Film Club Award Nominations

By UoP Film Club

 

In our first official article, the UOP Film Club would like to announce our personal nominations for the 2018 film year! In what has been an astounding year for film, it takes a lot to make the impact these movies had on us members. Between all of us, we’ve seen around 120 different movies, so the diversity of options made it hard to narrow down, but hopefully you like our choices. Below are the nominees in our 6 categories and their winners. Enjoy!

 

Best Supporting Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Actress Best Actor Best Director Best Picture Best Picture (cont.)
Rachel McAdams, Game Night Mahershala Ali, Green Book Lady Gaga, A Star is Born Josh Brolin, Avengers: Infinity War Christopher McQuarrie,

Mission Impossible:

Fallout

American Animals Blindspotting
Emma Stone, The Favourite Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade Nicolas Cage, Mandy Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk Annihilation Bohemian Rhapsody
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk Adam Driver, BlackKlansman Natalie Portman, Annihilation Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody Alfonso Cuaron, Roma Avengers: Infinity War Hereditary
Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place Alex Wolff, Hereditary Toni Collette, Hereditary Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born Spike Lee, BlackKlansman Bandersnatch A Quiet Place
Blake Lively, A Simple Favor Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther Joanna Kulig: Cold War John David Washington, BlackKlansman Alex Garland, Annihilation BlackKlansman Roma

 

And the winner for Best Supporting Actress is…Rachel McAdams in Game Night!

While the film itself is fairly unassuming – a generically named comedy coming out in February from directors with a very poor past (2015’s Vacation reboot) – it created one of the funniest comedies of the year with a stunning performance from McAdams. She lights up every scene she’s in with a unique comic timing that seems incredibly difficult to pull off. The scene above is probably the highlight of the film showing off what a talented comedian can do with the right material.

And the winner of Best Supporting Actor is…Timothee Chalamet in Beautiful Boy!

Stan Twitter’s boyfriend, while being arguably the biggest snub of this year’s Oscars, demolished the competition for us. Such a sobering and haunting portrayal of a real man that not only reminds us of the horror of addiction but also how many of us at the cusp of adulthood are still a child inside and how terrifying the world can be when we’re thrust into it.

And the winner for Best Lead Actress is…Toni Collette in Hereditary!

And here’s yet another massive snub the Academy made. This decade so far has been demonstrably strong with horror, especially the last 5 years. Studios like A24 have helped produce this new wave of horror filmmaking, sponsoring directors with unique visions and strong direction. Collette works wonders under that, being largely forgotten about to the mainstream since 1999’s The Sixth Sense and has now suddenly broken the mold and became a household name again. Her performance is a revelation, going on a journey of extreme sadness and torture to a finale of utter insanity that has to be seen to be believed.

And the winner for Best Lead Actor is…Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody!

I mean, what else is there? In the bonafide four-quadrant smash of 2018,  Malek absolutely destroyed the competition. In November when Bohemian Rhapsody destroyed the box office, and has continued to do so to the tune of over $800 million, he transformed into rock legend Freddie Mercury, astounding not only the rabid fanbase but also the current members of Queen. He became an instant star replicating the unique and pulling his audience in past the terrible prosthetic teeth and dubbed over singing. In a mixed film, he became a shining star which I’m sure Mercury would be proud of. And the winner for Best Director is…Alfonso Cuaron for Roma!

A truly masterful work of art in a continuing dominance from Mexican-born directors, Cuaron’s direction is one of utter confidence. With most shots going on for minutes at a time and working with largely first-time actors, the film maintains to be a riveting journey that captures the life many women had to face in 1970’s Mexico and expanding upon it by contrasting these visages of a collapsing family with images of monumental natural disasters. Cuaron dominates this labor of love in a once-in-a-lifestyle fashion that has to be seen to be believed.

And now, the winner of Best Picture. …Hereditary!

Every year seems to have its own horror masterpiece this decade. Ex Machina, The VVitch, It Follows; all elevating the genre and giving hope to fans who drag themselves to the deluge of studio cash grabs just to support their movie love. This year, Ari Aster’s journey into grief and worship gave fans of horror another glimmer of hope as to what passionate filmmakers can do with their genre. With pitch-performances from the entire cast, a tight script that makes time for quiet moments of self-reflection in the characters, and an iconic tic that left many fans shaking in their boots at the sound of a little click, Hereditary establishes itself as 2018’s horror masterpiece that will influence generations to come as to what kind of nightmare-fueled magic can be created with passion and a sick sense of filmmaking prowess.

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