Director: Hong Sangsoo, On the Beach at Night Alone (53/5)
Actress: Jessica Chastain, Molly's Game (59/8)
Actor: Damien Bonnard, Staying Vertical (62/7)
S. Actor: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, BPM (Beats per Minute) (53/6)
S. Actress: Nicole Kidman, The Killing of a Sacred Deer (49/5)
Screenplay: Cristian Mungiu, Graduation (56/6)
Scene: Percy and son in the Amazon, The Lost City of Z (40/4)
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Hong previously placed 17th for both Woman on the Beach (2008) and The Day He Arrives (2012). Bear in mind that many of his films weren't Skandie-eligible. On the other hand, we somehow ignored him last year (30th place) for Right Now, Wrong Then, his best-ever finish in Picture at #11.
Kidman! Fun fact: This is her 10th career Skandies appearance, tying her for 3rd place all-time; only Philip Seymour Hoffman (15), Isabelle Huppert (14), and Tilda Swinton (14) have shown up more frequently. (This was an off-year for Huppert and Swinton—Happy End was generally ill-received, and only one member of the AVB flipped for Swinton's dual Okja role—so Hoffman holds onto his title for a while longer.) However, The Killing of a Sacred Deer marks her first nod since Rabbit Hole back in 2010. And apart from maybe Stoker, it's not as if we overlooked anything. Lotta crap choices in recent years. Anyway, here's her complete rundown, featuring three near-victories in Best Actress:
2. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
2. Dogville (2004)
2. Margot at the Wedding (2007)
6. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
9. The Others (2001)
9. The Hours (2002)
11. Birth (2004)
15s. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
16. Rabbit Hole (2010)
18. Birthday Girl (2002).
(She was also one of the five Actress nominees in 1995, the survey's Oscar-style inaugural year, for To Die For, though I don't count that record-wise.)
Chastain has taken up the no-Kidman slack, as this marks her fifth appearance in the top 20 since 2011, when she placed 7th and 8th in Supporting for Take Shelter and The Tree of Life, respectively. She's also landed at #5 in the lead category for Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and at #13 in Supporting for Crimson Peak (2015). Both French dudes are new.
Mungiu's screenplay for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days placed 7th. Is that the lowest Screenplay ranking for a film that won Best Picture? [Checks.] Oh, right, The Tree of Life. (#19!) And Grizzly Man, our sole documentary winner to date, didn't place at all, though Herzog does have a writing credit on it.