My 2018 film awards go to



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I will watch the Oscars as usually an entertaining show but I don’t have a lot to root for this time except screenplay, original song, score, and feature documentary. Instead of predicting the oscar winners, I’ll share my own 2018 film awards where I put things right that the Academy messed up. Since I can do whatever I want on this blog, I took the liberty of creating new awards in a few cases, such as splitting original screenplay into two (most innovative & best dialogue). For music fans who follow my ramblings, I included a category for them too with the best use of (older) music in a film. Other categories I decided to introduce: Best films with zero oscar nominations, Best scene, Best horror, best thriller, Best Netflix film, Best film by a female director, and Best directorial debut. If you want to read my top 10 of 2018, I already posted it here.
Worth mentioning also, the films marked with an *asterisk I have been unable to watch so far, so I’ve included them as “dummy” entries as those have a chance of a nomination in future.
High Life (2018), The Wild Pear Tree (2018) and Never Look Away (2018) I consider 2019 titles. Not out near me until April-May this year, or even later, so not eligible on this occasion.
Films mentioned here such as Beast, First Reformed, Oh Lucy!, You Were Never Really Here, The Rider and Custody are labelled as 2017 on IMDb but with a general release in 2018.
I’ve no doubt left out some quality films but you can’t watch everything!  The winners are bolded in green and you’ll notice I have been generous with the number of nominees as I think it’s fairer to those talented people who are competing. On to the film awards, as they stand today:



Best English language Film
Eighth Grade
Mission Impossible – Fallout
First Reformed



Best Foreign Language Film
Lykke-Per (aka A Fortunate Man)
Oh Lucy! (Japanese/American co-production)
The Guilty




Most overhyped
Leave No Trace
The Other Side of the Wind
The Rider
You Were Never Really Here
The Favourite
Bohemian Rhapsody
Black Panther
Quincy (documentary)





Most underhyped
Oh Lucy!
Lean on Pete
Pity (aka Oiktos)
Shirkers (documentary)
Hal (documentary)
*Asako I & II
*Assassination Nation





Most original or innovative 
Border (aka Gräns)
Pity (aka Oiktos)
The House That Jack Built
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
Sorry to Bother You





Best writing dialogue
The Favourite
First Reformed
The House That Jack Built
Oh Lucy!
The Guilty
Green Book




Best adapted screenplay
Burning (Chang-dong Lee, & Jungmi Oh)
Lykke-Per (Anders Frithiof August & Bille August)
Suspiria (David Kajganich)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
A Star Is Born (Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper &Will Fetters)
Juliet, Naked (Jim Taylor, Tamara Jenkins, Evgenia Peretz)
*Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty)




Best scene
Climbing El Capitan Wall with no safety gear (Free Solo)
Lighthouse (Annihilation)
Olga’s dance-horror scene (Suspiria)
At the restaurant table (Beast)
Meeting of two families (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Swimming Pool (Eighth Grade)
Performing Shallow (A Star is Born)
Armie Hammer’s party (Sorry to Bother You)
Opening dance sequence (Climax)
Running next to carriage (Lykke-Per)
Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon in red van (The House That Jake Built)
The ending (First Reformed)
The ending (Holiday)
The songwriter (Under the Silver Lake)
The ocean (Roma)
Live Aid show (Bohemian Rhapsody)
*Single-take, hour-long dream sequence (Long Day’s Journey into Night)





Best Lead Performance (Male)
Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)
Esben Smed Jensen (Lykke-Per)
Nicolas Cage (Mandy)
Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Matt Dillon (The House That Jack Built)
John Houston (The Other Side of the Wind)
Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)
John Cho (Searching)
Jakob Cedergren (The Guilty)
Denis Ménochet (Custody)
Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible: Fallout)
Sunny Suljic (Mid90s)
Giannis Drakopoulos (Pity)
*Christian Bale (Vice)





Best Lead Performance (Female)
Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)
Jessie Buckley (Beast)
Lady Gaga (A Star is Born)
Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Toni Collette (Hereditary)
Eva Melander (Border)
Charlize Theron (Tully)
Shinobu Terajima (Oh Lucy!)
Rose Byrne (Juliet, Naked)
Léa Drucker (Custody)
Joanna Kulig (Cold War)
Natalie Portman (Annihilation)





