Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Best Director

 1931: 

  1. Fritz Lang - M 
  2. James Whale - Frankenstein
  3. Charlie Chaplin - City Lights
  4. William Wellman - The Public Enemy
  5. Jean Renoir - La Chienne

1934:

  1. Frank Capra - It Happened One Night
  2. John Ford - The Lost Patrol
  3. W.S. Van Dyke - The Thin Man 
  4. Raymond Bernard - Les Miserables
  5. Yasujirō Ozu - A Story of Floating Weeds
1935:
  1. John Ford - The Informer
  2. James Whale - Bride of Frankenstein
  3. Alfred Hitchcock - 39 Steps
  4. Jack Conway & Robert Z. Leonard - A Tale of Two Cities
  5. Roy William Neill - The Black Room 
1937:
  1. Jean Renoir - Grand Illusion
  2. Frank Capra - Lost Horizon
  3. Leo McCarey - Make Way For Tomorrow
  4. Julien Duvivier - Pepe Le Moko
  5. David Hand - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
1938:
  1. Michael Curtiz - Angels With Dirty Faces
  2. Jean Renoir - The Human Beast
  3. Marcel Carne - Port of Shadows
  4. Alfred Hitchcock - The Lady Vanishes
  5. Michael Curtiz -The Adventures of Robin Hood
1943:

  1. Alfred Hitchcock - Shadow of a Doubt
  2. William Wellman - The Ox-Bow Incident
  3. Powell & Pressburger - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  4. Henri-Georges Clouzot - Le Corbeau
  5. Carl Theodor Dreyer - Day of Wrath
1944:
  1. Billy Wilder - Double Indemnity
  2. David Lean - This Happy Breed
  3. Otto Preminger - Laura
  4. Laurence Olivier - Henry V
  5. George Cukor - Gaslight
1947:
  1. Carol Reed - Odd Man Out
  2. Powell & Pressburger - Black Narcissus
  3. George Cukor - A Double Life
  4. Henri-Georges Clouzot  - Quai des Orfèvres
  5. Robert Montgomery - Ride the Pink Horse
1948:
  1. John Huston - The Treasure of the Sierra Madrea
  2. Vittorio De Sica - Bicycle Thieves
  3. Powell & Pressburger - The Red Shoes 
  4. Akira Kurosawa - The Drunken Angel
  5. John Boulting - Brighton Rock
1949:
  1. Carol Reed - The Third Man
  2. Akira Kurosawa - Stray Dog
  3. William Wellman - Battleground
  4. Robert Wise - The Set-Up
  5. Raoul Walsh - White Heat
1950:
  1. Akira Kurosawa - Rashomon
  2. Billy Wilder - Sunset Blvd.
  3. Jean Cocteau - Orpheus
  4. Jules Dassin - Night and the City
  5. Max Ophüls - La Ronde
1951:
  1. Alfred Hitchcock - Strangers on a Train
  2. Billy Wilder - Ace in the Hole
  3. Brian Desmond-Hurst - Scrooge
  4. Robert Bresson - Diary of a Country Priest 
  5. Elia Kazan - A Streetcard Named Desire
1952:
  1. Akira Kurosawa - Ikiru
  2. Vittorio De Sica - Umberto D.
  3. Fred Zinnemann - High Noon
  4. John Ford - The Quiet Man
  5. Charlie Chaplin - Limelight
1954:
  1. Akira Kurosawa - Seven Samurai
  2. Alfred Hitchcock - Rear Window
  3. Kenji Mizoguchi - Sansho the Baliff 
  4. Elia Kazan - On the Waterfront
  5. Federico Fellini - La Strada
1957:
  1. David Lean - The Bridge on the River Kwai
  2. Stanley Kubrick - Paths of Glory
  3. Akira Kurosawa - Throne of Blood
  4. Ingmar Bergman - The Seventh Seal
  5. Ingmar Bergman - Wild Strawberries
1960:
  1. Alfred Hitchcock - Psycho
  2. Michael Powell - Peeping Tom
  3. Luchino Visconti - Rocco and his Brothers 
  4. Vittorio De Sica - Two Women
  5. Billy Wilder - The Apartment
1963:
  1. Akira Kurosawa - High and Low
  2. Robert Wise - The Haunting
  3. Martin Ritt - Hud
  4. Luchino Visconti - The Leopard
  5. Federico Fellini - 8 1/2
1965:
  1. Orson Welles - Chimes at Midnight
  2. David Lean - Doctor Zhivago
  3. Akira Kurosawa - Red Beard
  4. Martin Ritt - The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
  5. Sergio Leone - For a Few Dollars More
1966:
  1. Sergio Leone - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  2. Andrei Tarkovsky - Andrei Rublev
  3. Ingmar Bergman - Persona
  4. John Frankenheimer - Seconds
  5. Gillo Pontecorvo - The Battle of Algiers
1968:
  1. Sergio Leone - Once Upon a Time in the West
  2. Ingmar Bergman - Shame
  3. Stanley Kubrick - 2001: A Space Odyssey
  4. Ingmar Bergman - Hour of the Wolf
  5. Franco Zeffirelli - Romeo and Juliet
1971:

