Last year I wrote a 17 page blog predicting the Oscars: This year, I ain’t got time for that! So instead, here is a list of who I would vote for if I was a powerful Hollywood person with Oscar voting rights, complete with my inner thoughts:
Greg’s Inner Thoughts: “Oooohhhhh….who do I vote for? How do vote? My God, I had to watch ten movies for this stupid category…I’m freakin’ exhausted. Anyway, Darkest Hour was good, but I don’t think it was great, so I’m going to scratch that one off. There was a lot of talking, and the acting was great, but after awhile I thought there was a little too much of both. Now, what’s next? Oh, sure, Dunkirk. I felt like I was in the barrel of a gun. I could smell the sand and gunpowder, and feel the fear and anguish. But at times I felt I was too close to see anything: it was like standing two inches from a Jackson Pollock work and trying to make sense of it all at once. So ‘No’ to that one.
How about Phantom Thread? Well, I’ve never been much of a Paul Thomas Anderson fan, much as I respect his work. I always feel his movies run 20 minutes too long, and I usually feel like I’m in a living room with a big sign on the wall that says, “Look, Don’t Touch, Please.” But I have to say…I enjoyed this more than anything I’ve ever seen by him. Maybe I’ve matured: I’m 35 now, almost 36, and I saw all of his films, with the exception of The Master, when I was in my 20s. So mark this one down as ‘Maybe.’ Because I really liked it.
Okay, let’s see, what’s next? Oh, okay, yes, of course: Lady Bird. Man, I thought I was going to love this one. I showed up at the theater back in December, and all shows were sold out! I was like, “Seriously?? I’m an Oscar voter, don’t I get a free pass or something?” They were like, “No, sorry sir, but if you’re interested, you can go see The Killing of a Sacred Deer in another theater.’ So I did, and I have to say: it was weird as shit. But anyway, back to Lady Bird: I feel bad, because I wasn’t able to see it until two months later, in an almost completely empty theater. That’s never good when there’s a lot of comedy. I would laugh, and no one else would, because there were only 3 other people there. Kills the mood a bit, I think. Anyway, I shouldn’t hold that against Lady Bird, and I don’t. But I also had lots of trouble understanding some things. It may be because I’m a man: I’ve talked with a few women I know regarding this movie, in particular about the mother/daughter relationship, and I’ve come to the conclusion that as a man, more specifically as a cisgender, hetereosexual, white man, there are some things that perhaps I might have some trouble relating to here. But, all that being said, throwing everything about gender aside, I could not understand the character of the mother. Like, why wouldn’t she just realize that Lady Bird was a bird who needed to fly? I know it was for love, but, I don’t know…I liked it a lot, but I felt a little confused and troubled after this one. Okay, Greg, mark it down as ‘Maybe’.
Okay, what’s next? Oh yeah, how about this one? The Shape of Water. Yeah, that’s by one of your all time favorite directors, Guillermo del Toro. Right, and people were saying this one was his best ever, better even than The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth, two of the best movies ever, ever, ever made. So, I mean, that was a little hyperbolic: no, it was not quite on the same level as two of the greatest goddamned films made of all time. But, I mean, it was great. Yes, it was definitely ‘great,’ better than ‘good.’ Though it got weird with the bit about having sex with the creature. Sorry. Of course, now there’s a stink being made about it having plagiarized a Paul Zindel play, Let Me Hear You Whisper, from 1969. I haven’t read the play yet, so I can’t rightly say: I’ve requested it from the library, I should have it in my hands in a few days, so I can decide for myself. But I have to vote before that point. Damn. Well, my thought is this: del Toro has strongly, strongly denied the charges. Which looks good for him. And here’s my question: if a movie maker intended to plagiarize something, would they really just blatantly take stuff from a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright? I really don’t think so. Maybe it will be more clear to me in a few days, when I read the play. Anyway, for now, mark it as ‘Maybe’: I loved this one, but I’m not sure if it quite has what it needs.
