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Film Honors: 2018

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu at the top of the page.

Set Design

Annihilation
Avengers: Infinity War
BlacKkKlansman
Black Panther
The Cloverfield Paradox
Cold War
Crazy Rich Asians
Deadpool 2
The Favourite
First Man
A Gentle Creature
Hereditary
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Mandy
Mary Magdalene
November
A Quiet Place
Ready Player One
Red Sparrow
Roma
Sorry to Bother You
The Square
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Tomb Raider
Unsane
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Actor Support

Beauty and the Dogs
BlacKkKlansman
BlacKkKlansman
BlacKkKlansman
Black Panther
BPM (Beats per Minute)
Burning
A Ciambra
Cold War
Custody
Disobedience
Dogman
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
Eighth Grade
First Man
Game Night
Green Book
Happy as Lazzaro
Hereditary
Hereditary
The Insult
Mandy
Nancy
November
The Rider
Roma
Silent Night
Sorry to Bother You
The Square
A Star Is Born
Thunder Road
Tigers Are Not Afraid
U: July 22
Widows

Special Effects

Annihilation
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
The Cloverfield Paradox
Deadpool 2
First Man
Hereditary
Isle of Dogs
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Mandy
The Meg
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
November
Psychokinesis
A Quiet Place
Rampage
Ready Player One
Satan’s Slaves
Sorry to Bother You
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Tomb Raider
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Animation

The Breadwinner
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Actress Support

BlacKkKlansman
Black Panther
BPM (Beats per Minute)
Burning
Cold War
Crazy Rich Asians
Custody
Disobedience
Dogman
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
The Favourite
First Man
Game Night
Green Book
Happy as Lazzaro
Hereditary
I Think We’re Alone Now
Nancy
November
A Quiet Place
Roma
Silent Night
Sorry to Bother You
Thoroughbreds
Tigers Are Not Afraid
U: July 22
Widows

Costume Design

Avengers: Infinity War
BlacKkKlansman
Black Panther
The Cloverfield Paradox
Cold War
Crazy Rich Asians
Deadpool 2
The Favourite
First Man
Green Book
Mary Magdalene
November
Ready Player One
Red Sparrow
Roma
A Star Is Born
Tomb Raider
Widows

Youth Breakthrough

A Ciambra
Custody
Eighth Grade
The Kindergarten Teacher
Leave No Trace
Psychokinesis
A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place
The Rider
Roma
The Tale
Thunder Road
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Tigers Are Not Afraid
U: July 22

Sound Design

Annihilation
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
The Breadwinner
The Cloverfield Paradox
The Commuter
Deadpool 2
Dogman
First Man
Hereditary
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Mandy
Mary and the Witch’s Flower
The Meg
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
November
A Quiet Place
Rampage
Ready Player One
Revenge
Roma
Satan’s Slaves
A Star Is Born
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Tomb Raider
U: July 22
Unsane
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Widows

Filmmaking Breakthrough

6 Balloons
Beauty and the Dogs
The Breadwinner
A Ciambra
Custody
Eighth Grade
A Gentle Creature
Hereditary
The Insult
The Kindergarten Teacher
Leave No Trace
Mandy
Nancy
November
A Quiet Place
Revenge
The Rider
Silent Night
Sorry to Bother You
The Tale
That’s Not Me
Thoroughbreds
Thunder Road
Tigers Are Not Afraid
U: July 22
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Song Composing

6 Balloons
American Animals
Annihilation
Avengers: Infinity War
The Bachelors
Beauty and the Dogs
BlacKkKlansman
Black Panther
Blindspotting
BPM (Beats per Minute)
The Breadwinner
Burning
A Ciambra
The Cloverfield Paradox
Cold War
The Commuter
Crazy Rich Asians
Custody
Deadpool 2
Death Wish
Disobedience
Dogman
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
Eighth Grade
The Favourite
First Man
Game Night
A Gentle Creature
Green Book
Happy as Lazzaro
Hearts Beat Loud
Hereditary
Incredibles 2
The Insult
In the Fade
Isle of Dogs
I Think We’re Alone Now
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The Kindergarten Teacher
Leave No Trace
Life of the Party
Mandy
Mary and the Witch’s Flower
Mary Magdalene
The Meg
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Nancy
November
Psychokinesis
A Quiet Place
Rampage
RBG
Ready Player One
Red Sparrow
The Relationtrip
Revenge
The Rider
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
Roma
Satan’s Slaves
Searching
Silent Night
Sorry to Bother You
The Square
A Star Is Born
Support the Girls
Tag
The Tale
That’s Not Me
Thoroughbreds
Thunder Road
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Tomb Raider
Tully
U: July 22
Unsane
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Whitney
Widows

Cast Ensemble

BlacKkKlansman
BPM (Beats per Minute)
The Favourite
Happy as Lazzaro
Hereditary
Isle of Dogs
November
A Quiet Place
Roma
Silent Night
Tigers Are Not Afraid
U: July 22
Widows

Documentary

RBG
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
Whitney
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Acting Breakthrough

6 Balloons
Beauty and the Dogs
BlacKkKlansman
BPM (Beats per Minute)
Cold War
Crazy Rich Asians
Dogman
Eighth Grade
A Gentle Creature
Happy as Lazzaro
Hereditary
Leave No Trace
November
Revenge
The Rider
Roma
That’s Not Me
Thunder Road
U: July 22

Film Editing

BlacKkKlansman
Cold War
Dogman
The Favourite
First Man
Hereditary
Mandy
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
November
A Quiet Place
Revenge
Roma
Sorry to Bother You
A Star Is Born
Tigers Are Not Afraid
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Widows

