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2018 Critics Poll: The Best Films and Performances According to Over 200 Critics From Around the World

232 critics from 32 different countries voted in IndieWire's annual survey of the year's cinematic highlights.

“Roma,” “Minding the Gap,” “The Favourite,” “Sorry to Bother You,” “Burning”

Roma

Netflix

 BEST FILM

“Roma” (1,086 points, 26% of first-place votes)

“First Reformed” (599, 6.7%)

“Burning” (548, 7.1%)

“The Favourite” (520, 2.9%)

“Cold War” (493, 2.9%)

“Shoplifters” (401, 1%)

“BlacKkKlansman” (391, 2.9%)

“Zama” (333, 4.2%)

“You Were Never Really Here” (329, 2.5%)

“If Beale Street Could Talk” (316, 1.7%%)

Note: “First Reformed” ultimately placed higher in this ranking, even though it received fewer first place votes than “Burning,” because it had more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes. The same math applies to why “Zama” received more first-place votes than “The Favourite,” “Cold War,” “Shoplifters” and “BlacKkKlansman.”

BEST DIRECTOR

Alfonso Cuaron at the IndieWire Honors 2018 at No Name on November 1, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Alfonso Cuarón at IndieWire Honors 2018, held at No Name on November 1, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Michael Buckner for Variety

Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma” (35.04%)

Lee Chang-Dong, “Burning” (5.13%)

Lynne Ramsay, “You Were Never Really Here” (4.27%)

Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite” (4.27%)

Paul Schrader, “First Rerformed” (5.13%)

Note: Lynne Ramsay and Yorgos Lanthimos ultimately placed higher in this ranking, even though they received fewer first place votes than Paul Schrader, because they had more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes.

BEST ACTRESS

Olivia Colman, "The Favourite"

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Fox Searchlight

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” (16.58%)

Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma” (11.52%)

Toni Collette, “Hereditary” (7.37%)

Joanna Kulig, “Cold War” (6.91%)

Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (5.06%)

BEST ACTOR

Ethan Hawke "First Reformed"

Ethan Hawke in “First Reformed”

A24

Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed” (33.95%)

Joaquin Phoenix, “You Were Never Really Here” (10.23%)

Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate” (6.98%)

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (6.05%)

Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book” (6.51%)
Note: Rami Malek placed above Viggo Mortensen in the ranking despite Mortensen receiving more first place votes because Malek received more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Rachel Weisz in “The Favourite”

Fox Searchlight

Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite” (13.13%)

Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk” (14.14%)

Emma Stone, “The Favourite” (10.6%)

Elizabeth Debicki, “Widows” (9.09%)

Thomasin McKenzie, “Leave No Trace” (6.06%)

Note: Rachel Weisz placed above Regina King in the ranking despite King receiving more first place votes because Weisz received more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Steven Yeun in "Burning"

Steven Yeun in “Burning”

Well Go USA

Steven Yeun, “Burning” (20.09%)

Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (15.69%)

Hugh Grant, “Paddington 2” (6.37%)

Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman” (7.35%)

Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born” (5.88%)

Note: Hugh Grant placed above Adam Driver in the ranking despite Driver receiving more first place votes because Grant received more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes.

BEST DOCUMENTARIES

Minding the Gap

“Minding the Gap”

Sundance

“Minding the Gap” (15.82%)

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (8.67%)

“Three Identical Strangers” (6.63%)

“Free Solo” (7.65%)

“Hale County, This Morning, This Evening” (7.14%)

Note: “Three Identical Strangers” placed above “Free Solo” and “Hale County, This Morning, This Evening” in the ranking despite the other two films receiving more #1 votes, because “Three Identical Strangers” had more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes.

BEST FIRST FEATURE (l to r.) Lakeith Stanfield as Cassius Green and Armie Hammer as Steve Lift star in Boots Riley's SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, an Annapurna Pictures release.

Lakeith Stanfield and Armie Hammer in “Sorry to Bother You”NOTE: Only one film was permitted per ballot.

“Sorry to Bother You” (43 votes)

“Eighth Grade” (42 votes)

“Hereditary” (30 votes)

“A Star Is Born” (20 votes)

“Minding the Gap” (17 votes)

BEST SCREENPLAY

“The Favourite”

Fox Searchlight

“The Favourite” (13.52%)

“First Reformed” (13.04%)

“Roma” (7.73%)

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (8.21%)

“Burning” (5.31%)

Note: “Roma” placed higher than “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” even though “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” received more first place votes because “Roma” ultimately received more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS

roma

“Roma”

Netflix

“Roma” (42.65%)

“Burning” (15.67%)

“Shoplifters” (6.37%)

“Cold War” (8.33%)

“Capernaum” (1.47%)

Note: “Shoplifters” placed higher than “Cold War” in the ranking, even though “Cold War” received more first place votes, because “Shoplifters” received more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

“Roma”

Netflix

“Roma” (40.98%)

“Cold War” (8.78%)

“If Beale Street Could Talk” (4.88%)

“First Man” (2.93%)

“The Favourite” (5.37%)

Note: “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “First Man” ultimately received a higher ranking than “The Favourite,” even though “The Favourite” had more first place votes, because “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “First Man” received more second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes.

BEST FILMS OPENING IN 2019 

Claire Denis High Life

“High Life”

A24

NOTE: Only one film was permitted per ballot.

“High Life”

“Transit”

“Birds of Passage”

“Her Smell/”Everybody Knows”/”In Fabric” (this is a three-way tie for fourth place)

BEST UNDISTRIBUTED FILMS OF 2018 

Khalik Allah's "Black Mother" will premiere at T/F 2018

Khalik Allah’s “Black Mother”

True/False

NOTE: Only one film was permitted per ballot.

“Black Mother”

“Donbass”

“The Grand Bizarre”

“American Dharma”

“La Flor”

The full list of critics who participated is on the next page.

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