The 2018 Oscar Nominees Are Here

Read ’em and weep

Well, the Oscar race has officially begun and we got a whole bunch to choose from. Take a gander at this year’s nominees.

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

Animated Feature:

“The Boss Baby”
“The Breadwinner”
“Coco”
“Ferdinand”
“Loving Vincent”

Animated Short:

“DeKalb Elementary”
“The Eleven O’Clock”
“My Nephew Emmett”
“The Silent Child”
“Watu Wote/All of Us”

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:

“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh

Cinematography:

“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Edith+Eddie”
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405”
“Heroin(e)”
“Knife Skills”
“Traffic Stop”

Best Live Action Short Film:

“Dear Basketball”
“Garden Party”
“Lou”
“Negative Space”
“Revolting Rhymes”

Best Foreign Language Film:

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“Loveless” (Russia)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden)

Film Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green
“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King
“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:

“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:

“Beauty and the Beast”
“Blade Runner 2049″
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”

Original Score:

“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood
“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell

Original Song:

“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:

“Darkest Hour”
“Victoria and Abdul”
“Wonder”

Costume Design:

“Beauty and the Beast”
“Darkest Hour
“Phantom Thread”
“The Shape of Water”
“Victoria and Abdul”

Visual Effects:

  • I’ll have to get back to you with that once I re-watch Skyfall, I only saw it once when it came out. I don’t remember it being particularly great cinematography-wise, except for the finale at the old house

  • Indianamcclain

    I gotta disagree with you there. Skyfall looks incredible. I think it’s some of Deakins best work.

  • 1 2 3 4

    I’ve only seen Dunkirk.

  • Ok, I didn’t follow that at all, but in this case it does make sense to me: Life of Pi was gorgeous, and the other one, albeit well-made and all that, pretty much just looked like another modern James Bond flick

  • Indianamcclain

    I almost get the feeling that Deakins won’t get it. I remember thinking he was a lock for Skyfall, but he lost to Life of Pi.

  • Indianamcclain

    To be fair though, hasn’t Spielberg always been like that? This is the sixth time he’s released 2 movies is one year.

  • Indianamcclain

    The way characters interact with each other is similar to something like Rushmore.

  • Indianamcclain

    That’s why I get pissed off when people get up in arms about a certain race, or gender not being represented. The Oscars should be about talent, but unfortunately it’s just a popularity contest. The whole thing is a joke.

  • No shit, it’s the Oscars.
    Their nominations are rarely if ever about the art of film-making itself and more about external factors, like “What would be a good PR move?” or “Who do we want to have with us this year”

  • I suppose we should all be gladly surprised that Logan got anything at all in the more prestigious awards, but I was still kind of hoping for a nod to Jackman or Stewart, they both deserve it.
    Same goes for Blade Runner 2049, glad it got anything (and if there’s any logic and/or justice to these Deakins will be recognized and win for best cinematography), but it could have very well been in the race for best picture too.
    Eh, who cares

  • TheDeadFellow
  • Larry Version 3

    Yeah I looked it up at this point haha. Doesnt sound like a bad film and i’d give it a watch someday.
    Cant say that I have.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    Strongly disagree. I think that movie is complex and well done in just about every aspect.

  • TheDeadFellow

    It’s the new film by Paul Thomas Anderson. Do your mcfreakin’ research.

    Also pointless shilling time but did you see my top ten of 2017 list?

  • William Dhalgren

    I guess what I’m saying is that even moreso in the last couple of years, storytelling has become secondary to activism. Movies are suffering because of it. In my opinion. Kids movies and shows are the worst. Very few of those are message-free.

  • DropYourLinen

    Meh, 2049 just wasn’t award-worthy in comparison to anything else. I know it topped a lot of lists, but I think that speaks more to the current lack of grand-scale, compelling sci-fi.

