The Beaver Review Awards 2023

The Academy has spoken: Review’s contributors tell us what moved them the most in 2023. And the winners are:


For Best Album

SCARING THE HOES by JPEGMAFIA & Dannny Brown – Fay Qian

Good Riddance by Gracie Abrams – Miranda Piana Parra

Zig by Poppy – Kieran Hurwood

Tracey Denim by bar italia – Angus Timmons

Like…? By Ice Spice – Honour Astill

the record by boygenius – Zoé Bocquillon

So Much (For) Stardust by Fall Out Boy – Christina Jiang

Tides by Alice Markham – Liza Chernobay

Rat Saw God by Wednesday – William Goltz

Lahai by Sampha – Sheila Mutua

For Best Single

Blame Brett by The Beaches – Kieran Hurwood

dazies by yeule – Angus Timmons

Waters of March by John Roseboro – Honour Astill

Smoke Break-Dance by Mick Jenkins ft. JID – Fay Qian

Escapism by RAYE ft. 070 Shake – Zoé Bocquillon

Fast Forward by JEON SOMI – Christina Jiang

Stampede by Feeble Little Horse – William Goltz

Princess Going Digital by Amaarae – Sheila Mutua

For Best Concert

Billy Joel at Hyde Park – Miranda Piana Parra

Lowertown at Rough Trade East – Angus Timmons

Taylor Swift: the Eras Tour – Fay Qian

Aya Nakamura – Zoé Bocquillon

Fall Out Boy at The O2 – Christina Jiang

Summer Pearl at London Jazz Festival, The Lower Third – Liza Chernobay

Wednesday at Pitchfork Music Festival – William Goltz

Beyoncé: Renaissance World Tour at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Sheila Mutua


For Best Film

Barbie dir. Greta Gerwig – Miranda Piana Parra, Honour Astill

Oppenheimer dir. Christopher Nolan – Arjan Arenas, William Goltz

Past Lives dir. Celine Song – Vanessa Huang, Sheila Mutua

The Hunger Games: the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Kieran Hurwood

Spiderman: Across the Spiderverse dir. Joaquin dos Santos, Justin K. Thompson, Kemp Powers – Fay Qian

Saltburn dir. Emerald Fennell – Zoé Bocquillon

Dungeons and Dragons: Honour Amongst Thieves dir. John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein – Christina Jiang


For Best Ongoing Series

Blindspotting S2 (Starz) – Vanessa Huang

Happy Valley (BBC) – Arjan Arenas

Doctor Who (BBC) – Kieran Hurwood

Succession S4 (HBO) – Honour Astill, Sheila Mutua

Only Murders in the Building S3 (Disney+) – Zoé Bocquillon

The Bear S2 (FX) – Christina Jiang

King The Land (Netflix) – Liza Chernobay

For Best Limited Series

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off (Netflix) – Sebastian Ching, Angus Timmons

Daisy Jones and the Six (Amazon Prime) – Miranda Piana Parra, Arjan Arenas

Planet Earth III (BBC) – Kieran Hurwood

BEEF – Honour Astill

The Billionaire, the Butler and the Boyfriend (Netflix) – Zoé Bocquillon

Jury Duty (Amazon Freevee) – Christina Jiang

I’m A Virgo (Amazon Prime) – Sheila Mutua


For Best Fiction

Yellowface by R. F. Kuang – Liza Chernobay

Babel by R. F. Kuang – Ophélie Logé

The Fraud by Zadie Smith – Angus Timmons

So Late in the Day by Claire Keegan – Zoé Bocquillon

For Best Non-Fiction

The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin – Zoé Bocquillon

Know Your Place by Faiza Shaheen – Kieran Hurwood

How Music Works by David Byrne – Angus Timmons

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith – Honour Astill

The Glucose Revolution by Jessie Inchauspé – Liza Chernobay

For Best Poetry

Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong – Zoé Bocquillon


For Best Play

Noises Off at Phoenix Theatre – Angus Timmons

As You Like It at sohoplace – Vanessa Huang

The Lehman Trilogy at Gillian Lyne Theatre – Miranda Piana Parra

The House of Bernarda Alba – Miranda Piana Parra

A Streetcar Named Desire at Almeida Theatre – Zoé Bocquillon

Arcadia at The Venue (LSESU Drama Society) – Christina Jiang

For Best Musical

Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) at Kiln Theatre – Ophélie Logé

A Stange Loop at The Barbican – Vanessa Huang

Guys & Dolls at The Bridge Theatre – Miranda Piana Parra


For Best Video Game

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo) – Kieran Hurwood

Signalis (Rose-engine) – Angus Timmons

Museums & Galleries

For Best Exhibition

Paul McCartney: Eyes of the Storm at the National Portrait Gallery – Arjan Arenas

Basquiat x Warhol, à quatre mains at Fondation Louis Vuitton – Ophélie Logé

Ai Weiwei: Making Sense at The Design Museum – Angus Timmons

Portraits of Dogs: From Gainsborough to Hockney – Honour Astill

Women in Revolt at Tate Britain – Zoé Bocquillon

The Korean Wave at the V&A – Liza Chernobay

El Anatsui: Timespace at October Gallery – Sheila Mutua

Illustration by Angus Timmons, Anna Tarazevich, Christina Jiang

Our contributors reveal what moved them the most in 2023


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