For Your Consideration 2017: Netflix Original Films

OKJA || For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja—a massive animal and an even bigger friend—at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend.

With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja…while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home.

BEST PICTURE

Lewis Taewan Kim
Dooho Choi, p.g.a.
Woo Sik Seo
Bong Joon Ho, p.g.a.
Dede Gardner, p.g.a.
Jeremy Kleiner, p.g.a.

BEST DIRECTOR

Bong Joon Ho

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Bong Joon Ho
Jon Ronson

BEST ACTRESS

Seo Hyun

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Paul Dano
Jake Gyllenhaal
Giancarlo Esposito
Byun Heebong
Steven Yeun
Yoon Je Moon
Daniel Henshall
Devon Bostick
Woo Shik Choi

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Tilda Swinton
Lily Collins
Shirley Henderson

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Darius Khondji ASC, AFC

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Kevin Thompson
Lee Ha Jun
Won Woo Cho

BEST FILM EDITING

Yang Jinmo

COSTUME DESIGN

Catherine George
Choi Seyeon

VISUAL EFFECTS

Erik-Jan De Boer
Lee Jeon Hyoung

SOUND MIXING

Jon Kun Park
Taeyoung Choi

SOUND EDITING

Taeyoung Choi
Dave Whitehead

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Sharon Martin
Hyunkyu Hwang

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Jaeil Jung


FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER || Directed by Angelina Jolie, First They Killed My Father is the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. The story is told through her eyes, from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to nine years old. The film depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion of Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years.

BEST PICTURE

Rithy Panh, p.g.a.
Angelina Jolie, p.g.a.
Michael Vieira

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Rithy Panh, p.g.a.
Angelina Jolie, p.g.a.
Michael Vieira

BEST DIRECTOR

Angelina Jolie

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Loung Ung
Angelina Jolie

BEST ACTRESS

Sreymoch Sareum

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Anthony Dod Mantle, ASC, BSC, DFF

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Tom Brown

BEST FILM EDITING

Xavier Box
Patricia Rommel

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Ellen Mirojnick

BEST SOUND MIXING

Mitchell “Wookie” Low
Sven Taits
Richard Pryke
Brendan Nicholson

BEST SOUND EDITING

Glenn Freemantle
Ben Barker

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING

Adruitha Lee
Kenneth Diaz

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Marco Beltrami


THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED) || From director Noah Baumbach, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is the emotional and comic intergenerational tale of adult siblings (Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Elizabeth Marvel) contending with the long shadow their strong-willed father (Dustin Hoffman) has cast over their lives. With an original screenplay by Baumbach, the film also stars Emma Thompson, Grace Van Patten, Adam Driver, Candice Bergen, Judd Hirsch, and Rebecca Miller. The film was produced by Scott Rudin, Baumbach, Lila Yacoub, and Eli Bush; with cinematography by Robbie Ryan, B.S.C; production design by Gerald Sullivan and set decorator Kris Moran; editing by Jennifer Lame; music by Randy Newman; costume design by Joseph G. Aulisi; makeup by Judy Chin; hair styling by Mandy Lyons; sound mixing by Ken Ishii and Paul Hsu; and sound editing by Paul Hsu.

BEST PICTURE

Scott Rudin, p.g.a.
Noah Baumbach, p.g.a.
Lila Yacoub, p.g.a.
Eli Bush, p.g.a.

BEST DIRECTOR

Noah Baumbach

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Noah Baumbach

BEST ACTOR

Adam Sandler

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Ben Stiller
Dustin Hoffman

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Emma Thompson
Elizabeth Marvel
Grace Van Patten

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Robbie Ryan, BSC

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Gerald Sullivan

BEST FILM EDITING

Jennifer Lame

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Joseph G. Aulisi

BEST SOUND MIXING

Ken Ishii
Paul Hsu

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Judy Chin
Mandy Lyons

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Randy Newman

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Genius Girl”
Music and Lyrics By Adam Sandler and Noah Baumbach
Performed by Adam Sandler

“Myron/Byron”
Music and Lyrics By Adam Sandler, Noah Baumbach, and Randy Newman
Performed by Adam Sandler


MUDBOUND || Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees’ Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta.

Mudbound follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry (Jason Clarke), his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) struggles to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige) — fellow sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations — struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face.

The war upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.

BEST PICTURE

Sally Jo Effenson, p.g.a.
Cassian Elwes, p.g.a.
Charles D. King, p.g.a.
Kim Roth, p.g.a.

BEST DIRECTOR

Dee Rees

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Virgil Williams
Dee Rees

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Jason Mitchell
Jason Clarke
Rob Morgan
Jonathan Banks
Garrett Hedlund

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Carey Mulligan
Mary J. Blige

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Rachel Morrison, A.S.C.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

David J. Bomba

BEST FILM EDITING

Mako Kamitsuna

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Michael T. Boyd

BEST SOUND MIXING

Pud Cusack
Roberto Fernandez
Damian Volpe

BEST SOUND EDITING

Damian Volpe M.P.S.E.

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Angela S. Wells
Lawrence Davis

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Tamar-kali

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Mighty River”
Written by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, and Taura Stinson
Performed by Mary J. Blige


BRIGHT || Set in an alternate present-day, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds (Ward, a human played by Will Smith, and Jakoby, an orc played by Joel Edgerton) who embark on a routine patrol night that will ultimately alter the future as their world knows it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.