  • Larry Version 3

    Correct me if I’m wrong but what you’re saying is that the political and social commentary has lost any subtlety and is just thrust in your face? Because if so, I agree completely XD

  • Larry Version 3

    I honestly believe Gosling’s acting in BR was far superior to any performance in Get Out. The script was stronger. The direction and visuals were far more impressive. The score was amazing. I don’t get how it couldn’t be nominated for best picture.
    Have not heard of Phantom thread haha but I shall look it up XD

  • William Dhalgren

    You think? I feel like Hollywood has already sold its soul. To the extent that we can talk about it as if it’s a monolith, It’s undeniably pandering to very specific politically motivated groups. And it’s hurting their films. I don’t have numbers to back this up, but more and more I hear stories about people who are being alienated from whatever slice of pop culture they use to escape the day-to-day. I feel like Hollywood needs to just continue walking off that cliff and further alienate regular people who pay to see movies rather than sermons. Let it implode in the hopes that something better, smarter, and purer can rise for the ashes.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    With the exception of chariots of fire, ordinary people and driving miss daisy winning, i agree

  • True. And perhaps due to the rise of social media it’s made more evident. However I recall an interview ben affleck did where he said he couldn’t watch a film with a republican in it bc he knew he wouldn’t get along with him in real life. Which seems absurd.

    Social media allows for any small critique to become a huge issue.

    Films nowadays almost need that hook to drum up social media talk.

  • Indianamcclain

    They didn’t suck in the 70’s, and early 80’s.

  • Indianamcclain

    So let me get this straight. Groups don’t think the Oscars are inclusive. This presumably puts the Academy in a position where they’re actively excluding directors based off of the race/gender. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1242b9da29c773515a2f58abe9d29ad0ae68b4526d5a14524b8f29a92bbfb5ed.gif

  • Sailor Monsoon

    My knife is gonna make it everyones problem

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Yeah but if i win, we all lose

  • Sailor Monsoon

    They got my dollar

  • William Dhalgren

    Why do I feel like FOREVER SUCK should be the name of a whorehouse in the mall. Plop it down between Hot Topic and Journey, take walk in appointments, and you got yourself a winning business.

  • William Dhalgren

    You’re too much, too much. But seriously, I’d like to thank my editor, my agent, and my mommy and my daddy. You guys believed in me. And look where I am now. Thank you all. Good night.

  • William Dhalgren

    Films have always done political commentary and, at least to some degree, have historically been about progress of one kind or another. But now it feels like film has fucked off any pretense of being art first and has resigned itself to doing campaign work and activism. If the audience is also entertained, that’s just a side effect.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Ooooooooooooooooo
    I see what you did there and i like it

  • William Dhalgren

    He is a Wild Thang.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    A goddamn rebel

  • William Dhalgren

    Tone Loc; Doesn’t Recycle

  • William Dhalgren

    FOREVER SUCK

  • William Dhalgren

    I’m pulling for you, man.

  • William Dhalgren

    Sounds like a personal problem, Sails.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    It stands for whatever you want it to stand for.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I think he and Hunter were both fantastic and thought either one would’ve gotten one

  • Cap_N_Jack

    I don’t know how crazy you’ll think I am, but I would have been cool with Ray Romano getting a nod. He was crazy good in that film.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    Thoroughly Laudable; Definitely Read is what I assume that stands for.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    The thought of a kid twenty years from now unable to go to college because their father spent their tuition money on a hot tip that the boss baby was going to win makes me chuckle uncontrollably

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Tl;DR
    The academy sucks and has always sucked and will never not suck.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I’m actually shocked that the big sick didn’t get a nom.
    I thought it was gonna get a couple

  • Cap_N_Jack

    Right? I’ve not seen many, but that slot easily could have gone to The Florida Project, Blade Runner, or Girls Trip The Emoji Movie Transformers The Dark Tower The Big Sick.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    Having had some time to think, I would posit the problem with BR: 2049 being snubbed is as follows. This year, the academy decided to recognize a horror film, a monster flick, and a Black Comedy with awards. This shows a willingness to branch out at least a little. But each of those films has a hook (social commentary, love of classic cinema, and Frances McDormand). Blade Runner, while a flawed film, feels like a summation of the beauty inherent to the science fiction genre, and the ignoring of it feels like a nod to the fact that there’s no way for science fiction to be anything but a second class citizen to the academy.

    All that said, it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    But it irks me something awful that they don’t take full advantage of every available slot.
    There’s no reason only 9 films were nominated this year

  • Indianamcclain

    Same here. I like that it allows for more variety in terms of genre.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Everyone knows the best Streep is Gary Oldman in a wig

  • dnwilliams

    “And the Academy Award for Best Streep goes to… Cate Blanchett!”

