Thursday, December 7, 2023

The 2018 Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (LEJA) Winners

By Matt Neglia 

The Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (LEJA) have announced their winners for the best in film for 2018.

This is the group’s first awards. They are committed to developing and celebrating Latino voices among all areas and backgrounds of the entertainment industry.  Founded in 2018, LEJA provides a much-needed opportunity for writers from the United States to have their works amplified and heard in the areas of film, television, music, theatre, and the arts.  Accepting of all backgrounds and identities, LEJA embraces anyone who identifies as Latino, Latina, Latinx, Hispanic, Afro-Latino, Afro-Latina, Spanish, or any inclusive and progressive description that champions and accelerates the voices of our culture from around the world.

Click below to see their winners.

​Best Picture of the Year

Black Panther” (Kevin Feige) – Marvel Studios
BlacKkKlansman” (Jason Blum, Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele, Shaun Redick) – Focus Features
Bohemian Rhapsody” (Jim Beach, Robert DeNiro, Graham King, Brian May, Peter Oberth) – 20th Century Fox
Cold War” (Tanya Seghatchian, Ewa Puszczyńska) – Amazon Studios
The Favourite”  (Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday) – Fox Searchlight Picture
Green Book” (Jim Burke, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Charles B. Wessler) – Universal Pictures
If Beale Street Could Talk” (Megan Ellison, Dede Gardner, Barry Jenkins, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski) – Annapurna Pictures
Roma”  (Nicolás Celis, Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodriguez) – Netflix – WINNER
A Star is Born” (Bradley Cooper, Bill Gerber, Lynette Howell Taylor, Jon Peters, Todd Phillips) – Warner Bros.
Vice” (Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay, Kevin Messick) – Annapurna Pictures

Best Achievement in Directing
Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born
Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma” – WINNER
Barry Jenkins, “If Beale Street Could Talk
Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay, “Vice

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, “Vice
Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born” – WINNER
Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody
John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma” – WINNER
Glenn Close, “The Wife
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite
Lady Gaga, “A Star is Born
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” – WINNER
Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, “A Star is Born
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Marina de Tavira, “Roma
Claire Foy, “First Man
Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk” – WINNER
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite
Michelle Yeoh, “Crazy Rich Asians

Best Original Screenplay
Eighth Grade” (Bo Burnham)
The Favourite” (Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara)
First Reformed” (Paul Schrader)
Roma” (Alfonso Cuaron) – WINNER
Vice” (Adam McKay)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Black Panther” (Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole)
BlacKkKlansman” (Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott)
Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Nicole Holofcener)
If Beale Street Could Talk” (Barry Jenkins) – WINNER
A Star is Born” (Will Fetters, Bradley Cooper, Eric Roth)

Best Ensemble Casting
Black Panther” (Sarah Finn)
Crazy Rich Asians” (Terri Taylor) – WINNER
The Favourite” (Dixie Chassay)
If Beale Street Could Talk” (Cindy Tolan)
Roma” (Luis Rosales)

Best Production & Set Design
Black Panther” (Hannah Beachler, Jay Hart)
Crazy Rich Asians” (Nelson Coates, Andrew Basman)
The Favourite” (Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton)
Mary Poppins Returns” (John Myhre, Gordon Sim)
Roma” (Eugenio Caballero, Barbara Enriquez) – WINNER

Best Cinematography
Black Panther” (Rachel Morrison)
Cold War” (Lukasz Zal)
The Favourite” (Robbie Ryan)
If Beale Street Could Talk” (James Laxton)
Roma” (Alfonso Cuaron) – WINNER

Best Costume Design
Black Panther” (Ruth E. Carter) – WINNER
Bohemian Rhapsody” (Julian Day)
The Favourite” (Sandy Powell)
Mary Poppins Returns” (Sandy Powell)
Mary Queen of Scots” (Alexandra Byrne)

Best Editing
The Favourite” (Sam Sneade)
First Man” (Tom Cross)
Roma” (Alfonso Cuaron, Adam Gough) – WINNER
Vice” (Hank Corwin)
Widows” (Joe Walker)

