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Oscar 2018

I have posted more about this years Oscars than for years, and very little of it are complaints about the nominations.  For once there are no bonkers decisions to get upset or argue over, are there?  Here is a very quick roundup of the winners in a paragraph or less per category:

Best Motion Picture of the Year – The Shape of Water – I really expected Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to win this one.  So glad The Shape of Water Won.the shape of water

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role – Gary Oldman _ Did anybody expect anything else!gary oldman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Frances McDormand – Extremely strong category.  I can’t argue with Frances McDormand, she was the heart of a fantastic movie.  I would have picked Sally Hawkins, Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan were also outstanding.  Not sure Meryl Streep was doing in this category.Frances McDormand

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Sam Rockwell – Toughest category, all were good enough to win, it went to the right man though.Sam Rockwell

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Allison Janney – There was only ever going to be one winner here.  Lesley Manville was a very close second for me.  Disappointed that Holly Hunter didn’t get a nomination.Allison Janney

Best Achievement in Directing – Guillermo del Toro – As with best picture, well deserved, unlike best picture I did expect this one.  He really should have won over a decade ago for Pan’s Labyrinth (Sorry Martin Scorsese, you won the wrong year for the wrong film!).  Hopefully not the only nomination for the other nominees, they all made outstanding movies.Guillermo del Toro

Best Original Screenplay Get Out –  Jordan Peele – The award that should be retitled the Quentin Tarantino award for making a film that is to edgy to win the Director or Picture award.  Jordan Peele deserves this for the most surprising and original film to be nominated in many years.Jordan Peele

Best Adapted Screenplay – Call Me by Your Name – James Ivory – I haven’t seen the winning film so can’t comment other than to say it’s hard to believe at 89 years old, its James Ivory’s first Oscar.James Ivory

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Blade Runner 2049 –  Roger Deakins – At Last!!!Roger Deakins

Best Achievement in Costume Design – Phantom Thread – Mark Bridges – – The obvious choice, but probably the right one.Mark Bridges

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing – Dunkirk – Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo, Mark Weingarten – I don’t know enough about sound mixing to comment, but the movie did sound amazing. Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo, Mark Weingarten

Best Achievement in Film Editing – Dunkirk  – Lee Smith – The editing in this film was exception but was it overshadowed by the brilliant structure?  I would have gone for Baby Driver (Paul Machliss, Jonathan Amos).Lee Smith

Best Achievement in Sound Editing – Dunkirk – Richard King, Alex Gibson – I would have gone for Baby Driver (Julian Slater), the movie was all about the way it was edited, the sound being more important than on just about any other movie, and it was done so well!Richard King, Alex Gibson

Best Achievement in Visual Effects – Blade Runner 2049 – John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover –  The effects for all the nominated films were exceptional.John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling – Darkest Hour – Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick – Perfect choice.Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) – Coco – song “Remember Me” – Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez – I didn’t give the category much thought, I though The Greatest Showman would win, glad Coco did.Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) – The Shape of Water – Alexandre Desplat.  I loved this score,  I think I prefer Jonny Greenwood’s for Phantom Thread.  Special mention for Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer), I’m not sure I would want to listen to it as a piece of music but it really worked in the context of the film.Alexandre Desplat

Best Achievement in Production Design – The Shape of Water – Paul D. Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeffrey A. Melvin – No one else had a chance.Paul D. Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeffrey A. Melvin

Please note I have seen all the films I have commented on except the one where I explicitly mention that I haven’t seen the winning film.  I have skipped all the categories where I haven’t seen all or most of the nominated films. 

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