It’s time to celebrate the best of 2017! The best movies, the best tv shows, the best games and the best performances. To qualify, it must have been released in the UK between January 1st and December 31st 2017. So let’s go.
Best Film – La La Land
- The Greatest Showman
- Get Out
Damien Chazelle’s musical romance won over hearts across the world and it’s hard not to see why. It’s a triumph of filmmaking that is light years ahead of everything else. Catchy music, wonderful acting and gorgeous cinematography help elevate an already extraordinary film to the highest levels.
Best Cult Film – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- War for the Planet of the Apes
- Alien: Covenant
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Blade Runner 2049
Rian Johnson’s instalment in the Star Wars saga was thrilling, shocking and everything I wanted and more. It was the perfect tribute to both Carrie Fisher’s legacy and 40 years of the franchise.
Best Actor – Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman
- Ryan Gosling as Sebastian in La La Land
- Charlie Hunnam as Percy Fawcett in The Lost City of Z
- Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss in Hacksaw Ridge
- Daniel Kaluuya as Chris in Get Out
While the film may be historically inaccurate, Hugh Jackman delivered a fantastic performance that blew away the competition in a year in which he had already blown it away in Logan.
Best Actress – Emma Stone as Mia in La La Land
- Michelle Williams as Charity Barnum in The Greatest Showman
- Jessica Chastain as Elizabeth Sloane in Miss Sloane
- Taraji P. Henson as Katherine G. Johnson in Hidden Figures
- Gemma Arterton as Catrin Cole in Their Finest
Emma Stone’s performance was magical. She fully deserved her Oscar win here.
Best Actor in a Cult Film – Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Thor: Ragnarok
- Andy Serkis and VFX Team as Ceaser in War for the Planet of the Apes
- Michael Fassbender as Walter/David in Alien: Covenant
- Ryan Gosling as “K” in Blade Runner 2049
Mark Hamill’s reprisal of Luke Skywalker was something that had to be seen to be believed. Hamill’s performance was a show stopper.
Best Actress in a Cult Film – Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman
- Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok
- Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh in IT
- Emma Watson as Belle in Beauty and the Beast
Gal Gadot was perfect casting as Wonder Woman and she blew everyone away by delivering a fantastic performance and emerging as the best performance in the DCEU to date.
Best Supporting Actor – Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier in Logan
- Bill Nighy as Ambrose Hilliard in Their Finest
- Zac Efron as Phillip Carlyle in The Greatest Showman
- Liam Neeson and VFX Team as The Monster in A Monster Calls
- Hugo Weaving as Tom Doss in Hacksaw Ridge
Patrick Stewart delivering an emotional and tear jerking performance as Xavier in his final time playing the X-Men mentor.
Best Supporting Actress – Sigourney Weaver as Grandma in A Monster Calls
- Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughn in Hidden Figures
- Rebecca Ferguson as Jenny Lind in The Greatest Showman
- Catherine Keener as Missy Armitage in Get Out
- Viola Davis as Rose Maxson in Fences
Sigourney Weaver delivered a beautiful performance as a grandmother trying to control an out of control grandson as her own daughter was dying.
Best Supporting Actor in a Cult Film – Adam Driver as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Chris Pine as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman
- Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Thor: Ragnarok
- Woody Harrelson as The Colonel in War for the Planet of the Apes
Adam Driver delivered an excellent performance as the conflicted villain, making Kylo one of the most enthrallingStar Wars characters.
Best Supporting Actress in a Cult Film – Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Cate Blanchett as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok
- Zendaya as Michelle in Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Ana de Armas as Joi in Blade Runner 2049
- Karen Gillan as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
Carrie Fisher’s final performance as Leia before her untimely passing was also her best.
Best Director – Damien Chazelle for La La Land
- James Mangold for Logan
- Jordan Peele for Get Out
- Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk
- Michael Gracey for The Greatest Showman
Damien Chazelle brought his big screen musical to the screen with style and elegance in an utterly gorgeous and well made feature.
Best Director on a Cult Film – Rian Johnson for Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Denis Villeneuve for Blade Runner 2049
- Matt Reeves for War for the Planet of the Apes
- Taika Waititi for Thor: Ragnarok
- Ridley Scott for Alien: Covenant
Rian Johnson’s first entry in the Star Wars universe felt like he’d been there the whole time, yet felt fresh and unique at the same time in what was perhaps one of the best Star Wars films yet.
Best Original Score – Star Wars: The Last Jedi by John Williams
- Beauty and the Beast by Alan Menken
- La La Land by Justin Hurwitz
- Dunkirk by Hans Zimmer
- War for the Planet of the Apes by Michael Giacchino
John Williams delivered yet another fantastic Star Wars Score that emerges as the best of the year.
Best Original Song – “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman
- “Evermore” from Beauty and the Beast
- “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land
- “To Be Human” from Wonder Woman
- “Guardians Inferno” from Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
This is Me was such a infectiously enjoyable song that it’s still on repeat in my head.
Best TV Series – American Gods
- Game of Thrones
- Doctor Who
- Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
American Gods blasted onto screens with a stellar first season that left me begging for more.
Best TV Episode – Doctor Who: The Doctor Falls
- Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall
- American Gods: Git Gon
- Once Upon A Time: The Song in Your Heart
- Sherlock: The Final Problem
The Doctor Falls was an epic finale to an epic series and could easily have been a satisfying final ever episode of Doctor Who.
Best TV Actor – Peter Capaldi as the Doctor in Doctor Who
- Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones
- Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon in American Gods
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock
- Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Peter Capaldi’s Final season as the Doctor was one to remember thanks to a fantastic performance by the celebrated actor.
Best TV Actress – Emily Browning as Laura Moon and Essie MacGowan in American Gods
- Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones
- Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts in Doctor Who
- Lena Heady as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones
- Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan in Once Upon a Time
Emily Browning was fantastic as both the undead wife of Shadow and an Irish con-Woman
Best Supporting TV Actor – Ian McShane as Mr Wednesday in American Gods
- Matt Lucas as Nardole in Doctor Who
- Aiden Gillen as Littlefinger in Game of Thrones
- Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
- Mark Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock
Ian McShane stole the show as the mysterious Mr Wednesday in the fantasy drama.
Best Supporting TV Actress – Michelle Gomez as Missy in Doctor Who
- Sian Brooke as Eurus Holmes in Sherlock
- Lana Parrilla as Regina Mills/Roni in Once Upon a Time
- Gillian Anderson as Medea in American Gods
- Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones
Michelle Gomez was delightfully evil as Missy and was the perfect antagonist for Peter Capaldi.
Best Video Game – Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
- The Evil Within 2
- Injustice 2
- Crash Bandioot: The N. Sane Trilogy
The relaunch of Resident Evil did the unthinkable. It was great, but most importantly it was scary.