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Best Supporting Actor Nominees ranked in my order of preference:

  1. RICHARD E. GRANT – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  2. MAHERSHALA ALI – Green Book
  3. SAM ELLIOTT – A Star Is Born
  4. ADAM DRIVER – BlacKkKlansman
  5. SAM ROCKWELL – ViceOscar ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Ranked.jpg

And the omissions that I think deserved a nomination:

  1. BEN FOSTER – Leave No Trace
  2. JAKE GYLLENHAAL – Wildlife
  3. MICHAEL B. JORDAN – Black PantherOscar ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Omissions.jpg

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Best Actor nominees ranked in my order of preference: 

  1. OLIVIA COLMAN – The Favourite
  2. GLENN CLOSE – The Wife
  3. MELISSA MCCARTHY – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  4. LADY GAGA – A Star Is Born
  5. YALITZA APARICIO – RomaOscar BEST ACTRESS.jpg

And the omissions that I think deserved a nomination:

  1. CHARLIZE THERON – Tully
  2. CAREY MULLIGAN – Wildlife
  3. THOMASIN McKENZIE – Leave No TraceOscar BEST ACTRESS OMISSIONS.jpg

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Best Actor nominees ranked in my order of preference:

  1. CHRISTIAN BALE – Vice
  2. RAMI MALEK – Bohemian Rhapsody
  3. VIGGO MORTENSEN – Green Book
  4. BRADLEY COOPER – A Star Is Born

not ranked – WILLEM DAFOE – At Eternity’s Gate*Oscar ACTORS IN A LEADING ROLE Ranked.jpg

* Willem Dafoe is not ranked as I have not seen At Eternity’s Gate, and won’t until its UK release a month after the Oscars.

And the omissions that I think deserved a nomination:

  1. ETHAN HAWKE – First Reformed
  2. BRADY JANDREAU – The Rider
  3. JOAQUIN PHOENIX – You Were Never Really HereOscar BEST ACTOR OMISSIONS.jpg

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Between now and the Oscars on 25th February I will be ranking some of the main Oscar categories in my order of preference.  To be clear this is a rank of how much I liked the film, not what I think will win. What better place to start, the end!  The biggest category; the Best Picture.

  1. Roma
  2. The Favourite
  3. BlacKkKlansman
  4. Green Book
  5. Vice
  6. Black Panther
  7. Bohemian Rhapsody
  8. A Star Is Bornoscar the best picture ranked
A point of note; I like, and enjoyed all eight nominated films so there is no shame in being Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born  at the bottom of the list.

And who missed out? Bellow, again ranked in order of preference is a few movies I think deserved a nomination.  (I don’t use the term snub, can a group working independently of each other “snub” a movie?)

  1. Leave No Trace
  2. Cold War
  3. A Quiet Place
  4. Widowsoscar the Best picture what should have been nominated.jpg

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Today is International Women’s Day at a risk of being accused of mansplaining, I thought I would take a look at the five female nominees for the best director Oscar.  With Greta Gerwig recently becoming the fifth woman to be nominated in the 90 year history of the Academy Awards it is hard to avoid.  Is the problem a lack of woman making movies or those that are not getting the recognition?  Probably a combination of both. Here are the female directors who have been nominated for a best director Oscar to date:  

1976 – Lina Wertmüller for Pasqualino Settebellezze aka Seven Beauties – Unfortunately I haven’t seen this movie and couldn’t get hold of a copy before writing.   Described as a comedy drama, the film appears to tells the story of an Italian who will do anything to survive through crime, prison, a mental institution, the army and a concentration camp.  At the time of her nomination, she was in her late forties with about a dozen credits behind her.  She was also nominated for the screenplay.  A strong year, the other nominees were Sidney Lumet (Network), Ingmar Bergman (Face to Face), Alan J. Pakula (All the President’s Men), and the winner, John G. Avildsen (Rocky).  Amazingly, Martin Scorsese wasn’t nominated for Taxi Driver.  Now 89, Wertmüller has continued to make movies, her last credit was for a documentary: Roma, Napoli, Venezia… in un crescendo rossiniano (2014).  Amongst her credits are Travolti da un insolito destino nell’azzurro mare d’agosto aka Swept Away, the film that was remade by Guy Ritchie and starring then wife Madonna. Pasqualino Settebellezze