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Shoe shine boy
    Alligator wrestler
    Mascot for a community college lacrosse team (i was a wombat)

  • 😐

  • Sailor Monsoon

    The Russian gulag
    Taxidermist apprentice
    Porn fluffer

  • Sailor Monsoon

    That makes it doubly impressive

  • Some host should do that one year after she reaches like her 25th nom. Have the audience polled and present Streep with an oscar in her likeness for whatever role wins.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I’ve re-read it at least twenty times and i have no idea.
    It feels like a Da Vinci code riddle

  • dnwilliams

    It’s really not though! That’s part of why it’s so impressive on a performance level. I think the only truly unscripted scene, judging by interviews I’ve listened to, is the POV shot over the restaurant table, where it looks like a bunch of adlibs that they kept in the edit.

  • Wondering whether to file this bit of history under “Russian Mermaid Backstory” or “Sailor Monsoon Backstory”

    Hallmark, KFC, where else have you worked?

  • William Dhalgren

    Kinda hostile, huh?

  • Sailor Monsoon

    He already did.
    Any scene involving ronan in the grand budapest hotel is better than all of lady bird.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I don’t mind it

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I didn’t expect screenplay because i guarantee it’s far too improvised for them to nominate

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I actually worked at hallmark believe it or not.
    I didn’t last long however.
    I got fired after ending all the “roses are red” poems with “let’s fuck like beasts.”

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I actually have a bet going with my buddy.
    I am so certain that lady bird will win best picture, I’m betting a keg

  • dnwilliams

    I thought Screenplay/Picture for sure.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I’m actually shocked.
    I thought it would get at least 5

  • dnwilliams

    I don’t agree with you, but I can understand why you would feel that way. The problem is the focus has been on recognition over production. What really needs to happen is that Hollywood’s output becomes so diverse that it would seem ridiculous to exclude minority filmmakers.

    Right now it’s slim pickings, so it’s conspicuous when only one movie is included, and genre movies (Blade Runner 2049 included!) always feel a little out of place when it comes to Oscar nominations in truth, so Get Out is a bit of a double whammy.

    Fences and Moonlight were more obviously Oscar-worthy black films. No one is quibbling about The Big Sick’s recognition though, probably because it fits so neatly in the Sundance indie box it feels like the little festival movie that could.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I still haven’t seen it

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I didn’t expect it to get anything but acting noms but I’m sad that Bria Vinaite was overlooked.
    She gave one of the best performances of the year hands down

  • Sounds like a personal problem.

  • TheDeadFellow

    It would in my book. But Phantom Thread beats them all.

  • I feel you. The lines between social/political and Hollywood are becoming blurred.

  • dnwilliams

    I’m tired of the “up to ten” nominees thing when it comes to Best Picture. I’m always looking the “real” nominees. I’d guess it’d look something like the below, if it weren’t bloated.

    “Call Me by Your Name”
    “Dunkirk”
    “Phantom Thread”
    “The Shape of Water”
    “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

  • William Dhalgren

    Honestly, I can’t make heads or tails of your comment.

  • dnwilliams

    “have only seen GET OUT the one time and had my fill, it being a B-movie now being touted as prestige”

    The Academy is probably moving away from prestige picture oscarbait choices almost entirely. I mean, even you’re asking for Blade Runner 2049, and while I love this shit out of that movie, it’s more The Dark Knight than Dunkirk, if you take my meaning.

  • TheDeadFellow

    Vodka on the rocks.

  • dnwilliams

    “Wes Anderson comes to mind.”

    I haven’t seen it yet, but it doesn’t look anything like a Wes Anderson movie to me.

  • dnwilliams

    No one respects Jackie boy.

  • dnwilliams

    Speaking of which, no love for A Ghost Story? The pie scene alone!

  • dnwilliams

    Just introduce a Best Streep category.

  • dnwilliams

    I’m mostly confused not to see Florida Project nommed.

  • “???” Yourself. Go watch those movies if you don’t understand.

  • Indianamcclain

    He’s been very smart with the projects he’s chosen post Twilight.

  • William Dhalgren

    I welcome your additional remarks, Soups. Always.

  • Indianamcclain

    True, and he was good in the film.

  • DryButSoupy

    I did. *Jots it down on his watch list.*

  • Larry Version 3

    I feel like most people forget War for the Planet of the Apes even came out this year lol

  • DryButSoupy

    I’d like to echo your sentiment, but with an additional question mark.

