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The Films of 2017. The 18th annual FiLM BiTCH Awards

PICTURE | ACTING | VISUALS | AURALS | EXTRAS | SPECIAL | SCENES 

 

And the nominees are... 

Best Musical Scene in a Musical
(or Performance Heavy Picture)
"From Now On"
Hugh Jackman and Cast
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
"How Does a Moment Last Forever"
Kevin Kline and Emma Watson
BEAUTY & THE BEAST
"Remember Me"
Anthony Gonzalez and Ana Ofelia Murguia, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
COCO
"Rewrite the Stars"
Zac Efron & Zendaya
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
"This is Me"
Keala Settle and Cast
THE GREATEST SHOWWMAN
   Such passion and such a rousing stomping climax (before the title reprise). Bonus points for that great viral video of rehearsal   For the most part the movie is content to just recreate moments done better before. But this invention really works.  A delight every time no matter who is singing it, but that finale reprise is *cries non-stop*  Is it the movie's best song? If not, it's close. Inarguably it's most  creative choreography. Love the mix of polish and rehearsal.   Anthemic popcorn bliss. The movie's lynchpin moment. All the color, excitement, defiance, and Keala killing it, too.
 

Finalists: "The Other Side" from The Greatest Showman

Semi Finalists: "Another Day in the Sun" cast from Beauty and the Beast, "A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman, "Gaston" from Beauty & the Beast, "The World Es Mi Familia" from Coco, "Un Poco Loco" from Coco

Note: If a musical number ends or starts a film it is part of the opening / ending category.

 

Best Musical Scene in a Non-Musical
Happy Baby Dance
Ansel Elgort
BABY DRIVER
"Love My Way"
Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, and Esther Garrel
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Disco Dancing
Annette Bening & Jamie Bell
FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL
Violin and Piano
Pierre Niney & Paula Beer & Musicians
FRANTZ
Dance Battle
Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina King, and Cast
GIRLS TRIP
   Lipsynch joy with father/son endearments for extra adorability Dance party in the night air. Memed to infinity but ever watchable  "I mean if you fix me a drink I'll come in and clean your bathroom" Impromptu duet, color returning to their lives. But then...

  Bewigged throwdown. And different eras colliding. 

Runners Up

 

Finalists: Rehearsal but no performance in Detroit, Auditions in Lady Bird

Semi Finalists: Handsome Devil, The Shape of Water, A Fantastic Woman, BPM

Note: If a musical number opens or closes a film it is part of the opening or ending category.

 

 

Best Action Sequence
Empty building / continuous shot
ATOMIC BLONDE
The hotel and Xavier's migraine
LOGAN
Sand planet last stand
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
The main event: Hulk vs Thor
THOR RAGNAROK
"No Man's Land"
WONDER WOMAN
  Masterful choreography and sustained stuntwork. You can feel the adrenaline and exhaustion  One of the year's most inventive scenes. Ultimately quite terrifying, with each blow foretold Luke vs Kylo shell game light saber battle and the desperate defense beforehad     So much fun. No wonder The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) draws such big enthusiastic crowds   Rousing and inspiring with the kind of sober beauty most superhero movies wish they could capture
 

Finalists: Shoot out / stand off in Wind River, any/all of the car stunts in Baby Driver

Semi Finalists: Logan vs Clone in Logan, Home invasion in Sweet Virginia , Kylo Ren vs Rey vs Snokes vs Army in The Last Jedi, bungee scene in Atomic Blonde; Cracked ship in Spider-Man Homecoming

Note: If an action sequence opens or closes a film it is part of the opening or ending category.

 

 

 

Best Kiss
Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, and Mackenzie Davis 
BLADE RUNNER 2049
Timothée Chalamet & Armie Hammer
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Saoirse Ronan & Lucas Hedges
LADY BIRD
Debra Winger & Tracy Letts
THE LOVERS
Jake Gyllenhaal & Tatiana Maslany
STRONGER
    Threesome. Sort of   Experiment  Dreaming of Paris   Comedy of Remarriage  Their chemistry ♥︎

Runners Up

Finalists: Gal Gadot & Chris Pine in Wonder Woman, Emma Stone & Andrea Riseborough in Battle of the Sexes, Rebecca Ferguson & Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman, Nahuel Perez Biscayart & Arnaud Valois in BPM

Semi Finalists: Ansel Elgort & Lily James in Baby Driver, Michael Fassbender and Michael Fassbender in Alien Covenant, Rosemarie Dewitt & Jon Bernthal in Sweet Virginia

Note: If a kiss opens or closes a film it is part of the opening or ending category.