Best Hair & Makeup
Black Panther” (Joel Harlow, Camille Friend, Ken Diaz) – WINNER
Bohemian Rhapsody” (Jan Sewell, Charlie Hounslow-Smith, Robert Cole)
The Favourite” (Beverley Binda, Samantha Denyer, Nadia Stacey)
Mary Queen of Scots” (Jenny Shircore)
Vice” (Kate Biscoe, Patricia DeHaney, Greg Cannon, Chris Gallaher)

Best Sound
Black Panther” (Steve Boedecker, Brandon Proctor, Peter Devlin, Benjamin A. Burtt)
First Man” (Mary H. Ellis, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan)
A Quiet Place” (Michael Barosky, Brandon Proctor,Ethan Van Der Ryn, Erik Aadahl)
Roma” (Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan, Jose Antonio Garcia, Sergio Diaz) – WINNER
A Star is Born” (Steve Morrow, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder, Alan Robert Murray)

Best Visual Effects
Avengers: Infinity War” (Dan Deleeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl, Dan Sudick)
Black Panther” (Geoffrey Baumann, Jesse James Chisholm, Craig Hammack, Dan Sudick) – WINNER
First Man” (Paul Lambert, J.D. Schwalm, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles)
Mary Poppins Returns” (Matt Johnson, Steve Warner, Jim Capobianco, Kyle McCulloch)
Ready Player One” (Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew Butler, David Shirk)

Best Music
Black Panther” (Ludwig Goransson)
First Man” (Justin Hurwitz)
If Beale Street Could Talk” (Nicholas Brittell) – WINNER
Mary Poppins Returns” (Marc Shaiman)
A Star is Born” (Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Lukas Nelson)

Best Song Written for a Motion Picture
Black Panther” (“All the Stars” – written by Kendrick Lamar, Al Shux, Sounwave, SZA, and Anthony Tiffith)
Boy Erased” (“Revelation” – written by Jon Thor Birgisson, Brett Laughlin, Troye Sivan)
Mary Poppins Returns” (“The Place Where Lost Things Go” – written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman)
Mary Poppins Returns” (“Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman)
A Star is Born” (“Shallow” – written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt) – WINNER

Best Animated Feature
Incredibles 2” (Nicole Paradis Grindle, Brad Bird) – Disney/Pixar
Isle of Dogs” (Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin) – Fox Searchlight Pictures
Mirai” (Mamoru Hosada) – GKIDS
Ralph Breaks the Internet” (Phil Johnston, Rich Moore, Clark Spencer) – Walt Disney Animation 
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman) – Sony Pictures Animation – WINNER

Best Foreign Language Film
Burning” – Chang-dong Lee (South Korea)
Capernaum” – Nadine Labaki (Lebanon)
Cold War” (Pawel Pawlikowski) – Poland
Roma” – (Alfonso Cuaron) – Mexico – WINNER
Shoplifters” (Hirokazu Koreeda) – Japan

Best Documentary Feature
Minding the Gap” (Bing Liu, Diane Quon) – Hulu
RBG” (Julie Cohen, Betsy West) – Magnolia Pictures
“The Sentence” (Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Sam Bisbee) – HBO Documentary Films
Three Identical Strangers” (Grace Hughes-Hallett, Becky Read) – NEO
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma, Morgan Neville) – Focus Features – WINNER

Best Stunts
Avengers: Infinity War” (Sam Hargrave)
Black Panther” (Andy Gill)
Deadpool 2” (Scott Ateah)
Mary Poppins Returns” (Mark Mottram)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (Wade Eastwood) – WINNER

Best Voice or Motion Capture Performance
Josh Brolin, “Avengers: Infinity War
Bryan Cranston, “Isle of Dogs
Jeff Goldblum, “Isle of Dogs
Shameik Moore, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” – WINNER
Sarah Silverman, “Ralph Breaks the Internet

The Rita Moreno Lifetime Achievement Award: Rita Moreno

Latino Activism Award: America Ferrera

The LEJA Breakout Award: Yalitza Aparicio

The LEJA Muy Mal Award: Donald J. Trump

The LEJA Spotlight Award: Lin-Manuel Miranda

​You can follow Matt and hear more of his thoughts on the Oscars and Film on Twitter at @NextBestPicture

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Matt Neglia
Matt Neglia
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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