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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

AWARDS SEASON 2018
My Picks For Best Acting, Director, Cinematography And More, In Film In 2017


A scene from Dee Rees' drama "Mudbound". 
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Omar P.L. Moore/PopcornReel.com        Follow popcornreel on Twitter FOLLOW                                           
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

There were some terrific performances on film in 2017.  Here are my choices for best performances and other categories in 2017.  For the acting choices the studio or releasing company is in parentheses.  I have not included animated features, documentary films or films in another language other than English.  My list of ten best films of 2017 is forthcoming.


BEST ACTRESS



Margot Robbie, "I, Tonya"  (A24)

A gritty, rock solid and relentlessly physical acting effort that cuts through the screen.  Ms. Robbie plays Tonya Harding in Craig Gillespie's satire-drama and asks not for your praise but for your ear.  (Photo: A24)



BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS



Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound" (Netflix)

The assuredness and statesman-like work of Ms. Blige as Florence Jackson in Dee Rees' "Mudbound" is undeniable.  Ms. Blige is a true pro and looks as if she's been acting for generations.  The commitment, trust and focus never leaves the character she plays.  An impressive, stalwart turn.  Seamless.  (Photo: Netflix)  



BEST ACTOR



Daniel Day-Lewis, "Phantom Thread"  (Focus)

Mr. Day-Lewis is at his apex here with a tightly-wound performance as Reynolds Woodcock, a fashion designer pulled into love and complexities.  His acting caliber is unparalleled across generations.  Here Mr. Day-Lewis is skillful, insufferable, vulnerable and very clever with how he showcases and inhibits his onscreen character.  (Photo: Focus Features)



BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR



Armie Hammer, "Call Me By Your Name" (Sony Pictures Classsics)

Much wisdom and honesty in the work of Mr. Hammer, who delivers in a bona fide acting turn as an older man in love with a teenage boy in 1983 Italy.  Mr. Hammer uses restraint, subtlety and smoldering passions to execute and underline the personality and dictates of his character.  Mr. Hammer's best work by far.  (Photo: Sony Pictures Classics)



BEST DIRECTOR (a tie)





Christopher Nolan, "Dunkirk"   Jordan Peele, "Get Out"

Photo of Mr. Nolan (Warner Brothers), Photo of Mr. Peele (Universal)



BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY



Rachel Morrison, "Mudbound"

(Photo: David Bomba)




BEST EDITING

Lee Smith, "Dunkirk"





BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY



Jordan Peele, "Get Out"

(Photo credit: Unknown)





BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY



James Ivory, "Call Me By Your Name"

(Photo: Lee Juillerat)




BEST MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COMPILATION

"Baby Driver"





BEST COSTUME DESIGN



Mark Bridges, "Phantom Thread"

(Photo: Focus Features)




BEST ORIGINAL SCORE



Jonny Greenwood, "Phantom Thread"


(Photo: Edu Hawkins)





BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN



Paul Denham Austerberry, "The Shape Of Water"

(Photo: Fox Searchlight)



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