I am loving Getty’s selection of Wednesday’s snowy match. I am also loving Danny Rose’s SnoFro. Now, for a probably lengthy ramble to close out the week!
Ramble of the Day
With the Oscars coming up this Sunday, I figured I would drop some takes about some of the major categories. Of the four acting categories, the directing category, and the Best Picture category, I have seen all but two, All the Money in the World and Phantom Thread, but I should be caught up by Oscar night. Let’s dive in, unless you do not care about the Oscars.
Quick review of all of the nominees.
Call Me by Your Name - lovely, particularly tonally
Darkest Hour - lacks creativity in filmmaking
Dunkirk - unique telling of a British tale (Christopher Nolan did a really good job with that one)
Get Out - stupendous and unique; well done and well thought out
Lady Bird - gets its message across perfectly; also well made
Phantom Thread - tbd
The Post - solid, but also lacks a little bit of creativity in telling the story
The Shape of Water - also incredibly unique, and does the job it sets out incredibly well
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - a premise that is almost instantly forgotten by director/writer Martin McDonagh; lack of linear thought in script fails the rest of the film
My favorite of them all was Get Out. Shape of Water and Lady Bird make my top three.
I cannot not pick Peele if my favorite film here is Get Out, so he’s my choice.
All of the actresses in this category did a wonderful job. Since I did not like Three Billboards, I cannot vote for Frances McDormand. I’ll knock Meryl Streep off, too, since it should probably be someone else’s turn. I’m a bit surprised Sally Hawkins is not getting more attention this awards season, and for me, it’s a close one between her and Saoirse Ronan, but I will go with Hawkins.
I must knock off Daniel Day-Lewis because I have not seen Phantom Thread, and next off is Gary Oldman. Controversial, I know, but I would rather reward someone with a more unique challenge. Roman J. Israel, Esq. was a strange film that seemed pointless for the first half, nor was Denzel Washington’s performance the best of this bunch, so I will pass. Get Out is not Get Out without Daniel Kaluuya, so he’s my pick. (I wonder if my younger sister will be upset that I did not pick Timothée Chalamet.)
Best Supporting Actress
For me, this is between Mary J. Blige, Allison Janney, and Laurie Metcalf. I would now like to take the opportunity to state that I am shocked at the lack of appreciation Mudbound got, because it was one of my favorite films of the year. Dee Rees is a spectacular filmmaker. I think Metcalf slightly edges out the other two for me.
Best Supporting Actor
I’m kicking out the Three Billboards guys, and I have not seen All the Money, so I can’t count Christopher Plummer, though I think he’s great. What I said about Mudbound, I will also say about The Florida Project. Anyway, Willem Dafoe was fantastic, as was Shape of Water’s Richard Jenkins, but Dafoe wins for me.
That’s it! Sorry it’s so long! Let’s debate in the comments (if you want).
Links of the Day
The Brazil national team doctor thinks Neymar might miss three months after getting surgery on his foot. (Reminder: the World Cup is in 3.5 months.)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic may come out of international retirement to represent Sweden at the World Cup.
Referees in the UK would prefer replays be put on stadium screens.
Today’s longer read: The New York Times’ Rory Smith tells the story of West Brom’s Albion Memories foundation, which helps fans who are suffering from forms of dementia.