  1. Richard Fleischer - 10 Rillington Place
  2. Stanley Kubrick - A Clockwork Orange
  3. Peter Bogdanovich - The Last Picture Show
  4. William Friedkin - The French Connection
  5. Robert Altman - McCabe & Mrs. Miller
1973:
  1. Nicolas Roeg - Don't Look Now
  2. Robert Altman - The Long Goodbye
  3. William Friedkin - The Exorcist
  4. Robin Hardy - The Wicker Man
  5. Martin Scorsese - Mean Streets
1974:
  1. Terrence Malick - Badlands
  2. Roman Polanski - Chinatown
  3. Francis Ford Coppola - The Conversation
  4. Francis Ford Coppola - The Godfather Part II
  5. Andrei Tarkovsky - Mirror
1975:
  1. Steven Spielberg - Jaws
  2. Peter Weir - Picnic At Hanging Rock
  3. Stanley Kubrick - Barry Lyndon
  4. Sidney Lumet - Dog Day Afternoon
  5. Milos Forman - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 
1978:
  1. Michael Cimino - The Deer Hunter
  2. Ingmar Bergman - Autumn Sonata
  3. John Carpenter - Halloween
  4. Martin Rosen - Watership Down 
  5. Terrence Malick - Days of Heaven
1983:
  1. Philip Kaufman - The Right Stuff
  2. David Cronenberg - Videodrome
  3. Bob Clark - A Christmas Story
  4. Andrzej Wajda - Danton
  5. Andrei Tarkovsky - Nostalgia 

1984:
  1. Milos Forman - Amadeus
  2. Wim Wenders - Paris, Texas
  3. Sergio Leone - Once Upon a Time in America
  4. Roland Joffe - The Killing Fields
  5. Neil Jordan - The Company of Wolves
1985:
  1. Akira Kurosawa - Ran
  2. Elem Klimov - Come and See
  3. Hector Babenco - Kiss of the Spider Woman
  4. Terry Gilliam - Brazil
  5. Robert Zemeckis - Back to the Future
1987:
  1. Bernardo Bertolucci - The Last Emperor
  2. Wim Wenders - Wings of Desire
  3. Stanley Kubrick - Full Metal Jacket 
  4. John Huston - The Dead
  5. Paul Verhoeven - Robocop
1988:
  1. Robert Zemeckis - Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  2. Isao Takahata - Grave of the Fireflies
  3. Hayao Miyazaki - My Neighbor Totoro
  4. Martin Scorsese - The Last Temptation of Christ
  5. David Cronenberg - Dead Ringers
1991:
  1. Joel Coen - Barton Fink
  2. Oliver Stone - JFK
  3. Jonathan Demme - The Silence of the Lambs
  4. Zhang Yimou - Raise the Red Lantern
  5. Isao Takahata - Only Yesterday
1992:
  1. Clint Eastwood - Unforgiven
  2. Robert Altman - The Player
  3. Francis Ford Coppola - Bram Stoker's Dracula
  4. Neil Jordan - The Crying Game
  5. David Lynch - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
1993:
  1. Steven Spielberg - Schindler's List
  2. Steven Spielberg - Jurassic Park
  3. Martin Scorsese - The Age of Innocence
  4. Jane Campion - The Piano
  5. James Sheridan - In the Name of the Father
1994:
  1. Tim Burton - Ed Wood
  2. Quentin Tarantino - Pulp Fiction
  3. Frank Darabont - The Shawshank Redemption
  4. Krzysztof Kieślowski - Three Colours: Red
  5. Jiang Wen - In The Heat of the Sun
1996:
  1. Joel Coen - Fargo
  2. Mike Leigh - Secrets & Lies
  3. Lars von Trier - Breaking the Waves
  4. Kenneth Branagh - Hamlet
  5. Billy Bob Thornton - Sling Blade
1999:
  1. Paul Thomas Anderson - Magnolia
  2. David Lynch - The Straight Story
  3. Mike Leigh - Topsy-Turvy
  4. Michael Mann - The Insider
  5. Antonia Bird - Ravenous 
2001:
  1. David Lynch - Mulholland Drive
  2. Hayao Miyazaki - Spirited Away
  3. Ridley Scott - Black Hawk Down
  4. Peter Jackson - Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  5. Joel & Ethan Coen - The Man Who Wasn't There
2002:
  1. Sam Mendes - Road to Perdition
  2. Fernando Meirelles - City of God
  3. Roman Polanski - The Pianist
  4. Peter Jackson - Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 
  5. Paul Thomas Anderson - Punch Drunk Love
2003:
  1. Peter Weir - Master and Commander
  2. Bong Joon-ho - Memories of Murder
  3. Park Chan-wook - Oldboy
  4. Peter Jackson - Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  5. Tim Burton - Big Fish
2005:
  1. John Hillcoat - The Proposition
  2. Kim Jee-woon - A Bittersweet Life
  3. Tommy Lee Jones - The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
  4. David Cronenberg - A History of Violence
  5. Michael Haneke - Cache
2008:
  1. Christopher Nolan - The Dark Knight
  2. Gotz Spielmann - Revanche
  3. Charlie Kaufman - Synecdoche, New York
  4. Martin McDonagh - In Bruges
  5. Tomas Alfredson - Let the Right One In
2010:
  1. David Fincher - The Social Network
  2. Kim Jee-woon - I Saw the Devil
  3. Anton Corbijn - The American
  4. Christopher Nolan - Inception
  5. Martin Scorsese - Shutter Island
2011:
  1. Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive
  2. Tomas Alfredson - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  3. Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
  4. Asghar Farhadi - A Separation
  5. Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life
2012:
  1. Paul Thomas Anderson - The Master
  2. Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Gareth Evans - The Raid
  4. Thomas Vinterberg - The Hunt
  5. Sam Mendes - Skyfall
2013:
  1. Joel & Ethan Coen - Inside Llewyn Davis
  2. Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity
  3. Pawel Pawlikowski - Ida
  4. Martin Scorsese - The Wolf of Wall Street
  5. Bong Joon-ho - Snowpiercer
2014:
  1. Alejandro G. Iñárritu - Birdman
  2. Damien Chazelle - Whiplash
  3. Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Paul Thomas Anderson - Inherent Vice 
  5. Christian Petzold - Phoenix
2017:
  1. Paul Thomas Anderson - Phantom Thread
  2. Denis Villeneuve - Blade Runner 2049
  3. Christopher Nolan - Dunkirk
  4. Josh & Benny Safdie - Good Time
  5. Armando Iannucci - The Death of Stalin
2018:
  1. Joel & Ethan Coen - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  2. Damien Chazelle - First Man
  3. Yorgos Lanthimos - The Favourite
  4. Pawel Pawlikowski - Cold War
  5. Panos Cosmatos - Mandy
2019:
  1. Bong Joon-ho - Parasite 
  2. Sam Mendes - 1917
  3. Robert Eggers - The Lighthouse
  4. Josh & Benny Safdie - Uncut Gems
  5. Martin Scorsese - The Irishman
My Nominees:

Tomas Alfredson, 2 noms

Best Director 2008: Let The Right One In (#5 loses to Christopher Nolan)
Best Director 2011: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (#2 loses to Nicolas Winding Refn)

Robert Altman, 3 noms

Best Director 1971: McCabe & Mrs. Miller (#5 loses to Richard Fleischer)
Best Director 1973: The Long Goodbye (#2 loses to Nicolas Roeg)
Best Director 1992: The Player (#2 loses to Clint Eastwood)

Paul Thomas Anderson, 5 noms 3 wins

Best Director 1999: Magnolia (WINS)
Best Director 2002: Punch Drunk Love (#5 loses to Sam Mendes)
Best Director 2012: The Master (WINS)
Best Director 2014: Inherent Vice (#4 loses to Alejandro G. Iñárritu)
Best Director 2017: Phantom Thread (WINS)

Ingmar Bergman, 6 noms

Best Director 1957: The Seventh Seal (#4 loses to David Lean)
Best Director 1957: Wild Strawberries (#5 loses to David Lean)
Best Director 1966: Persona (#3 loses to Sergio Leone)
Best Director 1968: Shame (#2 loses to Sergio Leone)
Best Director 1968: Hour of the Wolf (#4 loses to Sergio Leone)
Best Director 1978: Autumn Sonata (#2 loses to Michael Cimino)

Bong Joon-ho, 3 noms 1 win

Best Director 2003: Memories of Murder (#2 loses to Peter Weir)
Best Director 2013: Snowpiercer (#5 loses to Joel & Ethan Coen)
Best Director 2019: Parasite (WINS)
 
Tim Burton, 2 noms 1 win
 
Best Director 1994: Ed Wood (WINS)
Best Director 2003: Big Fish (#5 loses to Peter Weir)

Frank Capra, 2 noms 1 win

Best Director 1934: It Happened One Night (WINS)
Best Director 1937: Lost Horizon (#2 loses to Jean Renoir)

Damien Chazelle, 2 noms

Best Director 2014: Whiplash (#2 loses to Alejandro G. Iñárritu)
Best Director 2018: First Man (#2 loses to Joel & Ethan Coen)

Henri-Georges Clouzot, 2 noms

Best Director 1943: Le Corbeau (#4 loses to Alfred Hitchcock)
Best Director 1947: Quai des Orfèvres (#4 loses to Carol Reed)

*Joel* & Ethan Coen, 5 noms 4 wins

*Best Director 1991: Barton Fink (WINS)*
*Best Director 1996: Fargo (WINS)*
Best Director 2001: The Man Who Wasn't There (#5 loses to David Lynch)
Best Director 2013: Inside Llewyn Davis (WINS)
Best Director 2018: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (WINS) 
Francis Ford Coppola, 3 noms

Best Director 1974: The Conversation (#3 loses to Terrence Malick)
Best Director 1974: The Godfather Part II (#4 loses to Terrence Malick)
Best Director 1992: Bram Stoker's Dracula (#3 loses to Clint Eastwood)
David Cronenberg, 3 noms

Best Director 1983: Videodrome (#2 loses to Philip Kaufman)
Best Director 1988: Dead Ringers (#5 loses to Robert Zemeckis)
Best Director 2005: A History of Violence (#4 loses to John Hillcoat)
 
George Cukor, 2 noms
 
Best Director 1944: Gaslight (#5 loses to Billy Wilder)
Best Director 1947: A Double Life (#3 loses to Carol Reed)
 
Michael Curtiz, 2 noms 1 win

Best Director 1938: Angels With Dirty Faces (WINS)
Best Director 1938: The Adventures of Robin Hood (#5 loses to himself)