Okay, what’s next? Oh, how about this one? Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. Wow, that one’s a mouthful. Let’s just call it Three Billboards….Anyway it was written and directed by Martin McDonagh, the playwright who wrote The Pillowman. That’s him, right? Same guy? Yeah, let me see…yes, same guy. Anyway, this was a dark one, just like The Pillowman, and probably like some of his others. And hey, dark is good, right? Yeah…I think so. But I don’t know….do I want to vote for this one? It’s certainly an ‘Indie Darling.’ It has that feel. And much like The Pillowman, there are some controversial takes on suicide. Hey, playwrights are supposed to be controversial, right? At least that’s what I’ve heard. I don’t know, though…maybe my personal thoughts on this subject just sort of leave me at odds with McDonagh. The man is brilliant, but, well…I don’t know. Let’s mark it as ‘Maybe’, Greg. The bookies are giving it the odds to win right now, so I guess it will probably win…but I think it’s a good idea to consider voting another way. Remember Greg, your vote counts just as much as all of these other rich, powerful, Hollywood people. So let’s just look to the next one. Okay?
Okay. Got it. Let’s see here…ahh…The Post….yes, great, I love Spielberg! I mean, he directed Jaws, my favorite movie of all time! And E.T.! Remember watching E.T., when you were like 5 years old? One second you were crying profusely, and then the next minute E.T. was in the van, the kids stole the van, the bikes were flying, and was like, “Holy Shit, it’s great to be ALIVE!” Haha, yeah…E.T. was f**king great. And don’t forget he directed Schindler’s List, probably one of the 20 greatest films ever made. And he’s still pumping out great stuff. Bridge of Spies was great! Ahh, don’t you hate it when people talk bad about Spielberg?! Just because he’s not an ‘indie’ director?! Spielberg is awesome! So what was it again…oh yeah, The Post! OMG, what a great movie! Greg, it’s in one of your favorite subgenres: newspaper movies! ‘Newspaper Movies’ might be the 2nd greatest subgenre of all-time, behind ‘Prison Movies.’ But I don’t know…’Newspaper Movies’ might have ‘Prison Movies’ beat. I mean, Spotlight was a great one, even if it was a little serious. The Paper was awesome, until it fell apart in the last 30 minutes. But His Girl Friday? What a damn movie! Some of the best damn dialogue ever written! Snap, Bang, Boom! Seriously, Greg, you need to rewatch that one. 1940s movies can be so great! And how about the 5th season of The Wire? That was essentially a newspaper movie. And I even saw a few of the same actors from The Wire in The Post. Yeah, that was great. I still haven’t seen All the President’s Men, though. Greg, seriously, when you finish doing this Oscar voting stuff, you need to see that movie. Get your shit together. But, wait, back to The Post. Yes, OMG, Yes! A Newspaper Movie! With that awesome newspaper room dialogue! Directed by Spielberg! I loved this movie! I loved this movie! I loved this movie! Okay, settle down, Greg. Are you going to vote for it? Well, there’s two more movies to talk about. Let’s do this: for now, mark it as follows: “Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow….I REALLY WANT TO VOTE FOR THIS MOVIE.” But I have to consider two more. So let’s see what they are….