 

 

Best Sex Scene
Nahuel Biscayart & Arnaud Valois & ???
BPM
Josh O' Connor & Alec Secareanu
GOD'S OWN COUNTRY
Aubrey Plaza & O'Shea Jackson Jr
INGRID GOES WEST
Cosmo Jarvis & Florence Pugh
LADY MACBETH
Claes Bang & Elisabeth Moss
THE SQUARE
 Sex and memory  Intimacy... a struggle to get there Catwoman cosplay    Wanton performative adultery Was that a chimpanzee? WTF is happening?
Runners Up

Finalists: Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell and 'general anesthesia' in Killing of a Sacred Deer, Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote in Professor Marston

Semi Finalists: Paul Hamy & Xelo Cagiao in The OrnithologistCharlize Theron and Sofia Boutella in Atomic Blonde, Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin in My Cousin Rachel , and Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan (leg restraints) in Fifty Shades Darker

 

Best Opening Scene
BPM BEACH RATS DUNKIRK SPLIT THELMA
   Conference interrupted Phone flashes. Body parts. Logging on  The run to the beach I think you have the wrong car.   Father daughter hunting trip.
Runners Up

Finalists: Ingrid Goes West (hashtag blessed - that's quite a ballsy opening), Spider-Man Homecoming ("a film by Peter Parker" clever recapping of 'previously on' the franchise)

Semi Finalists: Battle of the Sexes, Call Me By Your Name, mother!, Lady Bird

 

Best Ending
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME THE FLORIDA PROJECT GOD'S OWN COUNTRY LADY BIRD PHANTOM THREAD
   Gah, that closeup. Performance of the year.   Astonishing fantasy dash - throwing the whole movie into new light  Enormously satisfying (rare) happy ending. Homesick. Take a breath. Begin again.    A personal chef to keep him in check. 
Runners Up

Finalists:  Okja, BPM

Semi Finalists: Logan, Dunkirk, Personal Shopper, and The Greatest Showman 

 

 

Best Credit Sequence Design (Opening or Closing)
BABY DRIVER BLADE RUNNER 2049 BOSS BABY COCO WONDER WOMAN

(Opening)

 A coffee run. Is this a musical?

(Closing)

 Corrupted data files. That score is perfect for this.

(Opening)

  Conveyor belt fantasy -- babies sorted.

(Opening & Closing)

   Family history, hanging colors, blowing leaves

(Closing)

Lasso effects, iconic posing recaps in clouds of color

 

Finalists: Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 (opening - Baby Groot dancing, oblivious to the action), Thor Ragnarok (opening adventure)

Semi Finalists:  Spider-Man Homecoming (Closing), Lego Batman (closing), Atomic Blonde (opening), Baywatch (opening)

 

 

Best Scenes (excluding aforementioned categories)
ALIEN COVENANT BATTLE OF THE SEXES DOWNSIZING GET OUT
LADY BIRD
Flute lesson Haircut   The Procedure  The Sunken Place Dress shopping
PERSONAL SHOPPER  THE POST PRINCESS CYD SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING THELMA
Text haunting     Katherine's decision Aunt tells it like it is. Meeting Liz's parents  Opera House

Finalists: Blade Runner 2049 (memory maker), Wonder Woman (Clothes shopping), Lady Bird (You're gay!), mother! (Laundry & lemonade), The Big Sick (comedy hecklers), The Beguiled (bon appetit), Darkest Hour (first meeting w/ new Prime Minister), Mudbound (two mothers)

Semi-Finalists: Thor Ragnarok (narcissism theater), Professor Marston (S&M club), Professor Marston (picnic), Downsizing (Norway monologue), Lady Bird (cost of raising you), Get Out ("get out"), Florida Project (little arsonists), Lady Bird (prom), BPM (gay pride), God's Own Country (calf birth), Fantastic Woman (underground garage), The Zookeeper's Wife (bunny conversation)

THREE BILLBOARDS  WONDERSTRUCK
Rant interruptus *coughs*  Standing on/in the City

 

 

ALL CATEGORIES: OSCAR-LIKE AND "EXTRAS"
Nomination Tallies (64 Movies Represented from 40 Categories)

