2018 Film Awards Season Recap

For film fans, the new year doesn’t really begin until culminates the film awards season starts. Many film buffs wait in suspense to see if the industry agrees with their picks for the top films, acting performances, and production work of the past year.

Furthermore, the ceremonies themselves are frequently affected by improvised and oftentimes awkward behavior by hosts, announcers, winners, and weirdos. Those unfamiliar with the more noteworthy events of movie awards shows past should read a guide to the movie awards most memorable moments.

For those interested in getting familiar with the most recent movie awards winners and notable events, read on:

The 75th Golden Globe Awards were held on January 7, 2018. The Golden Globes, which are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are often regarded as a significant precursor to the Oscars. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home the Golden Globe for best film in the drama category, and Lady Bird was named best film in the musical or comedy category.

Gary Oldman and Frances McDormand won Golden Globes for leading performances in the drama category with their respective roles in Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. James Franco won in the comedy category for a leading actor for his performance in The Disaster Artist, while Saoirse Ronan won in the comedy category for her performance in Lady Bird. Sam Rockwell was recognized for his powerful supporting performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Allison Janney took home a Golden Globe for her supporting performance in I, Tonya.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri also secured the Best Screenplay award, beating The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Molly’s Game, and The Post. The Hollywood Foreign Press is primarily composed of non-U.S. journalists, so it’s no surprise that the organization appreciated Martin McDonagh’s bleak tale about a mother who’ll stop at nothing to find her daughter’s murderer.

The 71st British Academy Film Awards, or BAFTAs, took place on February 18, 2018. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri was recognized as both the best film and the best British film, and Guillermo del Toro took home the award for best director for his work on The Shape of Water. The acting awards followed the precedent set by the 75th Golden Globe Awards, with Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Allison Janney all winning again for their respective roles. James Ivory received an award for his screen adaptation of Call Me By Your Name, and English cinematographer Roger Deakins won for his work on Blade Runner 2049.

Other notable BAFTA winners include Raoul Peck’s James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro, The Shape of Water for Best Original Music and Best Production Design, and Dunkirk for Best Sound Design. Daniel Kaluuya, star of Get Out, Black Panther, Skins, and Black Mirror, took home the Rising Star Award and attributed his success to affordable drama school education.

The 90th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, on March 4, 2018. The Shape of Water was recognized as the best motion picture, and the film’s director, Guillermo del Toro, also took home the Best Director award, making him the third Mexican film director to win the award.

There were no surprises in the acting categories, with Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Allison Janney all winning again for their respective performances. Some fans complained that the Academy was playing it safe with these awards, awarding Oldman for what they regarded as an over-the-top Churchill imitation over the original creations of the younger actors in his category, Timothée Chalamet, and Daniel Kaluuya. Nonetheless, Oldman has had an illustrious career and is certainly deserving of an Oscar.

In a small upset, horror thriller Get Out was honored with the Best Original Screenplay award, besting the awards season favorite Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, and The Big Sick. Jordan Peele became the first African American writer to win in this category in what could be a symbolic victory for original content featuring people of color. Call Me By Your Name took home the Best Adapted Screenplay award, while Coco received the Best Animated Film award and the Best Original Song award for “Remember Me.”

With Coco‘s wins, Guillermo del Toro’s win for The Shape of Water, a few other awards wins, and a high-profile mariachi performance, this year’s ceremony saw a significant increase in representation from the Latina community. The Oscars are often regarded as the penultimate awards ceremony in the film industry, and many industry buffs assessing the 90th Academy Awards regard the ceremony as having been a breakthrough for diversity in award recognition.

Will these winning films and performances remain revered in the decades to come, or fade in the background as more underrated productions of our time see a reappraisal from critics and future audiences? It’s a phenomenon which has happened in years past, the most notable being Citizen Kane losing to the now forgettable How Green Was My Valley. Only time will tell.


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