My Favorite/Standout Performances of 2018

The end of the year doesn’t just mean putting out your best/favorite movies of year. It can be a time to also reflect the individuals like directors, actors, actress, supporting roles, villains and everything in between. So, that said, I’m here to do just that. We all have our favorites, and these are mine. This is of course my opinion. I tried to shorten the list as much as I could, but like every year, it was a bit too hard so I left the lists as such.

 

Also, villains are probably considered Supporting Actors/Actress in other lists, but again, to not only make the lists shorter, I want the villains to have their own category, because everyone loves a good villain, right?

 

Finally, everything and everyone will be in alphabetical order. Also, if someone is missing, it could be because I didn’t see them (aka missed the movie), or they just missed the list/had to be cut out. This is also part one of two different lists. Enjoy.

 

 

Directors

Ryan Coogler – Black Panther

John Krasinski – A Quiet Place

Anthony and Joe Russo – Avengers: Infinity War

Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Alfonso Cuaron – Roma

Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk

 

Honorable Mentions

Christopher McQuarrie – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman

Aneesh Chaganty – Searching

Boots Riley – Sorry to Bother You

Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Drew Goddard – Bad Times at the El Royale

 

Just Missed the List

Leigh Whannell – Upgrade

David Gordon Green – Halloween

Debra Granik – Leave No Trace

Timo Tjahjanto – The Night Comes for Us

Julius Avery – Overlord

 

  

Actors

Ben Foster as Will – Leave No Trace

Lakeith Stanfield as Cassius Green – Sorry to Bother You

Ethan Hawke as Toller – First Reformed

John Cho as David Kim – Searching

 

Honorable Mentions

Richard E. Grant as Jack Hock – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Richie Merritt as Rick Wershe Jr. – White Boy Rick

John David Washington as Ron Stallworth – BlacKkKlansman

 

Just Missed the List

Nick Offerman as Frank Fisher – Hearts Beat Loud

Henry Golding as Nick Young – Crazy Rich Asians

Robert Redford as Forrest Tucker – The Old Man & the Gun

Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong – First Man

Chris Hemsworth as Thor – Avengers: Infinity War

 

 

Actress

Toni Collette as Annie – Hereditary

Constance Wu as Rachel Chu – Crazy Rich Asians

Lady Gaga as Ally – A Star Is Born

Rachel Weisz as Lady Sarah – The Favourite

Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo – Roma

Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney – Vice

 

Honorable Mentions

Kelly Macdonald as Agnes – Puzzle

Melissa McCarthy as Lee Israel – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Cynthia Erivo – Bad Times at the El Royale

Elsie Fisher as Kayla – Eighth Grade

Thomasin McKenize as Tom – Leave No Trace

 

Just Missed the List

Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart – Mary Queen of Scots

Vicky Krieps as Alma – Phantom Thread

Zoe Saldana as Gamora – Avengers: Infinity War

Charlize Theron as Marlo – Tully

Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie – Bumblebee

 

 

Supporting Actor

Adam Driver as Flip Zimmerman – BlacKkKlansman

Matthew McConaughey as Ricard Wershe Sr. – White Boy Rick

Billy Magnussen as Ryan – Game Night

Brian Tyree Henry as Daniel Carty – If Beale Street Could Talk

Winston Duke as M’Baku – Black Panther

 

Honorable Mentions

Jesse Plemons as Gary – Game Night

Sam Elliot as Bobby – A Star Is Born

Julian Dennison as Russell & Rob Delaney as Peter – Deadpool 2

 

Just Missed the List

Martin Freeman as Mike Priddle – Ghost Stories

Lewis Pullman as Miles Miller – Bad Times at the El Royale

Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld – Vice

 

 

Supporting Actress

Mackenzie Davis as Tully – Tully

Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Young – Crazy Rich Asians

Milly Shapiro as Charlie – Hereditary

Millicent Simmonds as Regan Abbott – A Quiet Place

Regina King as Sharon Rivers – If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone as Abigail – The Favourite

 

