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2018 San Diego Film Critics Society Winners – ‘Leave No Trace’ and Debra Granik Emerge with Gold

It looks like the San Diego Film Critics Society really wanted to add some spice into the 2018 critics precursors. In the words of Fleetwood Mac, “you can go your own way,” and the SDFCS really lived up to the phrase. They not only give their Best Picture prize to “Leave No Trace,” but Debra Granik also takes home the director prize. “Game Night” also took home multiple prizes while “Green Book” was relegated to runner-up in several categories. A fun list for sure, check out the nominees below!

2018 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards

Best Picture:

Winner: LEAVE NO TRACE
Runner Up: GREEN BOOK

Best Director:

Winner: Debra Granik, LEAVE NO TRACE
Runner Up: Peter Farrelly, GREEN BOOK

Best Actor:

Winner: Ethan Hawke, FIRST REFORMED
Runner Up: Viggo Mortensen, GREEN BOOK

Best Actress:

Winner: Glenn Close, THE WIFE
Runner Up: Melissa McCarthy, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

Best Supporting Actor:

Winner: TIE
Richard E. Grant, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
Timothée Chalamet, BEAUTIFUL BOY

Best Supporting Actress:

Winner: Nicole Kidman, BOY ERASED
Running Up: Nina Arianda, STAN & OLLIE

Best Comedic Performance:

Winner: Hugh Grant, PADDINGTON 2
Runner Up: Jesse Plemons, GAME NIGHT

Best Original Screenplay:

Winner: Bo Burnham, EIGHTH GRADE
Runner Up: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, GREEN BOOK

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Winner: Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, Peter Fellows, Fabien Nury, THE DEATH OF STALIN
Runner Up: Joel Edgerton, BOY ERASED

Best Documentary:

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
Runner Up: FREE SOLO

Best Animated Film:

Winner: ISLE OF DOGS
Runner Up: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

Best Foreign Language Film:

Winner: SHOPLIFTERS
Runner Up: CAPERNAUM

Best Costume Design: 

TIE
Sandy Powell, THE FAVOURITE
Runner Up:Lindy Hemming, PADDINGTON 2

Best Editing:

Jamie Gross, David Egan, GAME NIGHT
Runner Up: Christopher Tellefsen, A QUIET PLACE

Best Cinematography:

TIE
Bruno Delbonnel, THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS
Joshua James Richards, THE RIDER

Best Production Design:

Winner: Fiona Crombie, THE FAVOURITE
Runner Up: John Paul Kelly, STAN & OLLIE

Best Visual Effects:

Winner: READY PLAYER ONE
Runner Up: CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Best Use of Music: 

Winner: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE
Runner Up: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Breakthrough Artist:

Winner: Thomasin McKenzie, LEAVE NO TRACE
Runner Up: Charlie Plummer, LEAN ON PETE

Best Ensemble: 

Winner: GAME NIGHT
Runner Up: THE FAVOURITE

Body of Work:

Winner: John C. Reilly, THE SISTERS BROTHERS, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, STAN & OLLIE

What do you think of the San Diego Film Critics Society choices? Do you agree with them about some of these underseen movies? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below! 

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

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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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