Now, on with the show....
2. Battle of the Sexes
3. Phantom Thread
4. The Lost City of Z
5. The Shape of Water
Makeup, Supporting Actor and Actress, and much more, after the jump....
Best Supporting Actor
Rob Morgan as Hap Jackson
2. Kim Yoon-seok in 1987: When the Day Comes; 3. Richard Jenkins in The Shape of Water; 4. Michael Shannon in The Shape of Water; 5. Daniel Craig in Logan Lucky
Rob Morgan plays Hap Jackson - a father, a husband, a preacher, head of a loving household, an experienced tenant farmer on the land of an inexperienced white man who expects the Jacksons to "earn their keep". But Morgan doesn't dwell on the indignities. Though he follows orders, he looks people in the eye. And he will not allow his children to suffer as he has, as demonstrated in a scene at movie's end that is earth-shaking. A subtle performance full of dignity and warmth.
In second, Kim Yoon-seok as a fanatic commie hunter. In third, Richard Jenkins as a warm G.B.F. In fourth, Michael Shannon finds black humor in his villainy. In fifth, Daniel Craig proves adept at comedy - and with an accent!
Best Adapted Screenplay
The Lost City of Z
based on the book by David Grann
2. Mudbound; 3. Blade Runner 2049; 4. First They Killed My Father; 5. Only the Brave
No mere jungle adventure, Gray uses Percy Fawcett's obsession with Amazonia to explore the passions that drive men into folly - something a filmmaker might know a thing or two about; the politics and hierarchies of Victorian British society that not only determine class, but social standing within that class; colonialism's ability to open up new worlds and its tendency to crush them; and even, yes, feminism, but without coming off as anachronistic.
In second, Mudbound balances multiple perspectives and societal concerns. In third, Blade Runner 2049 shoulders the burden of continuity with appropriate gravitas and thoughtfulness. In fourth, First They Killed My Father explores, but does not exploit, true horror. In fifth, Only the Brave faithfully recreates the chemistry and camaraderie of the fire service.
Heidi Griffiths / Allison Jones / Jordan Thaler
2. 1987: When the Day Comes; 3. After the Storm; 4. Mudbound; 5. Nocturama
Lady Bird is one of the most generous movies as far as its ensemble goes. Though centered on the titular role played by Saoirse Ronan, every character - her best friend, her beaux, her parents, her brother, his girlfriend, the coach-turned-drama teacher - comes through vividly and affectionately.
In second, the reporters, lawyers, activists, and other assorted citizens of 1987: When the Day Comes. In third, the splintered but still affectionate family of After the Storm. In fourth, the families at the heart of Mudbound. In fifth, the young terrorists of Nocturama.
2. Song Kang-ho in A Taxi Driver; 3. Charlie Hunnam in The Lost City of Z; 4. Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049; 5. James McAvoy in Split
As designer to the elite, Daniel Day-Lewis gives Reynolds Woodcock a quiet charm, an easy grace...a childish petulance, a mercurial self-seriousness. You get the attraction an Alma might feel towards him, and his ease with his female clients seems genuine, but boy oh boy, Day-Lewis isn't about to sand this guy's edges. Frustrating and comical, his line-readings are impeccable: "Fucking chic?" "But the interruption is still here!"
In second, Song Kang-ho sincere sacrifices for family and, eventually, the greater good. In third, Charlie Hunnam as a single-minded, romantic obsessive. In fourth, Ryan Gosling fixates on and fears his own feelings. In fifth, James McAvoy takes on multiple roles within one psychotic man.
Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Ehle as Lavinia "Vinnie" Dickinson
A Quiet Passion
2. Lesley Manville in Phantom Thread; 3. Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird; 4. Carla Juri in Blade Runner 2049; 5. Sylvia Hoeks in Blade Runner 2049
Possessed of a natural empathy, a kindly disposition, and with no less pride in her intellect than her more famous sister possesses, Vinnie Dickinson is as indispensable to A Quiet Passion as she is to Emily. Jennifer Ehle exudes boundless warmth, and in that is perhaps more of an acceptance of the Dickinsons' lifelong solitude than Emily can muster. She is at once the perfect complement and foil to her sister.
In second, Lesley Manville's watchful distance and confident authority. In third, Laurie Metcalf's exhaustion belies her real affection. In fourth, Carla Juri's heart. In fifth, Sylvia Hoeks' own grappling with her innate humanity, and misreading of how to handle it.
Best Costume Design
Battle of the Sexes
2. Phantom Thread; 3. Atomic Blonde; 4. I, Tonya; 5. The Post
It helps that clothes are a vital part of the narrative, with Alan Cumming's designer bringing style to female athletics - and damn, does he ever! Battle of the Sexes also nails the 70s look in all its permutations: the garish evening wear, the loud prints, the large lapels - just from the suits, you can smell the aqua velva on the men. It's a lot, but it never calls too much attention to itself.
In second, Phantom Thread gives the last word in 50s couture. In third, Atomic Blonde's sexy spy style. In fourth, I, Tonya's competition costumes and 90s choices. In fifth, The Post's period-perfect patterns and caftans.
Jill Purdy, supervising sound editor
Coll Anderson, sound effects editor
Paula Fairfield, sound designer
Craig Henighan, supervising sound editor / sound designer / re-recording mixer
Noyan Cosarer, re-recording mixer
2. Atomic Blonde; 3. Dunkirk; 4. The Last Jedi; 5. The Greatest Showman
mother! is a horror movie, and the proof is in its audio track. The tranquil sounds of the isolated countryside are interrupted by the sudden, impossibly loud bang-bang-bang on the front door. From there, the cacophony grows in both volume and chaos; any silence or quiet that does set in becomes chilling, a momentary pause, no longer peaceful but an overture to madness. What other movies this year used sound so effectively?
In second, Atomic Blonde's combat noise: knives, guns, fists, rope, car chases, set to a bangin' 80s mixtape. In third, Dunkirk's sounds of war, by land, air, and sea. In fourth, The Last Jedi's...well, usual Star Wars sounds, plus porgs. In fifth, The Greatest Showman's beautiful musical mix, rhythmic stomps and claps.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Sean Sansom, prosthetics and creature technician
Trina Brink, makeup & hair department head
2. The Shape of Water; 3. Warriors of the Dawn; 4. I, Tonya; 5. Darkest Hour
In second, The Shape of Water's amphibian man. In third, Warriors of the Dawn are caked in blood, dirt, and grime - the royals they protect, not so much! In fourth, I, Tonya embraces garishness in life and on the ice. In fifth, Darkest Hour revives Winston Churchill, Neville Chamberlain and Clementine Churchill.
Glory be: nine categories, nine movies honored...so far. Tomorrow: Cinematography, Actress, and more, including Best Picture of the Year. Check it out.....