It’s been a long crazy road to the end of this awards season. As you sit back and relax in front of what could be a disastrous Oscars ceremony, share with me in the schadenfreude. I’ll give you a list to read as well, one that you might agree with more than the one being read on your television.
I present to you here, below, the winners of the 18th Annual Edgar Awards:
The Favourite was the big winner, taking home Best Picture, Best Director (Yorgos Lanthimos), Actress (Olivia Colman) and Supporting Actress (Emma Stone) in a Comedy. It couldn’t be beaten in the Biographical/Historical category, however, as it went to BlacKkKlansman (also nabbing Supporting Actor for Adam Driver). Sorry to Bother You rounds out the Comedy categories with a win for Lakeith Stanfield in Actor, as well as an Original Screenplay award for Boots Riley.
On the drama side, A Star is Born was the clear winner, as they got Best Supporting Actor for Sam Elliott and Best Actor for Bradley Cooper, who gets his third win (Guardians of the Galaxy and Silver Linings Playbook). The Cooper-helmed film also won Best Trailer. Toni Collette gets her first Edgar for the horror film Hereditary, which naturally got Best Horror. Emily Blunt rounds out the categories with Best Supporting Actress for A Quiet Place, while the Russo brothers surprised by taking home Best Director for Avengers: Infinity War.
The Coen Brothers had their ninth and tenth nominations this year, winning their fourth Edgar for editing on The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The Netflix success also took home Best Western and Best Song. Even though they were all over the indie categories, the winners there included You Were Never Really Here (Best Indie and Best Director for Lynne Ramsay), Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Best Actress for Melissa McCarthy) and First Reformed (Best Actor for Ethan Hawke, as well as a win for Best Cinematography).
The big surprise of the night goes to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which wins three awards – Best Animated Film, Best Sound and Best Original Screenplay – which makes me think, it should have snuck its way into the Best Picture conversation.
Fun facts time: Wade Eastwood finally wins Best Stunts for Mission: Impossible – Fallout, arguably the best edition of the franchise; Shoplifters wins Japan its first Best Foreign Film award on the seventh try; and Johann Johannsson wins a posthumous award for Best Soundtrack for the trippy thriller Mandy.
A trio of 70s stars grace the honorary awards, as Jack Nicholson receives the Richard Harris Lifetime Achievement Award; Burt Reynolds narrowly wins the Robin Williams Memorial Award, and for the first time ever – Roy Scheider gets the Albert Finney Appreciation Award. This last prize is one I’ve felt is a sort of a Hall of Fame for actors or directors I’ve adored from the past that I never got a chance to reward, whether it be because they passed away before the awards even existed, or I never really appreciated them in their time. The award is named after Albert Finney, one such actor whose resume was seemingly filled with unlimited success.
Thank you all for voting, and we’ll see you next year! Here’s the full list:
Best Film: The Favourite
Best Drama: If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Director for Drama/Fantasy: Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Infinity War
Best Actor in Drama/Fantasy: Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
Best Actress in Drama/Fantasy: Toni Collette, Hereditary
Best Supporting Actor in Drama/Fantasy: Sam Elliott, A Star is Born
Best Supporting Actress in Drama/Fantasy: Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
Best Comedy: Game Night
Best Director for Comedy/Animated: Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Best Actor in Comedy: Lakeith Stanfield, Sorry to Bother You
Best Actress in Comedy: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Best Supporting Actor in Comedy: Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Best Supporting Actress in Comedy: Emma Stone, The Favourite
Best Animated Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Voice Acting: Jim Cummings, Christopher Robin
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Horror Film: Hereditary
Best Crime/Thriller: Widows
Best Biographical/Historical Film: BlacKkKlansman
Best Action/Adventure: Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Best Western: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Best Romance: Love, Simon
Best Indie: You Were Never Really Here
Best Indie Director: Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here
Best Indie Actor: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Best Indie Actress: Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Best Indie Supporting Actor: Paul Rudd, Mute
Best Indie Supporting Actress: Rachel McAdams, Disobedience
Worst Film: Holmes and Watson
Best Foreign Film: Shoplifters, Japan
Best Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Best Streaming Film: Roma
Best Adapted Screenplay: Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Original Screenplay: Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You
Best Soundtrack: Jóhann Jóhannsson, Mandy
Best Song: When an Angel Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Best Cinematography: Alexander Dynan, First Reformed
Best Visual Effects: Richard Clarke, Andrew Whitehurst and Hayley J. Williams, Annihilation
Best Art Direction: Niall Moroney, John Myrhe and Gordon Sim, Mary Poppins Returns
Best Editing: Ethan and Joel Coen, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Best Sound: John Pospisil, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Stunts: Wade Eastwood, Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Best Costumes: Ruth E. Carter, Black Panther
Best Makeup: Kate Biscoe, Greg Cannom and Patricia Dehaney, Vice
Best Trailer: A Star is Born
Best Poster: Mandy
Best Cameo: Alan Tudyk and Matt Damon, Untitled Deadpool Sequel
Lorenzo Music Award: Shoplifters
Richard Harris Lifetime Achievement Award: Jack Nicholson
Robin Williams Memorial Award: Burt Reynolds
Albert Finney Appreciation Award: Roy Scheider