The National Society of Film Critics has chosen Chloe Zhao’s low-budget debut feature “The Rider” as best picture of 2018.

Director Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white “Roma” period piece won the most awards Saturday — as best picture runner-up, best foreign-language film and for best cinematography. Cuaron got the award for best director.

The society of leading movie critics voted for Olivia Colman as best actress in “The Favourite,” and Ethan Hawke as best actor in “First Reformed.” And the top accolade for best supporting actor went to Steve Yeun of “Burning,” while Regina King of “If Beale Street Could Talk” nabbed best supporting actress. About 40 of the society’s 64 members voted.

Best screenplay went to “The Death of Stalin.”

The society was founded in 1966, electing its voting critics from newspapers and other major U.S. media outlets.

FILE- In this Dec. 17, 2018 file photo, Mexican film director Alfonso Cuaron poses with Mexican actresses Mariana de Tavira, left, and Yalitza Aparicio on the red carpet for their film
FILE- In this Dec. 17, 2018 file photo, Mexican film director Alfonso Cuaron poses with Mexican actresses Mariana de Tavira, left, and Yalitza Aparicio on the red carpet for their film “Roma” in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2018 file photo, actress Olivia Colman poses for photographers with the Best Actress award for her role in the film
FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2018 file photo, actress Olivia Colman poses for photographers with the Best Actress award for her role in the film “The Favourite” at the British Independent Film Awards in central London. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2018 file photo, Ethan Hawke arrives at the Governors Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
FILE – In this Nov. 18, 2018 file photo, Ethan Hawke arrives at the Governors Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Brady Jandreau in a scene from
This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Brady Jandreau in a scene from “The Rider.” On Saturday, Jan. (Sony Pictures Classics via AP)
This image released by Netflix shows a scene from the film
This image released by Netflix shows a scene from the film “Roma,” by filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron. The National Society of Film Critics has chosen on Saturday, Jan. (Carlos Somonte/Netflix via AP)

Source: The Associated Press

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