'Roma' Named Best Picture by Vancouver Film Critics Circle

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Ethan Hawke, Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant and Rachel Weisz earned acting prizes in the vote, while Paul Schrader was tapped as best director.

The Vancouver Film Critics Circle on Monday named Alfonso Cuaroon’s Roma best picture and best foreign-language film of 2018.

First Reformed led the group's international awards with three wins, including for best director and screenplay for Paul Schrader. Ethan Hawke was also tapped as best actor, male, for his role in the drama, while Richard E. Grant was named best supporting actor for his turn in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The Canadian critics had a more difficult time deciding the best actor, female category, and arrived at a three-way tie between Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Olivia Colman for The Favourite and Regina Hall for Support the Girls.

Rachel Weisz won best supporting actor, female, honors for her role in The Favourite, while Minding the Gap was named best documentary.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite led all films going into this year's Vancouver Film Critics Circle’s international competition with six nominations. The winners of the group's Canadian film awards will be unveiled at a Jan. 7 ceremony.

A complete list of international award winners follows.

Best Picture


Best Actor, Male

Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

Best Actor, Female

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Olivia Colman, The Favourite; Regina Hall, Support the Girls

Best Supporting Actor, Male

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Supporting Actor, Female

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Director

Paul Schrader, First Reformed

Best Screenplay

Paul Schrader, First Reformed

Best Foreign-Language Film


Best Documentary

Minding the Gap