2018 Oscar Nominations – Full List

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

Best Director
Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
Jordan Peele (Get Out)
Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread)
Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape Of Water)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Sally Hawkins (The Shape Of Water)
Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Margot Robbie (I, Tonya)
Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)
Meryl Streep (The Post)

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.)

Best Original Screenplay
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape Of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Adapted Screenplay
Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Logan
Molly’s Game
Mudbound

Best Animated Feature Film
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Best Original Song
“Mighty River” (Mudbound)
“Mystery of Love” (Call Me By Your Name)
“Remember Me” (Coco)
“Stand Up for Something” (Marshall)
“This is Me” (The Greatest Showman)

Best Documentary Feature
Abacus: Small Enough To Jail
Faces Places
Icarus
Last Men In Aleppo
Strong Island

Best Documentary Short
Edith + Eddie
Heaven Is A Traffic Jam On The 405
Heroin(e)
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

Best Foreign Language Film
A Fantastic Woman
The Insult
Loveless
On Body And Soul
The Square

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)
Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Richard Jenkins (The Shape Of Water)
Christopher Plummer (All The Money In The World)
Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)
Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread)
Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
Octavia Spencer (The Shape Of Water)

Makeup and Hairstyling
Darkest Hour
Victoria And Abdul
Wonder

Best Film Editing
Baby Driver
Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape Of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Visual Effects
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War For The Planet Of The Apes

Best Original Score
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape Of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Live Action Short Film
DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All Of Us

Best Animated Short Film
Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

Best Sound Mixing
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape Of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Sound Editing
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape Of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Costume Design
Beauty And The Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape Of Water
Victoria And Abdul

Best Cinematography
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape Of Water

Best Production Design
Beauty And The Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape Of Water

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2018 Oscar Nominations Predictions

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Oscar nominations will be announced bright and early on Tuesday morning.  Here is my best guess at the nominations:

Best Picture
Get Out
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
Dunkirk
Lady Bird
The Post
Call Me by Your Name
The Big Sick
I, Tonya
Darkest Hour

Best Director
Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
Jordan Peele (Get Out)
Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside, Ebbing Missouri)

Best Actress
Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)
Margot Robbie (I, Tonya)
Meryl Streep (The Post)
Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)

Best Actor
Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
Timothee Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name)
James Franco (The Disaster Artist)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)

Best Supporting Actress
Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
Holly Hunter (The Big Sick)
Hong Chau (Downsizing)
Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)

Best Supporting Actor
Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)
Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World)
Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me by Your Name)
Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Call Me by Your Name (James Ivory)
Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin)
The Disaster Artist (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber)
Mudbound (Dee Rees & Virgil Williams)
Wonder (Stephen Chbosky, Steve Conrad & Jack Thorne)

Best Original Screenplay
Get Out (Jordan Peele)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)
The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor)
The Post (Liz Hannah & Josh Singer)

Best Cinematography
Dunkirk (Hoyte van Hoytema)
Blade Runner 2049 (Roger Deakins)
The Shape of Water (Dan Laustsen)
Darkest Hour (Bruno Delbonnel)
Call Me by Your Name (Sayombhu Mukdeeprom)

Costume Design
Beauty and the Beast
I Tonya
Phantom Thread
The Greatest Showman
Wonder Woman

Film Editing
Baby Driver
Dunkirk
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards

Make-up and Hair
Darkest Hour
I, Tonya
Wonder

Production Design
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
Shape of Water
Darkest Hour

Original Score
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Shape of Water

Original Song
Call Me By Your Name “Mystery of Love”
Coco “Remember Me”
The Greatest Showman “This is Me”
Mudbound “Mighty River”
Beauty and the Beast “Evermore”

Sound Editing
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
Shape of Water
War for the Planet of the Apes

Sound Mixing
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars the Last Jedi
Baby Driver

Visual Effects
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

Animated Feature
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Documentary Feature
Faces Places
City of Ghosts
Strong Island
Jane
Last Men in Aleppo

Foreign Film
In the Fade
Foxtrot
A Fantastic Woman
Loveless
The Square

Animated Short
Cradle
Dear Basketball
In a Heartbeat
Lost Property Office
Negative Space

Documentary Short
Edith + Eddie
Heroine
116 Cameras
Alone
Ten Meter Tower

Live Action Short
Facing Mecca
Rise of a Star
The Silent Child
Watu Wrote / All of Us
DeKalb Elementary

Best Documentary Feature Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed the list for the Documentary Feature Oscar to 15. They will narrow it down to 5 nominees when the Oscar nominations are announced on January 23rd.

Full list of the 15 contenders for Best Documentary Feature:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Chasing Coral
City of Ghosts
Ex Libris – The New York Public Library
Faces Places
Human Flow
Icarus
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Jane
LA 92
Last Men in Aleppo
Long Strange Trip
One of Us
Strong Island
Unrest

2017 National Board of Review Winners

The National Board of Review announced their awards winners today. Steven Spielberg’s The Post gets a huge boost winning Best Film, Actor and Actress.

Surprisingly missing are Darkest Hour, The Shape of Water and I, Tonya.

