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Predictable 2018 Oscar nominees are largely disappointing…

Posted on January 23rd, 2018
Posted on January 23rd, 2018

by Coop Cooper

The Oscar nominations are in and there are very few surprises this year. Here are the nominees for the bigger categories and my thoughts on the choices made by the Academy…

Best Cinematography
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape of Water

Best Visual Effects
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

Best Animated Feature Film
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Best Adapted Screenplay
Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Logan
Molly’s Game
Mudbound

Best Original Screenplay
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Actor in a Leading Role
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Actor in a Supporting Role
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Actress in a Leading Role
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post

Actress in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Lesley Manville, Phanton Thread
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Director
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Best Picture
Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Who I’m rooting for: If Roger Deakins doesn’t win ‘Best Cinematography’ for “Blade Runner 2049”, it would be the biggest travesty of the ceremony considering he is the best ‘Director of Photography’ alive today (and he has NEVER won an Oscar!). I’m definitely cheering for Gary Oldman and Frances McDormand for ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Actress’. Although she was a surprise nomination, Greta Gerwig is the most deserving of the nominees for ‘Best Director’ for “Lady Bird”, although her winning is a long shot. I expect many Oscar nominations in her future. “Logan” getting a nomination for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ is a big surprise, a huge coup for superhero films, and I could argue it would’ve been a better choice than most of the other ‘Best Picture’ nominees. Laurie Metcalf was a welcome surprise for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ in “Lady Bird”. For ‘Best Picture’, I have to root for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”. It’s the most original story of the year and if it wins, it will be the first Netflix film to win a ‘Best Picture’ Oscar. “Darkest Hour” and “Lady Bird” would be my next choices for the big win.

Snubs: “Baby Driver” failed to get nominated outside of the ‘Sound Editing/Mixing’ categories. It should have been nominated for ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Editing’ at least. “Blade Runner 2049” received important nominations in “Cinematography” and “Visual Effects” but its underperformance at the box office must have disqualified it from “Best Picture”. It is also rumored that James Franco was snubbed for his lauded role in “The Disaster Artist” due to recent scrutiny from the sexual harassment (#MeToo) vanguard. No love at all for “Thor: Ragnarok”? The most ignored film of 2017 that should have been nominated for something: “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” (available on Netflix).

Disappointing or undeserving nominations: Anything involving “The Post”. “Boss Baby” for ‘Best Animated Feature’? Somebody deserves to get spanked for that one. I’m disappointed “The Shape of Water” got ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Original Screenplay’ nominations but I respect all of its other nominations, especially Sally Hawkins for ‘Best Lead Actress’ and Richard Jenkins for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ (Octavia Spencer was fine also). I haven’t seen “All the Money in the World”, but it’s really strange to see Christopher Plummer get nominated for a role in which he replaced Kevin Spacey whose scenes were cut out due to his sexual harassment scandal. Although Plummer is always fantastic, it’s hard not to wonder if the nomination is a platform for political pandering.

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