Saturday, 23 February 2019

Alternate Best Actor 2018: Results

10. Matt Dillon in The House That Jack Built - Dillon makes the most out of the least, in creating at least something worthwhile in one of the most repugnant cinematic experiences I've had in awhile.

Best Scene: Looking at heaven.
9. John Huston in The Other Side of the Wind - Huston's performance delivers on the needed larger than life presence of a delusional director, but within that he brings the needed nuance within the man's hidden vulnerabilities.

Best Scene: A desperate pass.
8. Marcello Fonte in Dogman - Fonte delivers an interesting off-beat turn, giving a sense to essentially a "gentle" miscreant.

Best Scene: Ending.
7. Paddy Considine in Journeyman - Considine gives a powerful portrayal of a man slowly recovering from his severe injuries, never shying away from the most desperate moments.

Best Scene: Call to his wife. 
6. Ben Foster in Leave No Trace - Foster gives yet another great performance, this time in a particularly quiet yet truly poignant portrayal of a man trying to live through his severe trauma while taking care of his daughter.

Best Scene: Taking the test.
5. Steve Coogan in Stan & Ollie - Coogan, alongside John C. Reilly, simply brings the classic comedy pair to life, that would be already more than enough, but they also manage to naturally mine the emotional depths within their off screen personalities and dynamics as well.

Best Scene: The fight.
4. Jakob Cedergren in The Guilty - Cedergren gives an effortlessly captivating turn that brings to life the film's tension through his performance while also giving a memorable portrayal of a man discovering his morality.

Best Scene: Confession.
3. Ethan Hawke in First Reformed - Hawke brings a needed humanity to his heavily symbolic film, granting a powerful portrayal of a man's slow descent towards an unusual form of madness and despair.

Best Scene: Preparing for death.
2. John C. Reilly in The Sisters Brothers - Reilly gave two great performances as one half of a pair in 2018. One as his utterly convincing transformation to Oliver Hardy, and his other in this soulful depiction of a man trying to find a decent path for both himself and his mad brother.

Best Scene: Talking to Warm.
1. Ryan Gosling in First Man - Good predictions Emi Grant and GM. Gosling gives yet another masterful turn this decade in finding yet another dynamic and unique approach to very subdued character. This time in his absolutely striking portrait of Neil Armstrong that realizes both what makes the man ordinary and extraordinary in his vivid depiction of his inspiring achievement and heartbreaking personal journey to the moon.

Best Scene: Private moment on the moon.
Overall Ranking:
  1. Ryan Gosling in First Man
  2. John C. Reilly in The Sisters Brothers
  3. Ethan Hawke in First Reformed
  4. Jakob Cedergren in The Guilty 
  5. Steve Coogan in Stan & Ollie
  6. John C. Reilly in Stan & Ollie
  7. Ben Foster in Leave No Trace
  8. Willem Dafoe in At Eternity's Gate
  9. Paddy Considine in Journeyman
  10. Joaquin Phoenix in The Sisters Brothers - 4.5
  11. Ben Foster in Galveston  
  12. Lucas Hedges in Boy Erased
  13. Robert Redford in The Old Man and the Gun 
  14. Joaquin Phoenix in Don't Worry He Won't Get Far On Foot
  15. Lakeith Stanfield in Sorry to Bother You 
  16. Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 2
  17. Daveed Diggs in Blindspotting
  18. Nicolas Cage in Mandy
  19. Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born
  20. Marcello Fonte in Dogman
  21. John Huston in The Other Side of the Wind 
  22. Lucas Hedges in Ben is Back
  23. Joe Cole in Prayer Before Dawn
  24. Matt Dillon in The House That Jack Built
  25. Michael B. Jordan in Creed II 
  26. Ben Dickey in Blaze
  27. Rafael Casal in Blindspotting
  28. Jason Clarke in Chappaquiddick
  29. Josh Brolin in Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  30. John David Washington in Blackkklansman - 4
  31. Christian Bale in Vice 
  32. Bryan Cranston in Isle of Dogs
  33. Benicio Del Toro in Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  34. Casey Affleck in The Old Man and the Gun
  35. Paul Giamatti in Private Life
  36. Tomasz Kot in Cold War 
  37. Charlie Plummer in Lean On Pete
  38. Evan Peters in  American Animals
  39. Ed Oxenbould in Wild Life
  40. Stephan James in If Beale Street Could Talk 
  41. Adam Driver in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
  42. Alex Wolff in Hereditary 
  43. Shameik Moore in Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse
  44. Anders Danielsen Lie in 22 July 
  45. Yoo Ah-in in Burning
  46. Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Fallout
  47. John Krasinski in A Quiet Place
  48. Nick Offerman in Hearts Beat Loud 
  49. Thorbjørn Harr in 22 July
  50. Alden Ehrenreich in Solo
  51. Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody
  52. Mahershala Ali in Green Book - 3.5 
  53. Logan Marshall-Green in Upgrade
  54. Jack Black in The Polka King
  55. John Cho in Searching
  56. Barry Keoghan in American Animals
  57. Jason Bateman in Game Night
  58. Jovan Adepo in Overlord
  59. Ewan McGregor in Christopher Robin
  60. Charlie Hunnam in Papillon
  61. Hugh Jackman in The Front Runner
  62. Craig T. Nelson in Incredibles 2   
  63. Alexander Skarsgard in Mute
  64. Rami Malek in Papillon
  65. Jonathan Pryce in The Wife- 3
  66. Tom Hardy in Venom 
  67. Chris Pine in Outlaw King
  68. Gang Dong-won in Illang: The Wolf Brigade 
  69. Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther
  70. Moka Kamishiraishi in Mirai  
  71. Paul Rudd in Ant-man and The Wasp
  72. Henry Golding in Crazy Rich Asians
  73. Viggo Mortensen in Green Book
  74. Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 
  75. Oscar Isaac in Operation Finale - 2.5
  76. Jason Momoa in Aquaman 
  77. Tom Schilling in Never Look Away
  78. Tye Sheridan in Ready Player One 
  79. Chris Pratt in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 
  80. Steve Carell in Beautiful Boy - 2
  81. Timothee Chalamet Beautiful Boy 
  82. Richie Merritt in White Boy Rick - 1.5
  83. John Travolta in Gotti 
  84. Paul Rudd in Mute - 1
Next: 2013 lead, though I'm taking a break for a little while. 

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Bryan L. said...

Gosling gets his first win!

Emi Grant said...

It's great to see Gosling get his first win. My request is Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Nowhere Boy (2009).

Louis: Thoughts on Don't Worry He Won't Get Far On Foot and it's cast? I don't think I recall you giving them before.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Thoughts on the rest of the Lead performances.

