Welcome to the 2018 Birth.Movies.Death Alternate Oscars! This is the second-annual edition of the awards, in which we, the staff of BMD, pick nominees from all the films the Oscars ignored, and you, the readers of BMD, vote on the winners. 2017 was a terrific year for cinema, and the so-called “official” Oscars have honoured a great bunch of films, but this is our chance - and your chance - to spread a little more love around.
Each week leading up to the Oscars, we’ll have a new set of categories and nominees for you to vote on, while revealing the winners from the previous week. This is your opportunity to recognise some of the best Oscar snubs around, so let’s get voting!
Last week’s races were remarkably close, but at the end of the day, winners have to be called. Mother!'s Darren Aronofsky narrowly took Best Director over The Florida Project's Sean Baker; Phantom Thread eked out an even narrower victory in Original Screenplay over Nacho Vigalondo's Colossal; and in Adapted Screenplay, Star Wars: The Last Jedi had a pretty clear win.
And now, this is it: we’re voting on the best pictures of the year. There were heartbreaking omissions in picking our final nominees - even more heartbreaking than last year's ones - but them's the breaks. Get busy voting, or get busy dying.
Thanks for voting, everyone! Feel free to leave comments below about what you liked, and what we inevitably left out. Meanwhile, we’ll be back next week - just after the "real" Oscars - with all the winners from this year's BMD Alternate Oscars. Bon cinéma!