2018 Oscar Nominations Announced

Variety reports:

Oscar nominations for the 90th annual awards were announced on Tuesday morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. Academy President John Bailey was joined by Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis to reveal the nominees in 24 categories.

Best Picture:
“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”

Lead Actor:
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.”

Lead Actress:
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”

Supporting Actor:
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”

Supporting Actress:
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Director:
“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Hit the link for the full list.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Dunkirk should be up for Best Sleep Supprting Movie. Snooze fest.

  • Long Tube of Demons

    Neither Haddish nor Serkis were nominated for their stellar work. They don’t like to nominate comedies or action films in the major categories.

  • JoeMyGod

    With the nomination of “Call Me By Your Name” there’s a chance that a gay-themed movie could win for the second year in a row.

    And you know they’ll do a skit about last year’s “Moonlight” flub.

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      I think “The Post” will take it. (Meryl AND Tom). The kid may take it for “Call me by your Name,” which I saw and while I liked the Italian scenery, the overall experience was meh.

      • band

        It’s gonna be Three Billboards. And McDormand (or Ronan). And Oldman. Hanks didn’t even get nominated (nor should he have).

        It would be nice to see Chalamet upset Oldman.

        • Do Something Nice

          I haven’t yet seen Three Billboards, but I don’t know anyone who likes it.

          • marshlc

            Oh, I liked it just fine, but even while I was in the theatre watching, there were a couple of places where I went “Wait, what? That doesn’t make sense”. And later, thinking it over, the plot holes are big enough to drive a truck through. It’s still a helluva ride, though.

        • marshlc

          I had a wonderful time at Three Billboards, and enjoyed the entire ride, but it’s a pretty deeply flawed movie. The performances and human emotion were spot on, but the plot quite frankly made no sense. I’d like to see her get Best Actress, but would be really surprised to see it make Best Picture.

        • narutomania

          Chalamet’s performance in “Call Me By Your Name” is very good. Easily the best thing about the film (along with Michael Stuhlbarg as his father in the film).

          I haven’t seen any of the other nominated films yet, so I’ll have to reserve judgment on the other actors.

        • daddyarch

          I would like to see Chalamet top Oldman.

      • Do Something Nice

        I didn’t care for “The Post.”

        • Gerry Fisher

          It was “good” when it should have been “great.” And Steven Speilburg just can’t HELP but to put cartoonish types of camera framings into his serious movies. They’re the kinds of shots that get a laugh and lighten up things in movies like “Jurassic Park,” but that mess with the tone of serious dramas. The only time he truly restrained himself was in “Shindler’s List” (maybe “Saving Private Ryan” as well). He made a mess of “The Color Purple,” IMO.

          • Gerry Fisher

            …and I would have like to have seen more of a progression in Streep’s character. She went from tentative to fierce a little too quickly. (I think that was due to editing and/or writing more than her performance.)

          • marshlc

            Yes, I loved her arc, but it was far too quick and easy.

          • Do Something Nice

            It lacked focus and yes, all that half-assed stylized nonsense, such as the film noir scenes, or the newspaper printing scenes added nothing. It was the worst cinematography I’ve seen from a “big budget’ film.

      • Nick in Pasadena

        Same here. I LOVED the book but the movie didn’t have nearly the same effect. Would be nice to see James Ivory receive an Oscar for it though.

    • CharlestonDave

      Two movies with Timothée Chalamet have been nominated for Best Picture.

      His life is probably all downhill from here. 😉

      • narutomania

        He is a truly talented actor. I hope that he is able to keep his wits about him during the new few years as he grows as a person and an actor. It’s always a shame to see when fame and glitz become the ruin of someone.

      • MichaelJ

        Yeah… He got killed off pretty early on in the third movie he was in this year, “Hostiles.”

      • JCF

        Nah, that’s only if he were she (i.e., young actors can age, young actresses—unless they’re named Meryl Streep—get pushed aside in favor of younger actresses).

        Though maybe McDormand is also getting the Streep exception? Wow, over 20 years since she last won (for “Fargo”), she’s the odds-on favorite…

    • FAEN

      Three Billboards will probably win everything if were to go via the Globes and SAG awards.

      • Michael

        You are right but I really don’t get all the hype. The acting performances were superb but the movie was just ok.

      • Nick in Pasadena

        Except the director didn’t get nominated–often a sign the film won’t win.

        • Gayer Than Thou

          The Shape of Water won the PGA award, I think, so that’s another bad sign for Three Billboards.

        • MichaelJ

          I thought Three Billboards was over-rated and was happy its director wasn’t nominated, because it did seem like the Globes and SAG members were rewarding the easiest choices. (I like Frances McDormand, but do we really need to award yet another fierce-woman performance of hers?) Also, the Producer’s Guild awarded The Shape of Water, which perhaps means that Three Billboards won’t win everything.