And Your Female rankings with ratings. 5s to 4s.

Bryan L. said...

Emi: He indeed hasn't given them yet. And it's funny you bring Nowhere Boy, since I was searching for underrated music biopics the other day.

Bryan L. said...

*bring up Nowhere Boy

Also, it's odd to see Isaac, Hardy and Mortensen have relatively low rankings on the Overall, since they're usually regulars at the top of these lists.

Luke Higham said...

Christian Bale - Out Of The Furnace
Christoph Waltz - The Zero Theorem
Alden Ehrenreich - Beautiful Creatures
Masaharu Fukuyama - Like Father, Like Son
Toni Servillo - The Great Beauty
Domhnall Gleeson - About Time
Ethan Hawke - Before Midnight
Sol Kyung-Gu - Hope
Terence Stamp - Song For Marion
Joaquin Phoenix - The Immigrant

BRAZINTERMA said...

So Louis, what's are Overall Rankings of Best LEAD Actress and Best SUPPORTING Actress?

Luke Higham said...

Louis: John Cho in Searching instead of Burning.

Calvin Law said...

Glad to see Hedges so high and with 2 4.5’s.

Emi Grant said...

Bryan: Thought it'd be interesting, since the closest he got to a review was his turn in Nocturnal Animals and pretty much everyone here (myself included) loathed that film.

Charles H said...

Great, great top 5. Glad Gosling finally got his win.

Louis: If you decided on any changes, your updated top 10 lead of the decade.

Bryan L. said...

Calvin: I'm glad as well, and it's good to hear that he's great in Ben is Back, since I get the feeling that he gives the performance Chalamet should've given in Beautiful Boy. Hope he starts receiving more buzz.

Charles H said...

Who i want to see reviewed the most:
Masaharu Fukuyama - Like Father, Like Son
Christoph Waltz - The Zero Theorem
Christian Bale - Out Of The Furnace
Sol Kyung-Gu - Hope
Terence Stamp - Song For Marion

For the rest:
Domhnall Gleeson - About Time
Joaquin Phoenix - The Immigrant
Simon Pegg - The World's End
Alden Ehrenreich - Beautiful Creatures
Toni Servillo - The Great Beauty

Calvin Law said...

Bryan: for your casts,

2010s Brighton Rock directed by William Oldroyd
Pinkie: Tom Holland (Poulter could be great but I’m using him elsewhere)
Ida: Olivia Colman
Rose: Florence Pugh
Dallow: Cillian Murphy
Prewitt: Stephen Rea

2010s 10 Rillington Place directed by Neil Jordan
John Christie: Toby Jones could be great, but how about Simon Pegg against type?
Timothy Evans: Will Poulter
Beryl: Hannah Murray
Ethel: Jessica Hynes

Anonymous said...

Louis: your top 20 john c. reilly acting moments

Bryan L. said...

Calvin: I too would love to see Pegg in an against-type dramatic role, but I'm not certain Christie would be the right role. Then again, it could be.
I'd go with Ben Whishaw for Timothy.

That Brighton Rock cast sounds great though, since Holland could exude more of that "boyishness" look for Pinkie. And I liked Lady Macbeth, so Oldroyd seems like a good fit.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Really glad that Gosling got his first win, and that Hawke is in the top 3.

Louis: Your top ten Ryan Gosling performances, and your revised top 20 acting moments for him.

Charles H said...

Calvin: Toby Jones feels perfect for Christie, i don't think Pegg would be too good for such a terrifying person like John Christie.

Anonymous said...

Louis: your top 10 sandra bullock acting moments

Matt Mustin said...

We also have to keep in mind that Christie was a real person, and Jones and Attenborough both have a passing resemblance to him, with makeup enhancements. Pegg would require a *lot* of makeup but he *might* be able to pull it off acting-wise, although it would be a huge risk.

Bryan L: Whishaw is an *excellent* choice for Timothy Evans, I think.

Louis Morgan said...

Bryan:

Pinkie - Poulter - (Should be someone more baby faced, Holland's an interesting choice there.)

Frenchy - Considine - (Definitely could work, played kind of a riff on that honestly in Cinderella man)

Christie - Jones - (Perfect choice.)

Lauderdale - Hardy - (Perfect choice.)

Billy Bates - Pegg - (Alternate choice Mark Rylance for a guaranteed brilliant performance, that type of role could be the right sort for him to express his range. I'll concur with Charles, and say theoretically Christie would not be the ideal role for Pegg to cut his teeth dramatically.)

Calvin:

By the way its score snub is frankly one of the worst in Oscar history in the category. Though I have to admit watching the film again, made me hate the best picture lineup we have all the more.

The Armstrongs - (Absolutely gorgeous work with such eloquent use of the harp that manages to realize both a quaintness and melancholy, in that quieter rendition of the main melodic theme, with that brilliant very subtle under lacing of theremin.)

Apollo 11 Launch - (Just an amazing song in every sense of creating both such a sense of a build and climax. It's slowly growing essentially grandiose power is so well realized with the growing interlacing that builds, never becoming a mess in this, but rather just a beautiful inspiring orchestration.)

First Man - (This is such a remarkable punctuation of the melody of The Armstrongs but now brought to essentially the full symphony. This being such a powerful sort thematic idea of now taking the personal to this grand scale, so powerfully realized in Hurwitz's dramatic piece that creates such an inspiring tension in punctuation of the the melody being a constant, that is supplemented throughout. This increasing essentially the grip of the piece, and the scene.)

Crater - (First of all absolutely stunning that this score managed to use the theremin in such a downright beautiful way, when typically it is used to be off-putting in at least some. This being such a gorgeous piece as it takes the melody in this quietly poignant piece, where the grandeur orchestra is more muted, almost granting the theremin as the memory of Armstrong in the moment. Amazing work.)

Quarantine - (A return to the Armstrongs though now far slower with the theremin now being equal to the harp, creates again such a beautiful duet of sorts, as this perfect sort of piece for the quiet epilogue.)

Emi Grant said...

Louis: Your thoughts on Eli Sister's scenes with his toothbrush (it seems kind of late now, but I don't mind).

Louis Morgan said...

Mitchell:

1. Blade Runner 2049
2. First Man
3. Drive
4. La La Land
5. Blue Valentine

Emi Grant:

Chazelle:

1. Moon Walk - First Man
2. Final Performance - Whiplash
3. What IF? - La La Land
4. Moon Landing - First Man
5. Spinning Malfunction - First Man
6. First practice - Whiplash
7. Observatory - La La Land
8. Getting the sticks - Whiplash
9. Trying the lander - First Man
10. "A Lovely Night" - La La Land

Calvin:

Didn't care much for the Rocket Man trailer, as it looks standard musical biopic, in the vein of Ray, Walk the Line, and that unfortunate best picture nominee. Which all are quite dull, maybe there will be something more dynamic actually in the narrative, but I can't see it from the trailer.

