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Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Snow! Christmas! Terrible but enjoyable (and apparently, this year, controversial!) music! End of year “best of” lists!

I’m a member of a couple of critics’ organisations, so we’ll be releasing a couple of these lists upon which I voted. I’ll also hopefully be releasing my own top ten as part of a Scannain end-of-year podcast some time this week.

In the meantime, the Dublin Film Critics Circle have released their end of year awards. Thrilled to be a part of the group, who are voting on films released in Ireland during the calendar year of 2018. As such, it will be a different pool of films than the Online Film Critics Society awards.

A massive thanks to the wonderful Tara Brady for organising the awards this year, balloting members and collating results.

Anyway, without further ado…

Best Film


  1. A Star is Born

  2. Cold War

  3. Lady Bird

  4. You Were Never Really Here

  5. Loveless/A Quiet Place

  6. BlacKkKlansman

  7. Leave No Trace

  8. Shoplifters

  9. First Man

  10. The Rider/Mandy

Best Director


  1. Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

  2. Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here

  3. Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born

  4. Paweł Pawlikowski, Cold War

  5. Damien Chazelle, First Man

  6. Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

  7. Hirokazu Kore-eda, Shoplifters

  8. Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

  9. Debra Granik, Leave No Trace

  10. Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

Best Actress

  1. Lady Gaga, A Star is Born

  2. Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

  3. Toni Collette, Hereditary

  4. Sarah Greene, Rosie

  5. Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

  6. Viola Davis, Widows

  7. Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace

  8. Vicky Krieps, Phantom Thread

  9. Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water/Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

  10. Charlize Theron, Tully

Best Actor

  1. Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born

  2. Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here

  3. Daniel Day Lewis, Phantom Thread

  4. Ben Foster, Leave No Trace

  5. John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

  6. Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

  7. Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

  8. Marcello Fonte, Dogman

  9. Brady Jandreau, The Rider

  10. Nakhane Touré, The Wound

Best Screenplay

  1. Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

  2. Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

  3. Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here

  4. Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

  5. Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You

  6. Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

  7. Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, Leave No Trace

  8. Xavier Legrand, Custody

  9. Dan Kokotajlo, Apostasy

  10. Paweł Pawlikowski, Janusz Głowacki, Cold War

Best Cinematography

  1. Linus Sandgren, First Man

  2. Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

  3. Łukasz Żal, Cold War

  4. Dan Laustsen, The Shape of Water

  5. Benjamin Loeb, Mandy

  6. Joe Anderson, The Old Man and the Gun

  7. Benoît Debie, Climax

  8. Ashley Connor, The Miseducation of Cameron Post

  9. Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Suspiria

  10. Norm Li, Never Steady, Never Still

Best Documentary

  1. Three Identical Strangers

  2. Katie

  3. The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid

  4. Whitney

  5. Filmworker

  6. Studio 54

  7. Free Solo

  8. McQueen

  9. Cambodian Spring

  10. I, Dolours

Best Irish


  1. Rosie

  2. Michael Inside

  3. Black ’47

  4. The Lonely Ballad of Thomas Reid

  5. The Little Stranger

  6. The Breadwinner

  7. Making the Grade

  8. Kissing Candice

  9. Katie

  10. The Image You Missed

Breakthrough Artist

Dafhyd Flynn, Michael Inside




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