  • Larry Version 3

    I feel like the ‘diversity’ issue really shit on the truly great films. Watching Get Out and Blade Runner 2049 side by side there is no way GO would beat BR in any category whatsoever.

    And its obvious that James Franco was shafted due to those recent accusations. How can he win at every other award thing but not even get a nomination here?

  • DryButSoupy

    I thought the internet was populated almost exclusively by toddlers.

  • William Dhalgren

    I think I agree with this, actually.

  • William Dhalgren

    Ugh

  • William Dhalgren

    Never mind this bit: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/30/opinion/sunday/if-donald-trump-targets-journalists-thank-obama.html

    But you can’t expect ideologues to be intellectually honest or anything.

  • William Dhalgren

    Would you like something to wash that down?

  • William Dhalgren

    ???

  • William Dhalgren

    It’s not a surprise, is it?

  • William Dhalgren

    They have to give it to a woman this year. Hollywood will burn if they don’t.

  • William Dhalgren

    I didn’t watch the Oscars last year, and I had already decided not to watch this year. I’m done. I’m not sure why I even clicked this article.

  • You should write valentines cards. That’s a beautiful comment on love.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I haven’t seen it.
    I just needed another film to bust balls

  • King Alvarez

    He was the stand out in it for me. Glad to see he’s outgrown the shitshadow of the twilight films.

  • ResonanceCascade

    Pattinson was great in it, though. I didn’t know he was in it beforehand, and I had to check IMDB to confirm that it was really him under that beard.

  • King Alvarez

    I think it saw itself as one but I agree with you. It was good, not great, and Hunam has a tendency to overact a bit.

  • Nokoo

    I’m neither glad nor disappointed in having seen it; it was just another movie to me.

  • ResonanceCascade

    I’m surprised to see so much hunger for a Lost City of Z nod. I thought it was a perfectly fine movie, but I never really saw it as an awards-getter.

  • ResonanceCascade

    I think Logan was pretty great, but in a year this competitive, I just don’t think it ever really had a shot at the big ones. Add in the early in the year release date, and it’s double points stacked against it.

    Although I’ll say this: I’d replace Dunkirk with Logan in a heartbeat on the Best Picture noms. Dunkirk didn’t even crack my top ten, and I still haven’t seen several major contenders.

  • ResonanceCascade

    The subtext of the movie isn’t “racism is real and bad.” That’s the text. The movie wears that on its sleeve. I keep seeing people trash it for not being subtle about that, when that’s not where the subtlety comes in at all.

    When I say layered, I mean the way it works tonally and dramatically. Not that it has hidden political commentary (although I do think the commentary is exceptionally sharp and clear).

  • Nokoo

    They can, or they can be damned obvious as to where you’ll end up as was the case with GET OUT for me.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    It’s not an emotional paradox
    A thing doesn’t have to be perfect to garner affection

  • TRUTH. But I consider anything past the top 6 (acting, pic, dir) to be almost “they wanted this as a best pic nom give em screenplay” or “they wanted Serkis nominated so give em visual effects”

    It’s that Top 6 that’s the prestigious ones you see end up on bluray covers. It’s the others where the bluray covers have “WINNER OF 3 OSCARS (just don’t ask us what they were for)”

  • ResonanceCascade

    Logan got a best adapted screenplay nod. A first for superhero movies. That’s actually a pretty big deal.

  • You’re creating an emotional paradox.

    Although, I hate Citizen Kane but love the ending. You know why? Because the movie was finally over.

    *rimshot*

  • Nokoo

    But that’s all basic storytelling: text and subtext, and the subtext is never buried that deep under the text. I just don’t have it in me to think the movie is overly “deep” or layered as you would call it.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I have no idea what the deal with release dates is.
    It got snubbed in any year.
    I loved logan but there was no chance of an Oscar nom

  • Yes BR before Logan I know.

    And as I pointed out I think Lost City premiering at NYFF in 2016 made it ineligible for the 90th Oscars. But I don’t really know how that works.

    Y’all forgetting LOGAN is amazing?

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I did love it
    I just hated the ending

  • You can’t say you “fucking loved” a movie if you advise everyone to skip the last five minutes bc it completely ruins the movie or whatever it was you said took away from it.

