The 2018 Howies





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This was not the best of times for movies, but possibly not the worst. Even AFI this year, one of my last resort sources for my end of year list, only provided one addition: the hysterical dark comedy, Pig. After a rather lackluster first half, wondering if there was going to be any films to join The Death of Stalin and First Reformed on my top ten, I finally started seeing hope on the horizon and slowly, but don’t call me Shirley, managed to cobble together a worthy set of cinema. Enjoy.


The Death of Stalin
The remainder in alphabetical order
22 July
Favourite, The
First Reformed
Guilty, The
Mary Poppins Returns
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse


Best Director

Burning – Chang-dong Lee

In alphabetical order

Death of Stalin, The – Armando Ianucci

Favourite, The – Yorgos Lanthimos

First Reformed – Paul Schrader

Roma – Alfonso Cuaron

Shoplifters – Hirokazu Koreeda


Best Screenplay

Death of Stalin, The – Armando Iannucci, David Schneider

In alphabetical order:

Burning – Jungmi Oh, Chang-dongLee

Favourite, The – Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

First Reformed – Paul Schrader

Pig – Mani Haghighi

Shoplifters – Hirokazu Koreeda


Best Actress

Olivia Colman – The Favourite

In alphabetical order:

Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns

Ella Hunt – Anna and the Apocalypse

Melissa McCarthy – Will You Ever Forgive Me?

Carey Mulligan – Wildlife


Best Supporting Actress

Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

In alphabetical order:

Claire Foy – First Man

Jong-seo Jun – Burning

Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone – The Favourite


Best Actor

Ethan Hawke – First Reformed

In alphabetical order:

Steve Buscemi – The Death of Stalin

Jakob Cedergron – The Guilty

Lily Franky – Shoplifters

Hasan Majuni – Pig

Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Ah-in Yoo – Burning


Best Supporting Actor

Richard E. Grant – Will You Ever Forgive Me?

In alphabetical order:

Mahareshi Ali – Green Book

Jonah Hill – Don’t Worry. He Won’t Get Far on Foot

Michael Palin – The Death of Stalin

Steven Yeun – Burning


Best Ensemble

Death of Stalin, The

In alphabetical order:

Anna and the Apocalypse

Favourite, The

Mary Poppins Returns


Special Awards

Anna and the Apocalypse – Score

Favourite, The – Costumes, Sets

Mary Poppins Returns – Score, Costumes, Sets

Roma – Cinematography


Even Specialer Awards

The Marx Brothers Night at the Opera Award of doing to Il Trovatore what should be done to Il Trovatore: Anna and the Apocalypse for doing to Glee and High School Musical what should be done to Glee and High School Musical

The How to Get Ahead award: Pig (you’ll have to see the film to get the joke)

The Aliens Award for proof a sequel can be better than the original: Mary Poppins Returns

The Carrie Award for proof you can make a musical out of anything: Anna and the Apocalypse

Worst Oscar Bait Award: Nicole Kidman, Destroyer

The Oliver North Award for best spelling of a title: The Favourite




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