UPDATE, with additional detail: Jordan Peele’s Get Out has landed at the top of Sight & Sound‘s annual critics list, with the hit debut named Film of the Year 2017. The BFI’s international magazine polled more than 180 critics, programmers and academics from around the world to secure the results which, for the first time, include a TV series in the Top 10: David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return came in 2nd.
At No. 3 is Luca Guadagnino’s lauded Call Me By Your Name. Rounding out the roster at No. 25 is Martin Scorsese’s Silence. The full list below has been updated due to late voting, and now includes Darren Aronofsky’s divisive mother!.
Get Out, from Blumhouse, QC Entertainment and Universal, was named Best First Film by the New York Film Critics Circle last week and Sunday night took the Best Screenplay prize from the LA Film Critics Association. With over $254M at the global box office, it’s also got multiple Indie Spirit noms, including Best Feature. So too does Call Me By Your Name which won the top prize from the LA critics on Sunday.
Race relations and LGBT stories feature prominently on the list as do female filmmakers including Lucrecia Martel, Valeska Grisebach, Agnès Varda, Lynne Ramsay and Claire Denis.
Films not in the English language to score mentions in the Top 25 include such Oscar submissions as Martel’s Zama (Argentina), Robin Campillo’s BPM (France) and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless (Russia). BPM and Loveless tied for Best Foreign Language Film at this past weekend’s Los Angeles Film Critics Association voting.
Topping the Sight & Sound list last year was Germany’s Oscar nominee Toni Erdmann which many believed would go on to Oscar glory, but was derailed by a surge of support for Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman amid the controversial swirl of Donald Trump’s travel ban. At No. 2 last year was Barry Jenkins’ ultimate Oscar Best Picture winner Moonlight (which reappears on the list this year) and Paul Verhoeven’s Golden Globe laureate Elle, which was snubbed by the Academy at the shortlist stage.
Below is this year’s full Sight & Sound rundown:
1. Get Out, dir: Jordan Peele
2. Twin Peaks: The Return, dirs: Mark Frost, David Lynch
3. Call Me by Your Name, dir: Luca Guadagnino
4. Zama, dir: Lucrecia Martel
5. Western, dir: Valeska Grisebach
6. Faces Places, dir: Agnes Varda, JR
7. Good Time, dirs: Ben and Josh Safdie
8. Loveless, dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev
9. Dunkirk, dir: Christopher Nolan
9. The Florida Project, dir: Sean Baker
11. A Ghost Story, dir: David Lowery
12. BPM, dir: Robin Campillo
12. Lady Macbeth, dir: William Oldroyd
12. You Were Never Really Here, dir: Lynne Ramsay
15. God’s Own Country, dir: Francis Lee
16. Personal Shopper, dir: Olivier Assayas
16. The Shape Of Water, dir: Guillermo del Toro
16. Strong Island, dir: Yance Ford
19. I Am Not Your Negro, dir: Raoul Peck
19. Lady Bird, dir: Greta Gerwig
19. Let the Sunshine In, dir: Claire Denis
19. Moonlight, dir: Barry Jenkins
19. mother!, dir: Darren Aronofsky
19. Mudbound, dir: Dee Rees
25. The Other Side Of Hope, dir: Aki Kaurismaki
25. Silence, dir: Martin Scorsese