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"Colossal - has a great hook but doesn't live up to that promise. Kind of likable, but no part of it really excels" - Dave

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The Films of 2016. The 17th annual FiLM BiTCH Awards

PICTURE | ACTING | VISUALS | AURALS | EXTRAS | SPECIAL | SCENES 

NOMINATIONS COMPLETE!

 

Best Costume Design
Courtney Hoffman
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
Marion Boyce & Margot Wilson
THE DRESSMAKER
Mary Zophres
HAIL CAESAR
Madeline Fontaine
JACKIE
Mary Zophres
LA LA LAND
Practical wear, color shamelessness, and magpie like accessories and handmade details -- so ultra specific and perfect The costumes are the story and Wilson (Kate) and Boyce (everyone else) are both having a ball with the extravagant comedy and glamour

Old Hollywood fun, flash, and glamour with twisty verve for the Coen brothers intelligent comedy. Bonus point: Tilda's hats

Recreation of classic iconic looks, 60s politicos, and gilded cage glamour. Sets off the all black funereal parade so beautifully. 

Sure to be iconic in its jewel tone rainbow simplicity. That yellow dress! Bonus points: Sebastian's perfect retro spats. 

 

Finalists: Jo Sang-gyeong so many gorgeous gowns in The Handmaiden, Consolata Boyle for the padded too-much fussiness of Florence Foster Jenkins showpieces and 40s style, Dante Ferretti slim black priest looks, poor villagers, and those grass camouflage details in Silence.  Plus all the decay of pieces that have been worn and unlaundered for months

Semi-Finalists: Joanna Johnston for Allied, Guilia Persanti for A Bigger SplashErin Benach The Light Between Oceans, Renee Ehrlick Kalfus for Hidden Figures

 

Best Production Design
Patrice Vermette
ARRIVAL
Alan MacDonald
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
Ryu Seong-hie
THE HANDMAIDEN
Mark Tildesley
HIGH RISE
Jean Rabasse
JACKIE

Inspired by the artist Turrell, the bold minimalism of circles and white lights is both intimidating and serene, a hypnotic combination


Overdecorated walls are just as "much" as flouncy Florence. But each apartment we see reflects its owner. Bonus points: bathtub full of potato salad

Those vast but private grounds, the perfect dungeon/library, and the sensual luxurious of the mansion and bedrooms

"Brutal Architecturalism"... all those heavy angles, triangles, sterile colors, and socieconomic markers. Later, chaos reigns but it was never inviting to begin with


The vast sterile spaces of the White House magically feel as claustrophic as the cramped interiors of Air Force One. Perfect color choices throughout

 

Finalists: Dante Ferretti for Silence, Craig Lathrop for The Witch, and David Wasco for La La Land

Semi-Finalists: Michael Corenblith for The Founder, Chris Jones for 20th Century Women, Guy Hendrix Dyas for Passengers and Jess Gonchor for Live By Night

 

Best Cinematography
Robbie Ryan
AMERICAN HONEY
Bradford Young
ARRIVAL
Linus Sandgren
LA LA LAND
Adam Arkapaw
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
James Laxton
MOONLIGHT


 

 

 

Finalists: Rodrigo Prieto for Silence, David Gallego for Embrace of the Serpent,

Semi-Finalists: Natasha Braier for The Neon Demon, Stéphane Fontaine for Jackie, Vittorio Storaro for Café Society, Yorick Le Saux for A Bigger Splash, Greig Fraser for Lion

 

 

Best Film Editing
Leslie Jones
20TH CENTURY WOMEN
Joe Walker
ARRIVAL
Walter Fasano
A BIGGER SPLASH
Tom Cross
LA LA LAND
Joi McMillion & Nat Sanders
MOONLIGHT

   

 

Finalists: Louise Ford for The Witch, Sebastian Sepulveda for Jackie, Jake Roberts for Hell or High Water

Semi-Finalists: Sophie Corra for Love & Friendship, Jeffrey Ford & Matthew Schmidt for Captain America Civil War, Joe Bini for American Honey, and Hervé Schneid for Neruda

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Best Visual Effects
ARRIVAL CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR DOCTOR STRANGE THE JUNGLE BOOK KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
The awestruck minimalism of heptapods and hovering spacecraft The chaotic maximalism of heroes vs heroes. Bonus points: Ant-Man vs Spider-Man.

A touch too Inception but through an even trippier kaleidoscope lens - and that backwards/forwards fight!

Technology just gets more and more impressive with CG animals, doesn't it?

For the breahtaking water and the eye popping origami especially

 

Finalists: Passengers

Semi Finalists: Rogue One, Warcraft, and A Monster Calls

 

Best MakeUp and Hair

HAIL CAESAR!
JACKIE
THE NEON DEMON
SING STREET STAR TREK BEYOND

The makeup team had their work cut out for them with dozens of characters, Old Hollywood glamour, and comic touches

Iconic 60s looks recreated. So many wigs. But Portman is ravishing throughout.

From the severe models as zombies editorializing to the glitter and paint orgies, and fake blood as fashion statement

The makeup team charts the shifting identity games of these teenagers, aping their heroes with diy looks Aliens and aliens and aliens... but especially for the memorable Jaylah, striped and fierce.
 

Finalists: The Handmaiden, The Dressmaker, and Florence Foster Jenkins

Semi Finalists: Deadpool, Silence, La La Land, and A Bigger Splash