2018 Leaman Awards - The Part-Time Critic

Sunday, June 7, 2020

2018 Leaman Awards


One Sentence Summary: 2018, aside from Marvel and Mission Impossible's crowning achievements, is a year of mostly mediocrity. 

2018 Films Seen: 97
2018 Films Seen in the Theater: 16
Number of Films with A or A+ Grade: 0


2018 Ambassador's List
(Top 25 Films)

Honorable Mentions: 
God's Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, First Man, I Can Only Imagine, Incredibles 2

25. Three Identical Strangers (B)
24. Eighth Grade (B)
23. Operation Finale (B)
22. American Animals (B)
21. Creed II (B)
20. Free Solo (B)
19. Prayer Before Dawn, A (B)
18. Isle of Dogs (B)
17. Death of Stalin, The (B)
16. Bird Box (B)
15. Green Book (B)
14. Chappaquiddick (B)
13. Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The (B)
12. A Quiet Place (B+)
11. Crazy Rich Asians (B+)

Top 10: 
10. Widows (B+)
9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (B+) 
8. Roma (B+)
7. The Guilty (B+)
6. BlacKkKlansman (B+)
5. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (B+)
4. They Shall Not Grow Old (A-)
3. Searching (A-)
2. Paddington 2 (A-)
1. Avengers: Infinity War (A-)

Superlative Awards
(Winners Bolded)
Most Surprising Film of 2018
  • BlacKkKlansmen
  • Searching
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Most Disappointing Film of 2018
  • Action Point
  • First Reformed
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
Most Overlooked Film of 2018
  • The Guilty
  • Paddington 2
  • A Prayer Before Dawn
Most Overwatched Film of 2018
  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Most Underrated Film of 2018
  • Beirut
  • Bird Box
  • Widows
Most Overrated Film of 2018
  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Hereditary
Worst Film of the 2018
  • The 15:17 to Paris
  • Action Point
  • Halloween
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Vice

-Technical Awards-
(Winners Bolded)

Best Make-Up and Hair Design 
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Black Panther
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Vice
Best Costume Design 
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Black Panther
  • The Favourite
  • Ocean's Eight
Best Sound Design 
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • First Man
  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout
  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  • Roma
Best Original Score 
  • First Man
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Paddington 2
  • Widows
Best Visual Effects 
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Aquaman
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • First Man
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
Best Art Direction 
  • Isle of Dogs
  • The Favourite
  • Outlaw King
  • Paddington 2
  • Roma
Best Cinematography 
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • The Favourite
  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout
  • Roma
Best Film Editing 
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout
  • Searching
  • Widows

Major Awards
(Winners Bolded)

Best Documentary Feature 
  • Free Solo
  • They Shall Not Grow Old
  • Three Identical Strangers
Best Animated Feature 
  • The Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Adapted Screenplay 
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • BlacKkKlansmen
  • Paddington 2
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Original Screenplay 
  • Chappaquiddick
  • Green Book
  • The Guilty
  • Roma
  • Searching
Best Supporting Actress 
  • Olivia Colman The Favourite
  • Cynthia Erivo Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Regina King If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emma Stone The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz The Favourite
Best Supporting Actor 
  • Mahershala Ali Green Book
  • Josh Brolin Avengers: Infinity War
  • Colin Farrell Widows
  • Hugh Grant Paddington 2
  • Ron Livingston Tully
Best Actress 
  • Yalitza Aparacio Roma
  • Sandra Bullock Bird Box
  • Toni Collette Hereditary
  • Viola Davis Widows
  • Elsie Fisher Eighth Grade
Best Actor 
  • Christian Bale Vice
  • Jakob Cedergren The Guilty
  • John Cho Searching
  • Joe Cole A Prayer Before Dawn
  • Viggo Mortensen Green Book
Best Ensemble Acting 
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • BlacKkKlansmen
  • The Favourite
  • Roma
  • Widows
Best Director 
  • Aneesh Chaganty Searching
  • Alfonso Cuaron Roma
  • Joel Coen The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Christopher McQuarrie Mission: Impossible - Fallout
  • Anthony & Joe Russo Avengers: Infinity War
Best Picture 
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout
  • Paddington 2
  • Searching
  • They Shall Not Grow Old

Great Dramatic Sequences of 2018
(In Alphabetical Order by Movie & All-Time Great Sequences are Bolded)
  • “The Snap & Enjoying a Sunrise Finale” -Avengers: Infinity War 
  • “It’s Too Late to Turn Back Now Dance” -BlacKkKlansman 
  • “The Climb – Boulder Problem” -Free Solo 
  • “Removing the Librarian” -American Animals 
  • “The Girl Gets Rattled” -The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • “Who is gonna look at the rapids?” -Bird Box 
  • “Bob Macnamara and his team counsel Teddy on what to do” -Chappaquiddick 
  • “Landing on the Moon” -First Man 
  • “Iben’s Snake Revelation” -The Guilty 
  • “Imagining Aunt Lucy in London’s Pop Up Book” -Paddington 2 
  • “Finale: Windsor Gardens is Present for Lucy’s Birthday Present” -Paddington 2 
  • “Finale: Paul Finishes His Race” -Paul, Apostle of Christ 
  • "Billy vs. The World Punching Bag” -A Prayer Before Dawn 
  • “I Love You” -A Quiet Place 
  • “A Surprising Birth” -Roma 
  • “Opening Family Computing Montage” -Searching 
  • “Performing ’Shallows’ for the First Time” -A Star is Born 
  • “Going Over the Top and Battle” -They Shall Not Grow Old 
  • “Grey lets STEM takeover for the first time and win his first fight” -Upgrade 
  • "Heist at the Mulligans” -Widows 

Top 10 Action Sequences of 2018

10. “Finale: Aquatic War Ends with a New King” -Aquaman 
9. “Ito & Laser Light Operator Fist-Fight” -The Night Comes For Us 
8. “White Colored Carnage: Fist-fight in the Bathroom” -Mission: Impossible - Fallout 
7. “Black Order vs Strange, Spider-Man, and Iron Man in New York” -Avengers: Infinity War 
6. “Armored Car Fight with Police & Ito” -The Night Comes for Us 
5. “Mountain Duel: Helicopters and Hand to Hand” -Mission: Impossible - Fallout 
4. “Finale: Fighting for the Lab in the Streets & Bay of San Francisco” -Ant-Man and the Wasp 
3. “Coaxium Train Heist” -Solo: A Star Wars Story 
2. “Paris Mayhem: Ambush, Chase, and Escape” -Mission: Impossible - Fallout 
1. “Finale: Thanos vs. the Avengers on Titan & War on the Wakandan Plains” -Avengers: Infinity War



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