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List: 2018 InSession Film Awards (all nominees and winners)

List: 2018 InSession Film Awards (all nominees and winners)

This week on the InSession Film Podcast, we featured our 6th annual InSession Film Awards! During Part 1, we discussed the very best that 2018 had to offer in terms of film. We dove into everything from movie surprises, to overlooked movies, to the best acting performances and so much more!

For every category, we each listed our own nominations and winners. Winners are highlighted in bold.

Best Actor

Brendan:

  • Daveed Diggs, Blindspotting
  • Ben Dickey, Blaze
  • Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
  • Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here
  • Brady Jandreau, The Rider

JD:

  • Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
  • Ryan Gosling, First Man
  • Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here
  • Daveed Diggs, Blindspotting
  • Ben Foster, Leave No Trace

Jay:

  • Daniel Giménez Cacho, Zama
  • Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
  • Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Jim Cummings, Thunder Road
  • John C. Reilly, The Sisters Brothers

Ryan:

  • Ben Dickey, Blaze
  • Brady Jandreau, The Rider
  • Robert Redford, The Old Man and the Gun
  • John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman
  • Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Best Actress

Brendan:

  • Olivia Coleman, The Favourite
  • Joanna Kulig, Cold War
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace
  • Carey Mulligan, Wildlife

JD:

  • Carey Mulligan, Wildlife
  • Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace
  • Kathryn Hahn, Private Life
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Olivia Coleman, The Favourite

Jay:

  • Glenn Close, The Wife
  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
  • Regina Hall, Support the Girls
  • Charlize Theron, Tully
  • Kathryn Hahn, Private Life

Ryan:

  • Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Viola Davis, Widows
  • Kiki Layne, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace
  • Carey Mulligan, Wildlife
Best Actor Supporting Role

Brendan:

  • Rafael Casal, Blindspotting
  • Harry Melling, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Brian Tyree Henry, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Dolph Lundgren, Creed II
  • Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther

JD:

  • Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • John David Washington, Monsters and Men
  • Rafael Casal, Blindspotting
  • Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
  • Alex Wolff, Hereditary

Jay:

  • Rafael Casal, Blindspotting
  • Topher Grace, BlacKkKlansman
  • Josh Hamilton, Eighth Grade
  • Steven Yeun, Burning
  • Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther

Ryan:

  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
  • Hugh Grant, Paddington 2
  • Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
  • Daniel Kaluuya, Widows
  • Steven Yeun, Burning
Best Actress Supporting Role

Brendan:

  • Ando Sakura, Shoplifters
  • Kayli Carter, Private Life
  • Gemma Chan, Crazy Rich Asians
  • Cynthia Erivo, Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Mia Wasikowska, Damsel

JD:

  • Andrea Riseborough, Mandy
  • Ando Sakura, Shoplifters
  • Claire Foy, First Man
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Cynthia Erivo, Bad Times at the El Royale

Jay:

  • Olivia Cooke, Thoroughbreds
  • Mackenzie Davis, Tully
  • Elizabeth Debicki, Widows
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Blake Lively, A Simple Favor

Ryan:

  • Elizabeth Debicki, Widows
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Rachel McAdams, Disobedience
  • Tilda Swinton, Suspiria
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Best Director

Brendan:

  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
  • Christopher McQuarrie, Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Jeremiah Zagar, We the Animals
  • Chloe Zhao, The Rider

JD:

  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Bo Burhnam, Eighth Grade
  • Damien Chazelle, First Man
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here

Jay:

  • Jacques Audiard, The Sisters Brothers
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Lee Chang-dong, Burning
  • Lucrecia Martel, Zama
  • Paul Schrader, First Reformed

Ryan:

  • Debra Granik, Leave No Trace
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Steve McQueen, Widows
  • Christopher McQuarrie, Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Best Original Screenplay

Brendan:

  • Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
  • Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, Blindspotting
  • Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
  • Hirokazu Koreeda, Shoplifters
  • Paul Schrader, First Reformed

JD:

  • Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
  • Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
  • Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, Blindspotting
  • Paul Schrader, First Reformed
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Jay:

  • Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
  • Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Tamara Jenkins, Private Life
  • Paul Schrader, First Reformed

Ryan:

  • Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
  • Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, Blindspotting
  • Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
  • Paul Schrader, First Reformed
  • Wes Anderson, Isle of Dogs
Best Adapted Screenplay

Brendan:

  • Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, Wildlife
  • Alex Garland, Annihilation
  • Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, Leave No Trace
  • Paul King and Simon Farnaby, Paddington 2
  • David Lowery, The Old Man & the Gun

JD:

  • Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, Leave No Trace
  • Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, Wildlife
  • Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther

Jay:

  • Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain, The Sisters Brothers
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Lee Joon-dong and Lee Chang-dong, Burning
  • Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, and Kevin Willmott, BlacKkKlansman
  • Lucrecia Martel, Zama

Ryan:

  • Alex Garland, Annihilation
  • Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, and Kevin Willmott, BlacKkKlansman
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Gillen Flynn and Steve McQueen, First Reformed
  • Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, Wildlife
Best Cinematography

Brendan:

  • Jimmy Chin, Matt Clegg, Clair Popkin, and Mikey Schaefer, Free Solo
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Pawel Pagorzelski, Hereditary
  • Brandon Trost, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Lukasz Zal, Cold War

JD:

  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Lukasz Zal, Cold War
  • James Laxton, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Robbie Ryan, The Favourite
  • Linus Sandgren, First Man

Jay:

  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Hong Kyung-pyo, Burning
  • James Laxton, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Rui Poças, Zama
  • Lukasz Zal, Cold War

Ryan:

  • Linus Sandgren, First Man
  • James Laxton, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Michael McDonough, Leave No Trace
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Sean Bobbitt, Widows
Best Documentary

Brendan:

  • Minding the Gap
  • Free Solo
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  • Shirkers

JD:

  • Minding the Gap
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  • Shirkers

Jay:

  • Minding the Gap
  • John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection
  • They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Ryan:

  • Minding the Gap
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • Three Idendtical Strangers
  • Free Solo
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Best Foreign Language Film

Brendan:

  • Roma
  • Shoplifters
  • Cold War
  • Loveless
  • Burning

JD:

  • Roma
  • Shoplifters
  • Cold War
  • Loveless
  • Burning

Jay:

  • Roma
  • Burning
  • Cold War
  • Zama
  • Happy as Lazzaro

Ryan:

  • Roma
  • Burning
  • Cold War
  • Shoplifters
  • Zama
Best Animated Movie

Brendan (*only saw four animated films in 2018):

  • Isle of Dogs
  • Incredibles 2
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

JD:

  • Isle of Dogs
  • Incredibles 2
  • Mirai
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

Jay:

  • Isle of Dogs
  • Incredibles 2
  • Mirai
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ryan:

  • Isle of Dogs
  • Incredibles 2
  • Mirai
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
Best Original Score

Brendan:

  • Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury, Annihilation
  • Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Thom Yorke, Suspiria
  • Ludwig Goransson, Black Panther
  • Nathan Halpern, The Rider

JD:

  • Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Justin Hurwitz, First Man
  • Thom Yorke, Suspiria
  • Anna Meredith, Eighth Grade
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson, Mandy

Jay:

  • Carter Burwell, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Johnny Greenwood, You Were Never Really Here
  • Justin Hurwitz, First Man
  • Mowg, Burning

Ryan:

  • Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Justin Hurwitz, First Man
  • Mowg, Burning
  • Johnny Greenwood, You Were Never Really Here
  • Thom Yorke, Suspiria
Best Use of Soundtrack Music (Doesn’t have to be original. Closing and Opening credits count)

Brendan:

  • “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA, Black Panther
  • “Ashes” by Celine Dion, Deadpool 2
  • “OYAHYTT” by The Coup, Sorry to Bother You
  • “Rain on the Roof” by Hugh Grant, Paddington 2
  • “Unmade” by Thom Yorke, Suspiria

JD:

  • “Ashes” by Celine Dion, Deadpool 2
  • “Hearts Beat Loud” by Kiersey Clemons, Hearts Beat Loud
  • “In My City” by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, Blindspotting
  • “Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
  • “Clay Pigeons” by Ben Dickey, Blaze

Jay:

  • “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” by Tim Blake Nelson and Willie Watson, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • “Shallow” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Kina Grannis, Crazy Rich Asians
  • “Whitey on the Moon” by Leon Bridges, First Man
  • “Orinoco Flow” by Enya, Eighth Grade

Ryan:

  • “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” by Tim Blake Nelson and Willie Watson, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • “It Too Late to Turn Back Now” by Cornelius Brothers, BlacKkKlansman
  • “Picture Cards” by Ben Dickey, Blaze
  • “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” by Lin Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt and Cast, Mary Poppins Returns
  • “Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
Best Opening/Closing Credits Sequence or Scene

Brendan:

  • Deadpool 2 (Opening)
  • Paddington 2 (Closing)
  • Private Life (Closing)
  • Mandy (Opening)
  • Roma (Opening)

JD:

  • Deadpool 2 (Opening)
  • First Man (Closing)
  • Leave No Trace (Closing)
  • Roma (Opening)
  • You Were Never Really Here (Closing)

Jay:

  • Roma (Opening)
  • Private Life (Closing)
  • Paddington 2 (Closing)
  • The Sisters Brothers (Opening)
  • Let eh Sunshine In (Closing)

Ryan:

  • BlacKkKlansman (Closing)
  • Leave No Trace (Closing)
  • Mary Poppins Returns (Closing)
  • Paddington 2 (Closing)
  • Widows (Opening)
Best Overlooked Movie

Brendan:

  • Damsel
  • Blaze
  • First Match
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • The Kindergarten Teacher

JD:

  • Assassination Nation
  • We the Animals
  • Monsters and Men
  • Mandy
  • Hearts Beat Loud

Jay:

  • Ideal Home
  • Happy as Lazzaro
  • Skate Kitchen
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • Bodied

Ryan:

  • Blaze
  • Disobedience
  • Hearts Beat Loud
  • Monsters and Men
  • Thunder Road
Best Surprise Movie

Brendan:

  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Creed II
  • Incredibles 2
  • Set It Up
  • Sorry to Bother You

JD:

  • Game Night
  • 1985
  • Blaze
  • Creed II
  • Aquaman

Jay:

  • Aquaman
  • Book Club
  • Set It Up
  • Suspiria
  • The Wife

Ryan:

  • Game Night
  • Outlaw King
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • A Simple Favor
  • Three Identical Strangers
Best Surprise Actor/Actress

Brendan:

  • Hugh Grant, Paddington 2
  • Nicholas Hoult, The Favourite
  • Dolph Lundgren, Creed II
  • Harry Melling, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Tilda Swinton, Suspiria

JD:

  • Jesse Plemmons, Game Night
  • Alex Wolff, Hereditary
  • Kathryn Hahn, Private Life
  • Ben Dickey, Blaze
  • Dolph Lundgren, Creed II

Jay:

  • Cedric the Entertainer, First Reformed
  • Zoe Kazan, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Dolph Lundgren, Creed II
  • Logan Marshal-Green, Upgrade
  • Carey Mulligan, Wildlife

Ryan:

  • Regina Hall, Support the Girls
  • Topher Grace, BlacKkKlansman
  • Blake Lively, A Simple Favor
  • Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians
  • Steven Yeun, Burning
Best Movie Discovery

Brendan:

  • Ben Dickey – Actor, Blaze
  • Brady Jandreau – Actor, The Rider
  • Kiki Layne – Actress, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Thomasin McKenzie – Actress, Leave No Trace
  • Helena Howard – Actress, Madeline’s Madeline

JD:

  • Thomasin McKenzie – Actress, Leave No Trace
  • Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal – Screenwriters, Blindspotting
  • Jesse Buckley – Actress, Beast
  • Elsie Fisher – Actress, Eighth Grade
  • Helena Howard – Actress, Madeline’s Madeline