Federico Fellini, 2 noms


Best Director 1954: La Strada (#5 loses to Akira Kurosawa)
Best Director 1963: 8 1/2 (#5 loses to Akira Kurosawa)

Milos Forman, 2 noms 1 win

Best Director 1975: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (#5 loses to Steven Spielberg)
Best Director 1984: Amadeus (WINS)

John Ford, 3 noms 1 win

Best Director 1934: The Lost Patrol (#2 loses to Frank Capra)
Best Director 1935: The Informer (WINS)
Best Director 1952: The Quiet Man (#4 loses to Akira Kurosawa)

William Friedkin, 2 noms

Best Director 1971: The French Connection (#4 loses to Richard Fleischer)
Best Director 1973: The Exorcist (#3 loses to Nicolas Roeg)
Alfred Hitchcock, 6 noms 3 wins

Best Director 1935: The 39 Steps (#3 loses to John Ford)
Best Director 1938: The Lady Vanishes (#4 loses to Michael Curtiz)
Best Director 1943: Shadow of a Doubt (WINS)
Best Director 1951: Strangers on a Train (WINS)
Best Director 1954: Rear Window (#2 loses to Akira Kurosawa)
Best Director 1960: Psycho (WINS)
John Huston, 3 noms 1 win

Best Director 1948: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (WINS)
Best Supporting Actor 1974: Chinatown (#2 loses to John Cazale)
Best Director 1987: The Dead (#4 loses to Bernardo Bertolucci) 

Peter Jackson, 3 noms
 
Best Director 2001: The Fellowship of the Ring (#4 loses to David Lynch)
Best Director 2002: The Two Towers (#4 loses to Sam Mendes)
Best Director 2003: The Return of the King (#4 loses to Peter Weir)

Neil Jordan, 2 noms

Best Director 1984: The Company of Wolves (#5 loses to Milos Forman)
Best Director 1992: The Crying Game (#4 loses to Clint Eastwood)

Elia Kazan, 2 noms

Best Director 1951: A Street Car Named Desire (#5 loses to Alfred Hitchcock)
Best Director 1954: On the Waterfront (#4 loses to Alfred Hitchcock)

Kim Jee-woon, 2 noms

Best Director 2005: A Bittersweet Life (#2 loses to John Hillcoat)
Best Director 2010: I Saw the Devil (#2 loses to David Fincher)

Stanley Kubrick, 5 noms

Best Director 1957: Paths of Glory (#2 loses to David Lean)
Best Director 1968: 2001: A Space Odyssey (#3 loses to Sergio Leone)
Best Director 1971: A Clockwork Orange (#2 loses to Richard Fleischer)
Best Director 1975: Barry Lyndon (#3 loses to Steven Spielberg)
Best Director 1987: Full Metal Jacket (#3 loses to Bernardo Bertolucci)
Akira Kurosawa, 9 noms 5 wins

Best Director 1948: Drunken Angel (#4 loses to John Huston)
Best Director 1949: Stary Dog (#2 loses to Carol Reed)
Best Director 1950: Rashomon (WINS)
Best Director 1952: Ikiru (WINS)
Best Director 1954: Seven Samurai (WINS)
Best Director 1957: Throne of Blood (#3 loses to David Lean)
Best Director 1963: High and Low (WINS)
Best Director 1965: Red Beard (#3 loses to Orson Welles)
Best Director 1985: Ran (WINS)

David Lean, 3 noms 1 win

Best Director 1944: This Happy Breed (#2 loses to Billy Wilder)
Best Director 1957: The Bridge on the River Kwai (WINS)
Best Director 1965: Doctor Zhivago (#2 loses to Orson Welles)
 
Mike Leigh, 2 noms

Best Director 1996: Secrets & Lies (#2 loses to Joel Coen)
Best Director 1999: Topsy-Turvy (#3 loses to Paul Thomas Anderson)

Sergio Leone, 4 noms 2 wins

Best Director 1965: For a Few Dollars More (#5 loses to Orson Welles)
Best Director 1966: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (WINS)
Best Director 1968: Once Upon a Time in the West (WINS) 
Best Director 1984: Once Upon a Time in America (#3 loses to Milos Forman)
David Lynch, 4 noms 1 win

Best Director 1992: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (#5 loses to Clint Eastwood)
Best Director 1999: The Straight Story(#2 loses to Paul Thomas Anderson)
Best Director 2001: Mulholland Drive (WINS)
Best Supporting Actor 2017: Lucky (#9 loses to Sam Rockwell)
 
Terrence Malick, 3 noms 1 win

Best Director 1974: Badlands (WINS)
Best Director 1978: Days of Heaven (#5 loses to Michael Cimino)
Best Director 2011: The Tree of Life (#5 loses to Nicolas Winding Refn)

Sam Mendes, 3 noms 1 win

Best Director 2002: Road to Perdition (WINS)
Best Director 2012: Skyfall (#5 loses to Paul Thomas Anderson)
Best Director 2019: 1917 (#2 loses to Bong Joon-ho)
Hayao Miyazaki, 2 noms

Best Director 1988: My Neighbor Totoro (#3 loses to Robert Zemeckis)
Best Director 2001: Spirited Away (#2 loses to David Lynch)

