Unlike HFPA and SAG, Chicago Film Critics nominate women

BTS: Director/Writer Greta Gerwig and DP Yorick LeSaux on the set of Columbia Pictures' LITTLE WOMEN."

Although female filmmakers were shut out of this year’s Golden Globe nominations and subsequently underrepresented in the Screen Actors Guild nominations, the Chicago Film Critics Association announced their more gender-balanced categories for the 2019 Awards Nominations. 

While ignored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Greta Gerwig leads the pack of female nominees on the CFCA ballot with Little Women recognized for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay (Gerwig), Best Supporting Actress (Florence Pugh), Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat), Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Editing and Best Picture. Director Lulu Wang’s The Farewell is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress (Awkwafina), Best Supporting Actress (Shuzhen Zhou). 

Wang, too, is being nominated for the Milos Stehlik Breakthrough Filmmaker Award (renamed after a longtime CFCA member who passed away this July) alongside Mati Diop (Atlantics), Alma Har’el (Honey Boy) and Olivia Wilde (Booksmart). 

Winners will be announced at the organization’s annual Awards Dinner on Saturday, December 14 in Chicago. All nominees listed below are films written and/or directed by women:

Little Women: Best Director (Greta Gerwig), Best Adapted Screenplay (Greta Gerwig), Best Supporting Actress (Florence Pugh), Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat), Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Editing and Best Picture  

The Farewell: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress (Awkwafina), Best Supporting Actress (Shuzhen Zhou), Milos Stehlik Breakthrough Filmmaker Award (Lulu Wang)

1917: Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins), Best Original Score (Thomas Newman), Best Art Direction, Best Use of Visual Effects, Best Editing

Portrait of a Lady on Fire: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography (Claire Mathon), Best Costume Design

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Best Supporting Actor (Tom Hanks), Best Adapted Screenplay (Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster)

Honey Boy: Best Supporting Actor (Shia Labeouf), Milos Stehlik Breakthrough Filmmaker Award (Alma Har’el)

Hustlers: Best Adapted Screenplay (Lorene Scafaria), Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lopez)

American Factory: Best Documentary

Atlantics: Milos Stehlik Breakthrough Filmmaker Award (Mati Diop)

Booksmart: Milos Stehlik Breakthrough Filmmaker Award (Olivia Wilde)

For Sama: Best Documentary

Frozen 2: Best Animated Film

Honeyland: Best Documentary

The Nightingale: Most Promising Performer (Aisling Franciosi)

Toy Story 4: Best Animated Film

Read the complete list of 2019 Chicago Film Critics Awards nominations.

© Brigid K. Presecky (12/12/19) FF2 Media

Alma Har’el on set with Shia LeBeouf (Credit: Monica Lek)

Featured photo: Director/Writer Greta Gerwig and DP Yorick LeSaux on the set of Columbia Pictures’ LITTLE WOMEN.

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Brigid K. Presecky
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Brigid Presecky began her career in journalism at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. In 2008, she joined FF2 Media as a part-time film critic and multimedia editor. Receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Bradley University, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked in development, production and publicity for Berlanti Productions, Entertainment Tonight and Warner Bros. Studios, respectively. Returning to her journalistic roots in Chicago, she is now a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and certified Rotten Tomatoes Film Critic.
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