2019 Nominees Announced

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December 14, 2018 by joshcabrita

For Immediate Release




Vancouver, B.C. (December 14, 2018) – Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite leads all films in the Vancouver Film Critics Circle’s international section with six nominations.


Lanthimos’ delectable bodice ripper shares the Best Picture category with First Reformed, Paul Schrader’s pointed diagnosis of our ill-stricken times, and Alfonso Cuarón’s technically virtuosic and emotionally devastating Roma; Lanthimos, Schrader and Cuarón also assume their respective places in the Best Director category.


The Favourite picked up nominations for its three female actors. While Olivia Colman is nominated for Best Actress alongside Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Regina Hall for Support the Girls, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone occupy two-thirds of Best Supporting Actress, where their work in The Favourite is recognized alongside Claire Foy’s turn in First Man.


Green Book secured two nominations in male acting categories. Viggo Mortensen receives a nod for Best Actor with Ethan Hawke (First Reformed) and Christian Bale (Vice), and Mahershala Ali was selected in Best Supporting Actor with Peter Bogdanovich (The Other Side of the Wind), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) and Steven Yeun (Burning).


First Reformed received one final nomination for Paul Schrader in the Best Screenplay category, where he will compete with Bo Burnham for Eighth Grade and Tony McNamara for The Favourite.


Burning, Roma and Shoplifters are up for Best Foreign Language Film, while Free Solo, Minding the Gap and Won’t You Be my Neighbor? are nominated for Best Documentary.


Winners in the international categories will be announced on Monday, December 17. A full list of International nominees follows.


Best Picture

The Favourite

First Reformed



Best Actor, Male

Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Christian Bale, Vice


Best Actor, Female

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Regina Hall, Support the Girls


Best Supporting Actor, Male

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Peter Bogdanovich, The Other Side of the Wind

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Steven Yeun, Burning


Best Supporting Actor, Female

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Claire Foy, First Man


Best Director

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Paul Schrader, First Reformed

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma


Best Screenplay

Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite

Paul Schrader, First Reformed


Best Foreign Language Film





Best Documentary

Free Solo

Minding the Gap

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?




Katherine Jerkovic’s Roads in February leads all films in the Vancouver Film Critics’ Circles’ Canadian section with six nominations.


A wistful story about a young woman returning home to Uruguay after more than a decade away, Roads in February is nominated for Best Picture alongside Fausto, Andrea Bussmann’s loose adaptation of Goethe’s version of the Faust legend, and Edge of the Knife, co-directors Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s 19th century epic, scripted entirely in two endangered Haida dialects (of which there are only 20-odd fluent speakers remaining). Jerkovic, Bussmann and Edenshaw and Haig-Brown are all nominated for Best Director, where they are joined by Philippe Lesage for Genesis.


Genesis’ other nod is for Théodore Pellerin in the Best Actor, Male category, which also recognizes the achievements of Tyler York (Edge of the Knife) and Josh Wiggins (Giant Little Ones). The Union of BC Performers will award a cash prize for the winner of this category. This year’s Best Actor, Female nominees are Troian Bellisario (Clara), Michaela Kurimsky (Firecrackers), Arlen Aguayo Stewart (Roads in February), and Jennifer Hardy (Spice It Up).


When the Storm Fades, a narrative-documentary hybrid about the devastating effects of climate change on families in the Philippines, received nominations for Aaron Reed in Best Supporting Actor, Male and for Kayla Lorette in Best Supporting Actor, Female. Reed is nominated alongside William Russ for Edge of the Knife and Pierre-Luc Brillant for The Fireflies are Gone, while Lorette shares her category with Gabrielle Rose (Kingsway) and Gloria Demassi (Roads in February)


Keith Behrman, who hasn’t made a feature film since 2002’s Flower and Garnet, is nominated for Best Screenplay for Giant Little Ones. He is joined by Zebulon Zang for N.O.N. and Katherine Jerkovic for Roads in February.


Redolent of the confrontational cinema of Rick Alverson, N.O.N. is also nominated for Best BC Film with Edge of the Knife, This Mountain Life and When the Storm Fades. A cash prize sponsored by the Canadian Media Production Association-BC Producers’ Branch will be presented to the producer of the winning film in this category, while a second cash prize sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada-BC Council will go to the film’s director.


One to Watch sheds light on debut filmmakers that exhibit tremendous promise. This year’s class is comprised by Katherine Jerkovic (Roads in February), Akash Sherman (Clara), Jasmin Mozaffari (Firecrackers), and Drew Lint (M/M). A cash prize will be provided for this award by Telefilm Canada.


The Best Canadian Documentary nominees are ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch, The Museum of Forgotten Triumphs, and What Is Democracy?


Winners of the Canadian awards will be announced at the VFCC’s awards ceremony on Monday January 7, 2019. A full list of nominees in the Canadian categories follows.


Best Picture

Edge of the Knife


Roads in February


Best Director

Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown, Edge of the Knife

Andrea Bussmann, Fausto

Philippe Lesage, Genesis

Katherine Jerkovic, Roads in February


One to Watch

Akash Sherman, Clara

Jasmin Mozaffari, Firecrackers

Drew Lint, M/M

Katherine Jerkovic, Roads in February


Best Screenplay

Keith Behrman, Giant Little Ones

Zebulon Zang, N.O.N.

Katherine Jerkovic, Roads in February


Best Actor, Male

Tyler York, Edge of the Knife

Théodore Pellerin, Genesis

Josh Wiggins, Giant Little Ones


Best Actor, Female

Troian Bellisario, Clara

Michaela Kurimsky, Firecrackers

Arlen Aguayo Stewart, Roads in February

Jennifer Hardy, Spice It Up


Best Supporting Actor, Male

William Russ, Edge of the Knife

Pierre-Luc Brillant, The Fireflies Are Gone

Aaron Read, When the Storm Fades


Best Supporting Actor, Female

Gabrielle Rose, Kingsway

Gloria Demassi, Roads in February

Kayla Lorette, When the Storm Fades


Best Canadian Documentary


The Museum of Forgotten Triumphs

What Is Democracy?


Best BC Film

Edge of the Knife


This Mountain Life

When the Storm Fades


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