ARTIST OF THE YEAR
What more can we say about Donald Glover’s year as an artist? Plenty. He is utterly catching us off guard and breaking through every time he takes a turn as his music altar ego, Childish Gambino. His acting, direction and writing for Atlanta show pure unleashed and immense talent. More!
This delightful and very dirty look at 16th Century Queen Anne of England and her two favourite aides is sexy, funny, and royally entertaining.
Bohemian Rhapsody may not be the best movie of the year, but the hot and very talented Malek, as iconic singer Freddie Mercury of Queen, gets the PROVOKR crown.
We knew that Stefani Germanotta could belt out a ballad, but who knew the uber-talented Gaga could act? The best surprise of the year!
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (TIE)
RACHEL WEISZ AND REGINA KING
Two supporting performances stood above the rest this year: Weisz for her conniving Lady Sarah, Queen Anne’s manipulative favourite; and Regina King for her tender but tough Sharon, a mother desperately trying to save her daughter’s husband from an unjust prison sentence.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
RICHARD E. GRANT
Grant’s rakish scoundrel of a character, Jack, is one half of the sweetest, crankiest platonic couples on film this year.
The bio-pic about the scandalous Parisian writer explores all of Colette’s appetites in love and romance, especially her unconventional affair with the trans Marquise Missy. Scandalous indeed!
BEST SEX SCENE
You can cut the tension between religious-bound Esti and her former lover Ronit with a knife. But when the clandestine paramours finally, literally, swap spit in a hidden corner, all bets are off.
The dramatic retelling of Lee Alexander McQueen’s rise to the very top of the fashion and art worlds is both exhilarating and heartbreaking, and beautifully emphasizes what a huge loss his untimely death was to us all.
ALFONSO CUARON FOR ROMA
Cuaron’s gorgeously shot memory piece about Cleo, his fractured family’s caregiver, is a valentine to Roma, the Mexico City neighborhood he grew up in, and to his beloved nanny.
Standup comic Bo Burnham’s cringeworthy tale about an insecure eighth grader rings so true, we swore it was written by a long-suffering 14-year-old.
BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
The entire cast of PROVOKR’s Best Film of the Year is what makes this movie so utterly enjoyable. From Oscar shoe-ins Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone, to their gorgeous sidekicks, Joe Alwyn and Nicholas Hoult, this is pure actor eye-candy at its most delicious.
Best Limited Series
Amy Adams gives a career-defining performance in this Gillian Flynn adaptation about a woman who is forced to confront her past when she returns home to investigate a thrilling and disturbing mystery.
This long-running FX favorite follows Russian spies who seek to to undermine the United States. The 1980s-set saga just ended its six-season run on one hell of a high note.
The British series, Bodyguard, came out of nowhere to become one of our favorite shows of the year, and the chemistry between Keeley Hawes and Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden was a huge aprt of its success. What a hunk!
She’s beautiful, she’s talented, she’s Lois Lane. Amy Adams is a goddess and one of the most talented actors of our time. We’re lucky to have her!
Best Supporting Actress
JODI COMER - KILLING EVE
Another UK import, Killing Eve is a provocative cat-and-mouse story about a dogged agent (Sandra Oh) who becomes obsessed with her latest suspect, the psychotic assassin, Eve. Jodi Comer is deadly and crazy, and we can’t stop watching her.
Best Supporting Actor
JOSEPH FIENNES - HANDMAID'S TALE
The Handmaid’s Tale is not a feel-good TV show. Hulu’s masterpiece is a rough watch, but one which nobody should miss. Joseph Fiennes plays a pivotal role in the series, and deserves all the awards that are coming to him.
Best Sex Scene
Starz’s Outlander has it all; time travel, bloody combat, hot sex, beautiful stars, and kilts. It’s only natural that the best sex scene of the year would come from this provocative mix of disparate genres. It’s a cocktail we never knew we needed.