  • TheDeadFellow

    Movies that endlessly foreshadow themselves can make for great rewatches and Get Out certainly is one of them, even though I have issues with the last ten minutes.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Best picture!?
    Good Time, Lost City of Z or Blade Runner didn’t even get noms.

  • ResonanceCascade

    There are a huge number of dynamics at play throughout the movie.

    The cop scene, for instance, is about his relationship with his girlfriend, her relationship to him (and the way she reacts to a perceived slight on his race, a reaction which is itself, phony), his way of navigating interactions with the police. It sets up the kind of awkward, unsettling experience he’s having in the town, where something is clearly off, but only in an offhanded, subtle way.

    Nothing in the movie is ever just going through the story beats. Every shot serves multiple purposes: setting tone, building character, progressing plot, and uncovering theme. Pretty much textbook great writing and directing. It’s the type of movie that’s worth studying in school.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I fucking loved the Florida Project.
    It’s delightful and has some of the best performances of the year

  • Patrick Stewart was amazing. LOGAN deserves at least 3 nods:
    – Best Picture
    – Best Supporting Actor
    – Best Adapted Screenplay

  • My dad constantly would quote a line from that film. Something like “mhm yes ms Daisy”. Anyway whatever the quote he always said was when the family actually watched it that line wasn’t even in the movie.

    So it’s not lost in time, but what I know of it was a lie.

  • I own it. Need to watch it. Drama Films over two hours usually get reserved for a day where I have nothing better to do with my life.

  • I wanted director Fella, director!

  • TheDeadFellow

    He got it for Screenplay. He was one of the co-writers.

  • It did for Plummer.

  • Where’s my James Mangold nomination for LOGAN!

  • Get Out is a solid movie, third act does fall apart in logic but overall still better than 75% of the films that came out this year. And this is from someone who don’t give two shits about social/political commentary in films.

  • Nokoo

    But it really isn’t that layered.

  • ResonanceCascade

    On the internet, no one knows you’re actually a toddler.

  • Since Lost City of Z premiered at NYFF in 2016 wouldn’t that make it a 89th Oscars contender. Not sure how the Academy judges intital release dates and film festival premieres and whatnot tho.

    Mother! managed to snag some razzie noms tho

  • Sailor Monsoon

    If lady bird wins best screenplay, it won’t win best picture.

  • DryButSoupy

    Aren’t you a little old to need a babysitter?

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I’m very conflicted about the whole thing.
    On one hand I’m very happy that there’s going to be more diversity in the nominations but on the other, there will be noms that a chosen specifically to cater to one demographic.
    Washington is always amazing but honestly, nobody saw his latest film. That was a definite gimme.
    It’s a slippery slope.

  • ResonanceCascade

    I think it’s a masterpiece, and if I were the Emperor of the Movies, I’d give Peel Best Director. Layered movies like that are really hard to pull off. It works as horror, it works as satire, it works as commentary, it works as drama…I’m a big, big fan.

    I also think it had by far the cleverest script of any film I’ve seen this year, and I always award extra points to Writer/Directors. They’re playing a tougher sport than directors who do someone else’s script.

  • ResonanceCascade

    My babysitter had surgery last month and is out for another full month, so I’ve really struggled to see a lot of these late December releases. I’ve only seen half the Best Picture contenders.

  • King Alvarez

    I loved the opening of Moonlight and then the rest was just ok. But I’m glad I saw it.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    At least plummer got a nom.

  • Nokoo

    Good call. Seems like another Moonlight, which was okay…

  • Nokoo

    I honestly am not a fan of Lawrence, but I found her performance to be legitimately great for a change.

  • Nokoo

    And the commentary isn’t hidden; it’s right there out in the open and yet people ascribe it with deeper meaning. The commentary in BLADE RUNNER is far more compelling to me, if only because people are completely misreading it as the filmmakers being sexist.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    That is, in a nutshell, what i don’t get with Get Out. It’s a solid version of what it is, a really well directed, b-movie horror film. It seems like that’s what it’s trying to be. But because there’s a bit of social commentary, everyone seems dead set on hailing it as a masterpiece which is just really far off.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    ANd the Post is overtly bait. Spielberg rushed it to be a criticism of Trump which pisses me off, not because of Trump, but because it’s shoddy film-making.

  • King Alvarez

    I’m on the fence with that one. I kinda want to see it and yet I don’t. So I probably won’t.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    This.

