Best of 2017: Personal Winners and Top 10 Films of the Year

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We’ve come to the end.  At least the end with my take on the year 2017.  Choosing the personal winners of the year, along with my Top 10 films.

There’s been plenty to love about the year and plenty to hate.  Overall, I liked the year and maybe with time, I’ll look back with fondness.

I’m proud of what I’ve seen and what I’ve chosen.

Check them all out in the gallery.

  • Phill Milner

    Clayton… for the first time in all the years I’ve been active on The Awards Circuit… you and I have the same Number 1 Movie of the year… it feels weird to actually be on the same Wavelength. I suppose a movie as extraordinary as I, Tonya can do that. Really hope the PGA gives it a push to a BP nod…

    • I’m glad you finally decided to get on board with greatness. 🙂

      But in all seriousness, “I, Tonya” is fantastic and I feel proud to call it my #1.

      • Phill Milner

        How’d I do in the Twitter battle? I got 7 of your top 10 correct, but I’m not sure I got any of them in the right spot…

  • Tee

    Top Ten Movies:
    1. Coco – Talk about capturing an entire culture and, as an Asian American, being warmly invited in in a way I haven’t felt in my entire life.
    2. mother! – For the exact opposite reason as above- making me look at humanity in a new and brutal way, putting our species under the scrutinizing microscope.
    3. Lady Bird – Breaching all generations, it sings to the souls of our adolescence and the proud struggle of family.
    4. Logan – Transcending genre clichés and examining them with an intense, cynical outlook that still offers up hope for the future.
    5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Hilarious with several powerful themes to state, it leaves an impression on the mind that won’t leave for awhile.
    6. Last Flag Flying – Richard Linklater’s most challenging film for himself, pulling back his directorial quirks and simply standing in quiet, confident solidarity with the heroes of our nation.
    7. Darkest Hour – A true model for several things; leadership in the face of adversity, acting and performing of the highest caliber, and a new way to make “classic” films.
    8. The Big Sick – Romantic comedies are one of the few genres specifically meant to appeal to the heart, and with some nice commentary but an ultimate love story at its center little else can be asked.
    9. The Florida Project – A glimpse into the life of people left forgotten by society, this motley family of dirty and at times despicable scavengers ultimately appeal to the heart in an honest, brutal recreation of the truth of millions.
    10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Uniquely balancing masterful genre and franchise storytelling with brand new originality and fresh content is difficult- Rian Johnson managed to do what few filmmakers would even dare to dream about.

    Best Director: Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird (Runner-up: Darren Aronofsky – mother!)
    Best Lead Actor: Steve Carell – Last Flag Flying (Runner-up: Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour) Once again, like last year you go loud (Oldman, Washington) when I go quiet (Carell, Garfield in Silence)
    Best Lead Actress: Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Runner-up: Margot Robbie – I, Tonya)
    Best Supporting Actor: Garrett Hedlund – Mudbound (Runner-up: Will Poulter – Detroit)
    Best Supporting Actress: Dafne Keen – Logan (Runner-up: Mary J. Blige – Mudbound)
    Best O. Screenplay: Darkest Hour (Runner-up: mother!)
    Best A. Screenplay: Last Flag Flying (Runner-up: Mudbound)
    Best Cast Ensemble: Mudbound (Runner-up: I, Tonya)
    Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049 (Runner-up: Call Me By Your Name)
    Best Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049 (Runner-up: War for the Planet of the Apes)

    If it’ll make you feel better, Mudbound is 11 and I, Tonya is 12.

  • Ryan

    Best Picture: mother!
    Best Director: Darren Aronofsky – mother!
    Best Actor: Hugh Jackman – Logan
    Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence – mother!
    Best Supporting Actor: Jason Sudeikis – Colossal
    Best Supporting Actress: Dafne Keen – Logan
    Best Original Screenplay: mother!
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Logan
    Best Original Score: Dunkirk
    Best Cinematography: Dunkirk
    Best Costume Design: Murder on the Orient Express
    Best Film Editing: Dunkirk
    Best Production Design: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    Best Sound Editing: mother!
    Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk
    Best Visual Effects: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    Best Original Song/Composition: The Colossal Finale Part 1 – Colossal
    Best Makeup & Hairstyling: The Shape of Water

