(December 10, 2018 – Toronto, ON) The Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA), which was founded in 1997, has announced their 2018 award decisions on a handful of films, most of them non-Canadian, but Canadian films play an important role in the association’s deliberations. In fact the TFCA administers the richest film award in Canada, The Rogers Best Canadian Film Award carries a record-setting $100,000 cash prize for the winning film. The films, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch, Ava and Maison du bonheur are in the running. The winner will be announced at the 22nd TFCA Awards Gala, to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto on January 8, 2019. The runners-up will each receive $5,000.
The Netflix production Roma (pictured above) has taken two top awards from the TFCA being named Best Picture and Alfonso Cuarón was chosen Best Director.
“The past year has seen a bounty of great cinema, featuring engaging stories both intimate and universal,” said TFCA President Peter Howell. “This made it exceedingly hard for us to choose favourites and led to very spirited debates, as evidenced by how evenly our votes were divided, including in one case, a rare tie. But it was a delightful problem to have.”
The TFCA chose Olivia Colman as Best Actress for her portrayal of the temperamental, yet tenderly vulnerable, Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ black comedy The Favourite.
Ethan Hawke was awarded Best Actor for playing a tormented pastor in Paul Schrader’s drama First Reformed, and South Korean mystery-drama Burning was chosen Best Foreign-Language Film.
Regina King was named Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk, while TFCA members chose Steven Yeun as Best Supporting Actor for Burning.
There was a tie in the Best Screenplay category between The Favourite and First Reformed.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Morgan Neville’s affectionate look at the legacy reaching beyond the small screen neighbourhood created by TV’s Mr. Rogers, was given the RBC Allan King Documentary Award, and Wes Anderson’s stop-motion, canine world-view Isle of Dogs was named Best Animated Feature.
The winner of the Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist, will be announced at a later date and will be presented with a $10,000 cheque at the gala.
Following is the full list of 2018 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards winners and runners-up:
“Burning” (Well Go USA)
“First Reformed” (ABMO Films)
Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed” (ABMO Films)
Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate” (Elevation Pictures)
Viggo Mortensen “Green Book” (NBCUniversal)
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” (Fox Searchlight)
Regina Hall, “Support the Girls” (Mongrel Media)
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Fox Searchlight)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Steven Yuen, “Burning” (Well Go USA)
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Fox Searchlight)
Michael B. Jordan, “Black Panther” (Walt Disney Studios)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Entertainment One)
Emma Stone, “The Favourite” (Fox Searchlight)
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite” (Fox Searchlight)
Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma” (Netflix)
Lee Chang-dong, “Burning” (Well Go USA
Paul Schrader, “First Reformed” (ABMO Films)
BEST SCREENPLAY, ADAPTED OR ORIGINAL
Tie: “The Favourite” by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (Fox Searchlight) and
“First Reformed” by Paul Schrader (ABMO Films)
“Roma” by Alfonso Cuarón (Netflix)
BEST FIRST FEATURE
“Sorry to Bother You” directed by Boots Riley (Entertainment One)
“Eighth Grade” directed by Bo Burnham (Elevation Pictures)
“Hereditary” directed by Ari Aster (Elevation Pictures)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“Isle of Dogs” (Fox Searchlight)
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” (Walt Disney Studios)
“Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” (Sony Pictures Animation)
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
“Burning” (Well Go USA)
“Cold War” (Mongrel Media)
RBC ALLAN KING DOCUMENTARY AWARD
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (NBCUniversal)
“ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch” (Mongrel Media)
“Free Solo” (Mongrel Media)
As previously announced, the 2017 recipient of the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award is prolific actor Tantoo Cardinal, who has chosen writer-director and video artist Darlene Naponse to receive $50,000 worth of services from Technicolor. Naponse’s film Falls Around Her, starring Cardinal as an Anishinaabe musician, had its world premiere at TIFF 2018.