As Emmy Rossum’s reign as Fiona Gallagher on Shameless comes to an end, we can’t help but relive her sexiest scenes in our head over and over and over again. Her sexcapades, as well as those of her family, have made the show what it is — the sexiest series on TV.
This eight-episode miniseries kept us guessing at every turn. We didn’t know what was going to happen. For a high-octane thriller about an unstoppable force dueling against an immovable object, we could ask for nothing more.
BETTER NOW BY POST MALONE
Post Malone’s breakout year brought us party music for the ages. “Better Now,” his followup to “rockstar,” shows a more vulnerable side of the tattooed icon, making it the best song of the year.
ONE KISS BY CALVIN HARRIS FT. DUA LIPA
Dua Lipa is one of the sexiest humans on Earth. So when she teamed up with DJ Clavin Harris, we were quaking in our sheets. The duo brought us the steamy song “One Kiss,” and oh how we longed to kiss this duo.
MOST PROVOCATIVE SONG
THIS IS AMERICA BY CHILDISH GAMBINO
When Donald Glover hosted Saturday Night Live in May, he released a song the live broadcast under his stage name Childish Gambino. That resulted in an instantly viral video highlighting violence against black people.
BEST FEMALE ARTIST
When you think of the best of the music industry in 2018, Ariana Grande is one of the first names that comes to mind. The singer released her album Sweetener as well as the hit “thank u, next.” It was Ari’s year for sure, and we hope 2019 is just as amazing.
BEST MALE ARTIST
DAMN. may have come out in 2017, but that didn’t stop Kendrick Lamar from having an equally successful year. His name was everywhere when he developed the soundtrack for the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther. Lamar even picked up a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for “All of the Stars” with SZA.
Producer and DJ Zedd gave us the song of the summer: “The Middle.” The collaboration with country star Maren Morris was played ceaselessly on radios across the nation. The song spent more than 30 weeks atop some of Billboard’s hottest charts, solidifying Zedd as a DJ for the ages.
BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE
MILEY CYRUS AND MARK RONSON ON SNL
Saturday Night Live has always brought great live performances, and that was definitely the case when Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson teamed up for the Christmas episode. The pair performed its country-techno song “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” and covered the Beatle’s anthem “Happy X-Mas (War is Over).” They didn’t perform the latter by themselves: Sean Ono, son of Yoko Ono and John Lennon, sang and played guitar alongside them.
MOST PROVOCATIVE MUSIC VIDEO
THIS IS AMERICA
It’s only fitting that the most provocative song has and equally provocative video. The video directed by Hiro Murai contains gut-wrenching imagery that makes us reflect on the society we live in.
SEXIEST MUSIC VIDEO
MAKE ME FEEL
SHALLOW FROM A STAR IS BORN
Lady Gaga’s first (!!!) performance in a feature film was a success to say the least. Not only did Gaga act in “A Star Is Born,” she also wrote most of the music. From the opening lines to the vocal riffs in the bridge, “Shallow” is a flawless song capable of inducing tears on the spot.
Best Exhibit at a Gallery
DIANE ARBUS AT DAVID ZWIRNER
Diane Arbus was a quiet force of nature which flourished around those the world belligerently labeled “freaks.” Her work, much like her death, hit the photography world of her time with the kind of shock value even Kim Kardashian couldn’t match. If you’ve yet to partake in Arbus’s work, you should.
Sexiest Image of the Year
Then we stumbled upon Haris Nukem’s Instagram profile, and let’s just say we needed some alone time the likes of which have rendered our left hands useless for the next hour or so. Pardon us while we pop a few zinc supplements and rehydrate.
Most Provocative Image of the Year
MIGRANT CARAVAN BY ESTEBAN BIBA
Esteban Biba’s photograph of the migrant caravan captured the last, most beautiful shred of humanity driving thousands of men, women, and children onward. They captured hope.
