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The Bloomies for 2018

English Language Films
Foreign Films

The Favourite (Y. Lanthimos)
BlacKkKlansman (S. Lee)
The Death of Stalin (A. Iannucci)
Green Book (P. Farrelly)
22 July (P. Greengrass)
The Hate U Give (G. Tillman, Jr.)
Manhunt: Unabomber (G. Yaitanes)
Hostiles (S. Cooper)
Last Flag Flying (R. Linklater)
Leave No Trace (D. Granik)
The Only Living Boy in New York (M. Webb)
Eighth Grade (B. Burnham)
Outlaw King (D. Mackenzie)
First Man (D. Chazelle)
First Reformed (P. Schrader)
If Beale Street Could Talk (B. Jenkins)
I, Daniel Blake (K. Loach)
On Chesil Beach (D. Cooke)
Vice (A. McKay)
The Catcher Was A Spy (B. Lewin)
Chappaquiddick (J. Curran)
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (S. Christensen)
Thoroughbreds (C. Finley)
Disobedience (S. Lelio)
On the Basis of Sex (M. Leder)
Lucky (J. C. Lynch)
The Journey (N. Hamm)
A Quiet Place (J. Krasinski)
Wonderstruck (T. Haynes)
Paddington 2 (P. King)
Keep the Change (R. Israel)

Roma (A. Cuarón)
1945 (F. Török)
The 12th Man (H. Zwart )
In the Fade (F. Akin)
The Guardians (X. Beauvois )
The Insult (Z. Doueiri)
The King's Choice (E. Poppe)
Foxtrot (S. Maoz)
The Woman Who Left (L. Diaz)
The Dark Valley (A. Prochaska )
Afterimage (A. Wajda)
Loveless (A. Zvyagintsev)
Beyond the Hills (C. Mungiu)
Truman (C. Gay)
Fanny's Journey (L. Doillon)
Stations of the Cross (D. Brüggemann)
The Wound (J. Trengove)
Godard Mon Amour (M. Hazanavicius)
BPM (R. Campillo )
Revenge (C. Fargeat)
Graduation (C. Mungiu)
Manila in the Claws of Light (L. Brocka) (1975)*
*Restored in 2018 DVD.


English Language Film – The Favourite

Foreign Film – (1) Roma; (2) 1945

Director – Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)

Original Screenplay – (1) Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly (Green Book); (2) Allan Loeb (The Only Living Boy in New York)

Screenplay Adaptation – (1) Richard Linklater & Darryl Ponicsan (The Last Flag Flying); (2) Audrey Wells (The Hate U Give)

Cinematography – (1) Robbie Ryan (The Favourite); (2) Geir Hartly Andreassen (The 12th Man); (3) Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)

Film Editing – The 12th Man

Original Music Score – Dickon Hinchliffe (Leave No Trace)

Actor – (1) Viggo Mortensen (Green Book); (2) Mahershala Ali (Green Book)

Others  –  Ethan Hawke (First Reformed); Christian Bale (Vice); Laurence Fishburne & Bryan Cranston (Last Flag Flying); Woody Harrelson (The Glass Castle); Timothy Spall & Colm Meaney (The Journey); Jonathan Pryce (The Wife); Harry Dean Stanton (Lucky); Billy Howle (On Chesil Beach); Logan Lerman (The Vanishing of Sidney Hall); Boguslaw Linda (Afterimage); Ricardo Darin (Truman); Louis Garrel (Godard Mon Amour); Anders Lie (22 July); Clint Eastwood (The Mule); Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased)

Actress – Olivia Colman (The Favourite)

Others  – Diane Kruger (In The Fade); Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give); Glenn Close (The Wife); Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade); Rachel Weisz (The Favourite); Marion Cotillard (From the Land of the Moon); Iris Bry (The Guardians); Brie Larson (The Glass Castle); Emma Stone (The Favourite); Saoirse Ronan (On Chesil Beach); Jennifer Lawrence (Red Sparrow); Claire Foy (Unsane); Olivia Cooke & Anya Taylor-Joy (Thoroughbreds); Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns); Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace); Zoey Deutch (Flower)

Special TV Awards  – (1) Broadcast in France From 2009 to 2015, "A French Village" is one of the best drama series in TV history.
(2) "The Looming Tower" (2018) is an unusually excellent TV miniseries. Because the individual episodes have different directors and writers, the series is not eligible for The Bloomies. Compare "Manhunt: Unabomber" [above] in which all episodes have the same director and writer; it is, therefore, equivalent to a long movie.

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