Sunday, 31 December 2017

The Best of 2017: 37th Shadows Awards

I don't use traditional eligibility rules for my lists - I tried, but it got too confusing to balance US and UK release schedules. So this is based on films I saw during 2017 that were screened to paying audiences, either in regular cinemas or at film festivals.

My top film this year is simply the one I couldn't get out of my head. It had a visceral impact while I watched it, and has lingered ever since. I feel like it's one of the most important films made anywhere in recent years. Intriguingly, this is the second year in a row in which a Chilean filmmaker made my best movie of the year.

Note that a much more extensive roundup of the year is at THE 37TH SHADOWS AWARDS, including my top 50 films, longer lists in every category, and frankly more than anyone wants or needs. This is an extremely abridged summary...

Daniela Vega, A Fantastic WomanFILMS
  1. A Fantastic Woman (Sebastian Lelio)
  2. Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan)
  3. God's Own Country (Francis Lee)
  4. Get Out (Jordan Peele)
  5. Coco (Lee Unkrich)
  6. You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay)
  7. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) 
  8. Patti Cake$ (Geremy Jasper)
  9. Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)
  10. Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd)
  1. Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
  2. Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)
  3. Sofia Coppola (The Beguiled)
  4. Sebastian Lelio (A Fantastic Woman)
  5. Francis Lee (God's Own Country)
  1. Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  2. James Ivory (Call Me by Your Name)
  3. Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
  4. Celine Sciamma (My Life as a Courgette)
  5. Geremy Jasper (Patti Cake$)
  1. Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth)
  2. Daniela Vega (A Fantastic Woman)
  3. Salma Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner, The Hitman's Bodyguard)
  4. Trine Dyrholm (Nico, 1988)
  5. Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  1. Timothee Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird, Hostiles)
  2. Harris Dickinson (Beach Rats)
  3. Lakeith Stanfield (Crown Heights, The Incredible Jessica James)
  4. Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread)
  5. Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Logan Lucky)
  1. Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
  2. Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
  3. Carrie Fisher (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
  4. Bridget Everett (Patti Cake$, Fun Mom Dinner)
  5. Mary J Blige (Mudbound)
  1. John Boyega (Detroit, Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
  2. Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  3. Patrick Stewart (Logan, The Wilde Wedding)
  4. Thomas Gioria (Custody)
  5. Will Poulter (Detroit)
  1. Transformers: The Last Knight (Michael Bay)
  2. Chips (Dax Shepard)
  3. Stratton (Simon West)
  4. Bright (David Ayer)
  5. Fifty Shades Darker (James Foley)
  6. The Shack (Stuart Hazeldine)
  7. Home Again (Hallie Meyers-Shyer)
  8. The Snowman (Thomas Alfredson)
  9. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg)
  10. Baywatch (Seth Gordon)

N O N - F I L M   D I V I S I O N

  1. The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
  2. Twin Peaks (Netflix)
  3. Big Little Lies (HBO)
  4. Veep (HBO)
  5. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  6. Game of Thrones (Sky)
  7. Master of None (Netflix)
  8. Black Mirror (Netflix)
  9. Queers (BBC)
  10. The Carmichael Show (NBC)
  1. Human (Rag 'n' Bone Man)
  2. Sign of the Times (Harry Styles)
  3. In the Name of Man (Plan B)
  4. Green Light (Lorde)
  5. Everything Now (Arcade Fire)
  6. Shape of You (Ed Sheeran)
  7. Oh Woman Oh Man (London Grammar)
  8. Blinded by Your Grace, Part 2 (Stormzy & MNEK)
  9. Walk on Water (Eminem & Beyonce)
  10. Malibu (Miley Cyrus)

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