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Denver Critics Can’t Sharpen Oscar Picture

No one film looks primed to dominate at this year’s Academy Awards telecast.

That’s especially true following this weekend’s Golden Globes ceremony and the just-released nominations from the Denver Film Critics Society.

The latter group showered praise on a number of films, including “Vice,” “BlacKkLansman,” “First Reformed” and “Roma.” What’s missing? The sense that one movie is heading for a very big night with Oscar.

[Editor’s Note: This critic is a voting member of DFCS]

“Roma” scooped up four DFCS nominations (including Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film). The drama offers a personal look at how domestic workers embellish the lives of their employers as well as their families.

“Vice,” the unabashedly partisan portrait of Vice President Dick Cheney, earned three DFCS nominations, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams). Star Christian Bale came away with a Golden Globe award Sunday for his stunning transformation into the title character.

VICE Official Trailer (2018) Christian Bale, Amy Adams Movie HD

The final DFCS awards will be revealed Jan. 14.

Best Picture

“First Man”
“First Reformed”
“The Favourite”

Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”
Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Ryan Coogler, “Black Panther”
Paul Schraeder, “First Reformed”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”

Best Actress

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Toni Collette, “Hereditary”

Best Actor

Christian Bale, “Vice”
Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”

Best Supporting Actress

Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Thomasin McKenzie, “Leave No Trace”

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Michael B. Jordan, “Black Panther”

Best Sci-Fi/Horror

“A Quiet Place”
“Ready Player One”
“Black Panther”

Best Animated Film

“Incredibles 2”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Have a Nice Day”
“Isle of Dogs”

Best Comedy

“Deadpool 2”
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Death of Stalin”
“Sorry to Bother You”
“Game Night”

Best Visual FX

“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Black Panther”
“First Man”
“Ready Player One”
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

Best Original Screenplay

“First Reformed”
“The Favourite”
“A Quiet Place”
“Eight Grade”

Best Adapted Screenplay

“Black Panther”
“First Man”
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”

Best Documentary

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
“Science Fair”
“Minding the Gap”
“Three Identical Strangers”
“Free Solo”

Best Original Song

“Shallow,” “A Star Is Born”
“The Place Where Lost Things Go,” “Mary Poppins Returns”
“Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” “Mary Poppins Returns”
“All the Stars,” “Black Panther”
“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

Best Score

“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Isle of Dogs”
“First Man”
“Black Panther”
“A Quiet Place”

Best Foreign Language Film

“Cold War”
“Birds of Passage”

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