  • Tawreos

    And another year goes by without my having seen any of the movies on the list. I really need to get out more.

    • Long Tube of Demons

      Get yourself a MoviePass

      • Tawreos

        That won’t help my motivation =)

        • Long Tube of Demons

          Your motivation to leave the house? 🙂

          • Tawreos

            Some days yes. The real problem is that I don’t watch TV and don’t know what is playing so by the time I have heard enough about a movie it is out on DVD or Netflix before I get the urge to check it out. The only movie I have seen in a theater in the last 5 or 6 years is the last Star Wars movie and that was disappointing enough to put me off of movies for a while .

          • Butch

            I beat you. The last movie I saw in a theater was Jurassic Park. Unfortunately I’m serious.

          • FAEN

            Agreed, it was disappointing

      • Not in my

        Movie pass is only good if you’re single. You can’t choose your seats in advance so if you go to a movie that’s mostly sold you end up with horrible seats.

    • another_steve

      Man and I generally wait until they’re available for home viewing. Ridiculous to spend that kind of money for tickets, only to be seated next to someone texting and talking throughout the movie.

      • FAEN

        Depends. If you go to the big AMC plaza’s yeah it can be noisy but if you can catch a movie at an indie theater-ish they tend to be somewhat less expensive, have less people and always quiet. That’s been my experience anyway.

    • CanuckDon

      It just means there are other things out there that you find more interesting. I’m the same way.

    • FAEN

      You should see ‘Call me By your name’.

      • Tawreos

        I would like to see that because the kid is cute in it.

        • FAEN

          He does a fabulous job as does Armie Hammer and the actor who plays the father. Enjoyed it.

          • Craig Howell

            The final shot is just devastating. Timothee should win the Oscar just for that.

          • FAEN

            Yes! That scene on the couch before is also surprising and beautiful.

          • MichaelJ

            The actor who played the father, Michael Stuhlbarg, is a wonderful actor. He was also in The Shape of Water, The Post, and in Amazon’s min-tv series, Fargo, as well as Call Me By Your Name. He deserves more recognition than he gets.

          • FAEN

            Agreed x 10

      • mikemmiv

        I did… meh.

        • FAEN

          No worries. We all like what we like.

          • mikemmiv

            No offense… I though it was cliche.

            I am old enough to have seen movies like this being made during the time period depicted in the film. I have seen it before. So I don’t understand the hype.

          • FAEN

            None taken. I feel the same about the latest ‘Star Wars’, much to my nephew’s disgust.

        • ozbrad

          Me too 3/10 from me.

      • JCF

        Argh, it STILL isn’t in Sacramento! Friday maybe?

    • fuow

      Tell me about it. By the time we drive into town, have dinner, stand in line (our only decent cinema accepts online ticket purchases, but you still have to stand in the same line and go through a LONGER procedure to get the ticket than if you just showed up), waded through the sticky mess call refreshmints (sic), found a dirty seat, got into a fight with a yee-haw asswipe…
      Nope, we wait for the streaming/Blu-Ray release. So much easier.

      • Not in my

        Movies in LA all let you choose your seat online and you get a scannable QR code on your cell phone so you just walk in. ArcLight theaters are all spotless all the time. Scientologists suck but they know how to run good movie theaters.

        • teeveedub

          Is that true? Arclight=Scientology? If I had known that, I never would have been so loyal to them when I lived in L.A. Can I get a refund, please?

          • Not in my

            from what I’m told, yes, that’s who owns that chain.

          • Not in my

            although now that I’m googling it, it’s kinda up in the air as to who owns it… really, who cares? Scientologists own most of the prime real estate in LA… but the church itself is fading away.

      • netxtown

        Same here. Too much strenuous effort. OTOH…RHPS at home just ain’t the same…..

    • Butch

      You wrote the exact post, word for word, that I was planning. It doesn’t help that the nearest theater is a 35-mile drive, but for no reason I’ve ever bothered to really ponder, I rarely enjoy movies, so I don’t have much motivation to make the effort. There are other things I’d rather be doing.

    • Not in my

      I saw Get Out because I was told it was the best movie ever. Actually it was about as good as Return Of The Stepford Wives

      • pablo

        It was nominated because, WOKE!
        Meanwhile, Detroit(a better movie)was ignored.

        • Not in my

          I also thought Moonlight was boring. It was shot nicely… I guess. But there really wasn’t much of a story at all. Not much happens. And it was another one of those movies that just kinda randomly ends.