Christopher Nolan, 3 noms 1 win

Best Director 2008: The Dark Knight (WINS)
Best Director 2010: Inception (#4 loses to David Fincher)
Best Director 2017: Dunkirk (#3 loses to Paul Thomas Anderson) 
 
Pawel Pawlikowski, 2 noms

Best Director 2013: Ida (#3 loses to Joel & Ethan Coen)
Best Director 2018: Cold War (#4 loses to Joel & Ethan Coen) 
Roman Polanski, 2 noms

Best Director 1974: Chinatown (#2 loses to Terrence Malick)
Best Director 2002: The Pianist (#3 loses to Sam Mendes)
 
*Michael Powell* & Emeric Pressburger, 4 noms
Best Director 1943: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (#3 loses to Alfred Hitchcock)
Best Director 1947: Black Narcissus (#3 loses to Carol Reed)
Best Director 1948: The Red Shoes (#2 loses to John Huston)
*Best Director 1960: Peeping Tom (#2 loses to Alfred Hitchcock)*
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Otto Preminger, 2 noms
 
Best Director 1944: Laura (#3 loses to Billy Wilder)
Best Supporting Actor 1953: Stalag 17 (#6 loses to Robert Ryan)

Carol Reed, 2 noms 2 wins 

Best Director 1947: Odd Man Out (WINS)
Best Director 1949: The Third Man (WINS)
Jean Renoir,  3 noms 1 win
 
Best Director 1931: La Chienne (#5 loses to Fritz Lang)
Best Director 1937: Grand Illusion (WINS)
Best Director 1938: The Human Beast (#2 loses to Michael Curtiz)

Martin Ritt, 2 noms

Best Director 1963: Hud (#3 loses to Akira Kurosawa)
Best Director 1965: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (#4 loses to Orson Welles)

Josh & Benny Safdie, 2 noms

Best Director 2017: Good Time (#4 loses to Paul Thomas Anderson)
Best Director 2019: Uncut Gems (#4 loses to Bong Joon-ho)
Martin Scorsese, 6 noms

Best Director 1973: Mean Streets (#5 loses to Nicolas Roeg)
Best Director 1988: The Last Temptation of Christ (#4 loses to Robert Zemeckis)
Best Director 1993: The Age of Innocence (#3 loses to Steven Spielberg)
Best Director 2010: Shutter Island (#5 loses to David Fincher)
Best Director 2013: The Wolf of Wall Street (#4 loses to Joel & Ethan Coen)
Best Director 2019: The Irishman (#5 loses to Bong Joon-ho)
Vittorio De Sica, 3 noms

Best Director 1947: Bicycle Thieves (#2 loses to Carol Reed)
Best Director 1952: Umberto D. (#2 loses to Akira Kurosawa)
Best Director 1960: Two Women (#4 loses to Alfred Hitchcock)
Steven Spielberg, 3 noms 2 wins

Best Director 1975: Jaws (WINS)
Best Director 1993: Schindler's List (WINS)
Best Director 1993: Jurassic Park (#2 loses to himself)

Isao Takahata, 2 noms

Best Director 1988: Grave of the Fireflies (#2 loses to Robert Zemeckis)
Best Director 1991: Only Yesterday (#5 loses to Joel Coen)

Andrei Tarkovsky, 3 noms

Best Director 1966: Andrei Rublev (#2 loses to Sergio Leone)
Best Director 1974: The Mirror (#5 loses to Terrence Malick)
Best Director 1983: Nostalgia (#5 loses to Philip Kaufman)

Luchino Visconti, 2 noms

Best Director 1960: Rocco and His Brothers (#3 loses to Alfred Hitchcock)
Best Director 1963: The Leopard (#4 loses to Akira Kurosawa)

Billy Wilder, 4 noms 1 win

Best Director 1944: Double Indemnity (WINS)
Best Director 1950: Sunset Blvd. (#2 loses to Akira Kurosawa)
Best Director 1951: Ace in the Hole (#2 loses to Alfred Hitchcock)
Best Director 1960: The Apartment (#5 loses to Alfred Hitchcock)

Peter Weir, 2 noms 1 win

Best Director 1975: Picnic at Hanging Rock (#2 loses to Steven Spielberg)
Best Director 2003: Master and Commander (WINS) 

Wim Wenders, 2 noms

Best Director 1984: Paris, Texas (#2 loses to Milos Forman)
Best Director 1987: Wings of Desire (#2 loses to Bernardo Bertolucci)

William Wellman, 3 noms

Best Director 1931: The Public Enemy (#4 loses Fritz Lang)
Best Director 1943: The Ox-Bow Incident (#2 loses to Alfred Hitchcock)
Best Director 1949: Battleground (#3 loses to Carol Reed)

James Whale, 2 noms

Best Director 1931: Frankenstein (#2 loses to Fritz Lang)
Best Director 1935: Bride of Frankenstein (#2 loses to John Ford)
 
Robert Wise, 2 noms

Best Director 1949: The Set-up (#4 loses to Carol Reed)
Best Director 1963: The Haunting (#2 loses to Akira Kurosawa)

Robert Zemeckis, 2 noms 1 win

Best Director 1985: Back to the Future (#5 loses to Akira Kurosawa)
Best Director 1988: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (WINS) 

*(Indicates credited sole director)

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Emi Grant said...

An excellent addition to the finished years. Great job, Louis.

