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The Handmaiden and Dunkirk Lead The Way With The 2017 Film Honors Nominations

Time to honor my own choices for the best in film of 2017. I know we are in mid-February now, but here in the UK you have to wait around a bit if you want to catch as many of the awards season movies as possible. That said, I try to see as many movies as I can, and usually work between the second months of the year as the eligible twelve month window.

As per usual, the choices below reflected in many familiar categories are my own personal choices for the year. They represent not just what I believe is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonates with me or inspires, then, now, and for a long time to come. The categories and the nominees are below, which were announced Sunday evening on Twitter #FilmHonors2017 and now published on the Facebook page also.

The Handmaiden, released in the UK in April, and Dunkirk hit the big screen in July, meaning its what you might call early birds that head the pack of the 2017 Film Honors. That said, the likes of mother!, The Florida Project, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, In This Corner of the World, and Clash scored in many categories – including Motion Picture of the year. Blade Runner 2049, Call Me by Your Name, Logan, and Loving Vincent scored well without landing in the top group. On Body and Soul, The Salesman, and Loveless make up the 10 best films of 2017.

Winners announced Wednesday 28th February. Here are the shortlisted films in full:

Youth Breakthrough

Dafne Keen (Logan)
Garance Marillier (Grave / Raw)
Maggie Mulubwa (I Am Not a Witch)
Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project)
Sreymoch Sareum (First They Killed My Father)

Special Effects

Blade Runner 2049
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
War for the Planet of the Apes

Costume Design

Ah-ga-ssi / The Handmaiden
The Love Witch
Murder on the Orient Express
Phantom Thread
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Actor Support

Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)
Barry Keoghan (The Killing of a Sacred Deer)
Benny Safdie (Good Time)
Patrick Stewart (Logan)
Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me by Your Name)

Song Composing

“If I Dare” (Battle of the Sexes)
“Kanashikute Yari Kirenai” (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni / In This Corner of the World)
“Mystery Of Love” (Call Me by Your Name)
“Never Forget” (Murder on the Orient Express)
“Visions Of Gideon” (Call Me by Your Name)

Filmmaking Breakthrough

Macon Blair (I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore)
Julia Ducournau (Grave / Raw)
Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman (Loving Vincent)
Ben Young (Hounds of Love)


Chung Chung-hoon (Ah-ga-ssi / The Handmaiden)
Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)
Anthony Dod Mantle (First They Killed My Father)
Rachel Morrison (Mudbound)
Hoyte van Hoytema (Dunkirk)

Actress Support

Taraneh Alidoosti (Forušande / The Salesman)
Sylvia Hoeks (Blade Runner 2049)
Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Michelle Pfeiffer (mother!)
Bria Vinaite (The Florida Project)

Set Design

Ah-ga-ssi / The Handmaiden
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
The Shape of Water

Acting Breakthrough

Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name)
Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth)
Ia Shughliashvili (Chemi Bednieri Ojakhi)
Kim Tae-ri (Ah-ga-ssi / The Handmaiden)
Daniela Vega (Una mujer fantástica / A Fantastic Woman)

Film Editing

Ak-Nyeo / The Villainess
Eshtebak / Clash


Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

Screenwriting Adapted

Alice Birch (Lady Macbeth)
Park Chan-wook, Chung Seo-kyung (Ah-ga-ssi / The Handmaiden)
James Ivory (Call Me by Your Name)
Sunao Katabuchi, Chie Uratani (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni / In This Corner of the World)
Loung Ung, Angelina Jolie (First They Killed My Father)

Sound Design

Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni / In This Corner of the World
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wonder Woman


La jeune fille sans mains / The Girl Without Hands
Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni / In This Corner of the World
Loving Vincent
La Tortue Rouge / The Red Turtle

Cast Ensemble

Eshtebak / Clash
Loving Vincent
The Party
Under sandet / Land of Mine

Actor Lead

Colin Farrell (The Killing of a Sacred Deer)
Shahab Hosseini (Forušande / The Salesman)
James McAvoy (Split)
Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
Robert Pattinson (Good Time)

Screenwriting Original

Chris Bergoch, Sean Baker (The Florida Project)
Ildikó Enyedi (Testről és lélekről / On Body and Soul)
Asghar Farhadi (Forušande / The Salesman)
Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou (The Killing of a Sacred Deer)
Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev (Nelyubov / Loveless)

Score Composing

Anne Dudley (Elle)
Jonny Greenwood (Phantom Thread)
Daniel Hart (A Ghost Story)
Jo Yeong-wook (Ah-ga-ssi / The Handmaiden)
Hans Zimmer (Dunkirk)

Actress Lead

Emma Booth (Hounds of Love)
Alexandra Borbély (Testről és lélekről / On Body and Soul)
Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)
Jennifer Lawrence (mother!)
Maryana Spivak (Nelyubov / Loveless)


Sean Baker (The Florida Project)
Park Chan-wook (Ah-ga-ssi / The Handmaiden)
Mohamed Diab (Eshtebak / Clash)
Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
Andrey Zvyagintsev (Nelyubov / Loveless)

Motion Picture

Ah-ga-ssi / The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook) South Korea
Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan) USA / UK / France / Netherlands
Eshtebak / Clash (Mohamed Diab) Egypt
Forušande / The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi) Iran
The Florida Project (Sean Baker) USA
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) Ireland / UK / USA
Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni / In This Corner of the World (Sunao Katabuchi) Japan
mother! (Darren Aronofsky) USA
Nelyubov / Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev) Russia
Testről és lélekről / On Body and Soul (Ildikó Enyedi) Hungary



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