YOUR GUIDE TO THE OSCAR’S 2018

Cats out of the bag: I’m a movie buff (thank goodness I’m dating one too). Every year I binge-watch as many Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated films as fast as I can before the Oscar’s. I cry, I laugh, I cringe. This is one of my favorite days of the year! I know not everyone has time to watch every single movie on this list, nor should you. I decided to show you all who I think will take away the little golden man this year and what movies are really worth your time. Enjoy! x

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE NOMINEES

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.
Here’s why Gary Oldman has my vote: I’ve seen lots of people portray Winston Churchill. From The Crown to Doctor Who to the millions of movies about his life. I’ve seen it done well and I’ve seen it done horribly. Gary Oldman is without a doubt my favorite portrayal. I’ll be honest, this movie is a little slow. Still, Gary Oldman is an honest and true adaptation of one of the world’s greatest leaders. If you love slow movies about history, watch this. Otherwise, I don’t think it’s worth your time.
Disclosure: I did not see Roman J. Israel, Esq. or Get Out. I have watched about 90% of these movies but these are two I didn’t get to so I may have overlooked those two actors.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE NOMINEES

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
This is honestly one of the most difficult categories to choose from. I watched each of these movies and fell in love with the performances of each and every one of them. However, the one that stands out to me the most is Sam Rockwell. His performance in Three Billboards was astounding. He was not only able to play a terrible person but a genuine, good-hearted one as well. This movie was fantastic and he’s a lot of the reason why.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE NOMINEES

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
This could swing one of two ways: Sally Hawkins or Frances McDormand. The reason I think Sally Hawkins takes the cake is because of her ability to play a mute character that portrays more emotions and character-depth than any of the other characters in the film. I’ve always admired silent film actors for their ability to captivate an audience without using their voice (The Artist, for example, a few years back). I definitely think this will give her a leg up on others but I would not be surprised if Frances McDormand swept the award as well.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE NOMINEES

MARY J. BLIGE- Mudbound

ALLISON JANNEY- I, Tonya
LESLEY MANVILLE- Phantom Thread
LAURIE METCALF- Lady Bird
OCTAVIA SPENCER- The Shape of Water
This one could honestly be one of two people: Laurie Metcalf or Allison Janney. The reason I picked Laurie Metcalf is because of her wide variety of emotions she had to play. For the most part, Allison Janney plays a humorous, yet terrible, mother. Janney does an absolutely fantastic job. Metcalf, on the other hand, brought me tears, laughter, and relatability. That is why I have picked her to win this year’s Oscar.
Disclosure: I did not see Mudbound. Mary J. Blige could very well sweep the award from Meycalf.

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM NOMINEES

THE BREADWINNER

COCO
FERDINAND
LOVING VINCENT
BOSS BABY
I’m gonna be real honest here. I did not see any of these movies besides the one I voted for. But here’s why I am so confident: Loving Vincent was that good. This film is revolutionary in style and story-telling. This film was literally painted over and it completely captivates you. Not only do I highly recommend everyone to watch this film, but I also believe it will win.

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) NOMINEES

ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL

FACES PLACES
ICARUS
LAST MEN IN ALEPPO
STRONG ISLAND
This is for those of you who love documentaries as much as I do. Bonus: 4/5 of these movies are available on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This one is extremely difficult for me. Icarus and Last Men in Aleppo were two of the greatest documentaries I have ever seen. Icarus actually started as a documentary about a biker doing a “Lance Armstrong” experience with drugs that warped and changed into a documentary about Russian doping and the Olympics. It was excellently done. Last Men in Aleppo is also incredibly important. It gives us a real and accurate view of what is currently going on in Syria. If I had to choose, I would pick Last Men in Aleppo. It’s importance to the world right now is extremely vital and that is often how the Oscar’s swing.
Disclosure: I did not see Faces Places and I hated Strong Island. Strong Island could easily win due to its topic and artsiness. I, on the other hand, found it extremely boring.

BEST PICTURE NOMINEES

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
This is the big one you all have been waiting for. Three Billboards was one of those movies where I had to go to the bathroom and cry in the middle of the movie due to its intensity (I am also a mess when it comes to movies). The emotional depth and layers of this movies stand apart from any of the other films on this list. This movie is not for the faint heart but I believe it stands miles high above the rest on this list. I will honestly be shocked if any other film wins apart from this one.

MOVIES WORTH WATCHING (IN ORDER OF MY FAVORITES)

  1. The Post
  2. Lady Bird
  3. I, Tonya
  4. Molly’s Game
  5. Shape of Water
  6. Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
  7. The Florida Project
  8. Loving Vincent
  9. Call Me By Your Name
  10. Phantom Thread

I’m a lover of newsroom movies. Give me Spotlight and All the President’s Men all day, every day. I started off college as a journalism major so it has always been a deep love of mine. The Post was no exception. Not only did it help provide insight into the Pentagon Papers and bring up issues of First Amendment rights we are facing once again today, but it did it in a unique, beautiful way. This is by far my favorite film this year. It is a must-see.

Lady Bird is another film everyone should watch. It’s almost like Pretty in Pink got thrown a modern twist. It’s one of the best mother-daughter coming of age stories I have ever seen. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me slightly uncomfortable. (Basically, all the things that make a cinema classic.) This movie is perfect for everyone over the age of 17.

 

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