          • JP

            The first 2 acts of moonlight were brilliant. It was an important film for the black gay community and showed us something we’ve never seen. I cried 3 times. Then the 3rd act came…and yeah..it fell apart

          • JCF

            I liked the plot of all 3 parts. But the actor playing the guy in P3, wasn’t nearly as compelling as the first 2.

          • JP

            For me the ending just felt abrupt. And Chiron deserved an ending. Instead we got a bro hug

          • The idea was that we get to decide what happens to them – and what already happened (I think they had sex, but not everyone agrees) for ourselves. But call me old fashioned, I prefer to see it on screen rather than left to my imagination. I agree that Chiron – and the audience – deserved a better ending.

          • My problem with part 3 is they had the characters’ outcomes backwards. As someone who was beat up by other black kids, starting in elementary school, for being a “faggot”, the idea of going from that to a hardened drug dealer seems unlikely. It is much more likely to happen to Kevin, the boy who is pressured to beat Chiron up after having sex with him in order to prove his masculinity. But I still loved the movie because I did get to see a part of my experience that I never expected to see on screen. Not unlike my reaction to Queer as Folk (both UK & US versions), as someone who had very consensual sex with adult men when I was a teenager. Same feeling about Call Me by Your Name, which I have seen multiple times.

          • JP

            I actually liked Littles.transformation. he was.emulating the only father he ever had

          • pablo

            The awards are kind of a farce. I don’t know if I’ve ever agreed with a Best Picture with the exception of Lawerence of Arabia and that was before I was born.

    • Gerry Fisher

      If you like suspense movies, and if you like gaining an understanding of racism in America, check out “Get Out.” It’s a LOT of fun seeing it in the theater, and I saw it in an equally mixed-race crowd. The audience reactions were…interesting. 🙂

      • JP

        I hated get out. It wasnt that it was a bad film, but it was marketed as a horror comedy. As a black horror buff I was excites to see it but disappointed that it was neither funny or scary.

        • JCF

          I didn’t hate it, but I thought it was over-rated. The plot just ultimately didn’t make sense, and that bothered me. Switching to spoiler font. If they were putting the consciousnesses of old/sick white people, into young black people, why were “Grandma” and “Grampa” working, respectively, as the maid and groundskeeper? It’s like Peele dreamed up the first part—white people Doing Something to Functionally Enslave black people—and then glomming on the “consciousness of old white people” part, w/o it making sense. If he’d just kept it as Enslaving Black People part, THAT would have been believable!

          • JP

            I dont know how to do spoiler font, but the dumber thing was…so do people not notice the missing white people? Does the black person show up at his old bodies place of work?

  • SkokieGuy [Snark McSnarkyface]

    If it wins, the acceptance speech for “Lady Bird” ought to be epic.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0b7d6d4a0c3524f98ef71862280e9fc0fac46af4ea3b79cf4e34814bc5b66363.jpg

    • FAEN

      OMG that made me burst into laughter. Gratzi!

      • SkokieGuy [Snark McSnarkyface]

        These days we need every chuckle we can get! Glad to have helped.

        • FAEN

          Exactly!

  • gaycuckhubby
    • another_steve

      Wow. This kind of thing isn’t covered by Senate ethic rules?

      Senators trying to influence a sitting judge on the Supreme Court?

      • gaycuckhubby

        I think there are very few rules about Supreme Court Justices, it was just institutional norms that regulated their behavior. But we are in the land of trump now nothing matters anymore

      • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

        In DC the crowd always used to mingle (look at Katherine Graham’s parties portrayed in the “The Post”), and DC is a small town with one industry. The tragic thing is that Dems and Reps do NOT mingle and socialize any more now.

        • gaycuckhubby

          But with a sitting SCOTUS judge to “talk about important issues”

          • another_steve

            Exactly, gaycuckhubby. It’s one thing to “socialize” and another thing for a legislator to try to influence a judge who may hear cases involving legislation s/he’s involved in.

          • gaycuckhubby

            This is where I feel like Democrats could have a little bit more of a spine.
            They could demand a Committee hearing to find out what was discussed with the judge.
            They’re not in the majority so there probably would be no Committee hearing but at least threaten it.
            And then demand recusal for any issue that he talked about with a senator

          • Gustav2

            In a year where “The Post” is nominated it is important to remember Katharine Graham had the same kind of dinner parties with DC luminaries of all 3 branches of government discussing important issues facing our country.

      • fuow

        Gorsuch is so far to the christer right, influencing him would be to turn him from a Pope Innocent III into a Bernard_of_Clairvaux.
        (In other words, its ok when rethuglicans do it).

      • Gustav2

        No, it is part of the social scene and has been for centuries.

    • JCF

      After Scalia and Cheney went hunting together (and sadly, Cheney did NOT shoot him in the face), basically all bets were off as far as Rethugs & Conservative judges. Ethics, shmethics: they give no fucks.

