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Oscars 2018

The Oscars are tonight, who's excited?? I don't tend to watch them except vicariously through tumblr, but I'm actually planning to watch live tonight. Part of it is that I feel like there's a lot of really good films nominated this year, part of it is that I've been getting more interested in the film industry as a whole. Plus my favorite podcast had a great episode about the nominations, plus several about individual nominees (Call Me by Your Name, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape of Water, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and various others).

I sort of challenged myself to watch as many of the nominations as possible before the Oscars, though as there are iirc 69 things nominated, I knew I wouldn't get through them all. I do think I watched more than most years though, with a total of 7. Which doesn't seem like a lot, but I'm pretty sure I saw like 3 last year lol Most of them I even saw in theaters since I've been watching a lot more in theaters lately. (I will squee about MoviePass in another post sometime lol)

So here's my list of watched nominations, plus short reviews:

[nomination reviews!]Beauty and the Beast
I really only went to see this movie bc my friend had an extra ticket and I was her third string option lol I don't particularly care for Disney films in general and hadn't seen anything to interest me from the previews. I was unexcited about seeing it, and I remained underwhelmed lol I had a myriad of problems with it, from bad costume design (Belle's dress was just so so bad) to uncanny valley CGI (Cogsworth and Lumiere esp) to general boringness (not that that's entirely the fault of the adaption, since it's well, an adaption, but they didn't do anything to help). The only redeeming feature was Gaston and LeFou, both of whom I did really enjoy overall, and I even have complaints about that! Mostly that there was all the hullabaloo about "gay content, le gasp" and there was... none. One split second same sex dance does not gay content make imo. That is paltry rep and I'm not satisfied with that anymore tbh.

The Breadwinner
I just watched this last week when I happened upon it on Netflix, and I'm so glad I did. It was a beautiful movie, and so so heartwarming/heartbreaking. I was legit crying by the end. The story was wonderful, as was the animation. I tend to do other things on the computer when I watch movies, but I really got sucked into watching. I'm disappointed it didn't get more attention, but I really do highly recommend it.

Get Out
Just saw this one recently as well after hearing so many good things about it. All of which were certainly deserved. My horror movie experience is not terribly deep, but this was one of the best I've seen. It was so clever and so well acted, it's kind of amazing that Jordan Peele put out such a fantastic movie for his directorial debut. I actually watched Scream, which Get Out has been compared to a lot, on the same day, and tbh this was a much better and more intellectual film. Highly recommended.

The Greatest Showman
This is actually the only one I've seen twice (so far). I expected to like it since Hugh Jackman and musicals are two of my favorite things, but I liked it so much more than I even expected. Even on my second watch, I was on the edge of my seat for the suspenseful bits and crying for the angsty ones. The acting and singing was fantastic, as was the storyline. I know it deviates a lot from what actually happened, but honestly this movie was so heartwarming and beautiful that I don't even care. My only complaint is that there's been so little attention on the secondary characters, bc I found them so so fascinating!

Saw this one the other day after meaning to watch it since it came out. I was... disappointed tbh. I found the plot kind of stiff and confusing, and the acting for the most part was not particularly memorable. I'd heard a lot of good things about this, but I really didn't care for it. Definitely not one of the better XMCU films imo.

The Shape of Water
If you follow me on tumblr, you may have seen that I was like desperate to see this since I'm a huge del Toro fangirl, and I was really pissed that it took so long to come out where I am. But I finally got to see it and it was just as wonderful as I'd expected!! My only disappointment is that we didn't get to actually see any fish dick lol But seriously, this was a supremely beautiful movie with fantastic acting and fantastic characters. I think that's one of the things I liked best about it, that each of the characters was so distinct and so compelling. Like I had a really visceral reaction to the fingers scene (you should know what I mean if you've seen it...). I was so impressed by that, that the writing and the acting gave such life and depth to the characters and their stories. I was really just enthralled the whole way through <3

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
And if you follow me on tumblr, you also know that I hated this movie lol Which was actually really disappointing, bc The Force Awakens was really good and I think that movie set up a really good start for this trilogy. Unfortunately, I don't think TLJ followed through with any of the interesting plotlines that had been set up. Mostly, this felt like an entirely pointless movie to me. It didn't move the plot forward at all really, and I felt it even went backwards (or sideways) on a lot of things. The characters were dull and many of their storylines (esp Finn, which was esp disappointing) didn't really go anywhere or ended up being totally superflous imo. I felt like Rian Johnson was more interesting in making a movie that would get him attention than in making a good Star Wars movie. It feels like just another mediocre white male director being handed the helm of a big franchise and fucking it up bc they have no respect for the franchise or its fans. Honestly, this movie was just so bad that I've lost almost all interest in Star Wars :/

And now, since I obviously know so much about it (lol), my predictions:

[predictions]Best Picture: The Shape of Water
It's gotten so much critical aclaim and already won so many awards, I feel pretty confident in this one. I would not be salty about Get Out winning instead, but although it got pretty great critical acalaim as well, I still think the Academy is still too racist, plus the fact that it's a horror movie, which is not a genre that is generally seen as legitimate in awards circles.