Best Supporting Performance (Male)
Steven Yeun (Burning)
Steve Buscemi (Lean on Pete)
Lai Yde (Holiday)
Thomas Gioria (Custody)
Brian Tyree Henry (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Na-kel Smith (Mid90s)
Josh Hamilton (Eighth Grade)
Benjamin Kitter (Lykke-Per)
Alex Wolff (Hereditary)



Best Supporting Performance (Female)
Katrine Greis-Rosenthal (Lykke Per)
Ann Dowd (Hereditary)
Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Mackenzie Davis (Tully)
Emma Stone (The Favourite)
Marina de Tavira (Roma)
Kaho Minami (Oh Lucy!)
Tilda Swinton (for everything) (Suspiria)
Mia Goth (Suspiria)
Galatéa Bellugi (The Apparition)





Best cinematography
Free Solo
Cold War
*Long Day’s Journey Into Night





Best original score
Mandy (Johan Johnasson, RIP) (Track: preview)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell) (Track: preview)
Suspiria (Thom Yorke) (Track: Has Ended)
Hereditary (Colin Stetson) (Track: Reborn)
Lykke-Per (Lorenz Dangel) (Track: Main Theme)
Under the Silver Lake (Disasterpeace) (Track: A Junction)
The Other Side of the Wind (Michel Legrand) (Track: End credits)
Mid90s (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross) (Track: The Start of Things)
Annihilation (Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow) (Track: The Alien)
Minding the Gap (Nathan Halpern & Chris Ruggiero) (Track: Theme from)
*First Man (Justin Hurwitz) (Track: The Landing)




Original song (written for a film)
Keep Reachin sung by Chaka Khan (Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Mark Ronson) (Quincy Jones documentary)
Shallow (Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt) (A Star is Born)
Suspirium by Thom Yorke (Suspiria)
OYAHYTT by The Coup (Sorry To Bother You)
Sunday Never Comes by Ethan Hawke/ Robyn Hitchcock (Juliet, Naked)




Best use of (older) music in a film
Fruit and Icebergs by Blue Cheer (The Other Side of the Wind)
Starless by King Crimson (Mandy)
Skyline Pigeon by Elton John (The Favourite)
This Year by Mountain Goats (Minding the Gap)
Hit the Road Jack  by David Johansen/Ray Charles (The House That Jack Built)
We’ll let you know by Morrissey (Mid90s)
Never My Love by Association (Under the Silver Lake)
Kids in America by Kim Wilde (Three Identical Strangers)
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) by Sylvester (Studio 54)
Supernature by Cerrone (Climax)






Best film by a female director
Oh Lucy!
Free Solo




Best documentary
Minding the Gap (Bing Liu)
Shirkers (Sandi Tan)
Væbnet med ord & vinger (Torben Skjødt Jensen)
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (Morgan Neville)
Hal (Amy Scott)
Free Solo (Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi)
Fahrenheit 11/9 (Michael Moore)
Filmworker (Tony Zierra)
Three Identical Strangers (Tim Wardle)
Studio 54 (Matt Tyrnauer)
*Evelyn (Orlando von Einsiedel)
*The Raft (aka Flotten) (Marcus Lindeen)
*They Shall Not Grow Old (Peter Jackson)




Best horror
The House That Jack Built
*A Quiet Place




Best thriller
The Guilty





Best directorial debut  (What a year!)
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
A Star is Born (Bradley Cooper)
Beast (Michael Pearce)
Mid90s (Jonah Hill)
The Guilty (Gustav Moller)
Hereditary (Ari Aster)
Minding the gap (documentary) (Bing Liu)
Shirkers (documentary) (Sandi Tan)
Holiday (Isabella Eklöf)
Sorry To Bother You (Boots Riley)
*Apostasy (Daniel Kokotajlo)





Best Netflix film
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
The Other Side of the Wind
*The Ballad of Buster Scruggs





Best films with zero oscar nominations
Eighth Grade
Oh Lucy!
Mission Impossible – Fallout
The Guilty
The House That Jack Built
Lean on Pete
Sorry To Bother You
*Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (documentary)


Updated March 29


What do you think? Agree or disagree? Which oscar films are you rooting for? As always, comments are welcome