Honorable Mentions

Hari Nef as Bex – Assassination Nation

Danai Gurira as Okoye, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia & Letitia Wright as Shuri – Black Panther

Lesley Manville as Cyril – Phantom Thread

Elizabeth Debicki as Alice – Widows

 

Just Missed the List

Shuya Sophia Cai as Meiying – The Meg

Abby Ryder Fortson as Cassie Lang & Hannah John-Kamen as Ava/Ghost – Ant-Man and the Wasp

Awkwafina as Peik Lin Goh – Crazy Rich Asians

Phoebe Waller-Bridge as L3-37 – Solo: A Star Wars Story

 

 

Villain

Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger – Black Panther

Josh Brolin as Thanos – Avengers: Infinity War

James Jude Courtney as The Shape – Halloween

Linus Roache as Jeremiah Sand – Mandy

 

Honorable Mentions

Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue – Black Panther

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Ebony Maw – Avengers: Infinity War

Dian Sastrowardoyo as Alma – The Night Comes for Us

 

Just Missed the List

The Creatures – A Quiet Place

 

Be on the lookout for Part II coming.

Favorite Directors, Actors, Supporting Roles, Genre Movies, Action Sequence, & More

This is the first year I’ve done this myself. A couple years ago I started an “Award Show” where I’d get some of you vote and leave it at that. However, that’s taken a bit of a plunge but I’m okay with that because I can now give more of my opinion. Which is why we all start a blog right?

 

So this is my first time doing a Best/Favorite Actors, Actress, Directors, etc. I did end up enjoying a lot people and things in every category so there is going to be a lot of nominations and winners so bare with me. (Everything will be an alphabetical order)

 

 

Directors

Christopher Nolan – Interstellar

David Fincher – Gone Girl

Don Hall & Chris Williams – Big Hero 6

Gareth Evans – The Raid 2

James Gunn – Guardians of the Galaxy

Jon Favreau – Chef

Joe and Anthony Russo – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Joon-ho Bong – Snowpiercer

Matt Reeves – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Phil Lord & Christopher Miller – The Lego Movie

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

 

Honorable Mentions

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Bryan Singer – X-Men: Days of Future Past

Doug Liman – Edge of Tomorrow

Gareth Edwards – Godzilla

Jorge R. Gutierrez – The Book of Life

Mike Flanagan – Oculus

Steven Knight – Locke

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Ball – The Maze Runner

 

 

 

Actors

Andy Serkis as Caesar – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing – The Imitation Game

Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne – Gone Girl

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowoski (voice) – The Lego Movie

Chris Pratt as Peter Quill – Guardians of the Galaxy

Dan Stevens as David – The Guest

Frank Grillo as Sergeant – The Purge: Anarchy

Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom – Nightcrawler

Jon Favreau as Carl Casper – Chef

Ralph Fiennes as Mr. Gustave and Tony Revolori as Zero – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Tom Cruise as Cage – Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke – Locke

Scott Adsit (voice) as Baymax – Big Hero 6

 

Honorable Mentions

Chris Evans as Curtis – Snowpiercer

Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz – Foxcatcher

Guy Pearce as Eric – The Rover

Iko Uwais as Rama/Yuda – The Raid 2

Keanu Reeves as John Wick – John Wick

Matthew McConaughey as Cooper – Interstellar

Michael Keaton as Riggan – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Russell Crowe as Noah – Noah

Steve Carell as John du Point – Foxcatcher

Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles – 300: Rise of an Empire

 

 

Actress

Emily Blunt as Rita – Edge of Tomorrow

Emma Stone as Sam – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne – Gone Girl

Rose Byrne as Kelly Radner – Neighbors

Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

 

Honorable Mentions

Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle/Lucy (voice) – The Lego Movie

Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Imogen Poots as Julia Maddon – Need for Speed

Karen Gillan as Kaylie Russell – Oculus

Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke – The Imitation Game

Maria Valverde as Zipporah – Exodus: Gods and Kings

Zoe Saldana as Gamora – Guardians of the Galaxy

 

 

Supporting Actor

Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Bradley Cooper as Rocket – Guardians of the Galaxy