Also, I love various inclusions within the Top 5s.

Luke Higham said...

Wow, Weir takes the win from Jackson.

Louis: Has Katrin Sass gone up to a 5 for Goodbye, Lenin. I see she took the Supporting Actress win from Yum Jung-Ah.

Louis Morgan said...

Emi Grant:

Thank you.

Luke:

To explain the change, I thought even more on my sort of philosophy on direction of a film, as opposed to sort of personal reaction to a film, where the latter in my view is harder in terms of subjectivity and the former with a stronger degree of objectivity. Although to make one's favorite film of the year there ought to be at least some degree of strength in the direction, or just some absurdly brilliant screenplay otherwise. In the case of Return of the King, there are sloppy things about it in terms of Jackson's direction, e.g. most things involving Denethor, having said that the heights of the film override it in terms of my personal reaction, as the film still is easily my favorite film of that year, and still what I would say is the best film of that year due to those combined heights. Weir's work though is the more concise vision and execution in every way, although important to note, one of great heights too, but honestly without a single low point within its run time.

Yes.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: By the way, I'm so happy you chose Klimov as your runner-up for 85.

Mitchell Murray said...

Great choices, Louis.

Since the year 1979 isn't featured, would Ridley Scott be your directing win for "Alien"? And where might James Cameron be in the 1986 line up for its sequel?

Louis Morgan said...

Mitchell:

No Coppola is undeniable for 79, as great as Scott's work is there. Cameron would be #2 for that.

Bryan L. said...

I like the shoutout for John Huston in Best Supporting Actor.

I'm pleasantly surprised Ridley Scott is #3 for Best Director 2001.

Louis: Your thoughts on the direction for Memories of Murder? I think it's that films' biggest strength, in my view.

Also, your Best Director #6-10 for 2017?

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your thoughts on the Cinematography and Score for The Fabulous Baker Boys, and your thoughts on Beau Bridges' performance.

Mitchell Murray said...

I completely blanked on Apocalypse Now...my bad.

Maybe my love for Scott's film is just bleeding over a little. It had its 40th anniversary last year, and my god does it still hold up.

Calvin Law said...

Scott >>>>> Coppola for me but I get it.

Also couldn’t agree more with your choices for your top 25 animated scenes.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

I'm actually a little surprised by McDonagh being 4th for In Bruges (although Nolan is a great choice), and Reiner not being in the top 5 for The Princess Bride. Although I guess in both movies, the overall success is slightly more reliant on the brilliant screenplays and ensembles.

Calvin Law said...

Louis: will you be able to see A Hidden Life at any point?

Bryan L. said...

Tahmeed: I think those reasons you mentioned is also why I guess Zemeckis is 5th for Back to the Future, since that script is a masterclass. Although that may also have to do with the directors above him.

Calvin Law said...

Zemeckis would quite easily be my win for 1985 and I love Louis’ other choices. He makes so many great choices for the film I can’t even begin to list them all.

Robert MacFarlane said...

In regards to Weir, he’s my choice too. But second place for me would be another seafaring epic: Verbinski for Pirates. I came to that conclusion when I rewatched both ROTK and Pirates 1 last year and noticed that Verbinski is far better at directing big action sequences than Jackson. It may not be as meaningful or ambitious of a film, but Verbinski is better kinetic filmmaker than anyone who’s ever made a Marvel film.

Also, glad to see Campion considering you left The Piano off your top 10 that year. She’d be my win in a walk, but I’m just happy you mentioned her.

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Anonymous said...

Louis: Your top 5 Gaten Materazzo, Finn Wolfhard and Noah Schnapp acting moments.

RatedRStar said...

Good job Louis =D

I think this can used as the final page as well before the Oscar nominations.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Is Coppola your Director win for 1972 as well, or is it Bob Fosse?

Calvin Law said...

Should also note I watched Dark Phoenix which if you can believe it is even worse than The Last Stand. One of the biggest borefests ever and almost the whole cast was asleep. I'll only give credit to Hoult and maybe McAvoy for trying, everyone else was either phoning it in big time or just plain bad (looking at you Jessica Chastain).

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your thoughts on The Lion King's visuals and Mufasa's Death (2019).

Bryan L. said...

Luke: Your Best Picture wins for 2010 through 2015? I know Dunkirk and The Favourite were your #1s for 2017 & 2018 respectively, and I reckon Silence was for 2016, I’m guessing.

Luke Higham said...

The Social Network
Drive
The Hunt
The Wolf Of Wall Street
Birdman
Mad Max: Fury Road
Silence

Anonymous said...

NSFC results, finally
Best Picture
Parasite (44)
Little Women (27)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (22)
Best Director
Greta Gerwig – Little Women (39)
Bong Joon-ho – Parasite (36)
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman (31)
Best Actor
Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory (69)
Adam Driver – Marriage Story (43)
Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems (41)
Best Actress
Mary Kay Place – Diane (40)
Zhao Tao – Ash Is Purest White (28)
Florence Pugh – Midsommar (25)
Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (64)
Joe Pesci – The Irishman (30)
Wesley Snipes – Dolemite Is My Name (18)
Song Kang-ho – Parasite (18)
Best Supporting Actress
Laura Dern – Marriage Story and Little Women (57)
Florence Pugh – Little Women (44)
Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers (26)
Best Screenplay
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won – Parasite (37)
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (34)
Greta Gerwig – Little Women (33)
Best Cinematography
Claire Mathon – Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Atlantics (41)
Robert Richardson – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (29)
Yorick Le Saux – Little Women (22)
Best Non-Fiction Film
Honeyland – Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov (33)
American Factory – Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert (28)
Apollo 11 – Todd Douglas Miller (27)

Emi Grant said...