Anonymous:

The Prowler's production design is low key remarkable for the period, in that it is certainly far more detailed in terms of creating the lurid atmosphere of the film, and again while not showing it adds something to the story.

The cinematography is pretty subtle for noir when it comes to the lighting, but that certainly captures a certain vibrancy. What is most notable in the film though are the composition of a lot of the shots particularly the one of Heflin peering in with as much focus as the interior.

Charles:

1. Joaquin Phoenix in The Master
2. Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky
3. Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049
4. Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt
5. Ryan Gosling in First Man
6. Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread
7. Andrew Garfield in Silence
8. Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
9. Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
10. John C. Reilly in The Sisters Brothers

Top of Decade overall:

Looking purely at performance output, as Gosling would easily top this, if looking at impact of the films as well.

1. Tom Hardy
2. Joaquin Phoenix
3. Ryan Gosling
4. Ben Foster
5. Matthew McConaughey
6. Matthias Schoenaerts
7. James McAvoy
8. Casey Affleck
9. Andrew Garfield
10. Oscar Issac (2018 hurt him more so than Apocalypse)

Excluded DDL due to limited output.

Louis Morgan said...

Emi Grant:

Just wonderful bit of light humor in those moments, as Reilly plays the curiosity of the moment just so wonderfully. It is pretty remarkable actually as you could kind of see such a set up for more ludicrous laughs, if say Will Ferrell played Charlie for example, but here he plays the same idea, but with such naturalistic humor instead.

Louis Morgan said...

Also am not forgetting any thoughts under the current section, I'm just taking my time.

Calvin Law said...

My top 10 of the decade for lead and supporting would be:

Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky
Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt
Ryan Gosling in First Man
Andrew Garfield in Silence
Hugh Jackman in Logan
Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis
Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
Matthias Schoenaerts in Bullhead
Chiwetel Ejiofor in Twelve Years a Slave

Sylvester Stallone in Creed
Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips
Mark Strong In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Christopher Walken In Seven Psychopaths
Nicholas Hoult in Mad Max: Fury Road
Steven Yeun in Burning
Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christian Bale in The Fighter (though may need to change placement)
Mahershala Ali in Moonlight
Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Actress I need more thought on.

Calvin Law said...

Actually forgot about Ian McKellen in Mr Holmes, he’d be my #7.

Charles H said...

My updated list for lead of the decade would be something like this. i hate to leave so many off.


Ryan Gosling in First Man
Choi Min-Sik in I Saw the Devil
Andrew Garfield in Silence
Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049
Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt
Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Tom Hardy in Locke/Legend
Byung hun-Lee in I Saw the Devil
Matthias Schoenaerts in Bullhead

Bryan L. said...

Matt: I think Whishaw could definitely generate the sympathy required for Timothy Evans.

Louis: Lastly, the same question, but for these 2010s choices for these Gene Hackman roles?

Gene Garrison- Billy Crudup
Lex Luthor- Josh Brolin (A combination of his menace as Thanos and his comedic timing of Eddie Mannix)
Norman Dale- Thomas Haden Church
Harry Zimm- Kurt Russell
Senator Ken Keeley- William Hurt

Michael McCarthy said...

Glad to see Hawke make the top 3, a lot of my favorites only got 4.5s but at least I can say I'm a big fan of everyone in this top 5.

2013:
Joaquin Phoenix in The Immigrant
Ethan Hawke in Before Midnight
Christian Bale in Out of the Furnace
Terence Stamp in Song for Marion
Domhnall Gleeson in About Time
Jason Statham in Hummingbird (Trust me on this one)
Masaharu Fukuyama in Like Father, Like Son
Alden Ehrenreich in Beautiful Creatures
Toni Servillo in La Grande Bellezza
Christoph Waltz in The Zero Theorem or Simon Pegg in The World's End

Charles H said...

Michael: What are your thoughts and rating for Statham?

Luke Higham said...

Louis is doing all 3 of the Cornetto trilogy turns in one review.

Omar Franini said...

Louis: your thoughts and ratings on Vox Lux and the cast?

Matt Mustin said...

Apologies for the shameless plug, but I just watched The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and I absolutely *had* to review Mathieu Amalric's performance.

http://performancereviewsmatt.blogspot.com/2019/02/mathieu-amalric-in-diving-bell-and.html

Matt Mustin said...

Louis and everyone: What do you think of this list I came up with of actors who should be Bond villains at some point?

-Jean Dujardin
-Daniel Kaluuya
-Mark Rylance
-Cate Blanchett
-Lee Byung-hun
-Jason Isaacs
-Romain Duris

RatedRStar said...

Oscars tonight everyone I am so excited =D is everyone suited up?

What does everyone want from tonights ceremony?

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Daniel: I wish, but I have school work to do :/
As for what I want:
Picture: The Favourite (although Roma winning would be fine by me)
Director: Alfonso Cuaron for Roma
Actor: Cooper or Dafoe
Actress: Colman or McCarthy
Supporting Actor: Grant
Supporting Actress: Weisz/Stone
Original Screenplay: The Favourite/Eighth Grade
Adapted Screenplay: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Calvin Law said...

I’m busy with work/essays tonight which means a no for me. But I’m expecting a real clusterfuck of a ceremony in all regards. Which should be fun to watch but I do feel bad for the winners, especially those hampered by the Academy producer’s delusions of shortening every speech and awards presentation down and missing out In Memoriam broadcasts in favour of some inane comedic interludes.

Also my NGNG prediction is someone will finally slip up and accidentally thank Bryan Singer. And on the more positive side of things Lin Manuel will rap.

RatedRStar said...

I want this ceremony to be a trainwreck, be so entertaining lol.

Mitchell Murray said...

In terms of who I want to win, my preferences are pretty much in line with Tahmeed's.

I don't plan to watch the ceremony live, but I am expecting some sort of pandemonium to ensue.

GM said...

Jan Bijvoet, Borgman
Jim Broadbent, Le Week-end
Conner Chapman, The Selfish Giant
Steve Coogan, Alan Partridge
Brady Corbet, Simon Killer

Pierre Deladonchamps, Stranger by the Lake
Stephen Dorff, The Motel Life
Masaharu Fukuyama, Like Father, Like Son
Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight
Sergio Hernández, Gloria

Tom Hiddleston, Only Lovers Left Alive
Emile Hirsch, Prince Avalanche
Sun Honglei, Drug War
Louis Koo, Drug War
Jude Law, Dom Hemingway

Ali Mosaffa, The Past
Joaquin Phoenix, The Immigrant
Toni Servillo, The Great Beauty
Miles Teller, The Spectacular Now
Benicio Del Toro, Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian
Stanley Tucci, Some Velvet Morning


My request: Alexander Knox in None Shall Escape

Calvin Law said...