Okay, next. Here it is: Call Me By Your Name. Wow, this one was great. The music! The music in this one was so good. The Psychedelic Furs! Yes! But also the Bach, the piano, the Sufjan Stevens. Yes, it was so musical, so beautiful. God, I loved this film. And Timothée Chalamet was superb playing a young gay man exiting boyhood. Yes, there was so much to love about this movie. Its message was powerful, in a time, 1983, when coming out as a gay man was very different than today. And the sex in this movie: sex was everywhere, oozing from the screen and dripping onto the floors of the theater carpets around the world. Sex with men, sex with women, even when there was no sex, even when the family was sitting together to eat dinner under the Italian sun, it was there, always: sex. Sex and Music. This movie was beautiful. It didn’t have the gritty power of Moonlight, another coming of age movie about a gay man: it didn’t take place among the poverty and crime of inner-city Miami in the 1990s. It took place on an Italian villa. Everyone was wealthy and well-fed. Still, this movie had a message. Okay, come on Greg, back to the task at hand. Are you going to vote for it? I mean, you loved The Post. Do you love this one as much? Let’s do this. Mark it as follows: “I love this movie, really I do, I want to vote for it, really I do, buuuuuut….well….let’s see, we only have one more to talk about, right? Which one is it. Let me see…..
Ummm….where is it…I know it’s here somewhere…ohh, wait, here it is…oh wait, really? Really?!?!
Um, wow….Get Out. Wow. Get Out. Get Out! Really…Get Out is an Oscar movie!? Well, Hot Damn! I saw Get Out months ago…haha, I didn’t think it would be here, all these months later. Guess I was wrong. I thought it was destined to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Cannes seems like a more natural fit for Get Out. Didn’t Pulp Fiction win at Cannes? And Barton Fink? Yeah…those are movies that would NEVER win an Oscar, but they came up big at Cannes. I thought that’s what Get Out would do. Well, let’s talk about Get Out. Yeah, let’s. Because Get Out…Get Out f**king rocked! Holy Shit! Get Out! Get Out did three things: first, it you made laugh. It was a very, very funny film. Second, it made you jump with legitimate scares. This was a horror/comedy film. Horror and comedy can go hand-in-hand really well, but it’s difficult to do it correctly. Get Out nailed it. But what was the third thing it did? Oh, I remember now. It was an absolutely amazing, original, scathing piece of satire. Holy Shit. When satire is done well, it burns the viewers to a crisp. Sometimes they don’t even realize they’re being burned. When Paul Verhoeven directed Starship Troopers back in ‘97, most people didn’t even realize he was burning them. They thought it was just an action flick. They got burned without knowing it. I don’t think there was a way to miss how scathing and burning Get Out. Get Out don’t f**k around. Get Out was like, “I’m gonna scorch this movie theater for the next 103 minutes…deal with it, motherf**kers. And oh yeah, while I’m at it, I’m gonna be waaaay more enjoyable than that movie Starship Troopers. Cause honestly…that movie’s kind of boring. I’m not boring. Not all. Enjoy the show.” Yeah, I think that’s what Get Out was saying to me.
Okay…so what do I do? I have this voter thingy thing cause I’m this rich, powerful, Hollywood person. So I can vote. What should I do?
Three Billboards…. is the favorite, but I’m voting somewhere else. Sorry.
Call Me By Your Name was probably the most beautiful movie here. But….
I think my favorite movie was The Post. I loved that one. Just like my favorite movie ever is Jaws. But just because Jaws is my favorite movie, doesn’t mean it’s the best. There are better movies than Jaws. And I’m afraid that even though The Post is my favorite of all these movies…
…I’m gonna vote Get Out. I have to. I feel a duty. Get Out karate chopped itself onto the scene, and then somehow ended up here. I don’t understand…I think Get Out should have been at Cannes…but, since it’s here, I’m gonna vote for it. I don’t know if it will win, but it’s getting my vote.
Vote: Get Out
Whew, now that that’s done…let’s vote for all these other categories!
Okay…let’s see here….Timothée Chalamet was great in Call Me By Your Name. And I liked him in Lady Bird as well. He plays a super-cool 17 year old with precision. Daniel Day-Lewis brought his A-game to Phantom Thread. I guess you have to when it’s your “last performance before retirement.” Daniel Kaluuya did a fine job in Get Out…though I don’t think it will be enough to hang in this category. I must admit…I missed Roman J. Israel, Esq., starring Denzel. I stopped by my local RedBox, and it was sold out. Then I went home and checked the Rotten Tomatoes ratings…51%….Ouch…sounds pretty rotten to me. I guess that’s 2 hours of my life I didn’t throw into the trash.