Everyone, this is an extremely urgent matter. Have you any of you guys seen this? https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/heat-vision/adam-mckay-bong-joon-ho-teaming-parasite-limited-series-hbo-1268397?__twitter_impression=true

I've tried looking everywhere to make sure it's fake, but it doesn't seem so.

Luke Higham said...

Yes, makes me want to vomit.

Bryan L. said...

Of all people in Hollywood for Bong Joon-Ho to collaborate with...

Mitchell Murray said...

I haven't even seen "Parasite" yet, but knowing how much you guys seem to love the film, and knowing how over-inflated McKay is in his own movies - well, a match made in heaving this is not.

Mitchell Murray said...

*heaven*

Jack Narrator said...

Please. Make an exclusive page for actresses! If you don't do anything for women, Louis is male chauvinist.

Calvin Law said...

Go away Jack.

Luke Higham said...

F*** off Jack.

Louis Morgan said...

Bryan:

Bong's direction for Memories of Murder is indeed brilliant, in just how he manages to maneuver successfully different tones within the film. This as he can manage a moment of extreme comedy and horror with as ease, that never feel remotely jarring. Bong knows exactly how to direct each scene essentially, by clearly deciding whether a scene will be serious minded or not, and never breaking this within a given scene. He also carefully chooses the right scenes to be funny, such as Park's attempt to find the hairless man, the fake killer, or Park's boasts. These are genuinely hilarious, which importantly he never goes too far with but bring such natural levity to the film that makes it stand above so many serial killer films. This against the murder scenes that are genuinely terrifying with such light touches, particularly the figure blurred by fog and rain, that creates such a palatable dread as he continues to be this own force, only defined by the traces of his crime. As Fincher would later do as well, what is essential though is how vivid the world feels which both makes the horror of the killer more real, but also makes our characters, and setting more distinct. Bong takes the time to establish the detective, establish the station, even the community, that makes for a far more compelling film. It also must be said that the tunnel climax and ending are both all time great direction quite honestly. This as the former he so perfectly captures the intensity of emotion through the use of atmosphere, and then the ending which he handles with such subtle eerie quietude of a broken nostalgia. This as he revisits the scene of the crime himself, the same way as the opening, and I love how he chooses to only quietly use the score, as first he makes us really in this place, as you'd visit somewhere in the country in your own childhood. When he does use the score, that he quietly blends in only at the most essential moment, is just the final bit of brilliance on that all time great ending.

6. David Lowery - A Ghost Story
7. Edgar Wright - Baby Driver
8. Bong Joon-ho - Okja
9. Guillermo Del Toro - The Shape of Water
10. Paul King - Paddington 2

Anonymous:

Michael Ballhaus is an unassumingly great cinematographer, and though Steve Kloves (who must have the one of the most random careers), isn't quite as adept in using his skills as a Scorsese, it still makes for quite a remarkable looking film. This as Ballhau's work excels in making great looking unassuming lighting, this as he does very much bring a romantic, beautiful edge, especially around Pfeiffer, but does so in a way that is of such ease. His camerawork in terms of capturing character in camera so to speak though is particularly notable though, as his composition of shots often seems simple, yet do so much in creating the sense of dynamic between the trio so often, and so quietly effectively.

Dave Grusin's score is something I'll admit I barely remembered about the film, as I mostly remembered the songs. Grusin's score, as most of his scores are, is extremely dated, and not really in a great way. It's electric keyboard, instrumental jazz combination is distinctly 80's and not in the best way. It's not a terrible score, as the instrumentation I'd say is the worst part, as the actual melodies are more than pleasant in their sort of minor moodiness, even if they aren't filtered trough the best choices which make it sound like muzak.

I gave my thoughts on the older Bridges in I think 89 results, or on Bridges's review.

Louis Morgan said...


Tahmeed:

Both are indeed made by their screenplays, although that isn't something to sniff at regarding McDonagh, whose direction of "On Ragland Road" sequence is outstanding and his work is fantastic throughout. I will say no poorly directed film could ever be my favorite of the year. While I do think the directorial vision of the films above it are more essential to their success, McDonagh's direction is also brilliant. Reiner I had no hesitation to leave off, as there are questionable decisions there (the score is weird, and it isn't as though the action is amazing in the film.) it doesn't matter because the screenplay is so great and the performers are so good, that I adore the film without question anyways. The one moment of Reiner's I would say is truly great is "Drop your sword" but beyond that, I do think it's a matter of facilitating the brilliance that is already there. Mind you, one shouldn't hand wave that, but there's enough there for me to put the other directors, who I do believe had a more concise and profound vision overall, above him.

Not sure regarding 72, as I also love John Boorman's direction of Deliverance, and need to see what Tarkovsky has in store as well.

Calvin:

Not sure when, but I intend to when I get the chance.

Bryan:

Indeed regarding Zemeckis, whose direction though I adore in every way, I just adore the other four as well.

