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Denver Critics Hail ‘Roma,’ Boost Film’s Momentum

Alfonso Cuaron’s deeply felt homage to his Mexico City roots keeps collecting awards.

Sunday night, Cuaron’s “Roma” earned the Critics Choice honors for Best Picture. Today, the black and white drama scored again with the Denver Film Critics Society.

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The Colo.-based group named “Roma,” a film with a brief theatrical run before its Netflix debut, as 2018’s best film. Cuaron earned the group’s Best Director honors while DFCS members named “Roma” the year’s best foreign language film.

Note: This reporter is a voting member of both the Critics Choice Awards and DFCS.

Colorado critics otherwise spread the honors around, including two for both “A Quiet Place” (co-winner, Best Sci-Fi/Horror and Best Original Screenplay) and “The Favourite” (Best Actress, Olivia Colman and Best Supporting Actress, Rachel Weisz).

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The year’s biggest commercial hits, “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther,” came away with Best FX and Best Original Score, respectively.

Last year, DFCS chose “Lady Bird” as the best film of the year, with best acting honors going to Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”). Only Oldman followed up that win with an Oscar statuette.

The following is the complete DFCS winners list 2018:

Best Picture: “Roma

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”

Best Actress: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Best Actor: Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed”

Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

Best Sci-Fi/Horror: Co-winners — “A Quiet Place,” “Annihilation”

Best Animated Film: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman)

Best Comedy: “The Death of Stalin” (directed by Armando Iannucci)

Best Visual Effects: “Avengers: Infinity War” (directed by Joe and Anthony Russo)

Best Original Screenplay: “A Quiet Place.” by John Krasinski, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods

Best Adapted Screenplay: “BlacKkKlansman,” by Spike Lee, Kevin Willmott, Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz

Best Documentary: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (directed by Morgan Neville)

Best Original Song: “Shallow,” performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, written by Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt for “A Star Is Born”

Best Original Score: “Black Panther,” music by Ludwig Goransson

Best Foreign Language Film: “Roma”

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