    Top 10:
    1. mother!
    2. Logan
    3. Colossal
    4. Dunkirk
    5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    6. It Comes at Night
    7. Battle of the Sexes
    8. Coco
    9. In the Fade
    10. The Big Sick

  • Phill Milner

    I really want to share my winners and top 10, but still have a few to see :/

  • Andrew Gillespie

    Best Picture: Get Out
    Best Director: Christopher Nolan-Dunkirk
    Best Actor: Timothee Chalamet-Call Me By Your Name
    Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan-Lady Bird
    Best Supporting Actor: Michael Stuhlbarg-Call Me By Your Name
    Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf-Lady Bird
    Best Original Screenplay: Get Out by Jordan Peele
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Call Me By Your Name by James Ivory
    Best Young Actor/Actress: Dafne Keen-Logan
    Best Acting Ensemble: Lady Bird
    Best Original Score: Dunkirk by Hans Zimmer
    Best Original Song: “Vision of Gideon” by Sufjan Stevens-Call Me By Your Name
    Best Cinematography: Dunkirk
    Best Production Design: Blade Runner 2049
    Best Film Editing: I, Tonya
    Best Costume Design: I, Tonya
    Best Visual Effects: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Top 10:
    1. Get Out
    2. Lady Bird
    3. Dunkirk
    4. Call Me By Your Name
    5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    6. Coco
    7. Stronger
    8. The Disaster Artist
    9. The Big Sick
    10. mother!

  • Calvin Damon

    Like before, I still need to see some, but here I go.

    Best Picture: Dunkirk
    Best Director: Christopher Nolan-Dunkirk
    Best Original Screenplay: Martin McDonagh-Three Billboards
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Hampton Fancher & Michael Green-Blade Runner 2049
    Best Acting Ensemble: Three Billboards
    Best Actor: Gary Oldman-Darkest Hour
    Best Actress: Frances McDormand-Three Billboards
    Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell-Three Billboards
    Best Supporting Actress: Tatiana Maslany-Stronger
    Best Young/Actress: Dafne Keen-Logan
    Best Original Score: Dunkirk
    Best Original Song: Mystery of Love-Call Me By Your Name
    Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk
    Best Sound Editing: Dunkirk
    Best Cinematography: Dunkirk
    Best Production Design: Blade Runner 2049
    Best Costume Design: Blade Runner 2049
    Best Film Editing: Dunkirk
    Best Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049
    Best Makeup/Hairstyling: Darkest Hour

    Top 10:
    1. Dunkirk
    2. Three Billboards
    3. Blade Runner 2049
    4. War For the Planet of the Apes
    5. Logan
    6. Get Out
    7. Mother!
    8. The Disaster Artist
    9. Baby Driver
    10. It Comes At Night

  • Ferdinand

    Clayton, about your documentary lineup, did you see Faces Places? That is one of my favorite movies of the year and I feel that awards sites aren’t talking about it enough (though the critics have been vocal about it)

    • I actually didn’t get around to “Faces Places.” It was one of my glaring omissions from the year. I’ve been trying to make some time for it. Will definitely try to catch it soon enough, especially before nominations.

  • AndreTheTurtle

    So I haven’t seen everything I want to yet, but this is what I have for now.

    Top Ten Films:
    10. Colossal
    9. Logan
    8. Baby Driver
    7. It Comes At Night
    6. I, Tonya
    5. Dunkirk
    4. Get Out
    3. Mother!
    2. Blade Runner 2049
    1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Best Picture:
    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
    Runner-Up: Blade Runner 2049

    Best Director:
    Christopher Nolan for Dukirk
    Runner-Up: Denis Villenueve for Blade Runner 2049

    Best Actor:
    Huge Jackman for Logan
    Runner-Up: James Franco for The Disaster Artist

    Best Actress:
    Margot Robbie for I, Tonya
    Runner-Up: Francis McDorman for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Best Supporting Actor:
    Adam Driver for Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    Runner-Up: Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Best Supporting Actress:
    Dafne Keen for Logan
    Runner-Up: Ana de Armas for Blade Runner 2049

    Best Original Screenplay:
    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Runner-Up: Get Out