Full list of NBR awards:

Best Film
The Post

Best Director
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Best Actor
Tom Hanks, The Post

Best Actress
Meryl Streep, The Post

Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Best Foreign Language Film
Foxtrot

Best Animated Feature
Coco

Best Documentary
Jane

Best Original Screenplay
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

Best Adapted Screenplay
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Disaster Artist

Best Directorial Debut
Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best Ensemble
Get Out

Breakthrough Performance
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

Spotlight Award
Wonder Woman
First They Killed My Father
Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992

Top Ten Films
Baby Driver
Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Downsizing
Dunkirk
The Florida Project
Get Out
Lady Bird
Logan
Phantom Thread

Top Ten Independent Films
Beatriz at Dinner
Brigsby Bear
A Ghost Story
Lady Macbeth
Logan Lucky
Loving Vincent
Menashe
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
Patti Cake$
Wind River

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
A Fantastic Woman
Frantz
Loveless
Summer 1993
The Square

Top 5 Documentaries
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Brimstone & Glory
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
Faces Places
Hell On Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS

Review of Call Me by Your Name

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Call Me By Your Name is not only a coming-of-age story, but also a love story. Adapted  from André Aciman’s novel and brilliantly directed by Luca Guadagnino, the film is set in northern Italy in the summer of 1984. Elio played by Timothée Chalamet is a 17-year-old aspiring pianist who develops a bond with the slightly older Oliver played by Armie Hammer. Oliver has been invited by Elio’s father to be his archeologist research assistant for the Summer. Elio begins to fall for Oliver who appears conceited and completely uninterested. Until he isn’t. He begins to share some of the same interests as Elio and starts to pay more attention. Elio cant help himself but to fall madly in love during his lonely Summer in Italy. Its that painful kind of love that will Elio forever changed.

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Chalamet brings an intensity and authenticity to this role that no other actor could. He met Hammer for the first time right before shooting the film. The chemistry between the two actors is something that directors spend their life looking for and Guadagnino found it without ever testing the two together.

Guadagnino shows us Italy in a way that makes you want to jump on a plane and go there immediately.  The setting is a character all its own. Hidden ponds, cute towns, and a rustic villa.

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Michael Stuhlbarg plays Elio’s father. He gives his the realization about not being the person you think you are, how terrifying love can be and better to loose it then have never had it at all is one of the best monologues ever put to film. This is Stuhlbarg at his best.

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Call Me By Your Name takes you places you don’t expect to go with great looking food, beautiful scenery and music.  Back to a time and place before everything changed. This the best film of 2017 if not the best film in the last 10 years. When you see a lot of movies, this is what you wait for. When everything is perfect. Acting, directing, screenplay, music, beginning, end and middle. Call Me by Your Name is a superb film in every way.

My Grade: A+

2018 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 33rd annual Independent Spirit Awards were announced today.  Call Me by Your Name leads with six nominations. Good Time and Get Out both earned five.

The Best Picture nominations include a few strong Oscar contenders. Call Me by Your Name, The Florida Project, Get Out and Lady Bird are all on the short list of possible Best Picture nominees at the Oscars.

For the last 4 years, the Best Picture winner at the Spirit Awards on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

2013-12 Years a Slave
2014-Birdman
2015-Spotlight
2016-Moonlight

To be eligible to compete in the Spirit Awards the film has to have a budget no more than $20 million and has to be an American film. The nominees are determined by 3 committees of around 10 people each. The winner is determined by all members of Film Independent. Anyone can become a member for $100 so they have thousands people choosing the winners.

The Indie Spirit Awards will be handed out the day before the Oscars March 3rd in a giant tent on the Santa Monica Beach. It will air live on IFC.

Full list of nominees:

BEST FEATURE
Call Me By Your Name
Get Out
The Florida Project
Lady Bird
The Rider

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Columbus
Ingrid Goes West
Menashe
Oh Lucy
Patty Cake$

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
A Ghost Story
Dayveon
Life and Nothing
Most Beautiful Island
Transfiguration

BEST DIRECTOR
Sean Baker – The Florida Project
Jonas Carpignano- A Ciambra
Luca Gudagnino – Call Me By Your Name
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Benny Safdie/Joshua Safdie – Good Time
Chloé Zhao – The Rider

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Salma Hayek – Beatriz at Dinner
Francis McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saiorse Ronin – Lady Bird
Shinobu Terajima – Oh Lucy
Regina Williams – Life And Nothing

BEST MALE LEAD
Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
Harris Dickinson – Beach Rats
James Franco – The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Robert Pattinson – Good Time

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
Alison Janney – I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Lois Smith – Marjorie Prime
Talia Webster – Good Time

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Nnamdi Asomugha – Crown Heights
Armie Hammer -Call Me By Your Name
Barry Keoghan – Killing of a Sacred Deer
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Ben Safdie – Good Time

BEST SCREENPLAY
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Azazel Jacobs – The Lovers
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Mike White – Beatriz At Dinner

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Donald Cried
The Big Sick
Woman Who Kill
Columbus
Ingrid Goes West

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Columbus
Beach Rats
Call Me By Your Name
The Rider

BEST EDITING
Good Time
Call Me By Your Name
The Rider
Get Out
I, Tonya

BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Departure
Faces Places
Last Men in Aleppo
Motherland
Quest

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
A Fantastic Woman
BPM
Lady Macbeth
Not A Witch
Loveless

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Mudbound

Oscar Bait Darkest Hour Gets a Trailer


Darkest Hour is an upcoming British war drama film directed by Joe Wright and written by Anthony McCarten. The film stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and follows his early days as Prime Minister as Hitler closes in on England in World War II. 
It has everything that a Best Picture contender needs:
1. Historical event/true story-check
2. The Academy loves WWII movies-check
3. White male lead who becomes a hero-check
4. Fancy sets and costumes-check
5. Fall release (November 22)-check