IJR Awards 2018: Film Nominations Announced

It is finally time for me to announce my own personal film nominations for the I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards of 2018. Sure, we’re in 2019 now, but I needed some time to watch some of the films that were released in January in Denmark.

There will be a couple of surprises here, and I’m not just talking about the nominees. Four awards that have not previously been announced will make their debut here with their own sets of nominations. Also, one award has had its titled changed to allow for more than a small handful of nominees. Well, let’s get to it.


Film – Documentary


BEST DOCUMENTARY

  • Jane Fonda: In Five Acts — HBO
  • King in the Wilderness — Kunhardt Films
  • Shirkers — Cinereach / Doc Society
  • They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead — Tremolo Productions / Royal Road Entertainment
  • They Shall Not Grow Old — Warner Bros. Pictures

Film – Breakthrough


BEST ACHIEVEMENT BY A RISING STAR: FILMMAKING

  • Aster, Ari — Hereditary
  • Cooper, Bradley — A Star is Born
  • Finley, Cory — Thoroughbreds
  • Möller, Gustav — The Guilty (Original Title: ‘Den Skyldige’)
  • Zhao, Chloé — The Rider

Though Cooper is a star already, this was his directorial debut, which is why I have decided that he is eligible for the Rising Star: Filmmaking-award.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A RISING STAR: ACTING

  • Aparicio, Yalitza —Roma
  • Erivo, Cynthia — Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Gaga, Lady — A Star is Born
  • Jeon Jong-seo — Burning
  • Washington, John David — BlackKklansman

Though Erivo is not new to acting (she is a well-known actress on-stage), her role in Bad Times at the El Royale was her breakout role on the big screen, which is why I have decided that she is eligible for the Rising Star: Acting-award.


Film – Promotional


BEST MOVIE POSTER

  • Burning — Dancing in the Blue-Orange Night (LINK)
  • First Man — Moon Helmet (LINK)
  • Game Night — The Maze (LINK)
  • The First Purge — Red Hat-Teaser Poster (LINK)
  • The Meg — Food Chain (LINK)

BEST MOVIE TRAILER

  • A Star is Born — Official Trailer #1 (LINK)
  • First Man — Official Trailer #2 (LINK)
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters — Official Trailer #1 (LINK)
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout — Official Trailer #1 (LINK)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — Official Trailer #2 (LINK)

Film – Moments


UNFORGETTABLE MOVIE QUOTE OF THE YEAR*

  • “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, ‘cause they knew death was better than bondage.” — Black Panther
  • “Can you imagine? A kid from Oakland running around believing in fairy tales” — Black Panther
  • “Did you just look at me? Did you? Look at me. Look at me! How dare you?! Close your eyes!” – The Favourite
  • “I don’t want to go.” — Avengers: Infinity War
  • “It always fits. Eventually.” — Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

UNFORGETTABLE SCENE OR SEQUENCE OF THE YEAR

  • Dancing in the Blue-Orange NightBurning
  • The BeachRoma
  • The BearAnnihilation
  • The CCTV SequenceYou Were Never Really Here
  • The SnapAvengers: Infinity War

The first of the four new, not previously announced, awards. This one is designed to honor more unforgettable moments from a year in film.


Film – Below-the-Line


BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Cuarón, Alfonso — Roma
  • Hong Kyung-pyo — Burning
  • Ryan, Robbie — The Favourite
  • Sandgren, Linus — First Man
  • Zal, Lukasz — Cold War

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN

  • Atwood, Colleen — Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Carter, Ruth E. — Black Panther
  • Powell, Sandy — Mary Poppins Returns
  • Powell, Sandy — The Favourite
  • Zophres, Mary — The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The second new award.

BEST FILM SCORE

  • Burwell, Carter — The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Desplat, Alexandre — Isle of Dogs
  • Göransson, Ludwig — Black Panther
  • Greenwood, Jonny — You Were Never Really Here
  • Hurwitz, Justin — First Man

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS IN A FILM

  • AnnihilationParamount Pictures / Netflix
  • Ant-Man and the WaspWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • Avengers: Infinity WarWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • First Man Universal Pictures
  • Solo: A Star Wars StoryWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Film – Above-the-Line


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS OR VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FILM

  • Brolin, Josh — Avengers: Infinity War
  • Cage, Nicolas — Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Cranston, Bryan — Isle of Dogs
  • Hunter, Holly — Incredibles 2
  • Johnson, Jake — Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The title of the category has been altered to allow for voice-acting performances, which would otherwise get no love at all here.

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FILM

  • Driver, Adam — BlackKklansman
  • Hoult, Nicholas — The Favourite
  • Jordan, Michael B. — Black Panther
  • Nelson, Tim Blake — The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Yeun, Steven — Burning

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FILM

  • Debicki, Elizabeth — Widows
  • Erivo, Cynthia — Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Foy, Claire — First Man
  • Stone, Emma — The Favourite
  • Weisz, Rachel — The Favourite

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FILM

  • Bale, Christian — Vice
  • Cooper, Bradley — A Star is Born
  • Gosling, Ryan — First Man
  • Hawke, Ethan — First Reformed
  • Phoenix, Joaquin — You Were Never Really Here

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FILM

  • Close, Glenn — The Wife
  • Collette, Toni — Hereditary
  • Colman, Olivia — The Favourite
  • Davis, Viola — Widows
  • Theron, Charlize — Tully

Though I personally think Colman’s performance is a supporting performance, I’m putting her performance in the lead category due to how the distributor has listed her on their FYC-page.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A FILM

  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Game Night
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • The Favourite
  • Widows

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING A FILM – ADAPTED

  • Coen, Joel and Ethan — The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Cole, Joe Robert, and Ryan CooglerBlack Panther
  • Flynn, Gillian, and Steve McQueen Widows
  • Lord, Phil, and Rodney RothmanSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Oh Jung-mi and Lee Chang-dong — Burning

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING A FILM – ORIGINAL

  • Cuarón, Alfonso — Roma
  • Davis, Deborah, and Tony McNamaraThe Favourite
  • Jenkins, Tamara — Private Life
  • Pawlikowski, Pawel, Janusz Glowacki, and Piotr BorkowskiCold War
  • Schrader, Paul — First Reformed

Originally, I only had one category for writing and screenplay, but this year I’ve decided to split it into two. One for adapted screenplays and another for original screenplays.

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING A FILM

  • Chazelle, Damien — First Man
  • Cuarón, Alfonso — Roma
  • Lanthimos, Yorgos — The Favourite
  • Lee Chang-dong — Burning
  • Ramsay, Lynne — You Were Never Really Here

Film – Best Movies


BEST SEQUEL, PREQUEL, OR REMAKE

  • A Star is BornWarner Bros. Pictures
  • Avengers: Infinity WarWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • Black PantherWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • Mission: Impossible – FalloutParamount Pictures
  • Widows20th Century Fox

BEST ANIMATED FILM

  • Incredibles 2Disney / Pixar
  • Isle of DogsFox Searchlight
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseSony Pictures Animation

This is the final new category.

BEST NON-AMERICAN FILM

  • Burning — South Korean
  • Cold War — Polish
  • Den Skyldige — Danish
  • Roma — Mexican
  • The Favourite — British

BEST FILM 

  • BurningCGV Arthouse
  • First ReformedA24
  • RomaNetflix
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseSony Pictures Releasing
  • You Were Never Really HereAmazon Studios

What do you think should win? What film am I overlooking? Sound off in the comments.


– Jeffrey Rex Bertelsen.

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