Actor Lead

BlacKkKlansman
BPM (Beats per Minute)
Burning
Cold War
Custody
Dogman
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
Green Book
The Insult
I Think We’re Alone Now
Leave No Trace
The Rider
Silent Night
Sorry to Bother You
The Square
A Star Is Born
Thunder Road
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Cinematography

Burning
Cold War
Dogman
The Favourite
First Man
Green Book
Hereditary
November
The Rider
Roma
A Star Is Born
Tigers Are Not Afraid
U: July 22
Unsane
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Widows

Actress Lead

6 Balloons
Beauty and the Dogs
Cold War
Disobedience
Eighth Grade
The Favourite
A Gentle Creature
Hereditary
In the Fade
The Kindergarten Teacher
Leave No Trace
Nancy
Roma
A Star Is Born
The Tale
That’s Not Me
U: July 22
Unsane
Widows

Score Composing

6 Balloons
American Animals
Annihilation
Avengers: Infinity War
The Bachelors
Beauty and the Dogs
BlacKkKlansman
Black Panther
Blindspotting
BPM (Beats per Minute)
The Breadwinner
Burning
A Ciambra
The Cloverfield Paradox
Cold War
The Commuter
Crazy Rich Asians
Custody
Deadpool 2
Death Wish
Disobedience
Dogman
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
Eighth Grade
The Favourite
First Man
Game Night
A Gentle Creature
Green Book
Happy as Lazzaro
Hearts Beat Loud
Hereditary
Incredibles 2
The Insult
In the Fade
Isle of Dogs
I Think We’re Alone Now
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The Kindergarten Teacher
Leave No Trace
Life of the Party
Mandy
Mary and the Witch’s Flower
Mary Magdalene
The Meg
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Nancy
November
Psychokinesis
A Quiet Place
Rampage
RBG
Ready Player One
Red Sparrow
The Relationtrip
Revenge
The Rider
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
Roma
Satan’s Slaves
Searching
Silent Night
Sorry to Bother You
The Square
A Star Is Born
Support the Girls
Tag
The Tale
That’s Not Me
Thoroughbreds
Thunder Road
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Tomb Raider
Tully
U: July 22
Unsane
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Whitney
Widows

Directing

Beauty and the Dogs
BlacKkKlansman
BPM (Beats per Minute)
The Breadwinner
Burning
Cold War
Disobedience
Dogman
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
The Favourite
First Man
Green Book
Hereditary
November
Roma
A Star Is Born
Thunder Road
Tigers Are Not Afraid
U: July 22
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Widows

Screenwriting Adapted

6 Balloons
American Animals
Annihilation
Avengers: Infinity War
The Bachelors
Beauty and the Dogs
BlacKkKlansman
Black Panther
Blindspotting
BPM (Beats per Minute)
The Breadwinner
Burning
A Ciambra
The Cloverfield Paradox
Cold War
The Commuter
Crazy Rich Asians
Custody
Deadpool 2
Death Wish
Disobedience
Dogman
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
Eighth Grade
The Favourite
First Man
Game Night
A Gentle Creature
Green Book
Happy as Lazzaro
Hearts Beat Loud
Hereditary
Incredibles 2
The Insult
In the Fade
Isle of Dogs
I Think We’re Alone Now
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The Kindergarten Teacher
Leave No Trace
Life of the Party
Mandy
Mary and the Witch’s Flower
Mary Magdalene
The Meg
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Nancy
November
Psychokinesis
A Quiet Place
Rampage
RBG
Ready Player One
Red Sparrow
The Relationtrip
Revenge
The Rider
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
Roma
Satan’s Slaves
Searching
Silent Night
Sorry to Bother You
The Square
A Star Is Born
Support the Girls
Tag
The Tale
That’s Not Me
Thoroughbreds
Thunder Road
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Tomb Raider
Tully
U: July 22
Unsane
Upgrade
Whitney
Widows

Screenwriting Original

6 Balloons
American Animals
Annihilation
Avengers: Infinity War
The Bachelors
Beauty and the Dogs
BlacKkKlansman
Black Panther
Blindspotting
BPM (Beats per Minute)
The Breadwinner
Burning
A Ciambra
The Cloverfield Paradox
Cold War
The Commuter
Crazy Rich Asians
Custody
Deadpool 2
Death Wish
Disobedience
Dogman
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
Eighth Grade
The Favourite
First Man
Game Night
A Gentle Creature
Green Book
Happy as Lazzaro
Hearts Beat Loud
Hereditary
Incredibles 2
The Insult
In the Fade
Isle of Dogs
I Think We’re Alone Now
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The Kindergarten Teacher
Leave No Trace
Life of the Party
Mandy
Mary and the Witch’s Flower
Mary Magdalene
The Meg
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Nancy
November
Psychokinesis
A Quiet Place
Rampage
RBG
Ready Player One
Red Sparrow
The Relationtrip
Revenge
The Rider
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
Roma
Satan’s Slaves
Searching
Silent Night
Sorry to Bother You
The Square
A Star Is Born
Support the Girls
Tag
The Tale
That’s Not Me
Thoroughbreds
Thunder Road
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Tomb Raider
Tully
U: July 22
Unsane
Upgrade
Whitney
Widows

Motion Picture

Beauty and the Dogs
BPM (Beats per Minute)
The Breadwinner
Burning
Cold War
Disobedience
Dogman
The Favourite
First Man
Green Book
Hereditary
Mary and the Witch’s Flower
November
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
Roma
A Star Is Born
Thunder Road
Tigers Are Not Afraid
U: July 22
Upgrade
Widows

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