Best of the Year: 2017

The Academy Awards (Oscars) have revealed the nominees for the 2017 film season (here), with The Shape of Water leading the charge with a staggering 13 nominations. Blade Runner 2049 and Dunkirk find themselves duking it out for many of the technical awards, while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and Lady Bird picked up at least two nominations each. The diversity this year is plentiful and for the most part, there’s very little to gripe about with the Academy’s choices. However, the Academy Awards these are not. These are Nick’s picks for the best of each category based on the films I saw this year. Foreign films are the only ones I missed this year, so that’s why the space is left blank. We’ll work our way down from technical awards up to Best Picture, with my personal picks are in Bold among the nominees. There may a few also be a few honorable mentions for the categories I felt were almost too close to call. Thank you, as always for reading my content and let me know what your picks would look like for this year!

Sound Mixing:

  • Baby Driver – Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin, Mary H. Ellis
  • Blade Runner 2049 – Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Mac Ruth
  • Dunkirk – Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
  • IT – Sylvain Arseneault, Rob Beal
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi – David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, Stuart Wilson

Sound Editing:

  • Baby Driver – Julian Slater
  • Blade Runner 2049 – Mark Mangini, Theo Green
  • Dunkirk – Richard King, Alex Gibson
  • IT – Victor Ray Ennis, Paul Flinchbaugh
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Matthew Wood, Ren Klyce

Original Song:

  • A Million Dreams – The Greatest Showman – Alex Lacmoire, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Joseph Trapanese
  • Mighty River – Mudbound – Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson
  • Mystery of Love – Call Me By Your Name  Sufjan Stevens
  • Never Enough – The Greatest Showman – Alex Lacmoire, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Joseph Trapanese
  • Remember Me – Coco – Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

Original Score:

  • Blade Runner 2049 – Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer
  • Dunkirk – Hans Zimmer
  • Phantom Thread – Jonny Greenwood
  • The Shape of Water – Alexandre Desplat
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi – John Williams

Honorable Mentions: A Ghost Story – Daniel Hart, Get Out – Michael Abels, Hostiles – Max Richter, IT – Benjamin Wallfisch

Makeup and Hair-styling:

  • Darkest Hour – Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – John Blake, Brian Sipe / Camille Friend, Louisa V. Anthony, Jules Holdren
  • Wonder – Arden Tuiten

Costume Design:

  • Beauty and The Beast – Jacqueline Durran
  • Battle of the Sexes – Mary Zophres
  • The Beguiled – Stacey Battat
  • Darkest Hour – Jacqueline Durran
  • Phantom Thread – Mark Bridges

Visual Effects:

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Logan
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • War For the Planet of the Apes

Honorable Mentions: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, It, Kong: Skull IslandSpider-Man: Homecoming

Production Design:

  • Beauty and the Beast – Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
  • Blade Runner 2049 – Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
  • Darkest Hour – Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
  • Dunkirk – Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
  • The Shape of Water – Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeff Melvin

Animated Feature Film:

  • Coco – Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
  • The Lego Batman Movie – Will Allegra, Matthew Ashton, Chris McKay
  • Loving Vincent – Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Ivan Mactaggart


  • Blade Runner 2049 – Roger Deakins
  • The Beguiled – Philippe Le Sourd
  • Call Me By Your Name – Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
  • Dunkirk – Hoyte Van Hoytema
  • The Shape of Water – Dan Laustsen


  • Gaga: Five Foot Two – Ben Cotner, Arthur Fogel, Chris Moukarbel
  • Jane – Bryan Burk, Debra Eisenstadt, Brett Morgen

Foreign Film:

  • TBD

Film Editing:

  • Baby Driver – Paul Machliss, Jonathan Amos
  • Blade Runner 2049 – Joe Walker
  • Dunkirk – Lee Smith
  • Get Out – Gregory Plotkin
  • War For the Planet of the Apes – William Hoy, Stan Salfas

Original Screenplay:

  • The Big Sick – Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gorodn
  • Get Out – Jordan Peele
  • Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  • Wind River – Taylor Sheridan

Adapted Screenplay:

  • Call Me By Your Name – James Ivory
  • The Disaster Artist – Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
  • Logan – Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green
  • Molly’s Game – Aaron Sorkin
  • War For the Planet of the Apes – Mark Bomback, Matt Reeves

Actress in a Supporting Role:

  • Holly Hunter – The Big Sick

  • Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
  • Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread
  • Michelle Pfeiffer – Mother!
  • Mary J. Blige – Mudbound

Honorable Mentions: Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip, Allison Janey – I, Tonya, Sophia Lillis – IT, Octavia Spencer – Gifted

Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Chris Pine – Wonder Woman
  • Dave Franco – The Disaster Artist
  • Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me By Your Name
  • Ray Ramano – The Big Sick
  • Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

Honorable Mentions: Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project, Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water, Tracy Letts – Lady Bird, Michael Rooker – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Actress in a Leading Role:

  • Emma Stone – Battle of the Sexes
  • Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
  • Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman
  • Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game
  • Saoirse Ronana – Lady Bird

Honorable Mentions: Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water, Jennifer Lawrence – Mother!, Rosamund Pike – Hostiles, Margot Robbie – I, Tonya,

Actor in a Leading Role:

  • Christian Bale – Hostiles
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
  • Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
  • Andy Serkis – War For the Planet of the Apes
  • Timothy Challamet – Call Me By Your Name

Honorable Mentions: Steve Carell – Last Flag Flying, James Franco – The Disaster Artist, Robert Pattinson – Good Time, Jeremy Renner – Wind River


  • Denis Villenueve – Blade Runner 2049
  • Jordan Peele – Get Out
  • Kathryn Bigelow – Detroit
  • Matt Reeves – War For the Planet of the Apes
  • Patty Jenkins – Wonder Woman

Honorable Mentions: Guillermo Del Toro – The Shape of Water, Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird, Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk, Dee Rees – Mudbound


  1. Wonder Woman
  2. IT
  3. Blade Runner 2049
  4. Wind River
  5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
  6. War For The Planet of the Apes
  7. Logan
  8. Lady Bird
  9. Detroit
  10. The Big Sick

Honorable Mentions: Battle of the SexesCall Me By Your Name, Get OutHostiles, Molly’s Game


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