  • King Alvarez
  • Indianamcclain

    Well at least the Razzie’s were kind enough to give mother! recognition.

  • Indianamcclain

    Not trying to be cynical about it. I think the reshoots were admirable whether it be for nominations, or moral reasons.

  • Nokoo

    I know what you mean. FLORIDA PROJECT is that film for me. Maybe being a Floridian has something to do with it, but it’s also just not something I think I’m gonna agree with the critics on.

  • King Alvarez

    Boyhood was fine. Interesting concept, but long in the tooth. But like I said, every year it seems I have one flick I am just completely uninterested in seeing.

  • Nokoo

    Really nothing for mother! huh? I guess all the movies I found to be great and worthy of attention really weren’t. GET OUT is a fine movie, but to put the direction of that above Aronofsky’s in mother! is absurd. Or Villenuveesess’s for BLADE RUNNER. Or as Mr. DeadFellow already stated, James Grey’s. Seen LOST CITY OF Z twice already, and that being nearly a three-hour movie; have only seen GET OUT the one time and had my fill, it being a B-movie now being touted as prestige.

  • Indianamcclain

    Not Intentionally

  • Nokoo

    Sarcasm?

  • Nokoo

    I like Brooklyn! And Boyhood… Fences isn’t bad, but it’s not a good film in the sense that it isn’t a film.

  • Indianamcclain

    Wouldn’t go that far, but thanks for reminding me that Hunnam got snubbed.

  • Nokoo

    I don’t agree with this entirely, but I do agree with this…

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I’m not cynical enough to believe that

  • Indianamcclain

    I rarely hear people bring that film up.

  • Joe Newman

    I wouldn’t say Driving Miss Daisy has been lost in time.

  • Indianamcclain

    Wes Anderson comes to mind. I don’t want to downplay her directing though. She got very good performances from her actors, and Lady Bird is a good directorial debut. Unfortunately, the filmmakers that are more deserving are white males, which is currently being looked down upon.

  • TheDeadFellow

    James Grey > All of them. Even Villeneuve.

  • Indianamcclain

    I got the impression that he did the reshoots more for awards considerations. It felt like that decision happened immediately after AFI decided not to screen it at their festival.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    It did to him

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I agree with gerwig.
    Peele did exceptional work but anyone could’ve made lady bird.
    I know this because there’s a million films exactly like lady bird

  • Indianamcclain

    To be honest I think he should’ve just released the Spacey cut. The reshoots didn’t amount to much in the end.

  • Indianamcclain

    Ok, I’ll be the one to say it. I think the Jordan Peele, and Greta Gerwig nominations are direct responses to the Golden Globes, and people online asking for more diversity in that specific category. The Oscars think both of these filmmakers were more deserving than Villeneuve, or even Martin Mcdonagh? I liked Get Out, and Lady Bird but give me a break.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    And I’m betting hard money that kaluuya was bumped up a nom because franco got cut

  • I definitely see another year where best pic and director aren’t awarded to the same film.

  • Indianamcclain

    I’d be happy with either Director winning. It’ll most likely be Del Toro though.

  • TheDeadFellow

    Scott should have gotten something, tbh.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Here are my two crazy predictions:
    Nolan or Del Toro will finally get the Oscar
    Lady Bird will win next picture

  • Indianamcclain

    Might as well. No need to lose sleep over it though. We all know Meryl isn’t getting shit this year.

  • Vincent Kane

    Her whole role could be her taking a shit in a movie and she would be nominated.

  • Rumor has it they’re so obsessed they’re thinking of renaming the best actress Oscar statuette the Meryl.

  • Indianamcclain

    Damn right

  • Indianamcclain

    I like her, but the Academy is obsessed with her.

  • Indianamcclain

    The Academy to Ridley Scott: “With all your strength, all your resources, all your moral authority. And the only victory you could achieve was a lie.”

  • By the way, were roasting the Oscars live bc that’s exactly what this prestigious biased, outdated awards show needs: a good hard ribbing.

  • Ditto. If she was shit in a movie there’s still a 99% chance she’d be nominated.

    Because Oscars be crazy.

  • Indianamcclain

    Same here. The run time definitely didn’t help to change my mind about it. I might end up seeing it on home video though.