Of course, it’s my opinion that Denzel was robbed last year. His performance in Fences absolutely deserved the Oscar. And it would have been really cool, because he would have become the first actor to win a Tony and an Oscar for playing the same role. Maybe that’s why he didn’t win…politics always factors in this stuff, and maybe the Academy voters decided, “let’s give someone else a try.” I don’t know…either way, I missed his performance this year.
But I’ve got my voter thingy thing, and I’m still gonna vote. And I’m voting for Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour. Because in all honesty, this movie could have been called The Gary Oldman Show. In my opinion, the movie deserved a solid ‘B’ as a grade: it was good, never great. Without Oldman at the helm, it might have been a flat and boring ‘C’. Oldman completely drove this movie…much like Winston Churchill became the heart and soul of his country during wartime, Oldman became the heart and soul of an entire movie. I’m voting for him, and I don’t see him losing.
Vote: Gary Oldman
Oh no, I missed I, Tonya! I really want to see it. Oh well, I guess I’m like pretty much every Oscar voter….there’s no way everyone sees every movie. Is there? Anyway, like I said, I missed I, Tonya, so I can’t consider Margot Robbie. Everyone’s saying Frances McDormand is probably going to win for Three Billboards….I’m a big fan of hers, and I think she did great. Meryl Streep is the Heavyweight here…but I’m not sure if anything she did in The Post was extraordinary enough to win. Saoirse Ronan was great in Lady Bird, for sure. But you know what? I thought Sally Hawkins was just amazing in The Shape of Water. Playing a mute character for 2 hours with that much passion is an achievement. She gets my vote.
Vote: Sally Hawkins
Whoops, I missed Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World. Didn’t they digitally replace Kevin Spacey with him in a few scenes? Sounds wild. Well, I’m still voting. I loved The Florida Project and thought Willem Dafoe was awesome. But is Willem Dafoe ever not awesome?? Richard Jenkins was great in The Shape of Water, as he pretty much always is. But Three Billboards… has two actors going head-to-head, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, and I think it’s going to be between the two of them. I love Woody, and I think Woody is the more interesting of the two characters. But I think Rockwell’s character is the more difficult and emotional to play. They both deserve recognition, but I’m voting for Sam, and I think he’ll win it.
Vote: Sam Rockwell
Sorry, Allison Janney…I haven’t seen I, Tonya, so I can’t vote for you. My bad. As for the rest of you: Octavia Spencer, you did a fine job in The Shape of Water, but I’m not sure if your character was quite dynamic enough to deserve the award. No fault of yours. Mary J. Blige, it was wonderful to see you play a really serious role in a very gritty movie, Mudbound. Lesley Manville, you did a wonderful job playing a youthful muse to an artist in Phantom Thread. But Laurie Metcalf, I think you get my vote. You played a character that openly I disliked, at times despised, with an amazing amount of life in Lady Bird. All characters are flawed, but I found your character to be very, very flawed, which made her all the more interesting. And you nailed it. You get my vote.
Vote: Laurie Metcalf
This is an interesting one. Last year I voted for Damien Chazelle for La La Land, and I was right! While we’re here, I also voted for Moonlight for Best Picture…and I was right again! Okay, enough tooting my own horn. Umm..let’s see…what are the choices? Oh, sure, here we go. Man, tough choices. Jordan Peele, I voted for Get Out for Best Picture, but much like last year, I don’t think this award is going to go to Best Picture winning film. Sorry. Greta Gerwig, I’d love to see you win, as a woman surrounded by men in this category. And this is your directorial debut! So cool! But again…I’m not sure if your film deserves it. Let me look around. Okay, Guillermo del Toro is here for The Shape of Water. Like all of his films, it’s a thing of beauty. And there’s Paul Thomas Anderson, for Phantom Thread. Wow, those are two Heavy Hitters, neither of whom have won this award. Looks good for either of them. But wait, who’s the last one. Oh, wow, it’s another big Heavy Hitter who’s never won: Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk. But wait, Greg….didn’t you not even enjoy Dunkirk that much? Well, that’s true, that’s true…but I respect it as a work of art. And as a movie that used zero CGI to film about a thousand ships, and had thousands and thousands of extras being filmed on a beach…I mean, how do you even do that? That is a feat of directing. And no other film did that. So Christopher Nolan, you get my vote.