EUGENE RICHARDS AT INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR PHOGRAPHY
This show honored Eugene Richards’s five-decade career by curating his work thematically rather than chronologically. We struggled to breathe under the gravity of it all when we noticed how the truth in his photographs – much like history, itself – repeats in diverse circumstances, as a reminder that societies have learned very little.
The dusted faces and silently screaming eyes of Gratacap’s subjects aren’t your typical Sarah McLaughlin-soundtracked charity commercial. Hell, most of the refugees in these images have to keep their faces covered to protect themselves from the harsh elements of Libya. They’re more raw, more beautiful than you’d expect.
PUT YOUR HEAD ON MY SHOULDER-NICK KNIGHT
“Put Your Head on my Shoulder “by Nick Knight, Britt Lloyd, and Kate Moss takes us through a sensuous night of fashion as model Raquel Zimmermann embarks on an intimate exploration of her own body. Nick and his team do it like no one else.
Most Provocative Video
MOST VICIOUS CYCLE
The Most Vicious Cycle is a disturbing yet poetic message on the continuing school shootings. Kesha and her younger brother Sage teamed up with March for Our Lives activists to get people to vote this past November for change and gun control.
Lifetime Achievement In Movie Montages
CLARA DARKO'S HOLIDAY MOVIE MONTAGE
Clara Darko wins hands down. The brilliant Editor form Spain continues to amaze and thrill us. Check out her youtube channel now. From movie kisses to movie bad girls and superheroes she is unchallenged in her ability to entertain, her devotion to film and her talent.
Best Fashion Video
THE HADIDS DO BEATLEJUICE
When we heard The Hadids had done a NY Fashion Week meets Beetlejuice as a short film we could not wait. It doesn’t disappoint and shows highlights of Fashion Week at the same time. All 3 siblings and their Mom star and it was produced by Vogue. It was so nice to see we don’t have to take the fashion world quite so seriously and that made it even more fun.
Video of the Year
CHILDISH GAMBINO-DIRECTOR HIRO MIRAI
This is America – Childish Gambino and Director Hiro Murai worked tirelessly to reveal the nightmares hidden under America’s beds. It is loaded with images of haunting oppression of black people and gun violence. It is filled with real references like the father of Trayvon Martin’s father playing guitar in the opening sequence. A social masterpiece of a myriad of fast fleeting violent truths and a genius painting of white suppression and yet somehow Donald Glover mixed in a celebration of African culture. Wow.
Trailer of the Year
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK-JAMES BALDWIN'S VOICE
If Beale Street could Talk with the Jame Baldwin voiceover is a driving entry into a time, a place and the people who made up this story. The editing and voice over are magic.
NOVEL OF THE YEAR
CIRCE BY MADELINE MILLER
Novelist Madeline Miller was the creative mind behind the suspenseful accent tale of “Circe.” The title represents a unique offspring that possessed the power of witchcraft, that soon leads to a family rivalry, love and loss, and a grand celebration of a woman dominating a man’s world with the power of strength.
I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK BY MICHELLE MCNAMARA
The true murder mystery novel “I’ll be Gone in the Dark,” by author and journalist Michelle McNamara is about the Golden State Killer who turned California upside down, committing fifty sexual assaults and ten sadistic murders, while leaving police forces and high-profile detectives in the dark.
BEST AUDIO READ
PET SEMATARY BY STEPHEN KING READ BY MICHAEL C. HALL
The dark audio read “Pet Seminary” by Stephen King, and Michael C. Hall will leave you will goosebumps, while Dr. Louis Creed and his wife find their beloved cat dead after discovering a hidden Indian burial ground near their newly bought home.
WADE IN THE WATER BY TRACY K. SMITH
“Wade In The Water” by Tracy K Smith, will give you a taste of old-world America by using multiple voices and perspectives. From heavy topics to heartfelt storylines, Smith will make you see our society through a different eye.