  • JoeMyGod
    • Please, not another repeat of THAT fiasco.

      • pablo

        It was a fiasco that La La was even nominated.

        • Do Something Nice

          1,000 up votes.

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      So, I suppose I’m a terrible gay man for not knowing about that? 🙂

      (I shot my TV, years ago)

    • Acronym Jim

      In the undying words of Rick Perry: “oops.”

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    It won’t win but I wish Get Out would win.

    Edited to add that I’ve only seen Get Out, The Shape of Water and Dunkirk in the best movie category. I’m really behind on my movie viewing.

    • Long Tube of Demons

      I think it has a chance. It’s the one film virtually everyone agrees on.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I worry that the horror and fantasy elements might hurt it, something that would also hurt The Shape of Water’s chances.

        • Do Something Nice

          And I believe that the political environment under Trump is what will push “The Post” to win best picture. It is an mediocre movie and I am puzzled by the recognition it is getting.

          • band

            The Post has actually been performing poorly, both critically and in awards. No chance it wins Best Picture. Note that Spielberg didn’t even get nominated.

          • Do Something Nice

            That’s encouraging. I think Spielberg should hide his head in shame for taking an event that has so many fantastic stories and blowing the opportunity. I noted that the first 5 minutes of “The Shape of Water” had more character development of the main character than did the entire length of “The Post.”

          • Gustav2

            Ron Howard bought the rights to the 2016 much talked about book “Hillbilly Elegy” where white folks can’t get a break.

            SMH

    • Acronym Jim

      I’ve only seen Get Out and The Shape of Water. We have tentative plans to see I Tonya next weekend.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Yes, Yes, YES!

  • JoeMyGod
    • JoeMyGod

      You might remember Louis as the queen whose “Jeopardy” snap became viral a few years ago.

      • Dazzer

        He used to be a writer for the much-missed AlfterElton. He is a funny, witty and frequently insightful guy

    • Gustav2

      Barbra Streisand just threw a beige pillow through a French door landing in a bed of beige flowers

  • gaycuckhubby

    I honestly have no desire to see “Call Me By Your Name”
    it feels like a straight movie for straight audiences about straight characters who have a gay fling
    Also, I know the characters ages are not that far apart but in all of the clips I’ve seen it looks like a 40 year old dude macking on a 15 year old

    • fuow

      The book upon which is it based sure as heck is not. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie, have been for some time – we’ll see.
      Certainly ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and ‘Glee’ made progress for us gay men in the general culture and both were criticized heavily within the gay community for precisely the same thing.
      In my book what works, works. But, heh – to each his own.

    • Do Something Nice

      I haven’t seen “Call Me By Your Name” but a GREAT gay-themed move this year was “God’s Own Country.”

      • gaycuckhubby

        Now that I want to see!

    • Long Tube of Demons

      It’s lovely.

    • Grant

      SPOILER: At least one of them is not a straight character. Movie is excellent. Go see it!

    • JCF

      I agree that it doesn’t help that Chalamet, if anything, looks younger than his part. And Hammer is older than his character by over 10 years.

      …but I want to see it anyway. I’m a sucker for gay first time stories (male or female), and then throw in Italy…

  • Do Something Nice

    I can’t believe that “The Florida Project” didn’t get nominated for Best Picture.

    • Long Tube of Demons

      That was my favorite by far.

    • djcoastermark

      Too much reality for the gen pop to handle. It is a good movie, even more so when you know the filming locations.

    • band

      Call Me By Your Name edged it out.

    • MichaelJ

      That is a shame. At least Wilhem Dafoe got recognized with a nomination.

  • makaylab

    And another year goes by without my having seen any of the movies on the list. I really need to get out more.

    • PickyPecker

      Awww…..a newborn bot! How cute.

      • Joe in PA

        Why do you say “bot’? Definitely ‘newborn’ though. Hmmm.

        • Gretchen

          It’s a word for word copy of a post down thread.

          • Joe in PA

            Got it, thanks.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        On the upside, at least we weren’t subjected to a BS scam pitch.

  • gaycuckhubby

    The Advocate must be so pleased!!!

    *tone deaf assholes

    https://twitter.com/TheAdvocateMag/status/951249455004577793

  • gaycuckhubby

    Anyone seen 3 Billboards? Was thinking about watching it soon

    • band

      It’s worth seeing. Fantastic performances. Twisted story. Exceedingly dark. But I’m not sure how it’s managed to become the favorite for Best Picture.

      • band

        BUT if you’re looking for twisted, I’d recommend seeing I, Tonya first.

        • djcoastermark

          That’s what we did. “I Tonya ” then “3 Billboards.” Great way to see those 2 films.

