Best Director & Writing of 2018

Best Director

Nailing down best the best direction in a film, rather than stellar writing or acting carrying a film to notoriety, is a challenging endeavor. You must see the hand, and never know you’ve been touched. The film is held together by a common force that never shows its influence. These directors delivered their visions with exceptional flare!

Damien Chazelle (First Man)

Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)

Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters)

Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)

Jeremiah Zagar (We the Animals)

Runners-up:
Spike Lee (BlacKKKlansman)
Lynne Ramsey (You Were Never Really Here)
Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)

Best Original Screenplay

The storyteller who pulls inspiration from real life, imagination, and fantasies is a never-ending treasure as a species who can learn through stories rather than facts. They bring the stories we had no idea we wanted to see on the big screen and deliver them with humor, history and heart

Blindspotting
(Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs)

Cold War
(Pawel Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki)

Eighth Grade
(Bo Burnham)

The Favourite
(Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara)

Roma
(Alfonso Cuaron)

Runners-up:
Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson with story by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, & Kunichi Nomura)
A Quiet Place (Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski)
Shoplifters (Hirokazu Koreeda)

Best Adapted Screenplay

What’s the difference between a short story about trolls, an autobiography of a con woman and one of a law man, the two stories of family trying to fix each other on morally opposing ends? A lot, except for they were all adapted into notable movies this year!:

based on Ron Stallworth’s memoir

BlacKKKlansman
(Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee)

based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s short story “Grans” (The Border)

Border
(Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf, John Ajvide Lindqvist)

based on Lee Israel’s memoir of the same name

Can You Ever Forgive Me?
( Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty)

based on “My Abandonment” by Peter Rock

Leave No Trace
(Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini)

based on Emily M. Danforth

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
(Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele)

Runners-up:
The Death of Stalin (Fabien Nury, Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, Peter Fellows)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
Wildlife (Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan)

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