Bill Irwin (voice) as TARS – Interstellar

Charlie Day (voice) as Benny – The LEGO Movie

Dave Bautista as Drax – Guardians of the Galaxy

Evan Peters as Peter/Quicksilver – X-Men: Days of Future Past

J.K. Simmons as Fletcher – Whiplash

Kang-ho Song as Namgoong Minsoo – Snowpiercer

Michael Rooker as Yondu – Guardians of the Galaxy

Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt – Gone Girl

Vin Diesel as Groot – Guardians of the Galaxy

Will Arnett as Batman – The Lego Movie

 

Honorable Mentions

Antonio Banderas as Galgo – The Expendables 3

Bill Paxton as Master Sergeant Farell – Edge of Tomorrow

Bryan Cranston as Joe Brody – Godzilla

Emjay Anthony as Percy – Chef

Joel McHale as Butler – Deliver Us from Evil

Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ichiro Serizawa – Godzilla

Mark Strong as Stewart Menzies – The Imitation Game

Neil Patrick Harris as Foy – A Million Ways to Die in the West

Thomas Lennon as Chief of Staff – Transformers: Age of Extinction

Will Poulter as Gally – The Maze Runner

 

 

Supporting Actress

Ah-sung Ko as Yona – Snowpiercer

Alison Brie as Unikitty (voice) – The Lego Movie

Anaalise Basso as Young Kaylie – Oculus

Carrie Coon as Margo Dunne – Gone Girl

Mackenzie Foy as Young Murph – Interstellar

Tilda Swinton as Mason – Snowpiercer

 

 

Honorable Mentions

Amy Adams as Amy – Her

Alison Pill as Teacher – Snowpiercer

Emma Watson as Ila – Noah

Ingrid Bolse Berdal as Atalanta – Hercules

Katee Sackhoff as Marie Russell – Oculus

Mireille Enos as Lizzy Murray – Sabotage

Sally Field as Aunt May – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

 

 

Villain

Cecep Arif Rahman as The Assassin – The Raid 2

Eva Green as Artemisia – 300: Rise of an Empire

Julie Estelle as Hammer Girl – The Raid 2

Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Toby Kebbell as Koba – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Very Tri Yulisman as Baseball Bat Man – The Raid 2

Will Ferrell as Lord Business/President Business – The LEGO Movie

 

Honorable Mentions

Ray Winstone as Tubal-cain – Noah

Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Liam Neeson as Bad Cop/Good Cop – The LEGO Movie

Karen Gillan as Nebula – Guardians of the Galaxy

Marton Csokas as Teddy – The Equalizer

Mimics – Edge of Tomorrow

Sean Harris as Santino – Deliver Us from Evil

 

 

Horror

Oculus

Everyone is saying that The Babadook is the best horror movie of the year, I haven’t seen it, so that honor to me goes to Oculus. Not to say that the honor of best horror movie goes to it by default, there were some things about the movie that I liked and that were good. Director Mike Flanagan did some neat camera tricks that made the experience really cool to watch and did some nice interweaving of the different stories and timelines. Add in the fantastic performance by Annalise Basso as the younger version of Karen Gillan character I had myself a good time watching Oculus.

 

 

Animated

The LEGO Movie

Big Hero 6

 

Honorable Mention

The Book of Life

 

 

Adaptation

Big Hero 6

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Edge of Tomorrow

Gone Girl

Guardians of the Galaxy

Snowpiercer

 

 

Honorable Mentions

300: Rise of an Empire

A Most Wanted Man

Lone Survivor

The November Man

This is Where I Leave You

X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

 

Comedy

Begin Again

Chef

The Grand Budapest Hotel

This is Where I Leave You

 

Honorable Mentions

Let’s Be Cops

Top Five

 

 

Fight/Action Sequence

300: Rise of an Empire: Themistokles vs. Artemisia

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Captain America vs. Georges Batroc

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Falcon’s Flight

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Captain America vs. Strike Team

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Steve Rogers vs. The Winter Soldier (Street Fight)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Caesar vs. Koba (Finale)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Siege

