We begin this round on the best of 2017 with awards, because the National Society of Film Critics has just announced theirs. Forty-four of the Society’s fifty-nine members have cast ballots, and the majority of them are champions of Greta Gerwig and her directorial debut, Lady Bird.
- Best Picture: Lady Bird; runners-up: Get Out and Phantom Thread
- Best Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out; runners-up: Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread, and Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
- Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water and Maudie; runners-up: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird, and tied for third place are Cynthia Nixon, A Quiet Passion, and Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird; runners-up: Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread, and Allison Janney, I, Tonya
- Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project; runners-up: Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me by Your Name, The Shape of Water, and The Post, and Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- Best Director: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird; runners-up: Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread, and Jordan Peele, Get Out
- Best Screenplay: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird; runners-up: Jordan Peele, Get Out, and Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
- Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2019; runners-up: Hoyte van Hoytema, Dunkirk, and Alexis Zabe, The Florida Project
- Best Foreign-Language Film: Graduation; runners-up: Faces Places and BPM (Beats Per Minute)
- Best Nonfiction Film: Faces Places; runners-up: Ex Libris: The New York Public Library and Dawson City: Frozen Time
- Special Citation for a Film Awaiting U.S. Distribution: Agnieszka Holland’s Spoor
- Best Experimental Film: Ben Russell’s Good Luck
- Film Heritage Award: One Way or Another: Black Women's Cinema 1970-1991, BAMcinématek
- Film Heritage Award: Dan Talbot “for his pioneering work as an exhibitor and distributor in bringing worldwide cinema to the United States”
The Producers Guild of America has announced the nominations for its awards, including eleven films now up for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer, five animated features, seven documentaries, and an array of television categories.
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts has presented its seventh annual AACTA International Awards, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has won Best Film, Best Screenplay (Martin McDonagh), and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell). I, Tonya scores Best Lead Actress (Margot Robbie) and Best Supporting Actress (Allison Janney). Christopher Nolan wins Best Direction for Dunkirk and Gary Oldman wins Best Lead Actor for Darkest Hour.
The list that’ll take a little time to absorb is Steven Soderbergh’s annually posted diary of all he’s watched and read during the past year. Comments are few, but he does let out a “wow!” after rewatching Episode 8 of Twin Peaks: The Return.
One of the most recent directors to list his favorite films of all time at LaCinetek is Todd Haynes.
“Hollywood is constantly recycling, and sometimes revitalizing, Hollywood.” David Bordwell takes a close look at several American films of 2017 that “adhere to canons of classical Hollywood construction.”
Robert Koehler’s sorted out two lists now, one for world premieres, the other for U.S. premieres.
Sean Baker’s The Florida Project tops Monica Castillo’s list of twenty-five at Letterboxd.
You can watch Art of the Title’s top ten title sequences of 2017. Television shows take the top four slots, and there’s also a game, a web series, even a conference.
Kodak has put together lists of the top ten “movies shown on film, movies shot on film, venues, and cities where you can see a film on film.”
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