Matt: great review. For some reason I can’t leave a comment on your site (my account acting up again) but you’ve made me want to watch the film again. Amalric is amazing.

Calvin Law said...

And on those villains:

Jean Dujardin (would be a great choice but would have to be a really stylised one)

Daniel Kaluuya (fascinating choice both in terms of physical presentation and talent, him and Craig would make for a particularly fascinating matchup I think)

Mark Rylance (I can definitely see it, though as more of an enigma than the previous two who I think would be more overt/ball-busting villains)

Cate Blanchett (I can either see her doing a sort of more mature version of Debicki in UNCLE or going all out with a batshit crazy villain, either way should be fun)

Lee Byung-hun (unfortunately if they ever do use him he’ll probably be just a silent assassin, I’d love if they made him like a Korean equivalent of Bond though, maybe not even a villain but an ally. Either way he’d knock it out of the ballpark)

Jason Isaacs (great if obvious choice. His choice of accent would be particularly interesting)

Romain Duris (I’m almost surprised he hasn’t been cast opposite Craig yet as he seems so fitting to that particular Bondverse. He’d probably excel best by playing as far as Bond villains go one of the more sympathetic ones)

Giuseppe Fadda said...

Great work as always Louis! We don't agree on every performance but I'm thrilled you gave Hawke a 5 for First Reformed.

In case anyone were interested, I've just posted on my blog my own winners and nominees for 2018.

https://giuppimoviereviews.blogspot.com/2019/02/giuppi-awards-2018.html

Calvin Law said...

Also True Detective finale is on tonight apparently, Mahershala Ali is gonna have a good evening lol.

Calvin Law said...

Giuseppe: So happy you loved Roma too. Interesting to see an Editing win that didn’t make your top 10, and Franky for Shoplifters is great. Have you seen Burning yet?

Giuseppe Fadda said...

@Calvin: I have not seen Burning yet and same goes to Leave No Trace. I'll catch up with them (as well as Support the Girls and Sorry to Bother You) over the next week and I'll eventually update my post.

I know Destroyer's editing can turn some people off but personally I thought it was a beautifully and elegantly structured movie. The movie was probably my 11# or 12# of the year as well.

Calvin Law said...

I’m just gonna plug my own awards here too:

https://reelandroll.blogspot.com/2019/02/final-reel-and-roll-awards-2018-full.html?m=1

Louis Morgan said...

Emi:

I actually rather liked Don't Worry..., and is probably one of my favorite Gus Van Sant films, though that isn't saying too much. That is though I thought it managed to tell its little story with just enough humor and genuine emotion, while maintaining a fairly easy going tone overall.

Phoenix - (I suppose it is the testament to his talent at this point that this type of performance seems just like a walk in the park at this point for him. As I barely even heard any real praise for him here, just as though everyone was quite assured he was going to be not just good but very. Well he is indeed very good once again and just thrives within the film's tone. In that he manages to keep a lighter approach to the story of disability and alcoholism, which often is done in more heavy handed, fashion and Phoenix excels in this. This is as he naturally segues to the harder moments giving a moving portrayal of the character's anguish but also his eventual hope so powerfully. He really is an essential facet in realizing the tone as he does just so naturally find each moment by leading to them without any pomp or circumstance, just making them wholly honest to each situation.)

Mara - 3(A role that isn't exactly her hardest role, as essentially "dream girl" but hey I thought she managed to pull that off without going over the top. She's best served though in honestly more demanding role, as "girlfriend" roles just seem a poor use of her talents.)

Hill - (I thought overall he kind of over did the mannerisms of his character just a touch leaning towards the cartoonish occasionally. Having said that he completely hits the emotional moments of his character, especially in his final scene, and in the end bring a real honesty to the role.)

Black - (A touch too Jack Blackish in his early scenes, however I did think he made up for that mostly in his final scene where reveals the character's own struggle in rather painstaking detail in just a moment.)

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Hedges - (Well that was a quick turnaround where I probably would've said Chalamet seemed like the stronger performer last year, but with this performance in addition to Boy Erased I must immediately amend that. This is the good performance as a drug addict from this year as given the nature of the story he loses any pointless posturing just to give a far more powerful portrayal of a young man going through such agony. Hedges hits not only the manipulation moments more naturally, but the moments of struggle are far more effectively realized as he internalizes them rather turning them into some phony mannerism. His scenes of creating the sense of building self-loathing and general bitterness are genuinely heartbreaking. His reaction in the church sequence is one of the best of 2018, as he grants
the sense of his character living through all his mistakes, and seeing essentially what he's been giving up through his questionable choice. Although the film's third act is a bit of strange choice, Hedges continues to give an honesty to every scene, creating both the sense of the man trying to get better but also his collapses into self-loathing despair.)

Cole - (A very internalized performance just based around that he is essentially has to be nearly silent for much of his work, or at the very least barely interacts with any of his co-stars beyond silent motions. Cole though excels with that he creating the real sense of the character's desperation throughout. This is in the moments of obvious fear of his situation, but also the anguish of his physical ailments that make his experience all the more difficult. At the same time Cole realizes the building confidence and intensity in his work in terms of creating the sense of determination in order to accomplish what he needs to survive his situation. By the way the film itself is in many ways the much better version of Midnight Express.)

Dickey -(A very fascinating performance as at the beginning it appears that you've seen this performance before. This as the guy who has just an old fashioned wisdom that goes along well with his unassuming yet still larger than life stage presence. Dickey's work slowly reveals essentially these cracks in the man. This is not revealing a facade but rather revealing a mental lack of wellness that slowly defines the man's journey. We see as he plays the initial outbursts seemingly that of the angry artist, but as it goes on he's terrific in showing them to be increasingly unnerving as a man who clearly shows some serious signs of insanity. Dickey then makes this a painful journey of self-destruction where you see the passion of a true artist but also insanity of a mad man.)

Giamatti - (This performance is exactly as you'd expect it to be as Paul Giamatti as a man going through over middle age ennui. Still it's a good example of it.)

Plummer - (The film itself I must I found to be excessively grim where everyone seems to be hiding some miserable secret, and everything that can go wrong for this poor kid seems to. Having said that Plummer gives a moving portrayal of reacting to every thing that happens to him even as it adds up to almost a nonsensical despair. Plummer maintains an honesty there and avoids becoming overwrought in a consistently effective turn.)

