The Movie Awards Of 2018 –
It’s time to tackle the movies of 2018. I had a distinct memory of 2019 as a year of film. The year 2018 is not quite as clear to me. The theaters may have been inundated with comic-book movies and adaptations of intellectual property, but there were also some quality critical darlings. Plus, sometimes great performances can happen in IP-adapted works. Maybe someday I will give one of my awards to a comic-book movie. Will it be for 2018?
Best Supporting Actress: Cynthia Erivo, Bad Times at the El Royale
Honestly, this was a tough category. I almost wanted to go with nobody. It was a rough year for supporting actresses unless I resorted to category fraud, which I wanted to refrain from. The Favourite would be a strong choice for this category for some, thanks to Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, but I’m not a fan of Yorgos Lanthimos at all. I think Bad Times at El Royale is only a decent movie, but Erivo is perhaps the best thing about it.
Best Supporting Actor: Tim Blake Nelson, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Since this is an anthology movie, everybody is a supporting actor. Nelson plays the titular Buster Scruggs in the opening story. He’s absolutely fantastic in what is far-and-away the best of the segments. I’ve only watched the full movie once, but I’ve watched the Scruggs section like four or five times. Nelson perfectly plays a lack of guile combined with genuine violent menace. Then, he sings too!
Best Actress: Olivia Cooke, Thoroughbreds
This is the movie I was talking about when I talked about category fraud. Cooke and Anna Taylor-Joy are co-leads. I couldn’t justify moving one of them to the supporting category. Both of the young actresses are great, and Cooke admittedly has the showier role. However, she also nails it. It’s a tough tone to nail. When Cooke’s character smiles at the end of the movie? Everything she does before that makes that moment sing.
Best Actor: John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman
I had never seen Washington before I saw him in BlacKkKlansman, so I couldn’t be sure just how much “acting” he was doing. After seeing him in Tenet, though, it retroactively changed my perspective of this performance for the better. Now, I don’t know any of the real Ron Stallworth’s mannerisms or vocal tics, so I don’t know how “accurate” Washington was. I just know he did an impressive job.
Best Picture: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Hey look, a comic-book movie! There are no great films from 2018. I really enjoyed Ant-Man and the Wasp, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Isle of Dogs, and the aforementioned Thoroughbreds. I considered them all for this award, honestly. In the end, though, the best movie of the year was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It was visually inventive, exciting, funny, and had great voiceover performances. The Oscars gave it Best Animated Feature. I’m giving it my Best Picture. It beats giving it to Green Book.