Best Picture : No Country for Old Men - The Coen Brothers finally attain their long overdue Oscar for this gritty modern Western that showcases a magnetic villain and stellar performances from the whole cast. It is not my favorite film of theirs, but undeniably good.
Biggest Box Office : Spider-Man 3 - Spidy's third outting follows the long tradition of the underwhelming threequel. That said, I think it gets some undue hate. Two thirds of this movie are really quite good. It is the forced third act addition of Venom (forced by the studio to an unwilling Raimi) that brings the movie down. The juxtaposing tone is not as well balanced here, but most of the movie is good and has some earned drama. The plot threads continued from Spidy 2 gel well. I really like the Goblin plot and the Peter/MJ stuff really works well and ties thematically with the dark side of being a hero. The Sandman stuff is fantastic. I even like the dopey dance that Peter does in black suit. It is cringy, but supposed to be. The humor works in the film really well. Bruce Campbell has his best cameo between the three films here. But it is uniting the action, comedy and drama that doesn't always work this time around and the climax with Venom is weak sauce. I would argue that this is a better Venom movie than the actual one we got in 2018. Topher Grace may not be as good in the role, but he is keeping in line with his comic counterpart far more than the recent Venom and offers a small amount of dramatic heft that the new one never attained. I think that if people revisit Spidy 3, they may come away thinking it was better than they remember.