1993 – Jane Campion for The Piano – A generation later New Zealand director Campion became the second nomine with her third movie, The Piano.  I must admit I find the movie a real slog, however it is worth watching for Michael Nyman’s amazing score.  The film won Oscars for Holly Hunter (Best Actress in a Leading Role) and Anna Paquin (Best Actress in a Supporting Role) as well as Campion for the original screenplay.  It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Cinematography (Stuart Dryburgh) Best Costume Design (Janet Patterson) and Best Film Editing (Veronika Jenet).  The other nominees were Robert Altman (Short Cuts), Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father), James Ivory, who has just won his first Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay, Call Me by Your Name, (The Remains of the Day) and the winner Steven Spielberg (Schindler’s List).  Campion continues to write, produce and direct for film and television.  For me her most interesting work includes the poorly received In the Cut (2003) and the TV show Top of the Lake (2013 and 2017). The Piano

2003 – Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation – Coppola was best known as the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, and for her (not great) performance in The Godfather Part III.  Then in 1999 she made a sensational directorial debut with The Virgin Suicides.   Then came Lost in Translation, the film that made a star of Scarlett Johansson and reminded us how great Bill Murray is.  The film was also nominated for Best Picture (and for my money should have won) and Coppola won her only Oscar to date for the Original Screenplay.  The other nominees: Clint Eastwood (Mystic River), Fernando Meirelles (Cidade de Deus aka City of God), Peter Weir (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) and the winner, Peter Jackson(The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King).  Return of the King also won best picture despite being the weakest movie nominated in the Best Picture and Best Director categories, and the weakest of the Lord of the Rings movies.  Coppola has made another four features since her nomination but none have improved on her masterpiece. Lost in Translation

2009 – Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker – Finally we have a winner.  This was the last Oscars I actually watched.  I feared it would lose out to the  giant Smurph movie.  There was no need to worry, it walked away with Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Film Editing, Making Kathryn Bigelow the only woman to have won a best director Oscar.  The film was also nominated for Best Actor (Jeremy Renner),  Best Original Score (Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders), Cinematography (Barry Ackroyd).  The other nominees for best director were: James Cameron (Avatar), Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), Lee Daniels (Precious), Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds).  In the decade since The Hurt Locker was released Bigalow has only made two further films, Zero Dark Thirty and Detroit.  While I can’t complain about the quality of his work, I would like her to be a little more prolific, after all her back catalogue includes two of my favourite movies, Point Break and Strange Days. The Hurt Locker

2017 – Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird – Gerwig co-directed the low budget Nights and Weekends.  A decade later, her solo feature début made her the fifth woman to be nominated for a best director Oscar, she was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay.  The other nominees are Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Jordan Peele (Get Out), Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread) and the winner Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water).  While I think the right person won this time, I am keen to see what Gerwig does next on both sides of the camera. lady bird

Who will be the next woman to win a directing Oscar?  I am keeping an eye on Ava DuVernay, Lynne Ramsay, Sally Potter, Clio Barnard, Amma Asante and Patty Jenkins. 

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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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With all the talk of the race for the best picture, the more interesting Best Director category has been slightly overshadowed.  One thing that is certain, whoever wins it will be there first Oscar.  Three of them have previous nominations, only one, Paul Thomas Anderson for directing. 

Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk.  He is also nominated for Best Picture for Dunkirk.  His previous nominations are; Best Original Screenplay for Memento (2000) and Best Picture for Inception (2010). Christopher Nolan

Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird – Nominated for her solo directorial début, Lady Bird (she co-directed Nights and Weekends (2008) with Joe Swanberg), Gerwig is also nominated for Best Original Screenplay but not for Best Picture (Lady Bird is nominated for Best Picture but Gerwig is not one of the named producers).Greta Gerwig

Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water – Amazingly, del Toro has never won an Oscar! His only previous nomination was for Original Screenplay for Pan’s Labyrinth (2006).  He is also nominated for The Shape of Water in the Best Picture and Original Screenplay categories.Guillermo del Toro

Jordan Peele – Get Out – Get out is Peele’s début as director, he is nominated for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.  They are his first nominations.Jordan Peele

Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread – The veteran of the group, he is nominated for Phantom Thread in the Best Picture category as well as for best director.  His previous nominations are: Best Adapted Screenplay for Inherent Vice (2014), Best Picture, Best Director and Adapted Screenplay for There Will Be Blood (2007), Best Original Screenplay for Magnolia (1999) and Boogie Nights (1997).Paul Thomas Anderson

Who will win?  My choice would be Guillermo del Toro but I would be happy to see any of them win, they deserve to for different reasons. 

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