John Wick: Nightclub Shootout

The Equalizer: Finale Showdown

The Purge: Anarchy: Sergeant vs. Rich Purgers

The Maze Runner: Thomas and Minho Maze Run

The Raid 2: The Prison Riot

The Raid 2: Hammer Girl vs. Guards

The Raid 2: Car Chase

The Raid 2: Rama vs. Baseball Bat Man & Hammer Girl

The Raid 2: Rama vs. The Assassin

Snowpiercer: The Siege (Tunnel)

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Quicksilver Saves Logan/Erik/Charles

 

Honorable Mentions

A Walk Among the Tombstones: Graveyard Shootout

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Nick Fury’s Chase

Deliver Us from Evil: Butler vs. Santino

Edge of Tomorrow: Beach Takeover

Godzilla: Godzilla vs. M.U.T.O. (Both)

Guardians of the Galaxy: Prison Riot

Lone Survivor: Forest/Canyon Shootout

John Wick: John Wick vs. Kirill

Robocop:  Robocop vs. Vallon and Henchmen

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Splinter vs. Shredder

Transformers: Age of Extinction: Chase off the Yeager Farm

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Sunspot/Blink/Warpath/Colossus/Bishop/Kitty vs. Sentinels

 

 

Action

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Guardians of the Galaxy

John Wick

The Raid 2

 

Honorable Mentions

300: Rise of an Empire

Edge of Tomorrow

The Expendables 3

 

 

Drama

Boyhood

Birdman

Gone Girl

Locke

Whiplash

 

Long list right? I did warn you though. So who and what are on your lists?

Award Show Winners

So here we are again. With the Oscar nominations coming out it’s time to start raising your pitchforks in rage for the snubs that happened. However here YOU made the decision on who won or lost. While I didn’t get as many votes as the past two years I’ve done this there was a descent amount of votes. But, there was a lot of cases where there was a big tie so with those categories I’m going to name the winners but make a decision of my own to announce a winner. So let’s get things started

Now remember, instead putting that long list again I’m only going to put the nominees that actually got votes.

Best Animated

Nominees: Brave, Rise of the Guardians, Wreck-It Ralph

Winner: Tie

Thoughts: Since I started doing the “Show” (on my previous account) the animated category never really got a clear winner. Obviously things haven’t changed. I actually happened to watch these three movies and if you saw my “Best/Favorite Movies of the Year” list you know that Wreck-It Ralph was, at least in my opinion, the best animated movies this year. So if I played tiebreaker then Ralph would definitely get my vote.

 

Best Horror

Nominees: Paranormal Activity 4, The Possession, Sinister, The Cabin in the Woods

Winner: The Cabin in the Woods

Thoughts: No real complaints here. I loved Cabin in the Woods and not because I’m a big Whedon fan. I loved what they did for (and to) the horror genre.

 

Best Comic Book:

Nominees: The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises

Winner: The Avengers

Thoughts: I think every comic book fan had a hard choice with this one. I loved both movies and both were very different in tone and in overall product so choosing one would be really tough.

 

Best Fight

Nominees: Skyfall: Bond vs Patrice (Tower)

The Dark Knight Rises: Bane vs Batman (Sewer)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: Abraham vs Adam’s Vampires (Plantation)

The Avengers: Thor vs Iron Man vs Captain America, Haywire: Mallory vs Paul, Ted: John vs Ted

Winner: Ted: John vs Ted

Thoughts: I mean lets face it, it’s a teddy bear against an actual person and it’s going to be funny. I actually loved all the fights that were voted but if I had to add another to the list it would be the fights from The Raid (The Raid: Redemption in America).

 

Best Villain

Nominees: (Write In)Giovanni Ribisi – Ted

Samuel L. Jackson as Stephen – Django Unchained

Javier Bardem as Sliva – Skyfall

Kate Beckinsale as Lori – Total Recall

Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie – Django Unchained

Tom Hardy as Bane – The Dark Knight Rises

Tom Hiddleston as Loki – The Avengers

Winners:

Tom Hiddleston as Loki – The Avengers

Tom Hardy as Bane – The Dark Knight Rises,

Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie – Django Unchained

Thoughts: Three great choices and I loved all of them for multiple reasons. It was fun seeing Leo do something different from usual. If I had to add another it would be Bardem’s Sliva from Skyfall.

