Awards Season is one of my favorite times of the year. I love movies of all types and each year I try to watch every single film nominated for an Oscar in every single category. I don’t always get there, but I usually get pretty close.

Follow along on my journey as I watch all the 2018 Academy Awards Nominees. I share my thoughts about which films you must see and which films you should skip. Let me know what you think about each of the nominees. Do you agree or disagree with my favorites and predicted winners?


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For each film, I write a short review on Twitter. Click the movie title to read my short review – and reply to let me know what you think.

Here is my “official” 2018 Oscars ballow with my predictions and my personal picks

 

And my 2018 Oscars Favorites (and winners) are…

Best Picture

 

My Favorite

I love so many of these movies, so this was  a really tough choice for my, but I am going with Call Me By Your Name as my personal favorite. Call Me By Your Name is a simple, yet very complex, beautiful story. Very Hemmingway-esque story.

THE WINNER

The Shape of Water 

Actor

in a Leading Role

My Favorite

This is a tough category. Darkest Hour was basically a two hour monologue, and Gary Oldman was amazing.

THE WINNER

Gary Oldman

Actress

in a Leading Role

My Favorites

Margot  Robbie is my favorite in this category over Frances McDormand because this is a new type of role for Robbie, while McDormand has played many similar roles.

THE WINNER

Frances McDormand 

Actor

in a Supporting Role

My Favorite

I am super-impressed with everything surrounding Christopher Plummer’s performance in All the Money in the World. Plummer was the movie’s standout performance, and all his scenes were shot in less than two weeks. Very impressive.

THE WINNER

Sam Rockwell

Actress

in a Supporting Role

My Favorite

I love Allison Janney in I, Tonya. She really brings the viewer into the movie and makes them feel guilty for participating in being such a terrible mother.

THE WINNER

Allison Janney

Directing

My Favorites

Truth time – I don’t really know how to judge “Best Director.” How do we, as filmgoers, really know who did a good job directing and how much was everyone else involved with the film. I tend to lump this with how much I overall enjoyed a film. I’m going with Christopher Nolan for Directing. I love Dunkirk, on the edge of my seat the whole time. With the many storylines and timelines in the film, Nolan gets my personal pick.

THE WINNER

Guillermo del Toro

Animated Feature Film

  • The Boss Baby (Tom McGrath, Ramsey Naito)
  • The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey) – not yet watched
  • Coco (Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina)
  • Ferdinand (Carlos Saldanha)
  • Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman)

My Favorites

Coco and Loving Vincent were two of my favorite films in 2017 – not just in the animated category. Overall, I’m going with Coco as my favorite Animated Feature.

THE WINNER

Coco

Short Film

Animated

My Favorite

I absolutely love Garden Party! You gotta see this insanity.

THE WINNER

Dear Basketball

Writing

Adapted Screenplay

  • Call Me By Your Name (Screenplay by James Ivory)
  • The Disaster Artist (Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber)
  • Logan (Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold)
  • Molly’s Game (Written for the screen by Aaron Sorkin)
  • Mudbound (Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees) – did not watch prior to Oscars

My Favorites

Call Me By Your Name and Molly’s Game are very close as my favorites. I love Aaron Sorkin’s tight quick-paced style and I also love the simplicity mixed with complexity in James Ivory’s Call Me By Your Name. I’m picking Call Me By Your Name as my favorite

THE WINNER

James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name

Cinematography

  • Blade Runner 2049 (Roger Deakins)
  • Darkest Hour (Bruno Delbonnel)
  • Dunkirk (Hoyte van Hoytema)
  • Mubdound (Rachel Morrison) – did not watch prior to Oscars
  • The Shape of Water (Dan Laustsen)

My Favorite

Dunkirk felt simple and realistic. I love the beginning to end tension and many long shots. That said, I am picking Blade Runner 2049 as my favorite. Again, I love the long shots and the emotion captured onscreen.

THE WINNER

Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049

Documentary

Feature

  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and WGBH/FRONTLINE)
  • Faces Places (Visages villages – Agnes Varda)
  • Icarus (Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan)
  • Last Men in Aleppo (De sidste mænd i Aleppo – Firas Fayyad, Steen Johannessen) – did not watch prior to Oscars
  • Strong Island (Yance Ford)

My Favorite

The magnitude of Icarus is enormous. Even if you’re not  a sports fan at all, you’ll get drawn in and be on the edge of your seat

THE WINNER

Icarus

Documentary

Short Subject

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My Favorite

What a powerful group of short documentary films. Herion(e) and Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 are my early leaders. Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 is such a touching story – it gets my pick.