  • Vincent Kane

    I hate Meryl Streep. That is all.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Blade Runner 2049 got fucked

  • I can’t speak for BR2049 but LOGAN is visually stunning with a solid screenplay. TLJ while enjoyable and a good film, does have a weak storyline if you begin to look closer at it. That’s not best pic worthy

  • King Alvarez

    So far I’ve only seen Dunkirk, Get Out, and Three Billboards. And going off of that, I’d say 3BB. I will get around to watching the others soon. All except Call Me By Your Name, because every year I have one movie I just don’t have any interest in. In the past it’s been Boyhood, which I reluctantly watched last minute on the day of the Oscars, Brooklyn, and Fences.

  • Indianamcclain

    Driving Miss Daisy, and Shakespeare in Love may’ve won the Oscar’s but they’ve been lost to time. No one talks about those films nowadays. However, Do the Right Thing, and Saving Private Ryan are still talked about and acknowledged as important films of their respective years. That has to be more gratifying for a filmmaker than receiving a golden statue for a film that no one cares about by the next year.

  • Indianamcclain

    I just hate how they take the bait with films like Darkest Hour, and The Post. At least they went outside the box with Get Out.

  • You put android baby (yeah. That IS Phillip K. Dick that you STILL hear laughing in his grave) in front of a Star Wars movie that ALL the fanboy predictions were wrong about? Misdirected by “Ezra is Snoke” 🙄 for starters. OOOOOOOO.K.

  • Indianamcclain

    It gets better every time I see it.

  • Indianamcclain

    Nice to see that Logan got a nom for Adapted Screenplay. I’m sad to see that Patrick Stewart didn’t get a Best Supporting Actor nomination though.

  • LOGAN and BLADE RUNNER 2049 are way ahead in line for best pic noms before TLJ would even be considered.

  • Indianamcclain

    Yeah, Blade Runner really got the short end of the stick. Villeneuve deserved Best Director. I didn’t love Get Out, but it is nice to see a horror film get a big nom like that.

  • TRUTH.

  • Carrie Fisher should have at LEAST been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Last Jedi. Just based on that floating in outer space scene alone. Ah maybe just as well—Janney will win that one.

    Man. You’d think a franchise that has made Hollyweird TONS of money—indeed, catapulted that town into the rest of the 20th century (pardon THAT pun) and beyond—would have at least nominated Last Jedi as one of the 10 best pics.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    …plus it was legitimately one of the best films of the year.

  • As did a lot of films. War for the Planet of the Apes too. Dunkirk held on only bc there’d have been a shitstorm if he wasn’t nominated. And you know, Christopher Nolan made it.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    I think the buzz for that film peaked too early.

  • James Franco gets snubbed?! Seems a bit weird. I mean if the sexual allegations are true then f*** him, but that doesn’t mean his performance wasn’t good.

  • The Oscars used to be about nominating films that were both good and loved by audiences. Get Out will surely bring in perhaps a new audience to watch the awards show.

    Now there being no major noms for LOGAN makes me want to eat my hair

  • Cap_N_Jack

    Pan’s Labrynth is undeniably a great film, but I don’t really connect with it. His visual are really pretty but often serve to keep me at arms length from the emotional story because it all feels so artificial and staged.

  • TheDeadFellow

    Not even Pan’s Labyrinth?

  • Cap_N_Jack

    That’s what I’ve heard about TSOW from everyone I trust. I realized recently that I don’t like Del Toro as a director.

  • TheDeadFellow

    Oh, it’s a sensual delight and I really wish I could tell what makes it so good but part of the fun is finding out how the film works on your own. It’s almost magical.

    I think Billboards + Water are going to do a full sweep. I have seen TSOW and even though I’m a big fan of Guillermo, I found the film to be a beautifully made but frustrating mess.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    Haven’t seen it, but I don’t doubt you’re right. I will admit though, I want Three Billboards to sweep just to piss people off.

  • TheDeadFellow

    It’s not as good as Phantom Thread, tho. Not much else in the nominees are. 😉

  • Cap_N_Jack

    I don’t think 2049 is the best film of the year. I think it’s flawed, but I loved it. I do however think it’s more deserving than the Post, Get Out, and possibly Darkest Hour.

  • TheDeadFellow

    If this thread is going to turn into a collective jerking off fest to 2049, I’m going to eat my hair.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    The Fact that Get Out got a best picture nomination is ridiculous. I like that movie but it’s not a particularly great film. Meanwhile, Blade Runner 2049 got nothing of note.