Supporting Performance: Laurie Metcalf - Lady Bird

Oftentimes in film, parents are either portrayed in an overly-idealized fashion, or as cartoonish monsters. Laurie Metcalf’s performance in
Lady Bird feels real; filled with anger, frustration, and love. Even against Saoirse Ronan’s equally fantastic turn, Metcalf own
s every scene
she’s in, presenting a raw, powerful and genuinely funny portrait of motherhood.

Runner-Up: Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Honorable Mentions: Daniel Craig (Logan Lucky), Patrick Stewart (Logan), Betty Gabriel (Get Out), Carrie Fisher (Star Wars: The Last Jedi),
Mark Rylance (Dunkirk)

Visual Effects: War for the Planet of the Apes

The recent Planet of the Apes films have all been visual effects show-stoppers, and War for the Planet of the Apes is the culmination of
those efforts. The motion-captured performances are a masterful example of effects, melding the incredible work of Andy Serkis (and an
entire cast of apes) along with photo-real digital modeling, and seamless animation.

Runner-Up: Blade Runner 2049

Sound Mixing: Blade Runner 2049

All of Blade Runner 2049’s elements are expertly assembled in this brilliant mix. While certainly excellent during its brief action sequences,
Blade Runner also excels in creating a palpable sense of atmosphere and ambiance. It’s powerful when it should be, and subtle when it
needs to be.

Runner-Up: Dunkirk

Honorable Mentions: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Logan, Baby Driver

Sound Editing: Dunkirk

Dunkirk missed out on the previous award thanks to its lack of dynamics, but it cannot be denied for sound editing. The near constant aural
assault is an incredible credit to the sound team, as it is just as prevalent (and perhaps even more important) than the film’s score. This is
one to test out the new sound system. It’s a reference quality showpiece of incredible effects work.

Runner-Up: Blade Runner 2049

Production Design: Blade Runner 2049

Easily the most visually-stunning film of the year, Blade Runner 2049 matches the genre-defining dystopian cityscapes of Ridley Scott’s 1982
sci-fi classic, while expanding into jaw-dropping new environments and sets. Every location sparks with creativity and immerses us with its
formidable art direction.

Runner-Up: The Shape of Water

Original Score: Star Wars: The Last Jedi - John Williams

I may have been disappointed with The Last Jedi as a film, but once again, John Williams’ score stands tall. Building off the incredibly strong
thematic base of The Force Awakens, Williams delivers another thrilling score that elevates everything around it. Even at 86 years old,
Williams continues to put most other composers to shame.

Runner-Up: War for the Planet of the Apes (Michael Giacchino)

Makeup: Logan

Sure there were plenty of movies that made their performers look great, but I love that Logan made everyone look awful. There is a real
grittiness to the makeup here that works perfectly with the film’s somber tone and ailing characters. There are also some wonderful gore
effects that look suitably grotesque.

The Shape of Water

Editing: Dunkirk

Winning by the narrowest of margins over our runner-up, Dunkirk is 106 minutes of pure intensity and adrenaline. Constantly moving with a
maddening sense of urgency, this film doesn’t need to explain why the situation is dire; we feel it right from its opening moments. The
intricate cross-cutting and use of non-linear storytelling is brilliantly realized. And no film this year will leave you as drained, or exhilarated.

Runner-Up: Baby Driver

Costume Design: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars has always been known for its excellent, creative costume design and The Last Jedi is no different. There are striking designs for
many of the main characters. Luke, Leia, and Holdo all feature memorable costumes, while the revised royal guards stand out with their
vibrant red armor. Even the computer-generated Snoke gets bling-y gold robes.

Runner-Up: The Shape of Water

Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049

I mentioned that Blade Runner 2049 was the most visually-stunning film of 2017. One cannot give enough credit to DP Roger Deakins in this
regard. His work is astounding; lensing every scene with an almost textural quality that immerses us in this world. Beyond the incredible
quality of the photography, Deakins’ use of light is incredible. The rolling light shaft that follows Love and K through the Wallace building is
just one example of some of the most eye-popping visuals you will see in film.

Runner-Up: Dunkirk

Performance: James McAvoy - Split

Surprise! Everyone seems to have forgotten this film came out in 2017. It’s a wonderful return-to-form thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, and
it’s anchored by an absolutely astounding performance from James McAvoy. No other performance was as mesmerizingly insane last year,
with his multiple personalities always teetering on the edge of complete chaos.

Runner-Up: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Honorable Mentions: Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Hugh Jackman (Logan), James Franco (The Disaster Artist), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of
Water), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Andy Serkis (War for the Planet of the Apes)

Screenplay: Blade Runner 2049

Making a sequel to Blade Runner was a terrible idea until it actually happened. Written by Michael Green and Hampton Fancher (Who co-
wrote the original), Blade Runner 2049 is a nearly perfect sequel that expands on the universe of the original film, while taking the story,
and the ideas behind it, in intelligent and unexpectedly intriguing directions. This is slow-burn, neo-noir sci-fi at its finest, and may rank
among the best sequels ever produced.

Honorable Mentions: Lady Bird, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, Logan, The Big Sick, Get Out

Director: Christopher Nolan - Dunkirk

Even for a director as acclaimed as Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk is an incredible achievement. It’s a truly visceral experience, and Nolan
showcases his incredib
le mastery of the medium with a film that grabs us and never lets go for its entire running time. The amount of effort
that went into staging this massive production using minimal computer-generated effects is unheard of in the current age of digital
filmmaking. No director was more essential to their film in 2017. There is minimal dialog, and no
traditional character development. Nolan is
the auteur and star of the show, and he delivers a film that isn’t just technically impressive, but emotionally resonant.

Runner-Up: Denis Villeneuve – Blade Runner 2049

Honorable Mentions: Edgar Wright (Baby Driver), James Mangold (Logan), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Martin McDonough (Three Billboards
outside Ebbing, Missouri)
, Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes)

Best Picture: Dunkirk

Dunkirk is a masterful film all-around. It's superbly directed, produced and acted. The incredible thing about the film is just how dramatically
powerful it is without a reliance on dialog (No teary-eyed monologs here). The atmosphere of hopelessness and desperation is palpable,
and affects us on a very basic human level. It is also a true cinematic experience that can only be done justice by the big screen and a
capable sound system. This is a truly epic production the likes of which we rarely see, with Nolan preferring to capture as much in-camera
as humanly possible. There is not a shred of computer-generated artificiality, with the film sporting almost documentary-level realism. Some
may write it off as simply a great action movie, but there is real emotion in every moment of despair and occasional relief. There was simply
no film this year that was as impressive and impactful.

Runner-Up: Blade Runner 2049

Honorable Mentions: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, Logan, Lady Bird, War for the Planet of the Apes
Welcome to the 2018 Greggy Awards! I decided to forgo the traditional Photoshop image this year, as I see way too
many awful YouTube video game reviews that do this. It's been ruined for me.

Without further ado, enjoy my picks for the best of film in 2017!