Vote: Christopher Nolan
Best Animated Feature:
Oh no! I haven’t seen any of these! What should I do? Should I abstain? Or vote? Oh, I don’t care..I’m gonna vote! I love Alec Baldwin, in particular his wonderful podcast, Here’s the Thing. So that makes me want to vote for Boss Baby. But Loving Vincent, about Vincent Van Gogh, sounds absolutely amazing. So…that’s how I’m gonna vote!
Vote: Loving Vincent
Best Animated Short:
Uh-oh…I haven’t seen any of these. What should I do? Wait, a minute….Kobe Bryant has a film? Titled Dear Basketball? Oh God, I can’t do this…I Abstain!
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Okay, here we go: back to things I know! Let’s see what we have here: oh, okay, The Disaster Artist. Yes, this was a fun movie based on a memoir, which was really only fun if you’ve actually seen The Room, considered by many to be “The Worst Movie of All-Time.” The whole “Worst Movie of All-Time” thing is pretty subjective: I think a lot of it depends on your situation when you’re watching the movie. For me, “The Worst Movie of All-Time” is Interzone, an Italian action movie from the ‘80s that has a main character named Panasonic. For lack of a better term, it’s a complete disaster. And I saw it randomly on Cinemax while I was living in Vietnam as an English teacher: Vietnam Cinemax was playing random Italian movies for like a month, and my roommate and I watched in amazement as this complete mess of a movie unfolded before us. The fact that we stumbled upon it made it better, or actually, I’m sorry, “worse.”
So when I watched The Room with some friends on Youtube, in order to be able to watch The Disaster Artist, I was underwhelmed, because it wasn’t a surprise, and it wasn’t random. We all knew it was bad going in. For those unsuspecting patrons who walked into actual movie theaters throughout the U.S. 15 years ago, having paid good money to see a movie, I can understand their shock and surprise. Because The Room is a steaming pile of shit.
And so The Disaster Artist has a lot of fun looking into the making of this, well, disaster. And it’s enjoyable. But there’s something about the whole thing that rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it’s the fact that beyond being bad, The Room is a really misogynistic, anti-woman film: the premise is that a woman doesn’t love the main character, and so because of that, she’s a terrible whore who has no heart. Maybe it’s the fact that the movie is basically a soft core porno flick, and that the actors and crew weren’t informed of this. The poor actress got off the bus and within a hour or so was naked on a bed in front of an entire movie crew, or so the story goes. Maybe it’s the fact that the true story behind the making of the movie is a Bizarro Underdog Story: Hey kids, if you have enough money, let’s say 6 million dollars, you can do whatever you want, even make a movie that’s so shitty everyone will laugh at you. Because you have money. There you go, kids. Go chase your dreams. And make sure you do a shitty job at it.
I don’t know…the whole thing rubs me the wrong way…but it probably doesn’t matter, because it really doesn’t have a chance, especially now with the sexual assault accusations being thrown at James Franco by multiple women.
Anyway…where was I? Oh yeah…Best Adapted Screenplay…well, that one doesn’t get my vote, it goes without saying. Who else is there? Well, there’s the script of Logan, which isn’t really a true adaption, per se: it’s really just a collection of thoughts regarding a lot of comic books featuring The Wolverine. It was very good, though at times it was just a touch on the overly violent side. (To be fair, Wolverine is one of the most violent comic book characters).