Lead Actor: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
I had no interest in Darkest Hour since I hate war films, but everyone seems to love Gary Oldman in it. I don't necessarily think it's a deserved win compared to some of the other nominations, but I do think it's the likeliest.

Lead Actress: Meryl Streep, “The Post”
It's fucking Merly Streep, is there more that needs to be said?

Supporting Actor: Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
I don't even know what this movie is about, but ppl seem to be loving it so...

Supporting Actress: Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
By all accounts a fantastic movie and a fantastic actress, though I haven't had a chance to watch it yet.

Director: “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro
No contest, really, since he's won all (or at least most?) of the other best director awards for the year. And I mean, he's my favorite director, so I'm certainly not mad lol

Animated Feature: “Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
I abolutely think The Breadwinner or Loving Vincent deserves it more, but I think this is one of the categories where most of the voters will not have watched the movies and it's a Disney movie, so of course it will win.

Animated Short: “Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer
Since it's the only one I've even seen anything about lol

Adapted Screenplay: “Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
The only other one I think that has a chance in this category is The Disaster Artist, honestly. And I think that Call Me by Your Name is such an arty film gives it the boost.

Original Screenplay: "The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri have good chances here, too, but again, The Shape of Water has gotten so much acclaim.

Cinematography: “Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins
Bc apparently Blade Runner is the epitomy of cyberpunk. Which is bullshit and The Shape of Water deserves it more but whatever.

Best Documentary Feature: “Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan
Really I think it could go to any of them fairly equally, so it's more of a tossup imo.

Best Documentary Short Subject: “Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
Again, only one I've heard anything about in the category.

Best Live Action Short Film: ?
I literally have heard nothing so who knows!

Best Foreign Language Film: “Loveless” (Russia)
Yet again, only one I've heard anything about.

Film Editing: “The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
I think this one's a bit of a free for all, so I just think The Shape of Water should get it lol

Sound Editing: “Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
Since this is basically the entire draw of Baby Drive afaik.

Sound Mixing: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick
I don't think it's deserved tbh, but I think it's most likely.

Production Design: “Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
Again, definitely not deserved, but everyone went googoo over it's overall shitty production design so.

Original Score: “Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood
I certainly wouldn't be mad if The Shape of Water won instead, but from what I've seen and heard, I think Phantom Thread has a really good chance.

Original Song: “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
Really not sure whose going to actually win, but I really really think The Greatest Showman deserves it most. This Is Me is a spectacular song. Really, the whole soundtrack was amazing.

Makeup and Hair: “Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
Really the only choice out of the nominees.

Costume Design: “Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges
I mean, it's basically what the movie is about, so it should win. Beaty and the Beast is the most likely other choice since it got a lot of attention when it came out, though I found the costume design there appaling.

Visual Effects: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan
It's a tossup between Star Wars and Blade Runner 2049, but I think the greater nostalgia will win out. Who actually deserves it? Fuck if I know.

I'll likely be liveblogging on my Oscars 2018 tag on tumblr, so feel free to watch me be completely wrong in real time! Which is in not much time at all, wow this post took a long time to do...

ETA: I got 7 out of 24 hahaha


Yet another year in which I'm not watching - never mind that i wouldn't know where to stream. Didn't even have time to watch any of the nominations (except Dunkirk which I saw in theatre). Though I'm looking forward to that. Hope you're having fun watching :D liveblogging events and seeing other people's reactions can be so much fun!
Well, you can always watch vicariously on tumblr like I usually do! It's been fun so far, even though it's barely started lol
I probably would have at a more opportune time. But I've blocked tumblr on my laptop, deleted the app off my phone and the mobile version on the chrome app sucks donkey. All for the sake of some much-needed productivity. My thesis won't write itself (unfortunately lol)

glad you're having fun already ;D
Productivity is much better than the Oscars anyway!! Good luck with your thesis :D
Haha, I'll take your word for it! And thanks, I definitely need it!
I have not seen a single one of those movies. I never have in any of the years before :P BEcause I actually don't give a damn. If I like a movie, I like it, and then I don't care if it has won any awards whatsoever :P

I hope you had fun watching the Oscars XD

March 2019



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