• [The Daily] Senses World Poll and More

    By David Hudson

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    Mark Freeman introduces this year’s Senses of Cinema World Poll, collecting over 120 lists “from Cannes to Wellington and New York to Paraguay,” adding that “this truly represents the incredible global reach and intense local engagement with the cinema. If you ever wanted proof of the wonderful democratizing power of the cinema, it’s right here.”

    Janicza Bravo, Zach Clark, Bret Easton Ellis, James Marsh, Kent Osborne, Alex Ross Perry, Joel Potrykus, Dash Shaw, Onur Tukel, and Joshua Z. Weinstein are among the filmmakers who’ve submitted lists to the amusingly illustrated Talkhouse Film poll.

    Scout Tafoya has posted a monster list of 100 favorite films of 2017, and each gets a fresh write-up. At #1: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread: “The films sounds and feels like the product of some mad fetishist from the ‘70s, a Losey or a Visconti, but it’s speaking to us in the present. I’ve never been more eager to answer.” He also lists the best of the older films he caught last year.

    At Filmmaker, Vadim Rizov’s created some unique categories as he looks back on the highlights of his 2017 (“Best GoPro Use,” “Best DVD Supplement That’s Actually More,” and so on). And he’s hoping that big-screen presentations of Twin Peaks: The Return won’t be a rarity. “You can see the tiniest visual elements much more clearly, some of which were previously illegible, and unless your home stereo setup has a seriously effective subwoofer (Lynch leans bass-heavy as usual) you want to hear this on the biggest speakers available.”

    David Sterritt discusses his top ten on Robin Hood Radio (16’05”).

    At Film Alert 101, Adrian Martin, Geoffrey Gardner, Rod Bishop, Bruce Hodsdon, Michael Campi, and Paul Harris each list and write about what they consider to be the best first features ever.

    “Hollywood had a tough year, but does that necessarily apply to independent films?” asks Anthony Kaufman in Filmmaker. “Well, as the saying goes, a receding tide sinks all boats. And so it was in 2017: If people were going out to fewer movies and streaming more episodic content at home, it affected both indie films and tentpoles. But if we look back at the films that premiered at Sundance 2017, there are a few instances to inspire hope.”

    Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein, whose The Strange Ones is now playing at the Quad Cinema in New York, write about their top ten Criterion releases.

    For the BFI, Grace Barber-Plentie looks back on “10 great films of 1998.”

    For One Grand Books, Tom Hanks has notes on his ten favorite books of all time.

    AWARDS

    “The biggest cultural award in Denmark, the Sonning Prize (Sonningprisen) this year goes to Danish filmmaker and screenwriter Lars von Trier,” reports Vassilis Economou for Cineuropa.

    The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominees for its DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2017: Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water; and there he is, in the image at the top), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Martin McDonaugh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), and Jordan Peele (Get Out).

    And the DGA nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for 2017 are Geremy Jasper (Patti Cake$), William Oldroyd (Lady Macbeth), Jordan Peele again, Taylor Sheridan (Wind River) and Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game).

    Nominated for the DGA’s Documentary award are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (Vietnam), Bryan Fogel (Icarus), Matthew Heineman (City of Ghosts), Steve James (Abacus: Small Enough to Jail), and Errol Morris (Wormwood). The Guild’s also rolled out its nominations in the television and commercials categories.

    The American Society of Cinematographers has announced its nominations for five awards to be presented on February 17. The Cinema Audio Society will present its seven awards on February 24. And Variety’s Kristopher Tapley has the nominations from the Costume Designers Guild.