There’s also Molly’s Game, adapted by Aaron Sorkin, a Legend among screenwriters, who has won this Oscar before. If there was ever a screenwriter to dream to be, it would Sorkin, the man who gets $2.5 million for his scripts and who absolutely does not have his lines f**ked with by actors on set. This was another adaptation that wasn’t quite a true adaptation: Sorkin added some stuff that happened after the book was finished, which is pretty interesting. The movie was typical Sorkin, but it also had some action type stuff going on, like fights and Mafia stuff. It was fun, and he did a good job in his directorial debut.
Okay, what else? Oh yeah, Mudbound, which was available on Netflix. This one was probably the ‘truest’ novel adaption: there was lots of voiceover, traditionally used in novel adaptations. Though some frown on that practice, I found it a wonderful script. It was also severely heavy: this script took us back in time to Mississippi in the 1940s, when the Ku Klux Klan regularly used lynching and other forms of terror to murder African Americans. It’s a heavy script, and at times the movie became tough to watch due to its own weight. But I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.
Last, we have Call Me By Your Name, which of course was up for Best Picture. And it might win Best Picture. And it’s already won some screenplay awards at other festivals.
I think Call Me By Your Name might win this. Because it’s very, very good. But I’m voting for Mudbound. For its sheer power.
Best Original Screenplay:
Ooohhhh, another screenplay award! What do we have here? Okay, let’s see. First, we have The Big Sick, written by the husband and wife writing team, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. And not only are they husband and wife, this story is about how they came to be together! Ahhh!!!! It’s a lovely story about two people who love each and don’t care if one’s religion says they can’t be in love. It’s a very nice movie with some very important messages about life. And it’s funny: Nanjiani is a pretty successful stand-up comedian, and he gets some good humor in there. However, while this movie has a wonderful message and is well-written, I’m not sure if it’s got the ‘pop’ to win. Let’s look around.
Okay, we’ve got some biggies: The Shape of Water, Three Billboards…, Lady Bird, and Get Out. Hmm….I have no idea. I think it’s a toss-up. I think The Shape of Water will be hurt by the plagiarism allegations. I think Get Out might win. Or maybe Lady Bird. Or maybe Three Billboards…I don’t know. This is too difficult. My brain hurts. I’m voting for Get Out again.
Vote: Get Out.
Well, Dunkirk certainly had amazing cinematography. As did The Shape of Water. Darkest Hour had very, very interesting cinematography, despite the fact that most of the movie consisted of people talking. Mudbound has been noted for its cinematography, which tried to capture the feeling of the rural South in the 1940s. But for me, I know who the winner is: Roger Deakins, a certified king of cinematography, who has been nominated for an Oscar 14 times, yet has never won. He absolutely deserves it for Blade Runner: 2049. I don’t think there’s any debate. Someone give this man his Oscar!
Vote: Roger Deakins
Best Documentary Feature: Abacus: Small Enough to Fail can be viewed for free at Frontline’s website. I haven’t seen it yet, though, or any of the others:
Best Documentary Short Subject:
Best Live Action Short:
Best Foreign Language Film:
Best Film Editing:
Let’s see if I can make myself seem like an expert in something I don’t know much about. Actually, scratch that. I loved, loved, LOVED Baby Driver…but I have to vote for Dunkirk here. This thing was shot on 70mm film, and must have involved so much intricate editing…yeah, Dunkirk.
Best Sound Editing:
Umm….can I vote for Baby Driver yet? I don’t know…what else is here? The Shape of Water. Blade Runner: 2049. Dunkirk. Stars Wars: The Last Jedi (oh no….another one I missed!). I want to vote for Baby Driver…really I do…but I’m going to vote for The Shape of Water. Because del Toro is a hero of mine. So…yeah…The Shape of Water.
Vote: The Shape of Water
Best Sound Mixing:
Okay…now can I vote for Baby Driver??? I don’t know, Greg…let’s look around. What else is there? Blade Runner: 2049? Nah…already voted for them once. Dunkirk? Nah…they got two votes already. The Shape of Water? Nah…I just voted for them. Okay, let’s see. Star Wars: The Last Jedi? I missed it, plus I heard it was ‘good, not great.’ Okay, let’s vote for Baby Driver! And let’s talk about Baby Driver, too! ‘Cause I loved Baby Driver! I had sooooooo much fun. But my buddy that I went with, who I share a lot of tastes with, hated it. I was like, “Why?” He was like, “I don’t know. I just hated it. Actually, I hate all Edgar Wright movies.” And he’s not the only one. I know other people who really dislike Baby Driver, and maybe other Wright movies, for no good reason I can think of. Anyway, I loved Baby Driver! Yay Baby Driver!
Vote: Baby Driver
Best Production Design:
Hmmm…I missed Beauty and the Beast, but I can only imagine the production design was amazing. Shit, maybe I’ll even vote for them. But let me look at the ones I saw. Blade Runner: 2049. Darkest Hour. Dunkirk. The Shape of Water. Wow. There is some serious production design going on there. I think it’s going to be one of the two WWII movies, Dunkirk or Darkest Hour. I’ll go with Darkest Hour.
Vote: Darkest Hour
Best Original Score:
Tough choice here for me: I love John Williams, who scored The Post, but I also love Jonny Greenwood, who scored Phantom Thread. And I haven’t voted for either film. Okay…let me think…there…I got it…
Vote: Jonny Greenwood
Best Original Song:
Lots of movies I didn’t see in this category. In fact, I only saw two of the five: Mudbound and Call Me By Your Name. Both featured songs were great, but I love Sufjan Stevens, who wrote his for Call Me By Your Name, so there it is.
Vote: Sufjan Stevens
Best Makeup and Hair:
Umm, there’s only three choices, and I only saw one of the three: Dunkirk. I’m going to abstain.
Best Costume Design:
Two in this category I didn’t see: Victoria and Abdul and Beauty and the Beast. I saw Darkest Hour, Phantom Thread, and The Shape of Water. I’m going with Phantom Thread.
Vote: Phantom Thread
Best Visual Effects:
Last one! Whoo, this has been a doozy! It’s not easy voting for the Oscars!
So we have Blade Runner: 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
War for the Planet of the Apes
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Well, I missed Kong Island, along with Star Wars, so let’s scratch both of those.
I saw Blade Runner: 2049: despite being slow at times, and long, the visual effects were pretty awesome.
I saw Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. It was sort of a disappointment to me, after the first Guardians of the Galaxy. But here’s the thing: I think the first Guardians of the Galaxy was the greatest Marvel movie ever made. If I was grading it, I’d give it an A+++. So that’s tough to compete with. Honestly, Vol. 2 was a solid ‘B’. A very weird solid ‘B’….things got trippy…but yeah, it was good, just not great.
Then again, visual effects don’t concern how good the movie was. The visual effects were amazing. So it doesn’t even matter how good the movie was.
Which brings us to War for the Planet of the Apes. I was excited for this one, because it had gotten good reviews, but I found myself kind of bored. It was very heavy, but beyond that, a lot of it was the same stuff that’s been shown in war movies over and over through the years.
But the visual effects: WOW. The new ‘Ape’ movies are all amazing, because people are playing the apes, and yet…well…that about says it all right there….
I’m throwing my vote to War for the Planet of the Apes, even if the movie itself didn’t grab me.
Vote: War for the Planet of the Apes
And that’s it! I’ve finished ‘pretend voting’ for the Oscars! Only took my 12 pages and a few hours to get here! If you watch it tonight, let me know how Jimmy Kimmel does. I’ve never watched the Oscars in my life, and I don’t plan on starting now. Have fun!!!