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GHcool 
"Forever a curious character."

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Posted - 23/01/2018 :  09:49:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here are my reactions to this year's Oscar nominations (I'm only commenting on categories where I have a strong and informed opinion):

Best Picture
What Should Win: Get Out
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Call Me By Your Name
What Was Snubbed: Coco

Best Actor
What Should Win: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
What Was Snubbed: Richard Gere, Norman

Best Original Screenplay
What Should Win: The Big Sick
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Lady Bird
What Was Snubbed: Coco

Best Adapted Screenplay
What Should Win: The Disaster Artist
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Call Me By Your Name
What Was Snubbed: Blade Runner 2049

Best Cinematography
What Should Win: Blade Runner 2049
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Mudbound
What Was Snubbed: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Production Design
What Should Win: Blade Runner 2049
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Beauty and the Beast
What Was Snubbed: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Film Editing
What Should Win: Dunkirk Three Billboards
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Baby Driver
What Was Snubbed: Detroit

Best Score
What Should Win: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Dunkirk Three Billboards
What Was Snubbed: Coco

Best Sound (both categories)
What Should Win: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Baby Driver
What Was Snubbed: Coco

Best Animated Short
What Should Win: Lou
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Negative Space
What Was Snubbed: Cradle

So, where does that lead us?

Call Me By Your Name is an episodic bildungsroman with good intentions, but unfocused in theme. There's a certain creepiness factor to the idea of a relationship between a man in his late twenties and a boy who is about seventeen. Its not a bad film, but its flawed and not particularly memorable.

Coco was essentially flawless in terms of story and execution. It got two well-deserved (and predictable) nominations for Animated Feature and Song, but it deserved much more. Michael Giacchino's score in particular is unique in the way it blends Hollywood adventure film score of the John Williams variety with Latin cultural arrangements and melodies.

The big surprise of the year is the respect for which Get Out received despite its underdog status as a horror comedy about African American anxieties. The Academy was wise to see the cultural and aesthetic value the film has.

I have not yet seen Shape of Water or Three Billboards.

Edited by - GHcool on 12/02/2018 09:49:23

lemmycaution 
"Long mired in film"

Canada

Posted - 24/01/2018 :  11:12:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good to see your annual Oscar comments.
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Larry 
"Larry's time / sat merrily"

Posted - 26/01/2018 :  20:27:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice! I'm especially glad to see your mention of Richard Gere. I'm not even a Gere fan but, my God, he was excellent in Norman.
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w18dheartlivie 
"Kitty Lover"

United States

Posted - 27/01/2018 :  22:23:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was less than smitten by The Shape of Water, but I truly thought Three Billboards Outside... was a stellarly wonderful film. Hoping a lot for Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell (despite his comment that acclaim is going to ruin his career!!)
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GHcool 
"Forever a curious character."

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Posted - 29/01/2018 :  10:04:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Larry

Nice! I'm especially glad to see your mention of Richard Gere. I'm not even a Gere fan but, my God, he was excellent in Norman.



Same here. I never disliked him, but never really liked him either until I saw Norman. I was hoping for a Best Original Screenplay nomination for Norman too, but figured that was more of a long shot.
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