On Sunday, the Utah Film Critics reminded me why I love awards season.
After a few weeks of the same three or four films winning award after award, the Utah Film Critics decided to go against the conventional wisdom and, as best picture of 2018, they selected the animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse!
Obviously, the Utah Film Critics aren’t as influential as the National Board of Review or the Golden Globes or even the Critics Choice Awards. If I had to choose between the two, I’d say that Black Panther has a far better chance of becoming the first comic book movie to be nominated for best picture. Still, it’s always fun to play what if.
(Also, Utah deserves credit for giving acting awards to both Elsie Fisher and Hugh Grant.)
Anyway, here are all the winners out of Utah!
Best Picture: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (RU: Roma)
Best Animated Feature: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (RU: none)
Best Documentary Feature: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (RU: Minding the Gap)
Best Non-English Language Feature: Roma (RU: Burning)
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma (RU: Ryan Coogler, Black Panther)
Best Actor: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed (RU: Christian Bale, Vice)
Best Actress: Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade (RU: Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born)
Best Supporting Actor (tie): Hugh Grant, Paddington 2 and Russell Hornsby, The Hate U Give
Best Supporting Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite (RU: Elizabeth Debicki, Widows)
Best Original Screenplay: Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade (RU: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (RU: Audrey Wells, The Hate U Give)
Best Cinematography: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma (RU: Rob Hardy, Annihilation)
Best Original Score: Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury, Annihilation (RU: Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk)