Toomey Awards - 2017


One of my favourite parts of any film year is award season. It begins in December and culminates in late February with the Academy Awards.

Since I'll never be a member of the Academy, I decided back in 2000 to create a way of recognising my own favourite films and performances. It was somewhat self-indulgent to call them the Toomey Awards but meh, it was the best I could come up with at the time so I'm sticking with the name for now.

You can click here to see the winners and nominees for the past 17 years. I always go off a fiscal year and so the 2016 awards include all films released in Australian cinemas between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.  This is because (1) I'm an accountant by day, and (2) it helps line up with the staggered release of "awards season" contenders in Australia through December, January and February each year.

Nominations were announced on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
Winners (in bold) will be announced shortly.


Best Picture

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
MOONLIGHT
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
SING STREET
20TH CENTURY WOMEN


Best Director

Kenneth Lonergan (MANCHESTER BY THE SEA)
Barry Jenkins (MOONLIGHT)
Tom Ford (NOCTURNAL ANIMALS)
John Carney (SING STREET)
Mike Mills (20TH CENTURY WOMEN)


Best Actor In A Leading Role

Casey Affleck (MANCHESTER BY THE SEA)
Adam Driver (PATERSON)
Joel Edgerton (LOVING)
Dave Johns (I, DANIEL BLAKE)
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (SING STREET)


Best Actress In A Leading Role

Annette Bening (20TH CENTURY WOMEN)
Gal Gadot (WONDER WOMAN)
Sandra Hüller (TONI ERDMANN)
Isabelle Huppert (ELLE)
Sasha Lane (AMERICAN HONEY)


Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Lucas Hedges (MANCHESTER BY THE SEA)
Lucas Jade Zumann (20TH CENTURY WOMEN)
Dev Patel (LION)
Ashton Sanders (MOONLIGHT)
Michael Shannon (NOCTURNAL ANIMALS)


Best Actress In A Supporting Role

Pauline Garcia (LITTLE MEN)
Greta Gerwig (20TH CENTURY WOMEN)
Naomi Harris (MOONLIGHT)
Hayley Squires (I, DANIEL BLAKE)
Michelle Williams (MANCHESTER BY THE SEA)


Best Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen

GET OUT (Jordan Peele)
I, DANIEL BLAKE (Paul Laverty)
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (Kenneth Lonergan)
TONI ERDMANN (Maren Ade)
20TH CENTURY WOMEN (Mike Mills)


Best Screenplay Based On Material Previously Produced Or Published

ELLE (Philippe Djian)
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Ciro Guerra, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal)
LION (Luke Davies)
MOONLIGHT (Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney)
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (Tom Ford)


Best Original Score

ARRIVAL (Jóhann Jóhannsson)
JACKIE (Mica Levi)
LA LA LAND (Justin Hurwitz)
MOONLIGHT (Nicholas Britell)
20TH CENTURY WOMEN (Roger Neill)


Best Animated Feature

CARS 3
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
MOANA
SAUSAGE PARTY


Best Foreign Language Film

ELLE
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
JULIETA
LAND OF MINE
TRUMAN


Best Australian Film

DOWN UNDER
GIRL ASLEEP
GOLDSTONE
JASPER JONES


Best Documentary

LIFE, ANIMATED
THE QUEEN OF IRELAND
TICKLED
WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME