My 7th Annual Film Awards: The Nominees

2017 Best Picture nominees

Best Picture:

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Shape of Water

2017 Best Director nominees


  • Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
  • Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
  • Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049

2017 Best Actor nominees

Best Actor:

  • Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
  • Colin Farrell, The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
  • Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

2017 Best Actress nominees


  • Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
  • Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
  • Vicky Krieps, Phantom Thread
  • Frances McDormand, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Cynthia Nixon, A Quiet Passion

2017 Best Supporting Actor nominees

Supporting Actor:

  • Idris Elba, Molly’s Game
  • Barry Keoghan, The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Will Poulter, Detroit
  • Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me by Your Name

2017 Best Supporting Actress nominees

Supporting Actress: 

  • Raffey Cassidy, The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Jennifer Ehle, A Quiet Passion
  • Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
  • Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
  • Miranda Richardson, Stronger



  • Blade Runner 2049
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Mudbound
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri


Vocal Performance – Male:

  • Will Arnett, The Lego Batman Movie
  • Gael Garcia Bernal, Coco
  • Michael Cera, The Lego Batman Movie
  • Bradley Cooper, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Anthony Gonzalez, Coco


Vocal Performance – Female:

  • Helen McCrory, Loving Vincent
  • Ana Ofelia Murguia, Coco
  • Saoirse Ronan, Loving Vincent
  • Eleanor Tomlinson, Loving Vincent
  • Alanna Ulbach, Coco

Original Screenplay:

  • Columbus
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Phantom Thread
  • A Quiet Passion
  • The Shape of Water

Adapted Screenplay:

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Lady Macbeth
  • Molly’s Game
  • Mudbound

2017 Best Cinematography nominees


  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Shape of Water


  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • I, Tonya
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • The Shape of Water


Production Design:

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • The Man Who Invented Christmas
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Shape of Water
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets


Costume Design:

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Greatest Showman
  • The Man Who Invented Christmas
  • Phantom Thread
  • Wonder Woman



  • Darkest Hour
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • I, Tonya
  • The Shape of Water
  • Thor: Ragnarok



Sound Mixing:

  • Atomic Blonde
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sound Effects:

  • Baby Driver
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Visual Effects:

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • The Shape of Water
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • War for the Planet of the Apes

Nomination Totals (multiple nominations only):

  • 12: The Shape of Water
  • 11: Blade Runner 2049
  • 10: The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Phantom Thread
  • 7: Dunkirk
  • 5: Coco
  • 3: Call Me by Your Name, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Loving Vincent, Molly’s Game, Mudbound, A Quiet Passion, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • 2: Darkest Hour, I, Tonya, The Lego Batman Movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets


  • Best film without any nominations: The Big Sick – a great film, a **** film and my #12 of the year, but the only category it came close to a nomination in was Original Screenplay.
  • Worst film to be nominated: The Greatest Showman – a rather severely flawed film in many respects (a **½ film, it’s my #68 of the year), but it earns a nomination for its costumes.
  • Oscar category I most closely match: My Sound Effects category, being the equivalent of the Oscar’s Sound Editing category, matches the Oscar category perfectly – 5/5, which I think might be a first.
  • Oscar category I most differ from: It’s a tie; I only agree with one nominee out of five for Supporting Actor and Original Screenplay. The latter is especially disappointing given the ridiculous snub of Phantom Thread.
  • Most Oscar-nominated film I don’t nominate: Another tie – The Post and Victoria & Abdul both received two Oscar nominations and none from me. The Post is more significant because it was nominated for Best Picture and Best Actress, and because I rate as a ***½ film (my #22 of the year), while Victoria & Abdul was nominated for Costume Design and Makeup & Hairstyling, and I didn’t like it at all.
  • Most nominated film by me with no Oscar nominations: The Killing of a Sacred Deer is the only film in my top 5 to get no Oscar nominations (I gave it 10); of the other four, three were Best Picture nominees and the other got 5 technical nominations. The Academy got it fairly right this year.
  • Lowest-grossing nominee: Original Screenplay nominee Columbus grossed just $1,015,744, making it, as of this writing, 239th for the year. It should be noted that Best Song nominee Brawl in Cell Block 99 may have grossed even less, but it seems to have only a very limited theatrical run, and official numbers are unavailable.


  • I have only 5 Best Picture nominees this year instead of the usual 10, in large part because the top 5 films dominate the nominations; my top 5 in Picture and Director match perfectly for only the second time ever (after 2013), and for the first time they also match my top 5 in Cinematography.
  • I match the Academy 46/88, or 52%, with the categories breaking down thus:
    • 5/5: Sound Effects/Editing
    • 4/5: Actor
    • 3/5: Picture*, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, (Original) Score, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects
    • 2/5: Actress, Supporting Actress, Production Design, Costume Design, Song**
    • 1/5: Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay
    • 1/3: Makeup (& Hairstyling)***
    • *The Academy nominated 9 films; if I nominated 9 (or 10), we would match 4/10.
    • **I haven’t seen Marshall, which was nominated, but I have heard the nominated song and it wouldn’t make my top 5.
    • ***I haven’t seen Wonder, which was nominated.
  • I could be mistaken, but I believe Phantom Thread is the first film I’ve ever nominated for both Best Actor and Best Actress.
    • Also, not one but two films receive three acting nominations (not counting Ensemble), while an additional four films receive two apiece. That said, I have yet to nominate a film in all four acting categories – although one film this year came very close.
  • Four films earn 10 or more nominations, the most of any year to date. Three films earned 10 or more in 2015, but that year I doubled the number of nominees in each category. Again, it’s a very top-heavy year, and I opted to reduce the Picture category to 5 rather than have a bunch of Picture nominees with low nomination counts.
  • This is the first year in which all of my Best Picture nominees are English-language films. That’s more a reflection of how few films I saw this year than of the quality of world cinema; for example, I’ve only seen one of the Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Film as of this writing.
  • Four of my Best Director nominees are repeat nominees: Paul Thomas Anderson is earning his third (or second, if you only count my conflated nominees for 2014), Christopher Nolan is earning his second (if I’d started my awards a year earlier, it’d be his third), while Yorgos Lanthimos and Denis Villeneuve are, impressively, both earning their second consecutive nominations.
  • Three of my acting nominees have earned previous nominations:
    • In Best Actor, Gary Oldman is earning his second;
    • In Best Actress, Jessica Chastain is earning her second Lead nomination and her fourth overall;
    • In Best Supporting Actor, Sam Rockwell is earning his second (for the same writer-director, no less!).

If you’d like to pick your winners, or suggest nominees I might have overlooked, please do so in the comments.

I’ll announce my winners on Sunday, March 4 – Oscar Sunday.

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