • “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 – WINNER
  • “Black Panther” – Jonathan Eusebio
  • “Deadpool 2” – Scott J. Ateah, Jonathan Eusebio, Philip J. Silvera
  • “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” – Wade Eastwood

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Written by Alan French

Alan French is a movie buff, a TV lover, and a sports fanatic. His favorite TV shows are 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Rick and Morty' and 'Game of Thrones.' He's also a Spielberg fanatic. You can find him on Twitter and Medium @TheAlanFrench.


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