2017 Ballot

Ahead of the 90th annual Academy Awards, I’d be remiss if I did not post my own personal ballot for the best of 2017.  As I grow older I have sort of resigned myself to the fact that the Oscars will never mirror my own tastes; evidenced by the fact they have crowned my favorite film of the year as Best Picture once in the last 10 years (2013’s 12 Years a Slave). Hell, my favorite films from 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2008 weren’t even nominated for Best Picture.

As far as fields go, the Academy certainly has done worse than the 2017 selections: three films that I thought were great; one I really liked; a few that I enjoyed but probably won’t revisit (the exception being Get Out which I re-watched because I didn’t understand the ludicrous fawning-over that perfectly adequate slice of genre-blending received); and only two I actively disliked (The Shape of Water which I gave *** 4 months ago and haven't thought about positively since & The Post with its hashtag resistance narrative and propensity to stop in its tracks every 15 minutes so another character actor can explain the themes of the film). Well done AMPAS.

Below you’ll find a quick overview of my favorite performances, technical achievements, writing, scenes and images of the year; I wish I had time to put all my thoughts on this terrific year to page, but alas I have run out of time. Don’t let that discourage you from seeking out the great films highlighted below, in particular the 10 I have listed under best picture – which I guarantee are more worth your time than whatever new & disposable series Netflix just spent a small country’s GDP on.

Enjoy the show.

Winner is in bold at the top of category with the exception of Best PIcture. 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR (SUPPORTING)

 

Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project

Will Poulter - Detroit

Buddy Duress – Good Time

Mark Hamill – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo.

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

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Phantom Thread

Blade Runner 2049

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Beguiled

 

BEST SOUND

Dunkirk

Blade Runner 2049

Mother!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Wind River

 

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Darkest Hour

It

Raw

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

 

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS (SUPPORTING)

Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

Elizabeth Marvel – The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Leslie Manville – Phantom Thread

Michelle Pfeifer – Mother!

Sienna Miller – The Lost City of Z

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

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Blade Runner 2049

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Phantom Thread

Mother!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

 

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

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War for the Planet of the Apes

Blade Runner 2049

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Void

 

 

BEST EDITING

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Dunkirk

Detroit

Good Time

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Wind River

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Blade Runner 2049

Dunkirk

First They Killed My Father

The Lost City of Z

 

 

BEST SOUNDTRACK

Call Me By Your Name

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Lady Bird

The Lost City of Z

Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, MO

 

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Dunkirk

Good Time

Phantom Thread

Split

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

 

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo.

Detroit

Good Time

Lady Bird

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

 

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Lost City of Z

Call Me By Your Name

First They Killed My Father

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Last Flag Flying

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Phantom Thread

Good Time

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Star Wars the Last: Jedi

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO

 

BEST DIRECTING

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Christopher Nolan - Dunkirk

Kathryn Bigelow – Detroit

Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread

Rian Johnson – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

James Grey – The Lost City of Z

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS (LEAD)

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Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water

Anne Hathaway – Colossal

Brooklynn Prince – The Florida Project

Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR (LEAD)

Daniel Day Lewis – Phantom Thread

Michael Fassbender – Alien: Covenant

Robert Pattinson – Good Time

Charlie Hunnam – The Lost City of Z

Jeremy Renner – Wind River

 

BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR

10.  The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

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9. The Florida Project

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8. Wind River

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7. Detroit

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6. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO

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5. Good Time

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4. Phantom Thread

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3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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2. The Lost City of Z

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1. Dunkirk

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