Cho - (That twist is pure nonsense, yet I still saw it coming which made it all the worse. Cho though gives certainly a fine turn. It is somewhat limited by the film's gimmick, but no matter the situation though Cho offers a consistent moving portrayal of the character's journey at every point. He hits the emotional beats even if they are rather rushed through all things considered, and no moment really gives him a lot of time to work through scenes. We more of only get the extremes however I'll give him credit for hitting these extremes without becoming over the top.)

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your thoughts on Christopher Robin, the Voice cast and the visual effects.

Luke Higham said...

And thoughts on Wrapped Up from Vox Lux.

Luke Higham said...

Thoughts on McGregor in Christopher Robin.

Bryan L. said...

Luke: If you don't mind me asking, do you usually watch the Oscars live, or check out the winners later on? Since I'm aware that you're on "the other side of the pond" after all haha.

Luke Higham said...

Bryan: I used to stay up and watch it but nowadays I don't have the exact channel to watch it on and I'm not sure if the Oscars online feed is available globally. Plus I've got work in the morning so I'll read the results tomorrow and will get around to the broadcast eventually.

RatedRStar said...

I always used to book the day off to watch the Oscars live, now I go to bed super early (8pm usually) and then wake up at 3 and watch them before I go to work.

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: As much as I would love for that to happen, Ali will not lose.

RatedRStar said...

Ah Shit I forgot about Mahershala Ali lol haha xD ignore that

RatedRStar said...

Which film then?

RatedRStar said...

BlacKKKlansman if it loses screenplay.

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: Unless the Academy decides to give it a token win, Black Panther.

Mitchell Murray said...

I might as well make my final predictions for the oscars;

Picture - Something other than "The Favourite" or "Roma", unfourtunately.
Director - Cuaron
Actor - Malek
Actress - Close
S. Actor - Ali
S. Actress - Weisz (Going out on a limb with this one.)
Original Screenplay - "The Favourite"
Adapted Screenplay - "BlacKkKlansman"
Animated - "Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse" (Also going out on a limb here)
Foreign - "Cold War"
Documentary - "Hale County This Morning, This Evening"
Documentary Short - Not sure, honestly, but I'll say "End Game" on a whim.
Live Action Short - "Mother"
Animated Short - "Bao"
Original Score - "Black Panther"
Original Song - "Shallow"
Sound Editing - "First Man", if I can be so bold.
Sound Mixing - "Bohemian Rhapsody", although I don't say that with pride.
Production Design - "The Favourite".
Cinematography - "Roma", rather easily.
Make Up - "Mary Queen of Scots" IE please don't be "Vice", please don't be "Vice".
Costume - "The Favourite"
Film Editing - "BlacKkKlansman"
Visuals - "Avengers: Infinity War"

RatedRStar said...

It would be an interesting twist of fate if Infinity War wins an Oscar and Black Panther wins nothing.

Louis Morgan said...

In regards to 2013, I should say I definitely consider Phoenix supporting in The Immigrant.

Luke:

Christopher Robin I found to be entirely fine in being semi-delightful. It's no Paddington or its sequel as cheery CGI animal films go, but I did not mind it as a very low stakes, but splendid enough affair. There is nothing that really stands out about it, even in the recapturing youth idea isn't something it dwells on, but it is a breezy enough affair.

McGregor - 3.5(McGregor aid this in this properly with his turn who managed to bring a nice little bit of charm and interacts well with the "animal friends". Again it is all very light and McGregor's work just works in line with this. This is even with his initial caught in "adult" matters just more of overlooking than being truly disgruntled. Not great work by any measure, but a reasonably fine turn.)

As for the voice cast, I actually didn't like the choice of only having Cummings do his voices (based on the older Disney shorts), while everyone else was new interpretations to the characters that we haven't seen before. I mean everyone does a fine job as is, but I just thought the two styles clashed.

Visual effects are actually pretty slight, but well done within that. I guess it always helps when the animals are meant to look fake, especially here, but I will say they are well done in that regard particularly in terms of the interactions with the humans. I would though again, maybe put Paddington 2, for that type of nod, but it's certainly fine work.)

Louis Morgan said...


Bryan:

Garrison - Crudup - (Played essentially a less contentious version of the part in Big Fish, so I could certainly see him taking it up to the next notch.)

Luthor - Brolin - (Definitely could see it, tricky one to pull off though no matter what.)

Norman Dale - Church - (Ah what is Church up to these days? I might look for someone with a touch more inherent "dignity" in their typical screen presence.)

Zimm - Russell - (Perfect choice, has the right comedic ability for it.)

Keeley - Hurt - (Could possibly see it, as I've never see a fully comic role from Hurt, funniest he's probably been in is A History of Violence oddly enough, but strangely from that work I could potentially see it.)

Omar:

Vox Lux I found to be pretty terrible actually, as I found its use of such harrowing subject matter, just a flimsy attempt to grant gravitas to Corbet's otherwise flimsy and surface depiction of a pop artist (she's hollow...get it!...gee thanks). The violence elements is intertwined without any real sense or logic, other than to try to adhere some greater importance upon the film than there would be otherwise. Good score though.

Law - 2.5(Still struggling with the American accent, but really the bigger problem is how poorly developed the character is. This really isn't on Law, as the film doesn't really give any time to developing who this guy is, and why the parents would even pick him. He's just a generic agent, but hey at least Law's better than his A Star is Born counterpart.)

Cassidy - 2.5(Her performance is a strange one as it off becomes this robotic detached work that seems more like a pawn for Corbet to apply ideas to, while she's just there. Her performance frankly feels timid, and with good reason, as the film wants her to be debauched, and there Cassidy doesn't really seem frankly into it. She's fine though in the "innocent" scenes though I didn't find she made much of an impact either way.)

Portman - 1(Never to late to deliver on of the worst performances of the year. This is just atrocious work from the moment you see her with her over the top sketch comedy accent. She brings a heightened eleven at all times that also sadly just seems like playacting. Portman's work is just a mess as she allows the part just to be this generalized caricature of a pop star, and even in that Portman isn't even convincing. Her performance is simply atrocious that is hard to watch for all the wrong reasons. Oh she's definitely going for it, but fails miserably in doing so.)

