- February 19: My Top 10 Films of 2017
- February 25: My 6th Annual Film Awards Nominations
- March 4: My 6th Annual Film Awards
- March 4: Predicting the 90th Academy Awards
- March 5: Reviewing the 90th Academy Awards
Heading into the fall, we’ve got a lot to look forward to, film-wise. I’ve spent a lot of time going over what’s coming out, watching trailers, and weighing my options, and I’ve put together a list of what I think are the most exciting and important films of the coming months.
Some I can’t wait to see. Some I’m trepidatious about. Some I’m sure will be full of bad laughs. But I weigh them all here. And, at the end, as a bonus, I’ve put together my personal dream ballot for this year’s film awards; throughout the article, you’ll see my predictions for what I think I’ll likely nominate, or what I think stands a fighting chance of getting on.
Obviously, there’s at least one film every year – and usually more than one – that doesn’t measure up. But on the other hand, there’s usually a film or two that proves to be far better than I expected. So with that in mind, let’s take a trip through the next four months. (Apologies, by the way, if you have difficulties viewing this post on a mobile device; the sheer number of trailers may prove problematic.)
Time flies when you’re having fun, and even if I haven’t been having as much fun as I’d hoped – I’ve only seen 19 films for this year so far, compared with 35 this time last year – it’s still hard to believe it’s already time for this year’s Six-Month Awards.
Because I’ve seen so few films, I considered not doing them, but was persuaded to otherwise; partially for consistency’s sake (thank you, Maggie!), and partially because I love doing these posts. So let’s see what we’ve got!
These aren’t scientific, and they aren’t authoritative. For a while, I was capping my lists at 15, and so if there’s a film or performance missing from a given category that you know I’ve seen, that might be why.
Also note that my rankings do not always correspond directly to my awards choices or my nominees. For example, I ranked Rogue One 3rd for Costume Design, but when I prepared my nominees, I swapped it out in favor of Tale of Tales.
Some lists, of course, are longer than others; in some cases I let the lists grow very long indeed so I could keep a precise ranking for a performance or film that was likely to be Oscar-nominated – Supporting Actor and Song in particular reflect this.
Enjoy. Aside from noting Oscar nominees that don’t make my lists in a given category, I will forego further annotation. At the bottom is my ranking of all 116 films I’ve seen for the year.
I may not do this again.
In 2014, the fewest votes any category got was 77. In 2015, it was 45. This year, no category got more than 17 votes.
I don’t know why. I did my damnedest to get the word out. I used Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and even Instagram to try and draw voters. And none of it seemed to take. Were the nominees uninspiring? Was I too pushy? Did you just not want to be reminded of 2016?
If you’re inclined to answer, please give me your thoughts in the comments. I’d really love to hear them. And I do want to say how much I appreciate those of you who did vote. I only wish there were more of you.