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

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

 


Best Costume Design
Cindy Evans
ATOMIC BLONDE
Stacey Battat
THE BEGUILED
Jennifer Johnson
I TONYA
Mark Bridges
PHANTOM THREAD
Ann Roth
THE POST
 Hyper cool black and white blocking, cartoonish character specificity (McAvoy & Theron both look amazing) with 80s influences without overdoing time frame. "Ghostly ladies" Expressive work, particularly on Kidman, with a limited color palette and then ultra feminine and many colors in that 'Impress the guest' scene. [INTERVIEW...]

 Oscar oddly went without iconic looks in its costume lineup this year when I Tonya was right there?Memorable tackiness from white trash 90s fashions to DIY skating "glamour" and those fur coats!

 As befitting a movie with a fashion milieu it looks lux but sometimes misfired (as appropriate to  the plot). Love the scenes with the sewing room ladies.

Come through gold caftan! Brilliant work on Meryl Streep (they're tight) and fine 70s work on a large cast, some fashion savvy (fundraisers) some utilatarian (newsroom).

 

Finalists: Pascaline Chavanne Frantz, Lindy Hemming Wonder Woman

Semi-Finalists: Jacqueline Durran Darkest Hour, Dina Collin My Cousin Rachel, Consolata Boyle Victoria and Abdul, Mayes C Rubeo Thor: Ragnarok and Kurt and Bart - Ghost in the Shell

 

Best Production Design
Anne Ross
THE BEGUILED
Dennis Gassner
BLADE RUNNER 2049
Stefania Cella
DOWNSIZING
Philip Messina
MOTHER!
Paul D Austerberry
THE SHAPE OF WATER

That enormous exterior and cramped interiors make a peculiar imposing character. The iron gain outside amplifies the drama and the school's disconnect from the outside worl. [MORE...]


Brutalist architecture and welcome touches of spare minimalism for a maximalist visual achievement. [MORE...]

 She imagines a complete miniature world -- and places it, humorously aside our own. It's so much like our own but a lot tidier (it's new) and suburban homogenous.

This could be a stage play since the house is the movie's only location. It's also a whole character in the film. THE SINK'S NOT BRACED YET.

 He runs with the green color scheme... even the labs feel mossy and wet. Eliza's apartment (interior and exterior alike) has such personality, too [MORE...]

 

Finalists:  Jeremy Hindle Detroit and David Scheunemann for Atomic Blonde [Write-Up]

Semi-Finalists: Samuel Deshors Call Me By Your Name, Sharon Seymour The Glass Castle, Mara LePere-Schloop Split, Suzie Davies The Zookeeper's Wife, and David J Bomba Mudbound [Write-Up]

 

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins
BLADE RUNNER 2049
Hoyt Van Hoytema
DUNKIRK
Alexis Zabe
THE FLORIDA PROJECT
Pascal Marti
FRANTZ
Rachel Morrison
MUDBOUND

 Brilliant use of the full color palette, integration of fx, and mood. Such drama in the shadows!

Technical virtuosity, and manages it on land, air, and over and under the sea. Beautifully shot.

The most undersung among these nominees but the bright Florida sunshine and color provides a perfect cheerful facade.
 
Gorgeous classicist work in black and white wish occassional colored interludes. Breathtaking. 

 What a pity not to see it on the bigscreen! She has a great eye for vistas and intimate character lighting, too.

 

Finalists: Mikhail Krichman does cold light and reflection so well in Loveless, Helene Louvart goes grimy/pretty simultaneously in Beach Rats, Vittorio Storaro goes big with stylization in Wonder Wheel

Semi-Finalists: Bruno Delbonnel Darkest Hour Linus Sandgren for Battle of the Sexes, Darius Khondji Lost City of Z, and Sayombhu Mukdeeprom for Call Me By Your Name

 

 

Best Film Editing
Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir
ATOMIC BLONDE
Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
BABY DRIVER
Campillo, Stephanie Leger, Anita Roth
BPM
Gregory Plotkin
GET OUT
Nick Huoy
LADY BIRD

This Icelandic editor is something else when it comes to cool sustained action sequences. (See also John Wick)

 Expertly attuned to the rhythms of its constant music and great sense of pacing. Plus: coherent action! Sprawling but it sure does flow superbly from offices to schools to streets to bedrooms and, most thrillingly through memory too.  

 Thrillers need great editing to excel and every cut here works, amuses, or adds to the WTF is happening reveals. 

 There's not an ounce of fat on this 'hella tight' movie, which offers up a mosaic of short performance-based scenes.

 

Finalists: Walter Fasano for Call Me By Your Name, Sidney Wolinsky for The Shape of Water

Semi-Finalists: Nick Emerson for Lady Macbeth, Andrew Weisblum for mother!, Jack Price for Ingrid Goes West, Dylan Tichenor for Phantom Thread, and Martin Walsh for Wonder Woman

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Best Visual Effects
BLADE RUNNER 2049 GHOST IN THE SHELL OKJA THE SHAPE OF WATER WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
  The hologram work on Joi is something else. A worthy successor to the original, visually, and that's quite a compliment.  The visuals at least were top-notch, particularly a truly stunning killer geisha robot attack and Major's entrances and exits Though we've long bemoaned all CGI-characters, Okja is one of the most convincing and expressive ever.   Great work on the Creature from the Government's Lagoon Facility and there's also the gorgeous underwater scenes.  The visual fx work on the mo-cap performances is a stunning capper to a three-for-three trilogy of craft excellence.  
 

Finalists: Dunkirk, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Semi Finalists: Kong Skull Island, Spider-Man Homecoming, Downsizing, Thor: Ragnarok, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

 

Best MakeUp and Hair

BATTLE OF THE SEXES
BLADE RUNNER 2049
DARKEST HOUR
IT LOGAN
  Hello, a haircut prompts a major character arc. Great work on Emma Stone's hair and 1973 styles read across the board. Haunting character work, particularly on Jared Leto, and various replicants. Plus bruised and battered or high-tech glamour.   Oldman's major prosthetic transformation (fat suit and jowls!) doesn't look anything like prosthetics. Bonus points: KST's wig Spooky perverse horror clown character work on Bill Skarsgård's evil demon? spirit? What is he?  Mutant weirdness (hi Caliban), plus lots of scarring and weathered work on Hugh Jackman
 

Finalists: Ghost in the Shell, and Victoria and Abdul

Semi Finalists: Wonder Woman, Mudbound, The Lost City of Z, Wonder, and Atomic Blonde

 

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