Martin - 4(Without a doubt the heart and soul of the film even though I think the film doesn't use her as much as it should've in order to create more depth in the sister relationship. Having said that Martin deserves all the credit for actually realizing an honest person in her early scenes as just the devoted and loving sister, taken aback naturally by the circumstances surrounding the shooting then her sudden rise to popularity. Although it is hard to believe her in the flash forward as the older sister to Natalie Portman, I'll give her credit for physically doing something to convey the age, without going over the top, while emotionally capturing just the spent state of the woman having no idea what to do with her sister any more. The film needed more of her.)

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Wrapped Up - (I'll give credit where credit is do, as this is a good song, it's a shame the film couldn't have made better use of the potential that existed in its musical content. This creating sort of this synthesized ballad, and does so rather powerfully. This in the building of the various sections, each bringing such a potent element in each, particularly the choir sections. It manages to avoid excessively overproduced quality despite touching those elements, in a rather marvelous song, as it stands alone separate from the film. If I were to critique, its ending is a little weak, but not in a way that ruins the song.)

Luke Higham said...

Louis: If you don't mind, your female rankings for 2018. 5s to 4s.

Luke Higham said...

And who would you've preferred to see play both Celestes.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: I don't mind if you decide to review Pegg now but that doesn't mean I want him part of the 07 lineup for Hot Fuzz.

Luke Higham said...

Please review Hawke and Sol Kyung-Gu. I know you've been planning to review Stamp since 2012.

Bryan L. said...

Luke: I would've gone with Kirsten Dunst for the older Celeste and Elle Fanning for the younger.

Louis: Extra kudos to Hackman for pulling Luthor off indeed. How about John C. Reilly or Paul Giamatti for Norman Dale instead? And like with Royal Tenenbaum, perhaps either Bill Murray or Michael Keaton for Keeley?

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

I'll do top 25's.

Actress:

1. Olivia Colman - The Favourite
2. Rachel Weisz - The Favourite
3. Emma Stone - The Favourite
4. Melissa McCarthy - Can You Ever Forgive Me?
5. Thomasin McKenzie - Leave No Trace
6. Toni Collette - Hereditary
7. Charlize Theron - Tully
8. Anya-Taylor Joy - Thoroughbreds
9. Joanna Kulig - Cold War
10. Elise Fisher - Eighth Grade
11. Nicole Kidman - Destroyer
12. Rachel Weisz - Disobedience
13. Andrea Riseborough - Nancy
14. Regina Hall - Support the Girls
15. Amanda Stenberg - The Hate You Give
16. Yalitza Aparicio - Roma
17. Saiorse Ronan - Mary Queen of Scots
18. Viola Davis - Widows
19. Julia Roberts - Ben is Back
20. Rachel McAdams - Game Night
21. Kathryn Hahn - Private Life
22. Emily Blunt - A Quiet Place
23. Rachel McAdams - Disobdience
24. Olivia Cooke - Thoroughbreds
25. Lady Gaga - A Star Is Born

Supporting Actress:

1. Elizabeth Debicki - Widows
2. Cynthia Erivo - Bad Times At the El Royale
3. Claire Foy - First Man
4. Jodie Whittaker - Journeyman
5. Andrea Riseborough - Mandy
6. Zoe Kazan - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
7. Sakura Ando - Shoplifters
8. Regina King - If Beale Street Could Talk
9. Stacy Martin - Vox Lux
10. Mia Goth - Suspiria
11. Sissy Spacek - The Old Man and the Gun
12. Nina Arianda - Stan & Ollie
13. Shirley Henderson - Stan & Ollie
14. J. Smith-Cameron in Nancy
15. Mayu Matsuoka - Shoplifters
16. Tessa Thompson - Creed II
17. Elle Fanning - Galveston
18. Nicole Kidman - Boy Erased
19. Tessa Thompson - Sorry to Bother You
20. Michelle Yeoh - Crazy Rich Asians
21. Kirin Kiki - Shoplifters
22. Marina de Tavira - Roma
23. Rebecca Ferguson - Mission Impossible: Fallout
24. Dale Dickey - Leave No Trace
25. Amanda Seyfried - First Reformed

Luke:

Bryan's choice works, though that wouldn't have saved the film.

Bryan:

Giamatti seems too obvious, so I like the more off beat Reilly choice.

Murray seems perfect for Keeley.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your thoughts on Roberts (Finally gave a 4 star performance), Hahn and thoughts on Shoplifters and ratings/thoughts on the cast.

Luke Higham said...

And is there any updated thoughts on The Favourite ladies.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Is Kiki Layne down to a 4 or 3.5.

Giuseppe Fadda said...

Considering you were not fond of Destroyer, I'm so glad Kidman managed to be relatively high on your list.

Anonymous said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHPqbFhSXBM

Louis's winners.

Luke Higham said...

Glad to see Franky get a five. :)

Louis: Any chance of reviewing him soon or for the later bonus round.

If you can't do the former, could you still give some thoughts on him.

Calvin Law said...

Yes Franky m’boi.

Calvin Law said...

Seems like Shoplifters is one of your favourite ensembles of the year.

Charles H said...

Thank God Louis gave Franky a five. I hope to see him get a full review in the future.

Matt Mustin said...

Louis: What's your updated thoughts on Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther (I notice he's a 3 now as opposed to the 4 he was originally), as well as your rating and thoughts on Richard Brake in Mandy?

Charles H said...

As 2013 lead, besides the requests i know Bale and Stamp are locks but i really really want to see Waltz and Sol make it in.

I didn't request Hawke to be reviewed because he was already reviewed for Sunrise, while Pegg has yet to get a review.

Luke Higham said...

Charles: Well, Pegg will be reviewed for all 3 so I hope Hawke will be reviewed for all 3 Before films.

Michael McCarthy said...

Louis: Now that you’ve had a lot of rewatches and seen most of the movies from 2018 you’re probably gonna see, could you post an updated #11-25 on 2018 films?

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your favorite scenes from this year's Oscar-nominated lead and supporting actresses?

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Roberts - (Her performance in a way plays to what I find often to be her weaknesses as an actress. In that her sort of overbearing style is perfect for this mother, who really is just a normal everyday mother thrown into a very difficult situation. Her performance very much works though because she really does her playing it on thickly, which plays well as the mother who just wants to love her son above everything else. She's terrific in the moment between herself and Hedges, in essentially trying to unleash that full love towards him, even as her family and he himself try to stop her. Roberts creates the enabler in a sense so effectively, by showing how it comes from a place of love. I will give her more credit though in when the film takes its darker turns, she actually does for the most part articulate the hardship, in finder a rawer vein within her work. She honestly would be higher, however there are just couple of old fashioned Roberts's one liner style deliveries that come up on the rare occasion, which is never a good thing in my view.)

