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The 2nd Annual Adam's Final Cut Awards Nominations

February 1, 2019

Days after Taylor J. Williams announces his first Golden Ketchups, I announce the nominations for my second Adam's Final Cut Awards (also go check him out; he's a talented dude). But before you watch "Ketchup" for the thirtieth time, let's celebrate the best and the favorite of 2018 cinema.

 

Again.

 

 

BEST PICTURE

Annihilation

Black Panther

First Reformed

Mary Poppins Returns

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Won't You Be My Neighbor?

You Were Never Really Here

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Ryan Coogler, Black Panther

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Alex Garland, Annihilation

Lynne Ramsey, You Were Never Really Here

Paul Schrader, First Reformed

 

BEST ACTOR

John Cho as David Kim, Searching

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Ethan Hawke as Rev. Ernst Toller, First Reformed

Logan Marshall-Green as Grey Trace, Upgrade

Joaquin Phoenix as Joe, You Were Never Really Here

 

BEST ACTRESS

Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo Gutiérrez, Roma

Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns

Toni Collette as Annie Graham, Hereditary

Olivia Cooke as Amanda, Thoroughbreds

Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ava Hamilton, The Cloverfield Paradox

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Solo: A Star Wars Story

Michael B. Jordan as Erik "Killmonger" Stevens, Black Panther

Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks, Mary Poppins Returns

Alex Wolff as Peter Graham, Hereditary

Anton Yelchin as Tim, Thoroughbreds

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jennifer Jason Leigh as Dr. Ventress, Annihilation

Blake Lively as Emily Nelson, A Simple Favor

Thandie Newton as Val, Solo: A Star Wars Story

Millicent Simmonds as Regan Abbott, A Quiet Place

Tessa Thompson as Detroit, Sorry to Bother You

 

BEST SCREENPLAY, ORIGINAL OR ADAPTED

Annihilation, Alex Garland

First Reformed, Paul Schrader

Mary Poppins Returns, David Magee

Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Annihilation, Rob Hardy

Black Panther, Rachel Morrison

Roma, Alfonso Cuarón

Upgrade, Stefan Duscio

You Were Never Really Here, Thomas Townend

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Annihilation

Aquaman

Avengers: Infinity War

Christopher Robin

Solo: A Star Wars Story

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Black Panther, Ludwig Göransson

If Beale Street Could Talk, Nicholas Britell

Mary Poppins Returns, Marc Shaiman

Solo: A Star Wars Story, John Powell

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Daniel Pemberton

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

"All the Stars," Black Panther

"Ashes," Deadpool 2

"The Cover Is Not the Book," Mary Poppins Returns

"(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky," Mary Poppins Returns

"What's Up Danger?" Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

 

BEST ACTION FILM

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Solo: A Star Wars Story

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MOST UNEXPECTED DELIGHT

A Simple Favor

I Can Only Imagine

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

 

... and a SPECIAL AWARD

 

This year sees Best Horror Film and Best Up-and-Coming Artist replaced with Best Action Film (in my opinion, the standout genre of the year), Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects. In lieu of "Studio of the Year," I opted for a broad special award to honor something particularly remarkable from this year's releases. And like "Remember Me," which I nominated despite not seeing Coco last year (since seeing it, I loved it), the score for If Beale Street Could Talk was nominated for being so good, even though I have not yet seen it.

 

And finally for you stats folks out there, Black Panther, Mary Poppins Returns, and (surprising even to me) Solo: A Star Wars Story tie for the most nominations at 7, followed close by Annihilation (6) and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (5). I'm looking forward to seeing who wins this contest, and I hope you are, too. Comment your picks below and tell me who you would've liked to see nominated!

 

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