I’ve become quite the award show watcher starting in college. I would mainly catch the Grammys and the Oscars and this year is no different. I’ve actually caught quite a few of the Academy award nominated movies this year as well (kind of pissed, I didn’t see Call Me By Your Name).
But I don’t know where I’m going to go with this blog, but I think I’ll rattle off my favorite movies in order.
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- I, Tonya
- The Shape of Water
- Get Out
- Lady Bird
I’ll admit it, theres some recency bias, I saw Get Out over a year ago, and I still believe its one of the most original movies I’ve ever scene. Its such a wonderful rise for Jordan Peele from improv to serious Academy award nominated director. Daniel Kaluuya was awesome as well and his nomination for best action is incredibly well deserved.
Three Billboards had three amazing performances though. Frances McDormand was fantastic and you can feel her pain and her wanting to get find who killed her daughter. Woody Harrellson was also awesome and killed it. But Sam Rockwell had such an arc in that movie that I will be somewhat surprised if he doesn’t take home best supporting actor.
I, Tonya was phenomenal. Allison Janney had such a great performance, she became lost in the role of Tonya Harding’s mom that I really hated her at the end. What this movie did the best was completely change how I look at Tonya Harding, and Margot Robbie’s performance captured Tonya Harding so well you think your watching Tonya Harding tell her own story. I believe Allison Janney will take home the hardware for Best Supporting Actress.
The Shape of Water, my god what an awesome film. I don’t think I’ve felt so much emotional from a character who literally didn’t vocally say a word the entire movie. Sally Hawkins playing Eliza Esposito was so damn good. You felt everything she signed as if they were words out of her mouth. It was such a powerful and emotional performance. Also, I don’t know how Michael Shannon wasn’t nominated for an award because he absolutely killed it as well. Octavia Spencer was also great and really helped facilitate the story.
Lady Bird… what an in depth perspective of the senior year high school experience. You’re left loving Lady Bird and her father, but you absolutely loathe her mother, which for a lot of young people is a real thing. It was such a heart warming movie though and you’re rooting for Lady Bird then entire movie.
My Award Winners:
Best Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Best Actress: Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney: I, Tonya
Best Director: Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water
Best Picture: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
These are my picks, enjoy the show!