Jay:

  • Jim Cummings – Writer, Dictor and Actor, Thunder Road
  • Cynthia Erivo – Actress, Bad Times at the El Royael
  • Henry Golding – Actor, Crazy Rich Asians / A Simple Favor
  • Kiki Layne – Actress, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Bing Liu – Director, Minding the Gap

Ryan:

  • Jim Cummings – Writer, Director and Actor, Thunder Road
  • Rafael Casal – Actor, Blindspotting
  • Cynthia Erivo – Actress, Bad Times at the El Royael
  • Thomasin McKenzie – Actress, Leave No Trace
  • Chloe Zhao – Director, The Rider
JD’s Individual Special Awards

Best Individual Score Track

  • “Children of the New Dawn” – Jóhann Jóhannsson (Mandy)
  • “Annihilation” – Ben Salisbury (Annihilation)
  • “The Toy Train” – Evgueni Galperine and Sacha Galperine (Loveless)
  • “Karen Theme” – Justin Hurwitz (First Man)
  • “Agape” – Nicholas Britell (If Beale Street Could Talk)
  • “Spider-Man Loves You” – Daniel Pemberton (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
  • “Runnin” – Ludwig Goransson, A$AP Rocky and Jacob Banks (Creed II)

Best Directorial Debut

  • Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade
  • Ari Aster – Hereditary
  • Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
  • Paul Dano – Wildlife
  • Carlos Lopez Estrada – Blindspotting

Best Overlooked Movie of 2018 But Can Understand Why People Are Confused As To Why Award

  • Loveless

Best Film That Won’t Make My Top 20 But Will Stick With Me For A Long Time

  • Mandy
  • Assassination Nation
  • A Star is Born
  • The Other Side of the Wind

Aqwafina Triple Threat Award

  • She didn’t make my Best Discovery list, but was in three films in 2018 (Dude, Ocean’s 8, Crazy Rich Asians) and stole the show in all three when on screen.
Brendan’s Individual Special Awards

Best Performance by a Non-Human

  • Butterscotch, Damsel
  • Cheddar Goblin, Mandy
  • Horatio the Fastest Duck in the City, The Favourite
  • Math Chicken, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • That One Rabbit, The Favourite
Jay’s Individual Special Awards

Best Movie Animal

  • Charlie, A Star is Born
  • Zama Llama, Zama
  • Horatio the Fastest Duck in the City, The Favourite
  • Arithmetic Chicken, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Olivia, Widows

Most Memorable Inanimate Object

  • Block of Wood, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Bracelet, First Man
  • Infinity Gauntlet, Avengers: Infinity War
  • Toothbrush, The Sisters Brothers
  • Spongebog Flash Drive Eighth Grade

Best Cinematic Beverage

  • Extremely Strong Martinis, A Simple Favor
  • Green Juice, Blindspotting
  • Mike’s Hard Apple Cider, Minding the Gap
  • Liquid LSD Cocktail, Mandy
  • Whiskey/Pepto, First Reformed

Fury Road Memorial Award for the Movie That Made Me Giggle with Glee at the Bombastic Majesty of Indulgence

  • The Christmas Chronicles (Jail Scene)
  • Aquaman
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Mandy
  • Sorry to Bother You
Ryan’s Individual Special Awards

2018 Taking One for the Team Award

  • Life Itself

Best Movie Trailer

  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Well that’s it for our 2018 InSession Film Awards! Hopefully you all enjoyed our nominations and winners. If you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. We would love to hear how your nominations and winners would vary from our picks above. You can also email your selections to us at insessionfilm@gmail.com or follow us on social media.

To hear our Top 10 Movies of 2018, listen to Part 2 of Episode 308!

Huge movie fanatic and InSession Film founder and owner. I pretend to know a lot about movies, but mostly I'm good at discussing them. My favorite movies include Shawshank Redemption, Warrior, Top Gun and Transformers (fav as a kid!). Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran

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