    The twenty-third annual Critics’ Choice Awards were presented last night:

    Best Picture: The Shape of Water
    Best Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
    Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
    Best Young Actor/Actress: Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project
    Best Acting Ensemble: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
    Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele, Get Out
    Best Adapted Screenplay:James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name
    Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
    Best Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, and Jeff Melvin, The Shape of Water
    Best Editing (tie): Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos, Baby Driver; and Lee Smith, Dunkirk
    Best Costume Design: Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread
    Best Hair and Makeup: Darkest Hour
    Best Visual Effects: War for the Planet of the Apes
    Best Animated Feature: Coco
    Best Action Movie: Wonder Woman
    Best Comedy: The Big Sick
    Best Actor in a Comedy: James Franco, The Disaster Artist
    Best Actress in a Comedy: Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
    Best Sci-fi or Horror Movie: Get Out
    Best Foreign Language Film: In the Fade
    Best Song: “Remember Me” from Coco
    Best Score: Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
    Best Comedy Series: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Ted Danson, The Good Place
    Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Walton Goggins, Vice Principals
    Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
    Best Drama Series: The Handmaid’s Tale
    Best Actor in a Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
    Best Actress in a Drama Series: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
    Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: David Harbour, Stranger Things
    Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
    Best Limited Series: Big Little Lies
    Best Movie Made for TV: The Wizard of Lies
    Best Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Ewan McGregor, Fargo
    Best Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
    Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies
    Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
    Best Talk Show: Jimmy Kimmel Live!
    Best Animated Series: Rick and Morty
    Best Unstructured Reality Series: Born This Way
    Best Structured Reality Series: Shark Tank
    Best Reality Competition Series: The Voice
    Best Reality Show Host: RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

    The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the winners of its EDA awards (named after AWFJ founder Jennifer Merin’s mother, actress Eda Reiss Merin). The AWFJ EDA Best Of Awards:

    Best Film: The Shape of Water
    Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
    Best Screenplay, Original: Jordan Peele, Get Out
    Best Screenplay, Adapted: James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name
    Best Documentary: Faces Places
    Best Animated Film: Coco and Loving Vincent (tie)
    Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
    Best Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
    Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
    Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director: Billy Hopkins and Ashley Ingram, Mudbound
    Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2019
    Best Editing: Lee Smith, Dunkirk
    Best Non-English-Language Film: The Square

    EDA Female Focus Awards:

    Best Woman Director: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
    Best Woman Screenwriter: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
    Best Animated Female: Parvana, The Breadwinner
    Best Breakthrough Performance: Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Prioject
    Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry: Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, and all who spoke out against sexual harassment

    EDA Special Mention Awards:

    Actress Defying Age and Ageism: Agnès Varda, Faces Places
    Most Egregious Age Difference Between the Lead and the Love Interest Award: Chloe Grace Moretz and John Malkovich, I Love You, Daddy
    Actress Most in Need of a New Agent: Kate Winslet, Wonder Wheel and The Mountain Between Us
    Bravest Performance (tie): Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water and Margot Robbie in I, Tonya
    Remake or Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made: The Mummy
    AWFJ Hall of Shame Award: The Sexual Tormentors: Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, et al

    And from the Austin Film Critics Association:

    Best Film: Get Out
    Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
    Best Actor: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
    Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
    Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
    Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele, Get Out
    Best Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name
    Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
    Best Score: Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
    Best Foreign-Language Film: Okja
    Best Documentary: Faces Places
    Best Animated Film: Coco
    Best First Film: Get Out
    The Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, Hostiles
    Austin Film Award: I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
    Special Honorary Award: The Shape of Water’s Doug Jones and War for the Planet of the Apes’ Andy Serkis for their exemplary body and motion-capture performances, respectively.
    Special Honorary Award: Harry Dean Stanton, for his body of work

    AFCA 2017 Top Ten Films:

    1. The Shape of Water
    2. Call Me by Your Name
    3. Lady Bird
    4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    5. The Florida Project
    6. Dunkirk
    7. Get Out
    8. I, Tonya
    9. The Big Sick
    10. Logan

    “One of the youngest of the Asian awards bodies is the bluntly titled Asian Film Awards, which have only been operating since 2007,” writes Nathaniel Rogers. And he’s got their nominations, led by Chen Kaige’s Legend of the Demon Cat.

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