 

Best Supporting Actress

Nominees: Willow Shields as Primrose Everdeen – The Hunger Games

Anne Hathaway as Fantine – Les Miserables

Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill – The Avengers

Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers – Prometheus

Naomie Harris as Eve – Skyfall

Winners: Tie

Thoughts: All of these ladies deserve some sort of recognition for their work in 2012. Hathaway seems to making waves and may end up winning the Oscar this year, while Theron played a very cold role in Prometheus

 

Best Supporting Actor

Nominees: Colin Firth as Bill Haydon – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Woody Harrelson as Haymitch – The Hunger Games

Richard Jenkins as Sitterson – The Cabin in the Woods

Bradley Whitford as Hadley – The Cabin in the Wood

Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson – The Avengers

Idris Elba as Janek – Prometheus

Michael Caine as Alfred – The Dark Knight Rises

Chuck Norris as Booker – The Expendables 2

Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz – Django Unchained

(Write In) Leonardo DiCarpio – Django Unchained

Winners: Tie

Thoughts: All great choices and not a single complaint from me. If I had to add in anybody it would be Alan Arkin in Argo and Bruce Willis in Looper.

 

Best Actress

Nominees: Gina Carano as Mallory – Haywire

Kerry Washington as Broomhilda – Django Unchained

Anna Hutchison as Jules – The Cabin in the Woods

Mila Kunis as Lori Collins – Ted

Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy – The Amazing Spiderman

Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle – The Dark Knight Rises

Anna Kendrick as Janet – End of Watch

Judi Dench as M – Skyfall

Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany – Silver Linings Playbook

Winners: Tie

Thoughts: The ladies of Hollywood always bring their A game and everybody here did that once again. I really enjoyed all of these performances and probably the highlights of this list are Hathaway’s Selina Kyle, Lawrence’s Tiffany and Dame Judi Dench as M.

 

Best Actor

Nominees: Michael Fassbender as David – Prometheus

Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez – Argo

Brad Pitt as Jackie – Killing Them Softly

Suraji Sharma as Pi Patel – Life of Pi

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln – Lincoln

Liam Neeson as Ottway – The Grey

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man – The Avengers

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America – The Avenger

Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk – The Avengers

Winner: Michael Fassbender as David – Prometheus

Thoughts: The men have been stepping up their game and everybody on this list completely deserves to be here. Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln is obviously one of the frontrunners if not the favorite for the Best Actor as the Oscars.  Neeson gave a tremendous performances at the beginning of the year with The Grey and Downey will be Downey. But the winner is Fassbender’s equally tremendous performance as the android David in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

 

Best Director

Nominees: Joss Whedon – The Avengers

Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight Rises

Mans Marlind/Bjorn Stein – Underworld: Awakening

Joe Carnahan – The Grey

James Watkins – The Woman in Black

Gary Ross – The Hunger Games

Drew Goddard – The Cabin in the Woods

Steven Soderbergh – Magic Mike

Rian Johnson – Looper

Ben Affleck – Argo

Henry Joost/Ariel Schulman – Paranormal Activity 4

Sam Mendes – Skyfall

Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

Winners:

Joss Whedon – The Avengers

Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight Rises

Thoughts: Well this is interesting. A tie between two great directors and directors that made two of the best films of the year. Nolan gets a lot of love pretty much everywhere else but not at the Academy. This also gives Nolan’s second win here at my Award Show. He won two years ago now with Inception so Mr. Nolan is popular around these parts.

 

Final Thoughts: Thank all of you that voted this year. It was interesting to see who would pull through this year considering this year was a great year of movies. I’ll be doing this again at the end of this year so be on the look out for that at years end. Otherwise, be sure to stick around to check out Reviews, News, and other cool things happening here.