BEST EROTIC NOVEL
OPEN ME BY LISA LOCASCIO
The sensational novel “Open Me” By Lisa Locascio is a coming-of-age novel about a young woman having an erotic awakening in Copenhagen between two men. The fresh fiction voice, will grab your attention and leave you wanting the desire that the main character Roxana Olsen demands from her loves.
Best Gallery Exhibit
CAROLINE WALKER: SUNSET, ANAT EBGI GALLERY, LOS ANGELES
Walker’s show at Anat Ebgi may have just followed an aging beauty queen, but the results hauntingly expressed the oppressive stress and routine of late capitalism on the female body and mind.
Best Museum Exhibit
ANDY WARHOL: FROM A TO B AND BACK AGAIN, WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, NYC
The oft-quoted but never duplicated Pop master was given a stunning reassessment of Warhol’s themes and interests by curator Donna DeSalvo.
Molesworth is a critical darling and a progressive advocate, and her work as Chief Curator of MoCA Los Angeles displayed her passion and intelligence.
Most Provocative Artist
Although Wojnarowicz died in the 1990s, the artist experienced a resurgence this year during his major retrospective at the Whitney Museum, and in our current political era, the work shone with renewed brilliance and urgency.
Best Erotic Exhibit
MARILYN MINTER AT LEHMANN MAUPIN HONG KONG AND REGEN PROJECTS LA
Marilyn Minter’s recent exhibitions were a continuation of her large format photographs and paintings that show lips, hair, and flesh. They feel just as sexy, lush, and provocative as when Minter began working.
Fashion Designer of the Year
Nicolas Ghesquiere masterfully nails his own stylistic expression while conspiring brilliantly with the Louis Vuitton legacy. He has re-energized and re-elevated the brand while thrilling the consumer.
With another stunning year for Gucci, Alessandro Michelle’s designs strike the right spark to make the brand hotter than ever. CEO Marco Bizzarri’s leadership has led them to digital brilliance, and the brand has cracked the millennial code.
Sexiest Women’s Designer
Anthony Vaccarello steaming up women’s design at Yves Saint Laurent, stirring a frenzy in sales and social media. His ultra-sexy show in Paris under the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower celebrated this mega talent, and the brand itself.
Sexiest Men’s Designer
Tom Ford evokes a 27-year-old hunk and maintains his impeccable style with sexy snakeskin-print jeans, gorgeous metallic tailoring, and the perfect pinstripe flannel suit.
Best New Talent
Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss injected hope, biting political messaging and African culture into fashion with a confident, resonant vibe. Through the mosaic ‘Black Family Murals’ painted on shirts and pants, with the phrase ‘See Us Now?’ printed on a white cummerbund in a white tuxedo look.
Best Fashion Ad Campaign
A Creative Director’s dream (or nightmare come true), Donatella Versace and Steven Meisel shot 54 looks and hired 54 international models in order to create an iconic ad campaign which we’ll revere for years to come.
Sexiest Fashion Photographers
INEZ AND VINOODH
We worship at the altar of Inez and Vinoodh. Check out their instagram to see why. They shoot with a unique sensibility to the zeitgeist, and never abandon the mission to capture the most compelling moment.
Female Model of the Year
Kaia Gerber for everything she brings and her natural ability to deliver sensational images and stunning runway walks. It is in the genes, yes? Lightning struck twice.
Male Model of the Year
The beautiful Dominican model, Daniel Morel, is in all the shows and in many ad campaigns. He instantly elevates any couture look when he works his magic.
Most Provocative Brand
Gucci draws line after line in the sand. The brand’s daring 2018 campaigns stunned your senses, and the grotesque details of their runway shows made you sit straight up, with your mouth open. What a ride. We loved it all.
Best Fashion Editorial Feature
KENDALL JENNER-HARPER'S BAZAAR
Start with Cara Delevigne interviewing her close friend, Kendall Jenner; stir in the creative team at Harper’s Bazaar, then mix in a heavy dose of Solve Sundsbo’s photographic sensibility, and there you have it – The Best Fashion Editorial of the year.