ACTRESS
Frances McDormand, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Charlotte Rampling, HANNAH
Glenn Close, THE WIFE
Maggie Mulubwa, I AM NOT A WITCH
Juliette Binoche, LET THE SUN SHINE IN/UN BEAU SOLEIL INTÉRIEUR

ACTOR
Claes Bang, THE SQUARE
Jean-Louis Trintignant, HAPPY END
Daniel Day-Lewis, PHANTOM THREAD
Nikolaj Lie Kaas, DU FORSVINDER/YOU DISAPPEAR
Josh O’Connor, GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lesley Manville, PHANTOM THREAD
Laurie Metcalf, LADY BIRD
Octavia Spencer, THE SHAPE OF WATER
Miranda Richardson, STRONGER
Mary J Blige, MUDBOUND

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Steve Buscemi, LEAN ON PETE
Barry Keoghan, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
Michael Stuhlbarg, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Willem Dafoe, THE FLORIDA PROJECT
Stephen Dillane, DARKEST HOUR

DIRECTOR
Michael Haneke, HAPPY END
Yorgos Lanthimos, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
Denis Villeneuve, BLADE RUNNER 2049
Jordan Peele, GET OUT
Dee Rees, MUDBOUND

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Hoyte van Hoytema, DUNKIRK
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Roger Deakins, BLADE RUNNER 2049
Thimios Bakatakis, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen, VALLEY OF SHADOWS/SKYGGENES DAL

SCREENPLAY
Xavier Beauvois, Marie-Julie Maille, Frédérique Moreau, THE GUARDIANS/LES GARDIENNES
Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier, THELMA
Jordan Peele, GET OUT
James Ivory, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
David Lowery, A GHOST STORY

SCORE
Dario Marianelli, DARKEST HOUR
Max Richter, HOSTILES
Alexandre Desplat, THE SHAPE OF WATER
Jonny Greenwood, PHANTOM THREAD
Hans Zimmer, DUNKIRK

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get out (dir. peele) | happy end (dir. haneke) | the killing of a sacred deer (dir. lanthimos) | loveless/Нелюбовь (dir. zvyagintsev) | phantom thread (dir. anderson) | the square (dir. östlund) | call me by your name (dir. guadagnino) | blade runner 2049 (dir. villeneuve) | the party (dir. potter) | god’s own country (dir. lee) | the death of stalin (dir. ianucci) | i am not a witch (dir. nyoni)

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lady macbeth (dir. oldroyd) | forushande/the salesman (dir. farahadi) | little men (dir. sachs) | hema hema: sing me a song while i wait (dir. norbu) | the neon demon (dir. refn) | a death in the gunj (dir. sen sharma) | bacalaureat/graduation (dir. mungiu) | juste la fin du monde (dir. dolan) | l’avenir/things to come (dir. hansen-løve) | paterson (dir. jarmusch)

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“…Parfois, on me traitait comme si j’étais un chien, guili-guili sur le ventre et sous leurs doigts, je devenais une poupée, un enfant poupée, un poupon qu’on met tout nu dans la baignoire pour le laver avec les mains de toutes ces dames, de tous ces messieurs, et le mettre au dodo dans un p’tit berceau comme un bébé qui rit quand on le touche…”

Jean-Paul Sartre, L’enfance d’un chef (The Childhood of a Leader, 1939)

Childhood is intended as a time of innocence. A period of one’s life that is free from worry, anxiety, and trepidation about the life yet to come. It is where life is lived in the present, and parents’ love is a shield from the corrosive realities of the indifferent world. In Brady Corbet’s astonishingly capable and self-assured hands however, childhood becomes something else entirely. It is a nasty, brutish thing, cold and dark and utterly lacking in warmth. It is here that the origins of the depraved depths of human cruelty are pried apart; it is here that evil begins.

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And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin, When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall, Then how should I begin?

– T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1915)

The association between butterflies and the feminine in the western narrative have been canonised in Puccini’s verismo opera Madama Butterfly, itself an allegory for western imperialism. In Act 1 of the opera, the character of Cio-Cio San (a.k.a Butterfly) sings to Pinkerton, “Dicon ch’oltre mare se cade in man dell’uom / ogni farfarla da uno spillo è trafitta / ed in tavola infitta!” (“They say across the sea, if it falls into the hand of man, each butterfly from a needle is pierced and on (a) board fixed!“). The proverbial subjugation of the butterfly (woman) by the man inevitably spells doom, foreshadowing what is to come if Butterfly allows herself to be captured by a colonial lepidopterist.

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ACTOR
Michael Fassbender, STEVE JOBS
Michael Fassbender, MACBETH
Gael García Bernal, EVA NO DUERME
Eddie Redmayne, THE DANISH GIRL
Peter Sarsgaard, EXPERIMENTER

ACTRESS
Juliette Binoche, L’ATTESA
Carey Mulligan, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
Charlotte Rampling, 45 YEARS
Maggie Smith, THE LADY IN THE VAN
Alicia Vikander, EX MACHINA

DIRECTOR
Terence Davies, SUNSET SONG
Alex Garland, EX MACHINA
Peter Greenaway, EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO
Justin Kurzel, MACBETH
Alexander Sukorov, FRANCOFONIA

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Adam Arkapaw, MACBETH
Bruno Delbonnel, FRANCOFONIA
Rob Hardy, EX MACHINA
Mark Lee Ping Bin, THE ASSASSIN (Nie yin niang)
Michael McDonough, SUNSET SONG

COSTUME DESIGN
Paco Delgado, THE DANISH GIRL
Wen-Ying Huang, THE ASSASSIN (Nie yin niang)
Massimo Cantini Parrini, TALE OF TALES
Sandy Powell, CAROL
Jany Tamime, SPECTRE

SCREENPLAY
Alex Garland, EX MACHINA
Charlie Kaufman, ANOMALISA
Jacob Koskoff & Todd Louiso and Michael Lesslie, MACBETH
David Nicholls, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
Aaron Sorkin, STEVE JOBS

SCORE
Craig Armstrong, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury, EX MACHINA
Alexandre Desplat, THE DANISH GIRL
Jóhann Jóhannsson, SICARIO
Jed Kurzel, MACBETH

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francofonia (dir. sukurov) | saul fia/son of saul (dir. nemes) | ex machina (dir. garland) | tale of tales (dir. garrone) | carol (dir. haynes) | macbeth (dir. kurzel) | taxi tehran (dir. panahi) | dheepan (dir. audiard) | 45 years (dir. haigh) | the lobster (dir. lanthimos)