    • marshlc

      Enjoyed it a lot. Go for the performances and the emotion, but don’t be too picky about things like “Wait, shouldn’t he be in jail?”

  • Michael R
    • Joe in PA

      I could watch that nose all day. 🙂

      • TuuxKabin

        Wanna smooch on it

    • netxtown

      Cuz he’s got ….. personality!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBiJAxgZFFI

      • Wayne

        OMG my sister had that album!

    • SkokieGuy [Snark McSnarkyface]

      He is suffering from Frosty Snoot syndrome, which can be addressed with nose scritches and kisses.

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN
    • FAEN

      Saw the preview-on my list to see. .

    • JCF

      Dramatic Short category?

      • Danieruw

        Foreign language film – from Chile

  • ChrisMorley

    OT

    Teletubbies’ Tinky Winky actor Simon Barnes dies aged 52

    Tributes paid to actor who played purple Teletubby who always carried a handbag

    ‘Barnes was a trained ballet dancer and choreographer, but found fame as the tallest Teletubby who always carried a red “magic” handbag.
    He became embroiled in a furore over the sexuality of Tinky Winky, who was accused of being a gay role model who could be morally damaging to children by evangelical preacher Jerry Falwell in 1999. “He is purple – the gay-pride colour; and his antenna is shaped like a triangle – the gay-pride symbol,’’ he wrote in the
    National Liberty Journal.
    “People always ask me if Tinky Winky is gay,” Barnes said. “But the character is supposed to be a three-year-old so the question is really quite silly.”’
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BeIZV9xHx8t/
    Teletubbies first aired on BBC on 31 March 1997.

    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jan/23/teletubbies-tinky-winky-actor-simon-barnes-dies-aged-52

  • Sam_Handwich
    • another_steve

      The smart money’s on that Reuben Sandwich who’s in the zombie film everyone’s talking about.

    • Joe in PA

      And once again Pumpernickel is shut out. Pathetic.

      • another_steve

        NYC Jewish delis – those that are still around – have limited influence in Hollywood these days.

      • TuuxKabin

        How rye.

        • Joe in PA

          Groan. 🙂

      • RaygunsGoZap

        #OscarsSoWhitebread

        • JCF

          Doh! Don’t be so sour.

      • It Takes a Village, People

        Down with the pastryarchy!

    • M Jackson

      I cried when you came down the red carpet, and I will never fault you for your historic attack against E!’s Juliana Rancic’s claim that you abused pork, standing in a vintage ‘70s Halston pantsuit with a dripping drumstick clutched in your hand.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Lauri Metcalf is nominated?
    Okay, I can get behind that!

    • MichaelJ

      I really hope Metcalf wins, especially since the front runner at this point seems to be Allison Janney, whose over-the-top performance as the mother from hell didn’t bring any depth to the character. I also didn’t see what was special about Mary J. Blige’s performance, and Octavia Spencer was not much that we haven’t seen from her before.

    • JCF

      You’re surprised? She used to be a shoo-in…then Allison Janney upped the ante on the “difficult mother” performance!

  • alc2018
  • Gerry Fisher

    I’m not as big a “new movie” goer as I used to be. The only “Best Picture” movie I’ve seen is “Get Out,” and *man* I loved that movie. (Probably won’t win. It’s theme was certainly serious enough, but it’s way too quirky.)

    • Gerry Fisher

      Oh…sorry…I saw “The Post.” Very, very good, but not awesome.

  • Leo
  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    I care nothing about the oscars but if Guillermo del Toro wins for a Best Director, it will be the fourth time in the last 5 years that a Mexican has won that award. I think that’s pretty cool

    • TuuxKabin

      Si, si si guapo.

  • jayjonson

    Glad to see that James Ivory was nominated for “Best Adapted Screenplay” for “Call Me By Your Name.”

    • MichaelJ

      He just might win given his age and that he has been nominated three times before (for Best Director) but hasn’t won. And he deserves to win. He did a great job adapting the book, which is written in the first-person (Elio’s), for the screen.

  • ChrisMorley

    OT

    ‘Love Is Love’: media firm uses LGBT language to send anti-gay message

    Evangelical group rejects claims its BuzzFeed-style videos, aimed at ‘the next generation’, preach conversion therapy

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/23/lgbt-rights-anti-gay-video-love

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      Love me, or I’ll torture you forever…

      I’ll find some other god, thanks. Or just stop believing in one at all. 😀

  • gaycuckhubby

    It is stunning to me that Get Out is up for Best Picture!
    In a good way
    I thought it was great.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I think it had great performances and what really makes the film is its handling of overall story tone.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Kind of on-topic.
    When Trump won the day after the election, I turned to my husband and said “well at least we’ll get some good music and movies out of this next four years”
    I expected an outpouring of politically tinged artwork.
    Disappointingly, I haven’t really seen it. But I think that’s why The Post will win

    • Jerry Kott

      3 Billboards is a very Political movie and has been cleaning up. It harnesses the rage many have been feeling for the last year.

