I can’t believe the year is almost over. It feels like just a few months ago that Split opened to shock and surprise from critics and fans alike, who had no idea what the movie really was. But the year is almost over, and therefore I have to prepare for the next I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards. This year, I’ve changed the rules for one category, and I’m also adding a couple more categories to the list of awards.
- Best Documentary
As of 2017, the award for Best Documentary can be won by both documentary films and documentary series or mini-series. Also, while documentary films may be featured on my annual Top 10 Films of the Year list, documentaries cannot be nominated for Best Film. Documentary series, or documentary mini-series, may also be featured on my annual Top 10 TV-Shows of the Year list, but aren’t eligible to win the Television Show of the Year award.
- Best Achievement in Cinematography (Film)
- Best New Television Show (TV)
- Best Non-American Film (Film)
- Best Supporting Actor (Film)
- Best Supporting Actress (Film)
- Best Visual Effects Actor (Film)
Best New Television Show is pretty self-explanatory — only shows that have had their debut seasons in the given year are eligible for this award. Limited Series are eligible to win the award. I want to highlight smaller performances on the big screen too, and that is why I’m adding the Supporting Actor/Actress awards.
Supporting performances have previously been nominated for Best Actor/Actress (and one or two supporting performances have even won the award), but, going forward, there is going to be a distinction between leading performances and supporting performances (but not in TV, as I already highlight guest performances).
The cinematography and foreign language awards are last minute additions that I feel like are necessary at this point. The cinematography award is pretty self-explanatory, but perhaps I need to specify a bit about the foreign film award. As a Dane, I think it is important to not only recognize American films, which is something that definitely happens most of the time.
The wording of the award — Best Non-American Film — was selected to allow for multiple types of best film awards. To be eligible, a film must have no significant creative involvement by individuals who are American. Significant creative involvement, as defined by me, signifies that you are are a writer, co-writer or director on the film. Additionally, a film made by an international creative team may still be deemed as an American film — and thus ineligible — if it only takes place in America (i.e. Baby Driver is not a Non-American film just because Edgar Wright made it). When a film is based on a book or a play, then that work of art must not have been created – or co-created by an American – for the film to be eligible (however, in exceptional circumstances it may still be eligible). If a person of significant creative involvement holds a dual citizenship, then I will use mine own best judgment. A film’s listed countries of production may ultimately have an influence on the nomination..
Finally, I am adding a category inspired by the work done by Andy Serkis to elevate the amount of the respect given to actors who accomplish to deliver great performances in films where they are covered in visual effects. That award is Best Visual Effects Performance. Do note that there may not be five nominees for this category every year, but five would be the maximum amount of nominees in the category.
- TV and Misc. Nominations Announced — December 25th, 2017
- I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards, Part One — January 6th, 2018
- Top 10 TV-Shows of the Year — January 7th, 2018
- Film and Documentary Nominations Announced — February 26th, 2018
- I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards, Part Two — March 1st, 2018
- Top 10 Films of the Year — March 2nd, 2018
Just like last year, I’m revealing the TV nominations at the end of the year — but, I’ll also reveal the winners of both the TV, Music, and Gaming Awards before the end of the year. However, I’m still going to have to wait to reveal my list of nominees and winners for the Film and Documentary Awards (that includes the superhero-specific TV and Film awards as well). Remember, as always, I reserve the right to change the top 10 lists but not the award winners.
If you have any questions, then feel free to leave a comment below.
– Jeffrey Rex