The Netflix original film stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Oliveri, and Kenneth Choi. The film is directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis. David Ayer, Eric Newman, and Bryan Unkeless serve as producers. The film will be released on Netflix and in select theaters on December 22, 2017.

BEST PICTURE

Eric Newman, p.g.a.
David Ayer, p.g.a.
Bryan Unkeless, p.g.a.

BEST DIRECTOR

David Ayer

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Max Landis

BEST ACTOR

Will Smith

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Roman Vasyanov

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Andrew Menzies

BEST FILM EDITING

Michael Tronick, ACE
Geoffrey O’Brien

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Kelli Jones

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

David Sard


CHASING CORAL || Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.

BEST PICTURE

Jeff Orlowski
Larissa Rhodes

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Jeff Orlowski
Larissa Rhodes

BEST DIRECTOR

Jeff Orlowski

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Davis Coombe
Vickie Curtis
Jeff Orlowski

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Jeff Orlowski
Andrew Ackerman

BEST FILM EDITING

Davis Coombe

BEST SOUND MIXING

Pete Horner

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Dan Romer
Saul Simon MacWilliams

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Tell Me How Long” Performed by Kristen Bell
Music and Lyrics by Dan Romer and Terry Geiger


ICARUS || In the truly audacious documentary ICARUS, director Bryan Fogel’s bold gambit was this: to investigate doping in sports, Fogel (an amateur bike racer) would dope himself, observe the changes in his performance, and see if he could evade detection. In doing so, he was connected to a renegade Russian scientist, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, a pillar of his country’s “anti-doping” program. Over dozens of Skype calls, urine samples, and badly administered hormone injections, Fogel and Rodchenkov grow closer despite shocking allegations that place Rodchenkov at the center of Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program. When the truth is more complex than imagined, and accusations of illegalities run to Russia’s highest chains of command, the two realize they hold the power to reveal the biggest international sports scandal in living memory. Exemplifying the special bond between filmmaker and subject, this is a vital portrait of the sacrifice some people will make to stand up for truth. ICARUS places you at the heart of an international game of cat and mouse, where a miscalculation can cost you your life.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Dan Cogan
Bryan Fogel

BEST DIRECTOR

Bryan Fogel

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Bryan Fogel
Mark Monroe
Jon Bertain
Timothy Rode

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Jake Swantko
Timothy Rode

BEST FILM EDITING

Jon Bertain
Kevin Klauber
Timothy Rode

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Russ Davis
Peter France

BEST SOUND EDITING

EJ Holowicki
Christopher Barnett

BEST SOUND MIXING

Pete Horner
EJ Holowicki
Christopher Barnett

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Adam Peters


STRONG ISLAND || Strong Island chronicles the arc of a family across history, geography and tragedy – from the racial segregation of the Jim Crow South to the promise of New York City; from the presumed safety of middle class suburbs, to the maelstrom of an unexpected, violent death. It is the story of the Ford family: Barbara Dunmore, William Ford and their three children and how their lives were shaped by the enduring shadow of race in America. In April 1992, on Long Island NY, William Jr., the Ford’s eldest child, a black 24 year-old teacher, was killed by Mark Reilly, a white 19 year-old mechanic. Although Ford was unarmed, he became the prime suspect in his own murder. A deeply intimate and meditative film, Strong Island asks what one can do when the grief of loss is entwined with historical injustice, and how one grapples with the complicity of silence, which can bind a family in an imitation of life, and a nation with a false sense of justice.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Joslyn Barnes
Yance Ford

BEST DIRECTOR

Yance Ford

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Alan Jacobsen

BEST FILM EDITING

Janus Billeskov Jansen

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Sean Perry

BEST SOUND MIXING

Tony Volante

BEST SOUND EDITING

Tony Volante

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Hildur Gudnadóttir
Craig Sutherland


ONE OF US || In their new documentary ONE OF US, acclaimed observational filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (JESUS CAMP, DETROPIA) take a deep and moving look at the lives of three individuals who have chosen to leave the hugely insular world of Hasidic Judaism. The film follows Etty, a mother of seven, as she decides to leave a violent marriage and divorce her husband; Ari, a teenager on the verge of manhood who is struggling with addiction and the effects of childhood abuse; and Luzer, an actor who, despite having found success in the secular world, still wrestles with his decision eight years earlier to leave the Hasidic community. Produced over three years, ONE OF US offers unique and intimate access to the lives of all three as they deal not only with questions of their beliefs but also with the consequences of leaving the only community they have ever known. With their trademark sensitivity and keen interest in the nature of faith, Ewing & Grady chronicle these journeys towards personal freedom that comes at a very high cost.

BEST PICTURE

Rachel Grady
Heidi Ewing

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Rachel Grady
Heidi Ewing

BEST DIRECTOR

Rachel Grady
Heidi Ewing

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Alex Takats
Jenni Morello

BEST FILM EDITING

JD Marlow
Enat Sidi

BEST SOUND MIXING

Richard Arthur Fleming
Lew Goldstein

BEST SOUND EDITING

Lew Goldstein

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

T. Griffin

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