THE WINNER

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Short Film

Live Action

My Favorite

My Nephew Emmett is such a powerful story and is probably the most well-polished of all the live action short film nominees.

THE WINNER

The Silent Child

Foreign Language Film

  • A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica – Chile; Directed by Sebastián Lelio) – did not watch prior to Oscars
  • The Insult (L’insulte – Lebanon; Directed by Ziad Doueiri) – did not watch prior to Oscars
  • Loveless (Nelyubov – Russia; Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev)
  • On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl – Hungary; Directed by ldikó Enyedi) – did not watch prior to Oscars
  • The Square (Sweden; Directed by Ruben Östlund) – did not watch prior to Oscars

My Favorite

I only saw Loveless before the Oscars ceremony

THE WINNER

A Fantastic Woman

Film Editing

My Favorites

Dunkirk is tight and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The multiple stories and timelines put Dunkirk over the top for me.

THE WINNER

Lee Smith, Dunkirk

Sound Editing

My Favorites

Dunkirk does not have a lot of dialogue and the all the other sound in the film play a huge big role in creating the beginning-to-end tension of this war film.

THE WINNER

Michael W. Mitchell, Randy Torr, Dunkirk

Sound Mixing

My Favorite

Again, I have to go with Dunkirk. What is the difference between Sound Editing and Sound Mixing?

THE WINNER

Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo, Mark Weingarten, Dunkirk

Production Design

My Favorite

I’m going with The Shape of Water as my favorite production design. Many of the sets really had their own personality.

THE WINNER

Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau, The Shape of Water

Music

Original Song

  • “Mighty River” from Mudbound (Music and Lyric by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson) – ot yet watchedn
  • “Mystery Of Love” from Call Me by Your Name (Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens)
  • “Remember Me” from Coco (Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez)
  • “Stand Up for Something” from Marshall (Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn and Diane Warren)
  • “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman (Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)

My Favorite

I pick my favorite in the “Best Original Song” category by how well the song embodies the essence of the film. No song embodies that principle as well as “Stand Up for Something” from Marshall.

THE WINNER

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, “Remember Me” from Coco

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Darkest Hour (Ivana Primorac, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinkowski, Lucy Sibbick)
  • Victoria & Abdul (Daniel Phillips, Lou Sheppard)
  • Wonder (J.D. Bowers, Megan Harkness, Ailsa Macmillan, Robert A. Pandini)

My Favorite

My biggest Oscars question every year – Why are there only three Makeup and Hairstyling nominees? Doesn’t every single film have makeup and hairstyling? – The makeup and prosthetics in Darkest Hour are the best I’ve ever seen. I found myself honestly wondering if Gary Oldman actually got fat for the role.

THE WINNER

Ivana Primorac, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinkowski, Lucy Sibbick, Darkest Hour

Costume Design

My Favorites

This is a toss-up between Phantom Thread, all about dressmaking, and Victoria and Abdul. I can’t even remember how many amazing dresses Queen Victoria wore in the film. I’m going with Victoria and Abdul.

THE WINNER

Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread

Visual Effects

  • Blade Runner 2049 (Richard Clegg, Paul Lambert, Victor Muller, John Nelson)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick)
  • Kong Skull Island (Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus) – did not watch prior to Oscars
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Richard Bain, Ben Morris, Michael Mulholland)
  • War for the Planet of the Apes (Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, Joel Whist)

My Favorite

Blade Runner 2049 gets my personal pick. The world created for this film is breathtaking, and the CGI isn’t noticeable at all.

THE WINNER

Richard Clegg, Paul Lambert, Victor Muller, John Nelson, Blade Runner 2049

Writing

Original Screenplay

My Favorites

My three favorites stories are The Big Sick, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri edges out the other two as my personal pick.

THE WINNER

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Key

  • did not watch prior to Oscars – Pretty self-explanatory. I did not watch this film before the 2018 Academy Awards ceremony
  • linked film title – Follow the link to read my short review on Twitter

Which 2018 Oscars nominees are your favorites and/or predictions to win?

Share all your thoughts in the comments below or as a reply to any of my movie review tweets.

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