      • JCF

        I haven’t seen it, but that’s the feeling I’m getting. “MeToo” rage unbound.

        • Jerry Kott

          You should see it. Way beyond “Metoo”. Her rage is white hot but often you have to be that angry to get things done. Never underestimate the rage of a pissed off mother who believes she has nothing too lose.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    I didn’t see anything special that Woody Harrelson did in 3 Billboards.

  • Not in my

    Get Out? Really? Can We please stop pretending that a mostly-entertaining b-thriller movie is great art? The way people pretend that movie was 10 times better than it was has become embarrassing.

    • I thought it was great.

      • Not in my

        I also enjoyed Return Of The Stepford Wives with Sharon Gless and Julie Cavner, but it didn’t deserve Best Picture, either.

        • BostonBud

          Or Grease 2…just sayin

    • Do Something Nice

      Both “Crash” and “The English Patient” won Best Picture,” and the “The Shape of Water” is at least 10 times better than either of those films.

    • Chris Beckett

      Couldn’t disagree more. You’re really watering down a lot of the subtleties of the movie with your comparison.

      The real eye-roll in this whole thing is I, Tonya. What a cartoon of a movie.

    • It Takes a Village, People

      They don’t give Oscars for art. It’s an industry award that the industry gives to itself to celebrate and publicize itself.

  • gaycuckhubby

    sometimes over the course of the day, 90% of the posts here are about Trump or the budget or special investigators or straight pornstars. sometimes I almost forget this is a gay blog. Then we get the Oscar thread…

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  • Buford

    It’s amazing to see ‘Get Out’ receiving all of these accolades. What an incredible first effort by Jordan Peele!!

    • Not in my

      What’s amazing Ian watching people pretend it’s more than an entertaining b-thriller.

    • FAEN

      I enjoyed it but don’t think it’s Oscar worthy IMHO.

      • Buford

        Yep… your opinion. Obviously, lots of others disagree. I personally thought it was extremely well-written and directed by Peele, and the acting could not have been more perfect.

        • FAEN

          Like I said, I went to see it and enjoyed it but Oscar worthy? I don’t see it.

          • Buford

            i heard you… your opinion… we get it.

          • FAEN

            No need to be snippy.

          • Buford

            I’ll stop being ‘snippy’ when you forego this irrational need to reiterate that you, personally, didn’t think ‘Get Out’ was Oscar-worthy. We get it. Nobody’s arguing with you. Let it go.

    • JP

      I dont get how a movie that was billed as a horror comedy but was neither scary or funny can be oscar worthy

      • Buford

        I dunno… maybe you should ask The Academy… and the Golden Globes nominating committee… and SAG nominating committee… and The Directors Guild… and the Critics’ Choice nominating committee… etc, etc, etc.

  • AJD

    I’m hoping “Blade Runner 2049” wins at least one of those so the academy can redeem itself for overlooking the original in 1983 in favor of giving everything to “Gandhi.”

    • band

      Deakins is the favorite for Best Cinematography.

    • Mikey

      I was disappointed by Blade Runner 2049. Maybe because I had heard so much hype about it? It’s beautiful, and well-acted and all, but it might have gone a bit further visually. The story did feel a bit run-of-the-mill to me, which is fine. But the visual aspect of the film is, I think, what sort of let me down.

      Not having seen it at a cinema I bought it on Bluray, and got to see it for the first time last week. Oh, and don’t tell me “it has to be seen on the big screen”… I have a 9′ projection screen, in HD, with all the bells and whistles (which get annoying during quiet parts… all that clanging and tweeting!), so the screen is actually a LOT larger proportionately than what I would see at my local cinema.

      I’ll watch it again later, maybe (more than likely, actually) my opinion will change over time.

  • BeaverTales

    First year in 2 decades that I’ve seen exactly none of them….and that was when i was being tortured in grad school. I hereby turn in my gay card for lack of activity.

  • Leo

    I do NOT understand all the hype over Three Billboards. Still confused. So much of the script and acting (except for McDormand) felt ham-fisted.

  • marshlc

    I’ve seen Three Billboards, The Post, and Get Out, and while I thought they were all very good movies, they all had some pretty big flaws. I want to see Phantom Thread, Ladybird, and Call Me by your Name before I think too hard about best picture.

    • Leo

      Ladybird is quiet and not pretentious to a fault and so underrated. Incredibly disappointed by Phantom Thread – Daniel Day-Lewis in particular.

