The Solzy Awards for 2017

The Solzy Awards

In selecting The Solzy Awards for 2017 in Film, some of the categories were so competitive in which they forced a tie because I wasn’t able to select just one.

Rather than select just a top ten, I decided to go for twenty in choosing the Solzy Awards for 2017.  I saw over 250 films this year so limiting my list to just a top ten didn’t seem right because there’s a solid ten films right behind the top ten.  Even then, there’s some honorable mentions that didn’t even make my top twenty films.

Top Twenty Films

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Post
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  4. Wonder Woman
  5. The Big Sick
  6. Lady Bird
  7. Logan
  8. The Florida Project
  9. Brigsby Bear
  10. Blade Runner 2049
  11. The Shape of Water
  12. Dave Made A Maze
  13. Their Finest
  14. Future ’38
  15. Colossal
  16. I, Tonya
  17. The Disaster Artist
  18. Logan Lucky
  19. The Little Hours
  20. Stronger

Honorable Mentions:

  • All the Money in the World
  • A Bad Idea Gone Wrong
  • Beatriz at Dinner
  • Coco
  • Columbus
  • A Fantastic Woman
  • Get Out
  • The Incredible Jessica James
  • Ingrid Goes West
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • The Light of the Moon
  • mother!
  • Mr. Roosevelt
  • Mudbound
  • Princess Cyd
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Top Eighteen Comedies (Alphabetical Order)

  • A Bad Idea Gone Wrong
  • Beatriz at Dinner
  • The Big Sick
  • Brigsby Bear
  • Colossal
  • Dave Made A Maze
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Future ’38
  • Girls Trip
  • I, Tonya
  • The Incredible Jessica James
  • Ingrid Goes West
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • Lady Bird
  • The Little Hours
  • Logan Lucky
  • Mr. Roosevelt
  • Their Finest


Best Drama: Dunkirk

Best Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Post

Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Best Supporting Actress:  Tatiana Maslany, Stronger

Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: Diego Josef, The Ballad of Lefty Brown

Breakthrough Performances by an Actress (Tie): Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite, The Florida Project


Best Comedy (Tie): The Big SickBrigsby Bear

Best Actor: Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick

Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Best Supporting Actor: Mark Hamill, Brigsby Bear

Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird


Best Director: Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049

Best Film Editing: Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos, Baby Driver

Best Original Score: Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk

Best Original Song: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, “Remember Me,” Coco

Best Adapted Screenplay: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, The Disaster Artist

Best Original Screenplay: Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick

Best Action Movie: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Animated Feature: Coco

Best Coming-of-Age Movie: Lady Bird

Best Comic Book Movie: Wonder Woman

Best Documentary (tie): Score: A Film Music Documentary, The Last Laugh

Best Documentary Shortlist: Jane, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Best Live-Action Short Film: Dawn

Best Foreign Language Movie: A Fantastic Woman

Best Israeli Movie: The Women’s Balcony

Best Heist Movie: Logan Lucky

Best Musical: Beauty and the Beast

Best Sci-Fi Movie: Star Wars: the Last Jedi

Best Sci-Fi Comedy (tie): Dave Made A Maze, Future ’38

Best Sports Movie: I, Tonya

Best Western: Hostiles

Most Likely To Be In Every Movie This Year: Woody Harrelson, Dan Stevens, Caleb Landry Jones

Worst Movies of 2017 (That I Saw)

  • American Assassin
  • Austin Found
  • Bad Moms Xmas
  • Baywatch
  • Daddy’s Home 2
  • The Dark Tower
  • Downsizing
  • Geostorm
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Home Again
  • The Hunter’s Prayer
  • Kill Switch
  • The Layover
  • LBJ
  • Once Upon A Time In Venice
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tails
  • Pottersville
  • Rebel in the Rye
  • Rough Night
  • Sasq-Watch
  • Suburbicon
  • Transformers: The Last Knight
  • War Machine
  • Wonder Wheel

For those of you wondering about Call Me By Your Name and why it’s not showing up anywhere in my awards, I tried getting into CMBYN.  I really did.  I found the film to be too slowly paced for my own comfort.  Nothing against the performances or the story–and G-d knows we need more representation on screen–it just didn’t connect with me in a way that it probably did so for others in the LGBTQ community.

The Greatest Showman, while having great music, is so tone-deaf in storytelling and is very ignorant of P.T. Barnum’s past that I couldn’t ignore the flaws.


Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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