Acting legend Denzel Washington will be the 47th recipient of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The comedy drama “Green Book” secured itself as an award season contender this weekend, winning top honors at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film, directed by Peter Farrelly, won the Grolsch People’s Choice Audience Award. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Green Book” took the top spot, while director Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” earned runner-up. Jenkins’ 2016 film “Moonlight” went on to win the Best Picture Oscar.
For Hollywood, 2017 officially came to a close Sunday night with the 90th Annual Academy Awards.
During the evening ceremony, “The Shape of Water” was the big winner, taking Best Director and Best Picture, along with Best Score.
At the night’s climax, it had seemed “La La Land” had captured Oscar No. 7, winning the biggest award of the ceremony.
Then, in a surprise, it all turned around.
Films come out in all different types of genres and with different goals of what they want the audience to experience. In that sense, sometimes coming up with 10 of your favorite movies from a year can be easy, but ranking them is a little more tricky.
With that in mind, while some movie may be ahead of another, it doesn’t mean that there’s an astronomical difference. All the movies listed on my top 10 list are there in how I well I received them, but the order isn’t extremely important.
At the end of the ceremony it was “Spotlight” left standing in a stacked Best Picture category. Beating out Producers Guild Award winner “The Big Short” and Directors Guild Award winner “The Revenant,” “Spotlight” took Best Picture as its second victory of the night, the first being Best Original Screenplay.
Likely the biggest story from the ceremony, though, was Mark Rylance of “Bridge of Spies” winning a huge upset over Sylvester Stallone who starred in “Creed.” Stallone had won plenty of hardware and momentum going into the evening but it was Rylance who took the trophy.
Another upset from the night was “Til it Happens to You” from the documentary “The Hunting Ground” losing to “Writing’s on the Wall” from the latest James Bond flick “Spectre.” Both upsets were a shock from my perspective and each announcement made the Twitter-verse explode.
2014 Honorable Mentions:
- Big Eyes
- What If
- Begin Again
- How to Train Your Dragon 2
- 22 Jump Street
- Edge of Tomorrow
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- American Sniper
- The Imitation Game
Now, onto the main list
Every year the Academy Awards are given to deserving nominees in the best actor, actress, supporting actor and supporting actress categories. Despite some upsets here and undeserving winners there, most of the time, the argument can be made that the Academy gets the awards right.
The problem is that, despite having deserving winners and more so deserving nominees, there is still a category of performances that are left out. They are the more unique forms of acting. The ones where the actor can’t necessarily be seen, but the performance can still have a major effect on the audience.
1. Midnight in Paris
2. The Artist
3. The Descendants
5. The Ides of March
6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
7. Martha Marcy May Marlene
8. Crazy Stupid Love
10. The Lincoln Lawyer
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
X-Men First Class
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Kung Fu Panda 2