Hahn - (Obviously a little less typical than Giamatti in this vein how she comes along to be a fine scene partner for him in this expected drama. Hahn gives a nice naturalistic turn in terms of finding the quiet humor that perpetuates in the film along with managing to hit the more dramatic scenes well. This in creating them so naturally with Giamatti as these moments of outrage that always feel very lived in and don't fall into the melodrama that the film carefully avoids.)

I mean all three were always 5's. I will say though on re-watch Colman's silent moments stood out for me all the more, in creating an even greater depth to her role. Her watching the dance for example may just be the single best acted moment of the year for me, given how much emotion she is able to convey and transform in that single look.

Matsuoka & Kiki - (I have a feeling their performances might have been reduced in the editing at some point, only because it does seem like they should have more screentime particularly Matsuoka, who while I thought her scenes were well done, you could've cut her out of the film since the film seemed more focused upon the "parents" and the younger kids. Anyway though Matsuoka gives a wonderful performance though nonetheless, particularly in her "hostess" scenes where she manages to portray well sort of the intimacy and discomfort in the unusual act rather effectively. Kiki's performance is wonderfully warm turn that very much works as a reflection of sort of the interaction of the people. She's terrific in capturing the sort of satisfaction of being among others more than anything, creating well the idea of the "family" dynamic within the film.)

Ando - (A excellent companion performance to Franky's though she kind of gets less of denouement by the end of the film. Still her work is excellent in terms of realizing the rather unique personality of her character, which is actually rather tricky. In that it would have been easy enough to be overly caricature, or come off as rather creepy given some of the actions. Ando though manages to bring a real charm to her role, while also offering the right internalized sense of this duty that compels her character upon certain actions. The sense of emotional need, that is not of something overbearing, Ando manages to make a moving, if somewhat misplaced, since of driven passion of the welfare of others. Now I like though how she brings the same thing a reality to this charm and passion, though bring just the right bit of mischievousness and desperation, suggesting the shady side of it all, while still making her character likable.)

As for Franky, I'll try to get to him eventually, just like some other missed fives.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

It definitely would be in my top five.

Matt:

I re-watched Panther recently, which I felt more or less the same about, although the bad effects became all the more noticeable. Also with that though I also found I think I was giving a touch to much credit to his Civil War performance in my memory. As he's entirely fine here, but really he's touch too stoic in moments for his own good. He's very overshadowed by everyone, and I think he took too much of the sort intensity he had in the role away in the reprise.

Brake - (Brake is actually rather fascinating performer in that there's just something inherently captivating about him. This is to the point that even in the completely mute role of the Night King on Game of Thrones, something was lost when he was re-cast. Any who as the chemist though this is a great example of that idiosyncratic presence of his, that creates this otherworldly menace, that makes his moment of strange exposition an especially memorable one. There's just something about that stare of his, that seems to be on this whole different level of functioning, that makes it a proper moment of out weirding both Nic Cage and Tiger...no small feat.)

Michael:

11. Leave No Trace
12. The Other Side of the Wind/They'll Love Me When I'm Dead
13. Mandy
14. Isle of Dogs
15. Shoplifters
16. The Sisters Brothers
17. Roma
18. Stan & Ollie
19. If Beale Street Could Talk
20. The Old Man and the Gun
21. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
22. Blindspotting
23. Creed II
24. They Shall Not Grow Old
25. Boy Erased

Anonymous:

Lead:

Close - Hearing about her granddaughter
Gaga - Finale
Aparicio - The Beach
McCarthy - Seeing Jack one last time
Colman - Watching the dancing

Supporting:

Adams - Campaign speech...I guess.
de Tavira - Telling the children the truth.
King - Puerto Rico.
Stone - Negotiating with Harley.
Weisz - Speaking with Anne through the door.

Bryan L. said...

Glad to see Mandy go up the list, although Infinity War being bumped off stings a tad. And I'm glad Colman is also your Best Actress win.

Anonymous said...

Louis: While in your break, could you watch Anthony Mann's Men in War?

You can watch it here:

https://www8.putlockers.co/movie/men-in-war/?watching=mzAlFviPqY

Louis Morgan said...

King takes it, which hey she was the actually best "supporting" performance out of that lineup.

Calvin Law said...

YES REGINA KING

Charles H said...

Can't really complain too much with this one.

Louis Morgan said...

Free Solo takes Doc, which I've only seen it and RGB out of the nominees, they made the right choice out of those two.

Charles H said...

I didn't like either but Free Solo was superior.

Calvin Law said...

Really need to see Free Solo.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

It's okay. Both really should have been snubbed in favor of Three Identical Strangers and Won't You Be My Neighbor.

Matt Mustin said...

Let me talk about that opening for a second. Brian May is still an amazing guitar player, but other than that...yeee-ikes.

Louis Morgan said...

Matt:

Well it least it wasn't Snow White/Rob Lowe bad, but didn't make a whole lot sense.

Calvin Law said...

Agreed Matt. This looks like it’s going to be more cringey than outright a bomb. But since I’ve got stuff to do anyway I might as well stay up to follow it lol.

Charles H said...

Tonight's show will make me question why the hell i'm even watching it

Calvin Law said...

I can live with this Vice win.

Charles H said...

Lmao at the music blasting in the background

Bryan L. said...

Damn I thought The Favourite had that one

Calvin Law said...

Black Panther huh? Not a bad win but considering who it was up against...

Matt Mustin said...

Black Panther is an *awesome* choice for Costume Design. The Favourite would've been my choice, but I can't complain about that at all.

Louis Morgan said...

Not a bad win, but Favourite/Scruggs, would've been a great win.

Charles H said...

Yeah, not bad but possibly the least deserving in the great category.

Bryan L. said...

I thought The Favourite had that ONE!

Charles H said...

Come on man, is the Favourite going to get nothing tonight?

Calvin Law said...

My predictions are going terrible. But a decent win to be fair.

Michael McCarthy said...

Black Panther might just be our Best Picture.

Louis Morgan said...

Hopefully The Favourite will get Original Screenplay at least.

Matt Mustin said...

Black Panther for Production Design is not a bad choice (even though most of it was CG) but come on...that belonged to The Favourite.

Louis Morgan said...

Michael:

Well a tech sweep did not help Mad Max.

Charles H said...

If Black Panther wins best picture people are going to go mad for many positive and negative reasons.

Matt Mustin said...

Also, they're really cracking down on the time limits for the speeches, aren't they?

Charles H said...

Roma wins and i am happy.

Louis Morgan said...

Deserved win for Cuaron, though I wouldn't have minded an upset.

Calvin Law said...

Fuck yes. Best shot of the film wins best cinematography. Cuarón is a legend. Hopefully he’ll get up on that stage a couple more times.

