Oscar Nomination Reactions

It’s really good I’m already awake at 5am most days or Oscar nomination morning would feel like an insult to the most wonderful of all activities: sleep. This year was the usual combination of gross-great, opening strong, falling fast to have little bits of joy, followed by Bohemian unhappiness.

Best Picture


BlacKKKlansman
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Roma
Green Book
A Star is Born
Vice

Some notes: 6/7: I thought that many people couldn’t make Bohemian Rhapsody their number one. I guess I was wrong

Best Director


Spike Lee (BlacKKKlansman)
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)
Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)
Adam McKay (Vice)

Some notes: 4 out of 5: I was expecting a surprise, and Cold War was an outstanding surprise. The best musical of the year took the spot Bradley Cooper was excepted to glide into.

AWARDS SEASON VERB: Affleck-ing: hit movie by actor that can’t crack the director class.

Best Lead Actor


Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate)
Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)
Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born)
Christian Bale (Vice)

Some notes: 4 out of 5: I was expecting Ethan Hawke to miss, and Dafoe was okay. Hawke was still passed over, a la 20th Century Women.

Best Lead Actress


Glenn Close (The Wife)
Yalitza Apricio (Roma)
Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Lady Gaga (A Star is Born)
Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me)

Some notes: 4 out of 5: Though I appreciate Apricio’s natural, hushed performance, Toni Collette was the best actress of the year. Add Collette, keep Apricio, ditch Gaga, honestly.

Best Supporting Actor


Adam Driver (BlacKKKlansman)
Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
Richard E Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me)
Sam Rockwell (Vice)
Sam Elliott (A Star is Born)

Some notes: 4 out of 5: WHY did Rockwell need this? That’s just lazy for an eh Bush 2.0 impersonation. Missed Elliott for Jordan in a bit of wishful thinking (aka saying fuck it)

Best Supporting Actress


Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)
Emma Stone (The Favourite)
Marina de Tavira (Roma)
Amy Adams (Vice)
Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)

Some notes: 4 out of 5: The big exciting start to the morning was seeing de Tavira’s apperance out of nowhere, riding the Roma wave to a surprise nomination. The rest have been locked for months.

Best Original Screenplay


The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
Vice
First Reformed

Some notes: 5 out of 5!! Got this one right, though I really wanted to see Eighth Grade land a spot. First Reformed got its sole nomination here.

Best Adapted Screenplay


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Can You Ever Forgive Me
A Star is Born
BlacKKKlansman
If Beale Street Could Talk

Some notes: 3 out of 5: Never doubt the Coens. If they’re movie is any good (which I enjoyed Scruggs), they are gonna be nominated. I’m surprised it didn’t get best picture, honestly. A Star is Born’s script is not special; that’s my biggest issue as CYEFM, IBSCT, and BlacKKKlansman are very deserving “SHIIIIIIIIIIIT!”

Best Documentary


Hale County This Morning This Evening
Of Fathers and Sons
Minding the Gap
Free Solo
RBG

Some notes: 3 out of 5: I’m quite glad to have been wrong, expecting box office hits Won’t You Be My Neighbor and Three Identical Strangers to land spots, but the impressive Hale County and the under-the-radar Of Fathers and Sons (stream it on Kanopy) shows that money doesn’t mean they’ll impress the documentary group. RBG I count as a “we need her alive” recognition, and Free Solo has stunned those who like it (I haven’t seen it).

Best Animated Movie


Ralph Breaks the Internet
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse
Mirai

Some notes: 5 out of 5: And not much of an alternative

Best Cinematography


Cold War
Roma
Never Look Away
The Favourite
A Star is Born

Some notes: 3 out of 5: No one predicted Never Look Away’s surprise inclusion, making this a 3 out of 5 foreign film category. Also expected The Favourite’s fisheye to discourage some folks, but glad to see it there

Best Costume Design


Mary Poppins Returns
The Favourite
Black Panther
Mary Queen of Scots
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Some notes: 4 out of 5: Wasn’t expecting Buster Scruggs outside of Song, but the costumes are quite good; took the place of the previously anticipated The Sisters Brothers fills in the spats and spurs role this year. Bohemian Rhapsody missing here actually misses my favorite part of the movie.

Best Production Design


Mary Poppins Returns
The Favourite
Black Panther
First Man
Roma

Some notes: 5 out of 5!! This one was pretty settled up

Best Editing


Vice
BlacKKKlansman
Green Book
The Favourite
Bohemian Rhapsody

Some notes: 1 out of 5: And not pleased with it. Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book…you already know my feelings. Vice is most = best, the likely winner, unless they honor BlacKKKlansman, probably my pick for the bunch. I expected Roma, First Man, A Star is Born, and Mission Impossible Fallout (which had zero noms)

Best Makeup & Hairstyling


Border
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody

Some notes: 1 out of 3: Glad to see Mary Queen of Scots and Vice, actually. Border for the win, though.

Best Sound Mixing


AKA: mixing score, sound effects, dialogue into the movie.

Roma
First Man
Bohemian Rhapsody
A Star is Born
Black Panther

Some notes: 4 out of 5: Black Panther came in where I expected A Quiet Place to creep.

Best Sound Editing


AKA: creating and changing sounds for film

First Man
A Quiet Place
Black Panther
Roma
Bohemian Rhapsody

Some notes: 3 out of 5: And this category isn’t easy to predict. Sometimes the two lists match up, and sometimes sound editing noms make no sense (La La Land, anyone?). Bohemian Rhapsody makes sense as they were overlaying the sounds, and it was well done. Roma was a surprise, but fire, cars, etc were likely created or edited along the line.

Best Score


Black Panther
BlacKKKlansman
If Beale Street Could Talk
Isle of Dogs
Mary Poppins Returns

Some notes: 4 out of 5: BlacKKKlansman took Golden Globe winner First Man’s spot. Isle of Dogs and Mary Poppins Returns are my short comers, though I like both movies.

Best Song


Shallow (A Star is Born)
I’ll Fight (RBG)
All the Stars (Black Panther)
Where the Lost Things Go (Mary Poppins Returns)
When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs)

Some notes: 5 out of 5: should’ve gone broader Scruggs nominatoins

Best Visual Effects


Avengers: Infinity War
First Man
Solo
Christopher Robin
Ready Player One

Some notes: 4 out of 5: They had some mostly traditional effects, but nothing that blew me away.

The shorts will be coming out soon, so I look forward to catching some. I know some of them are around the internet, so maybe I’ll have a search party some evening. Now, it’s just time to wait until February 24 to stress out until the Best Picture announcement and then drunkenly (and hopefully not sadly) trot home.

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