      The aesthetics (direction, etc.) of Call Me By Your Name rescue what I otherwise thought was a ho-hum storyline and decent acting that’s been vastly overblown by the press.

      I personally want Get Out to win Best Picture but that would be too radical a decision for a still very stodgy Academy.

      • marshlc

        I didn’t really think of Get Out as particularly radical – it’s essentially the Stepford Wives. Which is in no way a dig at it – that’s a powerful and interesting way to look at inequality. But the book of the Stepford Wives was written in, what, 1970? Surely this is not a new and radical idea

        • Leo

          I could make that argument about every film nominated including Get Out though. It’s all relative. None of them are “radical” really which is why the way-out-there Shape of Water is dominating and will probably win, which I also don’t understand at all.

          • marshlc

            I don’t swim in the mainstream much – read a lot, watch a lot of old movies, arthouse, cult – and so I tend to not have a very good idea about what is considered radical. I’d certainly be OK with Get Out winning, as the only real problem I had with it is that to me there was not much new there, as “Oh, no, they’re stealing your souls!” is pretty old hat in the horror genre. There was no twist in the story – from the combination of the title and the first five minutes, we know that something terrible is happening to black men, and now it’s just a matter of sitting back and enjoying the ride.

            Which I did, don’t get me wrong. But the press that was calling it startling, and genre busting, and, yes, radical, just made me think “Wait, have you never seen a movie before?”

          • Do Something Nice

            “The Shape of Water,” compared to the rest that I’ve seen, is flawless. Still, I’m puzzled that it got so many nominations, including Best Picture, but maybe it is because it is kind of a ‘feel good’ movie with a story told in a dark genre. While not radical, it is unlike most movies I’ve seen in the past 2 decades.

          • Mikey

            remember that when judging a film, one should not (I emphasize the “should”) ONLY judge the story or the telling of the story.

            A film is a fortuitous coming-together of elements from all of the arts: sound, music, word, dance (I think of acting and cinematography as forms of dance), colour (painting), sculpture (set design)… AND story telling.

            For a film to be great it has to do more than tell a great story.

            I am often frustrated when I read people easily dismissing fantasy or sci-fi or even horror films as “not worthy” (in whatever form they actually word it, this is the essential distillation: it is not worthy of my – or serious – attention).

            I’ve seen some films that have been criminally overlooked by audiences and critics, or dismissed out of hand, which have included some of the most brilliant camera work, subtle use of colour or texture as a linking device within the story, fantastic use of a single phrase repeated throughout a film which shifts in meaning as the narrative advances, etc…

            Film is more than story.
            If someone wants story, read the book. The film you run in your head will be more satisfying.
            But if you want to see the magical mixture of all of mankind’s artistic endeavours, watch a movie, with an open mind, and watch it, truly WATCH the movie, the camera movement, the angles chosen, the colours, the textures, the framing and timing of events on the screen. Therein lies the wonder of the filmic arts.

    • Do Something Nice

      “Lady Bird” is a good movie. But do include “The Shape of Water” on your list. It is a great movie.

      • marshlc

        The trailers turned me off – I really didn’t like the look of it. Up until I saw a trailer I was all in, but I thought it looked like a video game.

        • Do Something Nice

          Well, give it a chance. It is lovingly quirky.

          • marshlc

            I probably will at some point – my daughter loved it.

  • mikemmiv

    Tiffany Haddish should have gotten a supporting actor nom.

  • M Jackson

    I’m happy. Lots of good movies this year, all the nominees match my scratch sheet.

    I wish there was more love for I Tonya in the non-acting categories, it’s a surprisingly good film. Although I passionately want Laurie Metcalf to be recognized for her complex portrait of a difficult mother, over Allison Janney’s more cartoonish, albeit very memorable, gorgon-mother. (I’ve seen Laurie Metcalf onstage several times; I think she is close to being the best actress in the country.)
    In that same category, one to see is Leslie Manville’s crackling enigmatic performance as the “Mrs Danvers” of The Phantom Thread.

    I just saw The Shape Of Water and it is marvelous. A rapturous fairy tale.
    Since it wasn’t eligible for Oscar, here’s the beautiful theme song with Renee Fleming.
    https://youtu.be/x3Rn6TX6wAc

    • Mikey

      Considering the very sorry state of film music, since John Williams has been slowing down a bit with age and the passing of Jerry Goldsmith (and so many other greats with real musical training and background), Alexandre Desplats is as close as we’ll get to finding that musical greatness again.
      I doubt he’ll ever hit the same brilliant notes as Williams or Goldsmith, but it’s still far far better than anything that hack Zimmer can throw together in one of his synths.

      • coram nobis

        What about Patrick Doyle or Howard Shore as current figures?