Charles H said...

I honestly don't care that Cold War didn't win cinematography.

Emi Grant said...

I have no way of watching the Oscars this year. So far the results have been decent leaning to good. Did Vice win editing?

Louis Morgan said...

Not there yet.

Emi Grant said...

What did it win?

Louis Morgan said...

Makeup

Emi Grant said...

Oh, right.

Charles H said...

Rhapsody wins sound editing and it's fucking shit.

Louis Morgan said...

You know Bohemian winning Mixing, I was going to live with but Sound Editing! You gotta be kidding me.

Charles H said...

Well....it's the least deserving to be sure....

Calvin Law said...

My predictions were right. But this is a real...ugh.

Matt Mustin said...

Bohemian Rhapsody winning Sound Editing over First Man is fucking disgusting, excuse the language.

Charles H said...

First Man loses both sound awards to Bohemian Rhapsody, this is truly something.

Emi Grant said...

That is bullcrap indeed. I thought the Sound categories were going to be split between Rhapsody and First Man, but this is even worse.

Louis Morgan said...

Yeah I knew First Man was going to be robbed of both, but I didn't think it would be the same ugly culprit for both.

Bryan L. said...

Heck, I would've settled for A Star is Born for the latter.

Calvin Law said...

...

Charles H said...

God, i please hope First Man wins visual effects. At least Bohemian Rhapsody isn't in that category to beat it.

Louis Morgan said...

Perhaps the most nonsensical Sound Editing winner in the history of that category.

Calvin Law said...

This ceremony is a clusterfuck. Am looking forward to seeing Gaga and Cooper onstage though.

Calvin Law said...

Bassett and Bardem. Now those are two cool cats.

Louis Morgan said...

Roma wins the most obvious win of the night.

Emi Grant said...

Director?

Calvin Law said...

I was hoping one of the other nominees would take it just to spread the wealth. But since it might not win Best Picture then I’m happy. Cuaron doing pretty well with this speech thing lol.

Louis Morgan said...

Even more obvious, in my mind, foreign language.

Emi Grant said...

Oh, no. Nevermind.

Calvin Law said...

Emi: no Foreign Lsnguage film.

Emi Grant said...

My guessing game is off today.

Calvin Law said...

That was interesting, Bette Midler doing Mary Poppins lol.

Michael McCarthy said...

I'm still leaning towards Roma for Best Picture. It over performed in the nominations, it got a Best Director nod unlike Black Panther, and politically it would be a great time for a film from Mexico to be lauded.

Louis Morgan said...

Geez...Bohemian Rhapsody wins editing, I guess no need for the popular film award, since the Academy decided to become that anyways.

Charles H said...

Bohemian Rhapsody with a technical sweep. Brilliant. Just brilliant guys! We did it! We suppressed all the talent!

Bryan L. said...

Ehhh...at least Vice didn't get Editing but otherwise...eeehhhhh...

Emi Grant said...

At least this helps my predictions...

Calvin Law said...

Okay. So I wished anything but Vice and I got my wish I guess.

Calvin Law said...

Right...so are we in danger of a Bohemian Rhapsody Best Picture win?

Bryan L. said...

Louis: Be honest; do you have the link for the Sideshow Bob clip ready to go in another tab?

Charles H said...

If Malek wins actor i think Bohemian has a chance at picture.

Louis Morgan said...

You know me so well.

Calvin Law said...

Huh they didn’t go for Ali’s Oscar speech in the rain.

Louis Morgan said...

Ali wins of course

I'll cheer myself up with this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNVwFOVxN10

Calvin Law said...

As expected. Not a fan of this win but damned if Ali isn’t a class act.

Emi Grant said...

Calvin: For a second I thought that meant Ali didn't win.

Bryan L. said...
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Louis Morgan said...

Unfortunately watching the clip reminded me how much the award meant to Grant...that didn't cheer me up at all.

Charles H said...

Ali wins as expected. Doesn't help my disdain for most of the choices tonight.

Calvin Law said...

Louis: that was such a great speech. His humility in praising those who passed on the role and Ian Charleson. Lovely.

Emi Grant said...

Man, that was a great speech by Grant. I know hate how most of my predictions are going well.

Charles H said...

Spider-Verse wins as expected. very deserving.

Louis Morgan said...

OK Spider-Man wins, they didn't screw that up.

Calvin Law said...

Phew.

Louis Morgan said...

Love the song, but yeah not so sure about this rendition.

Calvin Law said...

That was an okay rendition of a great song.

Bryan L. said...

That song was written and performed as a duet in the film, and I think both of them singing at the same time muddled it.

Calvin Law said...

Damn I missed the Irishman teaser.

Matt Mustin said...

They should've just got Nelson and Watson to sing it. In character, preferably.

Calvin Law said...

Alright I’ve missed Dana Carvey.

Calvin Law said...

All 5 nominees for this category were great. Bao and Weekends were my favourites.

Calvin Law said...

Ooh good winner!

Bryan L. said...

Calvin: The teaser for The Irishman didn't show any footage btw. Just the billing for the stars and some voiceover.

Charles H said...

F I R S T M A N wins!

Bryan L. said...

First Man!

Louis Morgan said...

First Man wins Visuals! I'll take it after those sound loses.

Calvin Law said...

YES

Emi Grant said...

I'm glad they did the right thing

Calvin Law said...

I can never get over how great Gaga is live.

Charles H said...

I think we can narrow down Best Picture between Roma, Black Panther and maybe Rhapsody.

Michael McCarthy said...

Calvin: I also really dug the direction of that performance.

Calvin Law said...

Michael: Likewise.

Also Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse looks ace.

Louis Morgan said...

Live performance wise, though Cooper probably should've had a drink of water, easy winner.

Calvin Law said...

I’m really interested to see these short films. Last year’s winner was amazing.

Matt Mustin said...

That "Shallow" performance was amazing.

Calvin Law said...

That was an awesome speech.

Louis Morgan said...

Green Book wins Original Screenplay, great job academy you're terrible.

Bryan L. said...

..............

Charles H said...

And the Favourite is walking away with nothing out of 10 nominations

Seriously, the academy is well established as retarded, sorry for the language.

Calvin Law said...

Was this year’s Oscar ceremony designed to torture Louis.

Matt Mustin said...

Are you fucking kidding me?

Emi Grant said...

I'm f*cking pissed now.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

It's doing a great job Calvin. I think that First Man visual effects win, is like when your torturer offers you a drink...just to throw it in your face.

Charles H said...

Blackkklansman winning over Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a bit of a sting, but not as much as Green Book. Doesn't make anyone happier, except Samuel...

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