Now we get down to the nitty-gritty, the awards for all the rest of our categories, some nichey, some for the worst, some for stuff that ain’t tv or movies. Check out the last of our awards for 2018
BEST COMIC BOOK SERIES
Not one series got multiple votes. Isn’t that weird? But we certainly have some serious comic fans in our crew who came up with titles like Marvel’s Spider-Geddon, the big Spider-Verse crossover for this year or David Lapham’s always fascinating newest Stray Bullets series Sunshine and Roses. As every year since it began, Brian K. Vaughn’s masterful sci-fi opus Saga got notice. A new book from DC turned a few heads, Tom King’s oddball take on Jack Kirby’s Fourth World character, Mister Miracle. And lastly, Jason Aaron’s long run on Mighty Thor (that’s right, the Jane Foster Thor…suck it haters).
BEST ONLINE COMIC SERIES
This was another category that didn’t have a clear winner but lots of interesting choices, like Super Chill: A Year of Living Anxiously from Adam Ellis telling autobiographical stories about seasonal effective disorder, struggles with self-esteem, and his obsession with crystals. Go Get a Roomie! is by Chloé C and is the adventures of a free-spirited extrovert and her friends. Stick Figure Hamlet is actually exactly what it sounds like. And lastly, the surreal and wonderfully dark Cyanide and Happiness got a nod, much like it deserves to every damn year.
BEST GORY SEQUENCE
We left this one open to movies or tv shows and we got a surprising amount of answers, including the heroine cauterizing her wound with a Phoenix beer can in Revenge, that nasty beheading in Hereditary, the big and vicious hotel fight scene in Altered Carbon, pretty much everything Nic Cage does in Mandy, that last awesome fight in The Night Comes For Us, that handgun scene in Upgrade, but it was a tie between two scenes from the remake of Suspiria (that fatal ballet spell dance and the big blood ballet at the end) that took the prize for the nastiest thing we saw all year.
MOST WTF SCENE IN A MOVIE
So, WTF can mean good, bad, or some combination of the two. You’ll have to decide which is which but our team votes for Nic Cage’s bathroom freak out in Mandy, THE SNAP in Avengers: Infinity War, that beheading from Hereditary, pissy pants during award ceremonies in A Star Is Born, that uncomfortable Iraq metaphor sequence in Robin Hood, that post-credits scene in Ant-Man and The Wasp, getting lots of intros at theaters by directors before their movies (especially the shitty ones), but our big WTF winner for movies was (and to no one’s surprise) the equisapiens in Sorry To Bother You. Now all I can think about is horse cocks.
MOST WTF SCENE IN A TV SHOW
You probably can already guess the winner here, but also noted were the Bent-Neck Lady reveal on Haunting of Hill House, Kevin Spacey’s non-apology video (don’t know if that counts for TV but I’ll allow it), that shocking ending to Barry, pretty much any moment with Patricia Clarkson in Sharp Objects, the ice skating sequence from Kidding, any time the President was on television…but our big winner was, of course, that ending from the Teddy Perkins episode of Atlanta. Now that was indeed some weird, weird stuff.
MOST WTF MOVIE
So, this one is for overall the film that left our crew members shaking their heads and for some that was bad, and for some good. But Happy Time Murders, and Ugly Sweater Party, each got a vote. The crazy Indonesian actioner The Night Comes for Us got two as did Hereditary. But the big winners were the remake of Suspiria coming in second and leading the pack, as well it should be, is the desperately odd Nic Cage film Mandy. Any movie with a chainsaw fight deserves a special award all its own.
BEST VIDEO GAME
This was flat-out a dead-heat between the expansive and immersive Rock Star game Red Dead Redemption 2 that got us all singing campfire songs and being villainous, and Sony’s reinvention of their God Of War series (with just that name) that actually gave us all the feels. And tons of bloody kills. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the single vote for Detroit: Become Human. I really gotta get around to trying that one out.
I almost hate to include this one as it all too often indicates that the decider either hasn’t actually seen many movies that came out that year or that they just have middling analytical qualities but what the hell. Everyone always wants to hear and as long as you don’t take these things (or ANY awards good or bad) too seriously…Anyway, our staff could not agree on just one, and many of us feel the exact opposite on some of these, but the votes we got were for The Cloverfield Paradox, Mile 23, Fifty Shades Freed, Christopher Robin, Sherlock Gnomes, Assassination Nation, Welcome to Marwen, Bad Times at the El Royale, Widows, Suspiria, Krampus Origins, Winchester, Little Italy, Ugly Sweater Party, The Predator, Peppermint, Mama Mia! Here We Go Again, and Life Itself.
We got a lot of these from some of our staff. Let’s take a look at who they thought deserved these sometimes wildly specific honors:
Best Comic Creator-Owned Series: Gideon Falls
Best Original Score: Hereditary
Best Soundtrack: Black Panther (although I’m gonna throw Anna and the Apocalypse into the ring here)
Most Uninspired Original Score: Thom Yorke for Suspiria. “I know, for an escalating orgy of violence celebrating female power, let’s get a whiny voiced dude to sing a slow, sad bastard pop ballad!”
Best Cinematography (color): The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Best Stoner Comedy: Never Goin’ Back
Best 1000 Yard Stare: Joquin Phoenix in You Were Never Really Here
Best Smart Horror Film: Annihilation was the category creator’s vote but I’m going with The Endless.
Best Smart Horror Film That Isn’t As Smart As It Thinks It Is: Suspiria
Best Food Porn Series: Ugly Delicious
Best Documentary: This is a tie between RBG and Won’t You Be My Neighbor
Most Egregious Self-Congratulatory Homage:”Hey kids, remember Back to the Future? I do, because I’m Bob Zemeckis!” – Welcome to Marwen
Most Blatant “Look how much weight I gained for this role!” Oscar-bait performance: Christian Bale in Vice
Most Unneccesary Remake: Papillon
Best Mainstream Movie That is Significant AND Good: Black Panther
Best Mainstream Movie That Is More Significant Than Good: Crazy Rich Asians
Best Missed Opportunity: Not underscoring a scene of brutal carnage in Mandy by Barry Manilow.