Last night I accomplished the goal of seeing all of the Best Picture nominees and I enjoyed most of them. I am a movie lover of pretty much all genres except horror, and I even liked Get Out. Ironically, even though I love sci-fi and fantasy, I did NOT care for Shape of Water. I guessed a version of what was going to happen 15 minutes in.
Before we get into the nominees, how is everyone watching tonight? I’m watching with the folks again, and this year we’re having surf and turf. If I get the energy, I am going to bake a bundt cake. I also wanted to try making a Gold Rush cocktail, but I don’t think we have honey. So I will stick with wine per usual.
On to the nominees! Check out the list here. It really is a great list this year, and there were even some notable films left OFF the list. I’m encouraged by the increase of diversity in film, because ultimately, it just means more great stories for me to enjoy and use my Movie Pass on!
Up until last week, I thought Three Billboards was a shoe in. I couldn’t believe how well crafted it is… multiple layers of storylines, without feeling confusing or crowded. Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell acted their asses off, and Woody Harrelson was so quietly brilliant I feel bad he hasn’t gotten more attention.
But wait a minute on those ballots! Last night Get Out won the Indie Award for Best Picture. Apparently for the last 4 years, the picture that won the Indie has won Best Picture. So perhaps it will be Get Out!! If it is, it will really be a game changer. I don’t know if a horror has won before (not that it is a typical horror)
However, if I was an Academy voter, I would have to cast my vote for Phantom Thread. I’d discuss, but spoiling that one is tantamount to spoiling Sixth Sense back in the day. I am that serious!
This is a fantastic list. I wouldn’t be upset with anyone winning (even del Toro, because Shape was crafted well at least). I am hoping it will go with Jordan Peele or Greta Gerwig. But the buzz has been del Toro (he got the Globe).
Frances McDormand. Period.
I think Gary Oldman has this in the bag, but Daniel Kaluuya was part of the reason Get Out wasn’t just a “mere” horror film. Also, Daniel Day Lewis acted his ass off AND if he really is retiring, the Academy might decide to give it to him one last time.
Best Supporting Actress
Everyone has said for weeks that it is Allison Janney’s. But I thought Laurie Metcalf was absolutely brilliant and want her to win.
Best Supporting Actor
Sam Rockwell has been raking in the awards (including the BAFTA) with his portrayal of a complete asshole (and despite some critics opinions, I did NOT think he was “redeemed” in the end. We can be sympathetic towards what happened to an asshole and still hold him accountable for his actions.
However, I simply loved Woody Harrelson’s performance as well. Again, if I were an Academy voter, I would be torn over voting for Sam vs. Woody.
Side note – The Shorts
I’m probably the only TamaraTattles reader insane enough to go see all the shorts (Documentary, Live Action, and Animated). I saw the Docs and Animated last year, and loved them so much I made sure to see all three categories this year. Some of them can be found on YouTube, FYI.
Of interest on the Animated, LeBron James will be at the show tonight as a nominee for “Dear Basketball” He hired some major peeps and had his retirement poem animated! It was beautifully done. My favorite though was Revolting Rhymes. Give it a look if you get a chance. However, a shit ton of the LA based Academy members are huge Laker fans, so we could see an acceptance speech from LaBron! (I didn’t even know he’d retired. HAHAHAHA!)
Best Live is hard, but I think it will go to Watu Wote: All of Us. Best Short Doc is even harder, but I’m guessing it will be Heroin(e) because it is such a nationwide epidemic and it so thoughtfully dealt with how first responders are effected. I fell in love with the artist who was the subject of Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405. If I win the lottery, I’m buying Mindy Alper’s work. That one is definitely on YouTube. If Documentaries are not your bag, at least fast forward to the end to see her art show.
What channel are you watching? Seacrest has always irritated me a little, but ABC is pushing American Idol so I can’t seem to avoid him! Otherwise I’m enjoying that ABC is also discussing the actual WORK done this year, and not just “ooooh, what will people wear” constant fashion talk you get on E!
See you in the comments!