        • Mikey

          Patrick Doyle is capable but simply not of the same calibre as Goldsmith or Williams.
          I like some of Shore’s pieces, but those are most definitely not of the same calibre.
          However, also remember that neither Doyle nor Shore are spring chickens.

          • coram nobis

            It has been a long time since the day of Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini, Miklos Rosza, or Dmitri Tiomkin.

          • Mikey

            absolutely. great composers with VERY solid musical backgrounds.

            Not that I’d ever compare myself to those great composers, but it frustrates me no end to now see “composers” in Hollywood with next to no musical training calling themselves composers. I know the amount of work that goes into training to be a composer. I don’t just have my graduate degree in composition, I also have decades of private lessons, and decades of learning harmony and counterpoint and orchestration and even music history (to contextualize the harmony, counterpoint, orchestration, etc…)

            This new generation do all of their work on synths, then have someone ELSE do the actual orchestration. They don’t even have to KNOW anything about the instruments they are using, they just base it on whatever their synths sound like.
            It’s not bitterness on my part (I hate working in film, tried it, dumped it), but annoyance that so many incompetent people are getting credit for doing what was once done by people with such profound understanding and years and years of training.

            The saddest thing, to me, is seeing interviews with these “composers” about how they admire Williams and Goldsmith, and yet can’t even be bothered to get a fraction of the serious training that those two giants received.

    • Garrett Sparks

      Agreed about Laurie Metcalf. Saw her in Misery on stage and she was perfect.

    • JCF

      [I really liked “Shape of Water” also]

      My favorite song didn’t get nominated either (Le Sigh. Sorry, “Sufjan Stevens”—never heard of the guy—but I find your song insipid)

      This song, I think about all the time, since I saw the movie (only fair—though Emma Stone was good) last September:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUAKjRTVE_g

  • zhera

    Nothing for Sebastian Stan. 🙁 But I guess the bad guy in ‘I,Tonya’ isn’t Oscar-worthy material, no matter how good the actor is.

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  • TuuxKabin

    Go Coco and Loving Vincent!!!

    • Jerry Kott

      Loving Vincent is a Beautiful movie and it made me cry.

      • TuuxKabin

        Coco did as well, to me, my roots are there, so it was good to see something non exploitive about a cultural ritual.

  • Pete Wascher

    “dunkirk” not worthy, imho, of a nomination for “best picture”–no context provided to indicate how important an event dunkirk was, the actual rescue underplayed, focusing instead on the mayhem.

  • stevenj

    Saw The Shape of Water last night. Highly recommend.

    • JCF

      Beauty & the Beast plus 1) Sassy black friend, and 2) Snappy gay friend! [No, seriously, I liked very much.] But (spoiler font) Didn’t your worry for Sassy&Snappy at the end? Left there on the dock w/ a dead white man? Unless a black friend from the TSA suddenly shows up [Best Pic Mash-Up!], aren’t they going to be in Trouble w/ a capital T and that rhymes w/ P and that stands for PIN the murder of the white man on the {N word} and [email protected]?

  • Lazycrockett

    Allison Janney walked away with a supporting oscar in the first 5 minutes shes on screen.

    • Garrett Sparks

      Agreed, but I really loved Laurie Metcalf’s understated performance in Lady Bird. But Janney was more showy, so she will win (not a complaint, just an observation).

      • Lazycrockett

        Metcalf was the only thing I liked bout Lady Bird. I thought it was meh overall.

      • It Takes a Village, People

        I think you’re right. Janney’s performance has Oscar Bait written all over it. She’s great, but I really appreciated the subtlety of Metcalf. Alas, they don’t’give Oscars for that.

  • HZ81

    Another year and I’ve seen little, but Three Billboards was excellent! Woody is the new Gene Hackman—just fucking good in everything.

    Get Out was good but I was not as blown away by it as others have been. And yaaay Mary J.

    And… scene!

  • JCF

    Yay, homegirl Greta Gerwig got nominated! [I hope Natalie Portman shaming the HFPA at the Golden Globes for their directorial sausage-fest, had an impact.]

    Damn, Armie Hammer got stiffed (as it were). So did Tom Hanks for “The Post” (did anyone see Denzel’s flick? Just never heard anything about it)

    Clearly, Best Actor is Frances McDormand’s and Gary Oldman’s to lose… [Still feel ambivalent re seeing “Three Billboards”: just doesn’t feel like a movie that would appeal to me]

  • Gene Perry

    “Three Billboards” for best film & actress, “Dunkirk” will take all the cimemotography stuff. Love to see TC get the actor award for “CMBYN,” but the best actor will go to a man, not a boy (sorry tim).

  • Dunkerblinker

    I have heard of one of those movies…I am out of the loop I guess.