When I woke up this morning I realized (a little late) that I hadn’t written anything on the Oscars yet. In fact, it has been a while since I had last sat down and written anything. I couldn’t figure out why that was so, but I knew that I had a lot of catching up to do. So, I thought that I would sit down and write a little something for you today. At first, I thought that I would just sit down and write out a short predictions list of who I thought was going to win what and all that crap, but now I feel like if I don’t at least give my readers some context to my predictions, then I shouldn’t make any predictions at all. So, before I make my Oscar predictions, I would like to give short reviews of the Oscar movies that i have had the pleasure of viewing this year. Obviously, I haven’t seen all of the films nominated this year, and so several will not be mentioned. I encourage anyone who reads this to leave a comment if there is a film not mentioned that I should take a look at.
The films that I will examine in this post will be The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Post, Darkest Hour and Coco. I would like to say that it has been almost a month since I have seen some of these films, and also that since I am only doing short reviews of these films, I may forget to mention something or only focus on what I enjoyed. I may try to do more fleshed out reviews of each of these films after I have had a chance to revisit them. Until then, I hope these short reviews will be enough.
The Shape of Water
I loved this film. I will not lie, I thought that it was absolutely brilliant. The acting is great, the cinematography is glorious, the writing is amazing. The film is just a perfect example of fabulous storytelling. I was completely hooked to this movie from start to finish. Guillermo del Toro has made a beautiful film that I think will be remembered and talked about for many years to come.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Going into this film, I wasn’t sure I would like it. The trailer looked alright and I knew that this movie would probably get some nominations here and there. What I wasn’t prepared for was just how much I would love this film. The two things that really stand out for me is the acting and the writing. Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell all three give strong performances in this film that leaves the viewer truly caring about these people that live in the small town of Ebbing, Missouri. The dialogue for this film is amazing. Not just the way it is written (although that is a big part of it) but also the way it is said feels so natural its like you aren’t even watching a movie. It feels more like you are actually there witnessing the events play out.
What can really be said about this movie that hasn’t already been said? When you have the winning combination of Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep you are bound to have yourself a fantastic film. The only bad thing about The Post is that it is a pretty by the numbers Oscar nominated film. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, but I do feel like there is a movie like this one nominated for an Oscar every year. Because of that, I fear that this film might be overlooked by many, and forgotten by others. Still though, I would highly recommend this film to all Spielberg/Hanks/Streep fans.
Darkest Hour suffers from the same problem that The Post does: it feels like there is one every year. What Darkest Hour has that not many other films have though is a performance as strong has Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. I feel like the film as a whole may not be for everyone, but Oldman’s performance is.
This. Movie. Is. Stunning. Not only is this animated film visually beautiful, it is also a beautiful story that will entertain the kids while it moves the parents. Disney and Pixar have proven once again that they are the masters of animated storytelling.
And now what you have been waiting for…
My Oscar Predictions:
*note, I will not be listing out predictions for all categories, only the ones that I believe to be the most important.
Best Picture: The Shape of Water
Lead Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Lead Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (I would like to note that I would be fine with Woody Harrelson, Richard Jenkins, or Christopher Plummer wining as well)
Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Animated Feature: Coco
Original Screenplay: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Cinematography: The Shape of Water