    Best Adapted Screenplay:
    Logan
    Runner-Up: Blade Runner 2049

    Best Animated Film:
    The Lego Batman Movie
    Runner-Up: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Adventure

    Best Score:
    Dunkirk
    Runner-Up: A Cure For Wellness

    Best Sound Mixing:
    Dunkirk
    Runner-Up: Blade Runner 2049

    Best Sound Editing:
    Dunkrik
    Runner-Up: Blade Runner 2049

    Best Production Design:
    Blade Runner 2049
    RUnner-Up: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Best Cinematography:
    Blade Runner 2049
    Runner-Up: Dunkrik

    Best Make-Up and Hair Styling
    Logan
    RUnner-Up: It

    Best Costume Design:
    Blade Runner 2049
    Runner-Up: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Best Film Editing:
    Blade Runner 2049
    Runner-Up: Dunkrik

    Best Visual Effects:
    Blade Runner 2049
    Runner-Up: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

  • travis larson

    Best Picture: Three Billboards outside ebbing, missouri
    runner up: Dunkirk
    Director: Christopher nolan- dunkirk
    runner up: Dennis Villeneuve- blade runner 2049
    Actor: Gary Oldman- Darkest Hour
    runner up: Robert Pattenson- Good time
    Actress: Margot Robbie- I, Tonya
    runner up: Jessica Chastain- Molly’s Game
    Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell-Three Billboards outside ebbing, missouri
    runner up: SebastianStan- I, Tonya
    Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf- Lady Bird
    runner up:Alison Janey- I, tonya
    Original Screenplay: Three Billboards outside ebbing, missouri
    runner up: I, Tonya
    Adapted Screenplay: Call me by your name
    runner up: mudbound
    Original Score: Dunkirk
    runner up: Good Time
    Cinematography: blade runner 2049
    runner up: the lost city of z
    Costume Design: Darkest Hour
    runner up: Mudbound
    Film Editing: I, tonya
    runner up: Dunkirk
    Production Design: Darkest Hour
    runner up: The Last Jedi
    Sound: Dunkirk
    runner up: Blade Runner 2049
    Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049
    runner up: The Last Jedi
    Original Song: visions of gideon- call me by your name
    runner up: Mighty river- mudbound
    Best Makeup & Hairstyling: It
    runner up: The disaster artist
    Top 10:
    1. Three Billboards outside ebbing Missouri
    2. Dunkirk
    3. I, tonya
    4. Blade runner 2049
    5. call me by your name
    6. the florida project
    7. lady bird
    8. mudbound
    9. detroit
    10. good time

  • travis larson

    Best Picture: Three Billboards outside ebbing, missouri
    runner up: Dunkirk
    Director: Christopher nolan- dunkirk
    runner up: Dennis Villeneuve- blade runner 2049
    Actor: Gary Oldman- Darkest Hour
    runner up: Robert Pattenson- Good time
    Actress: Margot Robbie- I, Tonya
    runner up: Jessica Chastain- Molly’s Game
    Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell-Three Billboards outside ebbing, missouri
    runner up: SebastianStan- I, Tonya
    Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf- Lady Bird
    runner up:Alison Janey- I, tonya
    Original Screenplay: Three Billboards outside ebbing, missouri
    runner up: I, Tonya
    Adapted Screenplay: Call me by your name
    runner up: mudbound
    Original Score: Dunkirk
    runner up: Good Time
    Cinematography: blade runner 2049
    runner up: the lost city of z
    Costume Design: Darkest Hour
    runner up: Mudbound
    Film Editing: I, tonya
    runner up: Dunkirk
    Production Design: Darkest Hour
    runner up: The Last Jedi
    Sound: Dunkirk
    runner up: Blade Runner 2049
    Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049
    runner up: The Last Jedi
    Original Song: visions of gideon- call me by your name
    runner up: Mighty river- mudbound
    Best Makeup & Hairstyling: It
    runner up: The disaster artist
    Top 10:
    1. Three Billboards outside ebbing Missouri
    2. Dunkirk
    3. I, tonya
    4. Blade runner 2049
    5. call me by your name
    6. the florida project
    7. lady bird
    8. mudbound
    9. detroit
    10. good time