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Houston Film Critics Society unveils 'favourites' for upcoming movie awards

Houston Film Critics Society unveils 'favourites' for movie awards

Rachel Weisz in The Favourite
The Favourite is a Houston critics' favorite.  Photo by Yorgos Lanthimos

It appears the film critics of Houston have a thing for movies about 18th-century English royalty being bitchy to one another.

That would explain why the period piece The Favourite, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Olivia Colman and Oscar winners Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, has a whopping seven nominations in the 12th Annual Houston Film Critics Society Movie Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.

The monster Marvel hit Black Panther and If Beale Street Could Talk, the James Baldwin-adapted latest from Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, are both tied with six nominations, while the Bradley Cooper-directed remake of A Star is Born and the Dick Cheney biopic Vice each have five. All these films are nominated for best picture, along with BlacKkKlansman, Eighth Grade, First Reformed, Green Book, Hereditary, and Roma.

“Once again, the HFCS nominations tell the story of the year in film,” Joshua Starnes, president of the organization (which this writer is a member), said in a statement. “By celebrating popular blockbusters as well as acclaimed independent films, the nominations remind us why we love to go to the movies.”

The winners will be announced on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at a free "Oscar-style" ceremony (with promotional assistance from ESPN 97.5 FM and SportsMap 94.1 FM, which is owned by Gow Media, which also owns CultureMap) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, starting at 7 pm.

There will also be awards given out the Best Poster (BlacKkKlansman and Suspiria both have two nominations) as well as Worst Picture (yes, Venom is in there). A silent auction benefitting the HFCS will include movie industry collectables and will be staged at the after-party at Hotel ZaZa, located in the Houston Museum District. Tickets are required to ensure a manageable level of attendance.

Here is a full list of the nominees:

Best Picture

A Star is Born

Black Panther


Eighth Grade

If Beale Street Could Talk

The Favourite

First Reformed

Green Book




Best Director

Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Adam McKay, Vice

Best Actor

Christian Bale, Vice

Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born

Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Best Actress

Glenn Close, The Wife

Toni Collette, Hereditary

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Lady Gaga, A Star is Born

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

Adam Driver, BlackKklansman

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther

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 Screenplay

Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade

Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara, The Favourite

Paul Schrader, First Reformed

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Adam McKay, Vice

Best Cinematography

Rachel Morrison, Black Panther

Linus Sandgren, First Man

Robbie Ryan, The Favourite

James Laxton, If Beale Street Could Talk

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Best Animated Film

Incredibles 2 

Isle of Dogs 


Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Original Score

Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther

Justin Hurwitz, First Man

Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk

Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs

Thom Yorke, Suspiria

Best Original Song

All the Stars from Black Panther

Ashes from Deadpool 2

Hearts Beat Loudfrom Hearts Beat Loud

Revelation from Boy Erased

Shallow from A Star is Born

Best Foreign Language Film



Cold War



Best Documentary Feature

Free Solo

Minding the Gap


Three Identical Strangers

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Texas Independent Film Award


An American in Texas

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek

Support the Girls


Visual Effects

Black Panther

First Man

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Best Poster

BlacKkKlansman (two different posters)


Suspiria (two different posters)

Best Worst Film of the Year

The 15:17 to Paris

The Happytime Murders

Life Itself