This year, our Academy Idol race has been extremely interesting. We had four different winners over the race, several of which were Best Picture frontrunners. A film that was saved by the Staff made its way into the top 6. Some films started out toward the bottom before rising to the top. This year, more than most years, may actually result in an ACCA/Academy Idol winner combo. “Call Me By Your Name” and “Lady Bird” were certainly two of the best films of the year. Without devout fanbases for both, it was a close race in the end. They even started in the same group to start the competition, so the two have been tied together for the entire run. With that in mind, we’re going to do a quick look at the results up to this week, before picking our Academy Idol 11 Champion.
First up, we’ll review the films that were dropped in the Top 30, before we break down the placement of each film.
Group A: “Baby Driver,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “mother!” “It,” “Darkest Hour,” “The Beguiled”
Group B: “I, Tonya,” “The Florida Project,” “Coco,” “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Last Flag Flying”
Group C: “The Big Sick,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Battle of the Sexes,” “Wonderstruck,” “First They Killed My Father”
13th: “Mudbound” (Early Precursor Week)
12th: “The Post” (Music Week)
11th: “Phantom Thread” (Cinematography Week)
10th: “Wonder Woman” (Double Elimination Week)
9th: “The Disaster Artist” (Double Elimination Week)
8th: “Get Out” (Guild Week)
7th: “Blade Runner 2049” (Best Performance)
6th: “Logan” (Best Screenplay)
5th: “Dunkirk” (Best Direction)
4th: “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri” (Number 1 Votes)
3rd: “The Shape of Water” (Semi-Finals)
With that in mind, let’s look at our finalists! “Lady Bird” came out as an early front-runner, but as buzz for the film dropped, so did its support in Academy Idol. While “Lady Bird” won the first two weeks, it did not win another round the rest of the race. However, it never dropped below 4th place for a single week of the run, making it one of the most consistent films of the competition.
Meanwhile, “Call Me By Your Name” started slow before picking up. It finished 2nd in its opening Group to “Lady Bird.” However, starting with the Top 11, it went on a run that no other film could really keep up with. “Call Me By Your Name” began winning week after week, and took home 9 weekly titles in the process. This set up a final between two films that feature Timothée Chalamet.
In the end, the final round was between two popular films, but only one can take home the title of Academy Idol winner. This year, our Academy Idol 11 Champion is “Call Me By Your Name,” which capped off an incredible run. The 10th win of the competition is surprising to no one and is a well-deserved accolade for a film that certainly had many fans.
It was another great run for Academy Idol, and we’re happy to have so much support. Over 58,000 votes were cast in just 14 weeks. We want to thank the readers once again for all the support and excitement that surrounds the competition every year. This is your champion, and congratulations once again!