HAWAII FILM CRITICS SOCIETY 2018 NOMINEES LIST

The Hawaii Film Critics Society released its list of nominations for their year’s end, Best of 2018 list today. The nominations reveal a selection of the expected awards-favorites, many audience-favorite blockbusters and a handful of genuine surprise picks. Bradley Cooper’s blockbuster music drama, “A Star Is Born,” Ryan Coogler’s Marvel milestone “Black Panther” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ art house costume drama, “The Favourite” all received the most nominations, with nine each. Alfonso Cuaron’s critics-favorite, “Roma,” followed with seven nominations, Damien Chazelle’s astronaut biopic “First Man” received six nominations, while “Green Book,” “Widows,” “BlackKklansman,” “A Quiet Place,” “Hereditary” and “Isle of Dogs” all received four nomination each.

As always, the Hawaii Film Critics Society selections tend to skewer a wide variety of tastes, as hits like “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” (both nominated for three awards each) were recognized, but so is the WWII-horror film “Overlord” (up for Best Make-up and Best Sci-Fi Horror Film), “Tomb Raider” (nominated for Best Stunt Work), “A Wrinkle in Time” (nominated for Best Song) and “Deadpool 2” (also up for Best Song). Current box office champ “Aquaman” received two nominations (for Best Stunt Work and Best Visual Effects), while “Avengers: Infinity War,” currently the top-grossing film of 2018, is also up for two awards (Best Vocal/Motion-Capture Performance and Best Visual Effects).

The Best Hawaiian Film continues to be a surprising category for it versatile picks. Past winners in this category include Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha” and Pixar’s “Moana.” This year, the nominees are Ciara Lacy’s acclaimed documentary, “Out of State,” Mitchel Viernes’ sci-fi short film “Kalewa” (a favorite at this year’s Ohina Short Film Showcase) and Brian Kohne’s Maui-made “Kuleana.” The latter was nominated in this category last year, after appearing on the festival circuit (this year, “Kuleana” received an island-wide limited release and reportedly is having its name changed to “Maui” for its mainland run).

At the other end of the spectrum, surprise hits “The Nun” and “The MEG” are also nominated, though their producers likely won’t be sending flowers- they’re both up for Worst Film of 2018, where they “compete” against “Breaking In,” “Slender Man” and “The HappyTime Murders.”

The Hawaii Film Critics Society, which was founded in 2015 and recently added its newest member (MAUIWatch film critic Aron Medeiros), will vote on the established nominees this coming week and release their final list of winners on Saturday, January 12th.

 

BEST PICTURE:

A Star Is Born

Roma

Black Panther

Green Boook

First Man

 

BEST DIRECTOR:

Alfonso Cuaron/ Roma

Spike Lee/ BlackKklansman

Bradley Cooper/ A Star Is Born

Yorgos Lanthimos/ The Favourite

John Krazinski/ A Quiet Place

 

BEST ACTOR:

Rami Malek/ Bohemian Rhapsody

Bradley Cooper/ A Star Is Born

Christian Bale/ Vice

Viggo Mortensen/ Green Book

John David Washington/ BlacKkKlansman

 

BEST ACTRESS:

Olivia Coleman/ The Favourite

Toni Collette/ Hereditary

Charlize Theron/ Tully

Claire Foy/ First Man

Elsie Fisher/ Eighth Grade

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Sam Elliot/ A Star Is Born

Mahershala Ali/ Green Book

Adam Driver/ BlacKkKlansman

Richard E. Grant/ Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Daniel Kaluuya/ Widows

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Emma Stone/ The Favourite

Rachel Weisz/ The Favourite

Emily Blunt/ A Quiet Place

Elizabeth Debicki/ Widows

Amy Adams/ Vice

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Roma

The Favourite

Green Book

Sorry To Bother You

Isle of Dogs

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

BlackKklansman

Black Panther

A Star is Born

First Man

Love, Simon

 

BEST ART DIRECTION:

Black Panther

The Favourite

Roma

Mary Poppins Returns

Crazy Rich Asians

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Black Panther

The Favourite

Bohemian Rhapsody

Mary Poppins Returns
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Roma

First Man

The Favourite

Black Panther

A Star Is Born

 

BEST EDITING:

Roma

The Favourite

Widows

First Man

Mission: Impossible- Fallout

 

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Ralph Breaks the Internet

The Grinch

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY:

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Three Identical Strangers

Whitney

Shirkers

They Shall Not Grow Old/ dir. Peter Jackson

 

Best Make-Up

Vice

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody

Overlord

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

 

Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat/ Isle of Dogs

Justin Hurwitz/ First Man

A Quiet Place
Crazy Rich Asians
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

 

Best Song

“Shallow”/ A Star is Born

“Trip a Little Light Fantastic”/ Mary Poppins Returns

“All the Stars”/ Black Panther

“Ashes”/ Deadpool 2

“Flower of the Universe”/ A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Visual Effects

Ready Player One

First Man

Black Panther

Aquaman

Avengers: Infinity War

 

Best Stunt Work

Mission: Impossible- Fallout

Tomb Raider

Widows

Black Panther
Aquaman

 

BEST NEW FILMMAKER

Ari Aster/ Hereditary

Bo Burnham/ Eighth Grade

Boots Riley/ Sorry to Bother You

Bradley Cooper/ A Star is Born

The Baker Brothers/ Kin

 

BEST FIRST FILM

Eighth Grade

Sorry to Bother You

Hereditary

A Star is Born
Kin

 

BEST OVERLOOKED FILM

Chappaquidick

Mandy

First Reformed

You Were Never Really Here

A Simple Favor

 

BEST VOCAL/MOTION CAPTURE PERFORMANCE

Josh Brolin/ Avengers: Infinity War

Benedict Cumberbatch/ The Grinch
Taraji P. Henson/ Ralph Breaks the Internet
Bryan Cranston/ Isle of Dogs

Ben Whishaw/ Paddington 2

 

Best Horror/Sci-Fi  Film

A Quiet Place

Hereditary

Annihilation

Halloween

Overlord

 

Best Foreign Language Film

Roma (Mexico)

Cold War (Poland)

Shoplifters (Japan)

Burning (South Korea)
I Am Not a Witch (United Kingdom)

 

Best Hawaiian Film

Out of State/ dir. Ciara Lacy

Kuleana/ dir. Brian Kohne

Kalewa/ dir. Mitchel Viernes

 

Worst Film of 2018

The MEG

The Happytime Murders

Slenderman

Breaking In

The Nun


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