2018 was an odd year in movies. It started off with a bang as the last few gems of the sublime 2017 slate hit wide release alongside irresistible early-season contenders like game-changing blockbuster Black Panther in February and gorgeous indie Thoroughbreds in March. It was a year noted for landmark inclusion and defied expectations. It felt like a throwback with earnest rom-coms drawing massive love both on the big screen (Crazy Rich Asians) and the small (Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before), and the new Mission: Impossible reminding everyone why we liked Tom Cruise in the first place. Many of the movies that seemed like they’d be terrible were actually pretty great (Instant Family, Skyscraper, The Spy Who Dumped Me) but, on the flip side, most of the promising prestige dramas turned out either fine (Boy Erased, Green Book) or outright bad (Beautiful Boy, Welcome to Marwen). Plenty of our favourite performances of the year came in tiny little streaming movies that will likely be forgotten quickly and we’re not confident that many of our picks will end up on the Oscar ballot in a few months. Nevertheless, here are our favourites, the shining stars who pulled us through a very odd year at the movies.


Who Qualifies?
Any new movie released between January 1st and December 31st was considered for nomination.


Who Picks the Winners?
Our Editors and Staff Writers all get a say but we use your votes for tie breakers and to choose a Fan Favourite so be sure to share your thoughts on Twitter or shoot us an email at editors@myentertainmentworld.ca.


When Are the Winners Announced?
A full list of the winners will be published in April.


Nominee Interview Series
If you’re nominated this year, e
mail editors@myentertainmentworld.ca to sign up for our annual Q&A series. 


Also be sure to check out our nominations for the TV Awards, and Theatre Awards. 


Without further ado, this year’s nominees are…


Outstanding Production Design
Paddington 2
Sorry to Bother You
The Favourite
Mary Queen of Scots


Outstanding Effects
Black Panther
Paddington 2
Mary Poppins Returns
Mission: Impossible- Fallout


Outstanding Costumes
Black Panther
The Favourite
Mary Queen of Scots
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


Outstanding Ensemble
The Favourite
If Beale Street Could Talk
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Black Panther


Outstanding Supporting Actor
Anton Yelchin (Thoroughbreds)
Ed Helms (Chappaquiddick)
Armie Hammer (Sorry to Bother You)
Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman)
Richard E Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Jesse Plemons (Game Night)


Outstanding Supporting Actress
Carrie Coon (Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town)
Claire Foy (First Man)
Maura Tierney (Beautiful Boy)
Jennifer Aniston (Dumplin’)
Margot Robbie (Mary Queen of Scots)
Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)


Outstanding Actor
Stephan James (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Dave Franco (6 Balloons)
Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born)
Timothée Chalamet (Beautiful Boy)
Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You)


Outstanding Actress
Mackenzie Davis (Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town)
Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Charlize Theron (Tully)
Olivia Cooke (Thoroughbreds)
Edie Falco (Outside In)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Irreplaceable You)


Outstanding Screenplay
Thoroughbreds by Cory Finley
Outside In by Lynn Shelton & Jay Duplass
The Favourite by Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara
Juliet, Naked by Evgenia Peretz, Jim Taylor & Tamara Jenkins
Eighth Grade by Bo Burnham
Vox Lux by Brady Corbet


Outstanding Direction
John Krasinski for A Quiet Place
Boots Riley for Sorry to Bother You
Lynne Ramsay for You Were Never Really Here
Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite
Barry Jenkins for If Beale Street Could Talk
Adam McKay for Vice


Outstanding Documentary
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Three Identical Strangers
Free Solo


Outstanding Picture
Black Panther
Sorry to Bother You
Eighth Grade
The Favourite
If Beale Street Could Talk