Here Are The Movies And People We Believe Were Better Than The Winners At Oscars 2018
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Oscars, this year, have been the most predictable awards ceremony of the year. To put this in perspective, look at how Golden Globes managed to throw more curve balls than the Academy. For some reason, most of the ‘predictions’ based on the Academy’s previous ‘trends’ have turned out to be true.
Two filmmakers, both nominated for Best Director, made their debuts with Best Picture nominees, a big-budget industry A-lister made a tone piece about the personal hells of war, and a pair of period pieces attempted to reach back into the past to explain our fraught present.
To make for a better experience with cinema for you folks, we’ve tried coming up with better options for some of the popular picks for the winners.
Winner: The Shape of Water
The movie that should have won: Mother!
This was, hands down, the year’s freshest, most original and most relevant movie. And remember: This Oscar goes to the producers, who deserve credit for helping make a movie that is definitely the most memorable experience you’ll have after the turn of the century.
To understand Mother!, you will need to devote some time reading up about the themes that are discussed in the movie. And this movie generally brings out extreme emotions out of people – you’ll either love it or hate it.
Actor in a leading role:
Winner: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Who should have won: Daniel Day-Lewis, The Phantom Thread or Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out.
Daniel Day-Lewis is the absolute best in every movie he does. He has never faltered in any of the scenes he’s been a part of. Working with Paul Thomas Anderson, DDL weave magic into the movie with a powerful performance that elevates the movie. It’s difficult to imagine the movie being this good in Daniel’s absence.
But for a more emotional and nuanced performance, there’s Kaluuya as Get Out’s hero, a young black photographer lured to his white girlfriend’s family home for nefarious reasons. His tearful, haunting dip into “the Sunken Place” is Hollywood’s most enduring movie image of last year and worth a golden guy.
Best Actress in a leading role:
Winner: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Who should have won: Sally Hawkins, Shape of Water
No one can deny Frances McDormand’s powerful performance as a grieving, out-for-blood mother was one of the year’s standouts. With a trudge like John Wayne and a mouth like a sewer, McDormand commanded every scene she graced. Her heroine also acts as a poster girl for current times. But for all that, her supporting players Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson outshone her.
If we want to materialise metaphors, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to say that Eliza represents a generation of women who couldn’t speak up in Hollywood and eventually find a voice when they find the support and love they need to do so, becoming comfortable in a new world and free to express what they haven’t been able to previously. Hidden meanings and subtext aside, Del Toro’s baby is better served for Hawkins’ fearless and elegant display.
Winner: Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water
Who should have won: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Phantom Thread
Paul Thomas Anderson finally managed an Academy Awards nomination after 20 years with The Phantom Thread. It’s a film that manages to feel both artfully pristine and horribly messy, the exquisite production design a deceptive shell for two hours of uncomfortable truths, a relationship drama that will prove frightfully perceptive to anyone willing to look past the fittings and deep into the stitching of their own dating history.
Actor In a Supporting Role:
Winner: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Who should have won: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
One of the most singular character actors of the past 30 years, Dafoe was the lone nominee from a film many feel was robbed of a Best Picture nomination. He also should’ve won the first time he was nominated back in 1987, for playing the noble troop-leader in Platoon; or the second time, in 2001, for playing spooky Nosferatu star Max Schreck in Shadow of the Vampire.
Actress In a Supporting Role:
Winner: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Who should have won: Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
The Academy rarely gives nominations to comedic performances. Haddish was genuinely funny throughout the movie and most of the laughs will come from her character. It’s like she is born to play the character and a lot of good things should happen later on her career if she will continue on doing it. It’s worth pointing out that she is receiving the praises even though she co-stars with Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, and Jada Pinkett Smith. All attention goes to her and she deserves all the praises very well.
Best Sound Editing
Winner: Dunkirk, Alex Gibson and Richard King
Who should have won: Baby Driver
There’s a difference between Sound mixing and sound editing. While Dunkirk is a run-of-the-mill movie that’ll make Quora sapiosexuals want to pet their monkeys, Baby Driver clearly deserved to win this. Everything about the soundtrack was in sync with the visuals and it became a huge part of the experience. It’s a film that cuts itself like crazy in what we can only describe as the world’s most high-octane mixtape movie. Baby Driver was robbed in this category.
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