Oscars 2018

My personal picks for the year.
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Another year of filmmaking complete! Below are some of my picks for a handful of Academy Award nominations. Please note, these are not predictions, these are who I would vote for in each category. Also, in an effort to be as transparent as possible, I’ve listed the movies in each category that I have seen versus those I have not. With that in mind, I only chose to vote in five categories that I felt I had enough information to have a reasonable opinion.

Best Picture: Get Out

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There are a couple excellent films that could take home the top prize, and I would love for it to be Get Out. I think far too often we don’t give break out successes the “official” accolades it deserves. Plus, I believe we can no longer just rate our media based on craftsmanship alone. In the case of this film, we have a writer/director with something really important to say that is relevant to our current political environment and our changing culture at large.

Films watched Films missed
Dunkirk Call Me By Your Name
Get Out Darkest Hour
Lady Bird Phantom Thread
The Shape Of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  The Post

Directing: The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water Thumb Image: IMP Awards

I’ve gotta give it to Guillermo del Toro. I know it’s odd to separate the winning director from the winning film. While Get Out wins for it’s cultural importance, The Shape of Water is a beautifully crafted movie and del Toro deserves recognition for creating this unique, different, and emotional film.

Films watched Films missed
Dunkirk Phatom Thread
Get Out  
Lady Bird  
The Shape Of Water  

Cinematography: Bladerunner 2049

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I don’t think there is too much contention here, Deakins did such a phenomenal job in all the various cinematography in this film. It looks and feels like a person who has spent their life honing their craft was given free reign to unleash.

Films watched Films missed
Dunkirk Mudbound
The Shape Of Water Darkest Hour
Bladerunner 2049  

Writing (Original Screenplay): Get Out

Get Out Thumb Image: IMP Awards

Jordan Peele takes original screenplay. Creating a modern horror/thriller packed with social commentary, that is scary, funny, and above all entertaining takes a certain level of finesse and focus.

Films watched Films missed
Get Out Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape Of Water  
The Big Sick  
Lady Bird  

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Molly’s Game

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I’ve always been a fan of Aaron Sorkin’s work. With this particular film, he did a great job of staying true to the real person while covering a lot of ground in a crazy story that’s almost difficult to believe is real.

Films watched Films missed
Logan Mudbound
The Disaster Artist Call Me By Your Name
Molly’s Game