Mark Saldana’s Best Films of 2017: THE FINALIZED LIST

By Mark Saldana

Last December 31, I posted a “Work in Progress” list of best films for 2017.  As a DIY film critic, I don’t have as much access to some of the film contenders, and I just simply didn’t have enough time during the year to watch every single movie released.  Now that Oscar weekend has arrived, and we have entered the third month of 2018, I had more time watch more films and reflect who my choices would be for some of the accolades awarded for achievements in acting and filmmaking.

So without any more unnecessary build-up, here are my choices for the the top twenty-five movies of 2017, along with some honorable mentions and my picks for more specific accolades.

  1. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Review
  2. THE SHAPE OF WATER
  3. BLADE RUNNER 2049
  4. THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER Review
  5. INHERITANCE Review
  6. PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN Review
  7. THE LIGHT OF THE MOON Review
  8. COLOSSAL Review
  9. THE FLORIDA PROJECT Review
  10. PHANTOM THREAD Review
  11. BABY DRIVER Review
  12. COCO Review
  13. A FANTASTIC WOMAN
  14. THE DISASTER ARTIST Review
  15. RAW
  16. I, TONYA
  17. GET OUT Review
  18. MUDBOUND
  19. PRINCESS CYD
  20. DUNKIRK
  21. GOOD TIME Review
  22. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
  23. MOLLY’S GAME Review
  24. THE POST Review
  25. LADY BIRD Review

Honorable Mentions:

IT COMES AT NIGHT  

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 Review

MOSCOW NEVER SLEEPS Review

A GHOST STORY Review

Best Animated Film: COCO Review

Best Foreign Language Film: A FANTASTIC WOMAN

Best Documentary Feature: RED TREES Review

Best Director: Guillermo Del Toro, THE SHAPE OF WATER

Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, BLADE RUNNER 2049

Best Original Screenplay: Martin McDonagh, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Best Adapted Screenplay: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, THE DISASTER ARTIST

Best Actress: Frances McDormand, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Best Actor: Gary Oldman, DARKEST HOUR

Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, TONYA

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Best Score: Jonny Greenwood, PHANTOM THREAD

Best Song: “Remember Me” from COCO

Best Editing: Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss for BABY DRIVER

 

The 90th Annual Academy Awards will take place this Sunday, March 4 and will air live on ABC at 7:00 p.m. CST.  Television personality Jimmy Kimmel will host.

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