13 nominations
GET OUT (3 gold. 3 silver. 3 bronze)
LADY BIRD (5 gold. 3 silver. 2 bronze)

10 nominations
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (3 gold. 3 silver. 1 bronze)

9 nominations
BLADE RUNNER 2049 (3 gold. 1 silver. 2 bronze)

8 nominations
BPM (1 gold. 1 silver. 4 bronze)
PHANTOM THREAD (3 gold. 4 bronze) 

7 nominations
BABY DRIVER (3 gold. 3 bronze) 
THE FLORIDA PROJECT (4 gold)

6 nominations
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (3 gold. 1 silver. 1 bronze)
MOTHER! (1 gold. 2 silver)
THE SHAPE OF WATER (1 gold)

5 nominations
ATOMIC BLONDE (3 silver. 1 bronze)
COCO (1 gold. 1 silver. 1 bronze) 

4 nominations
BATTLE OF THE SEXES (1 silver. 1 bronze)
FRANTZ (1 bronze)
INGRID GOES WEST (1 silver)
LADY MACBETH (1 silver. 1 bronze)
MUDBOUND (1 bronze)
WONDER WOMAN (2 gold. 1 bronze) 

3 nominations
BEACH RATS (2 gold)
THE BIG SICK (1 silver)
DOWNSIZING (1 silver. 1 bronze)
DUNKIRK (1 gold. 2 silver)
IT (1 bronze)
LOGAN (2 silver)
THREE BILLBOARDS (1 bronze)
WONDER (1 silver)

2 nominations (no prizes unless otherwise stated)
THE BEGUILED
BOSS BABY (1 silver. 1 bronze)
FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (1 gold. 1 silver)
GIRLS TRIP (1 silver. 1 bronze)
GOD'S OWN COUNTRY (1 silver)
THE POST (1 bronze)
PRINCESS CYD
PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN
SPLIT (1 gold)
THE SQUARE
SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING (1 bronze)
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
STRONGER (1 bronze)
THELMA (1 silver)
THOR RAGNAROK (1 silver. 1 bronze)
WONDERSTRUCK (1 silver)

1 nomination (no prizes unless otherwise stated)
ALIEN COVENANT
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
THE BREADWINNER (1 silver)
COLOSSAL (1 silver)
DARKEST HOUR (1 gold)
DETROIT (1 bronze)
A FANTASTIC WOMAN
GHOST IN THE SHELL (1 bronze)
THE GLASS CASTLE
I, TONYA (1 bronze)
KEDI (1 gold)
KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
LOVELESS (1 bronze)
THE LOVERS (1 silver)
MOLLY'S GAME
OKJA
THE ORNITHOLOGIST
PERSONAL SHOPPER
VICTORIA AND ABDUL
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (1 silver)
WIND RIVER
THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE  

 

some random stats for fun (so far)
Please note: I am not thinking about these things at all while nominating! They are not intentional results. I'm only thinking about "best in ___ category" 

most noms for a film that did not make my top ten list: BLADE RUNNER 2049 (9 nominations)
most noms for a film not nominated for Oscar's Best Picture: BLADE RUNNER 2049 (9 nominations)
most noms for a film nominated for Oscar's Best Picture: [tie] GET OUT and LADY BIRD with 13 noms each
most noms for a film I was lukewarm on: THE SHAPE OF WATER (6 nominations)
most noms for a film I didn't like at all really: IT (3 nominations)
most noms for a film that received ZERO Oscar attention: BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) from France (8 nominations)
most noms for a film that received only 1 Oscar nomination: THE FLORIDA PROJECT (7 nominations)
most noms for a foreign language film: BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) from France (8 nominations)

 

most medals: LADY BIRD with 10. GET OUT runner up with 9
most gold: LADY BIRD with 5. FLORIDA PROJECT runner up with 4
most silver:  no leader there
most bronze: [tie] PHANTOM THREAD and BPM both with 4 

least noms for a film on my top ten list
: PRINCESS CYD (1 nomination)
least noms for an Oscar Best Picture nominee: DARKEST HOUR (1 nomination)
least noms for a multiple Oscar nominee outside of Best Picture: I TONYA (1 nomination)
worst showing for films I actually loved: THE WEDDING PLAN from Israel (zero nominations) and only 1 nomination for LOVELESS, DARKEST HOUR, PERSONAL SHOPPER, A FANTASTIC WOMAN seems strange, too... but these things happen!

 

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