Luke:

Why?...fine. The visuals were a terrible idea in regards to telling the story since Feline's don't really emote facially. Making Mufasa's death particularly hollow and lifeless as we just see the blank cub's face. The approach wasn't even appealing like as an exercise for me either, though it was hard to put my finger on why the attempted "photo realism" didn't even work as nature doc footage. It looked strangely not compelling for some reason, I honestly found it really quite bizarre. There, ironically enough, was a flatness about it that failed to even have the life I would've at least hoped for in terms of trying to be photo realistic.

Emi Grant:

Well best case scenario McKay doesn't write it, and we just get some obnoxious hand held shots constantly, and no visual sense for the pilot. A pilot that is a bizarre idea anyways, as Parasite I thought was one of those films that was an essential as a film, in it managed to do everything in its running time that you could possible want from the story. A TV series just is unnecessary.

Worst case McKay writes and direct it then:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjc4ZPTX1XQ

Calvin Law said...

Oh man I love the Princess Bride score so much it pains me to hear that.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

You might've completely changed my outlook if you had said it was "inconceivable" for me to say such things".

Mitchell Murray said...

"feline's don't really emote facially..."
Your not wrong there, Louis...the most I've been able to cue from a cat's gaze is "smug indifference".

I mean, you could make the argument that they don't emote in a way we recognize as expressive, but then again, I think many of us read into other animals just fine i.e. dogs or apes. I know there have been several movies involving canines that people seem to have a soft spot for, so I'm not sure if its us projecting our emotions onto them after centuries of domestication, or that on some primal level, we're empathizing with another social species.

It's an interesting question, honestly...

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Adam McKay being associated with Parasite is sickening on every level.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Louis: Your bottom 15 performances of 2019?

Michael McCarthy said...

As far as the McKay/Parasite situation, as long as he’s just producing it that’s fine by me. A lot of the television he’s produced (Succession, Dead to Me) has been quite good actually.

Bryan L. said...

I think it’s puzzling that Joon-Ho himself has decided to work with McKay of all people. Bong has so much heat right now and yet...McKay. I mean...really?

I’m not judging Bong Joon-Ho or anything; it just seems bizarre and out-of-left-field to me.

Calvin Law said...

Apparently Bong is a huge fan of The Big Short which is fair enough.

Little Women was breathtaking, I loved everything they did in the adaptation, even the little changes they made. 5’s for Ronan, Chalamet and Pugh.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your thoughts on the direction for The Dark Knight?

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your top 5 least favourite fanbases? Mine would be-

Star Wars
Rick and Morty
K-pop
Any boy-band's fanbase in general
Game of Thrones

Bryan L. said...

Anonymous: Zack Snyders' fanbase would be one for me.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

By the way Louis, I'm in full agreement with you on U2's 'Ordinary Love'. It's a shame you don't seem to be fond of them in general, I personally consider 'With or Without You' one of the best songs ever.

Calvin Law said...

Louis: well what’s your thoughts on ‘Storybook Love’ by Mark Knopfler and Willy Deville then?

Luke Higham said...

Saw 1917. Loved it. Can't really go into it right now with a major spoiler at the end of the first third but MacKay's fantastic and has to be reviewed for the alternates.

Bryan L. said...

Also watched 1917, and it's great.

Anonymous said...

Luke, having seen Fanny & Alexander, how many category wins do you see it getting.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Aside from MacKay, Diehl, Schoenaerts and Harrison Jr. should make the ten.

Bryan L. said...

Luke: Also, have you seen both versions or just the film?

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous:
Picture (As much as Louis loves The Secret Of NIMH, I'll be surprised if he doesn't consider it for the win)
Director (Possibly but I think he'll give it to Bluth)
Original Screenplay (Bergman has 2 wins in this category and it's his strongest work)
Actress (Ewa Froling is my Runner-Up behind Linda Hunt)
Supporting Actor (Malmsjo is Runner-Up at the very least)
Supporting Actress (Gunn Wallgren)
Ensemble (Don't think Louis will think twice about this one)
Costume Design
Production Design
Cinematography (One of the easiest choices from this decade)

Bryan: I saw the longer cut which was most recommended and did have a theatrical release.

Michael McCarthy said...

I like to think Poltergeist also has a shot for the 1982 best picture win. Fitzcarraldo will probably be in contention too.

Louis Morgan said...

1917 is amazing. Loved it in every way, Mendes should only be allowed to make epics, and if he wins best director he'll have a Clint Eastwood level gap in terms of the quality between his wins.

Chapman - 4
Strong - 3.5
Scott - 3.5
Madden - 3.5
Firth - 3
Cumberbatch - 3.5(Wouldn't have minded if his scene had been stretched out just "slightly" longer, if only because I liked his vibe so much.)

Tahmeed:

I don't dislike U2, just not a favorite of mine.

Robert:

1. Rebel Wilson - Cats
2. James Corden - Cats
3. Martha Kelly - Marriage Story
4. Jennifer Nettles - Harriet
5. Olivia Wilde - Richard Jewell
6. Zoe Bell - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
7. Chris Geere - Detective Pikachu
8. Julie Hagerty - Marriage Story
9. Merritt Wever - Marriage Story
10. Rafe Spall - Just Mercy
11. Jack Reynor - Midsommar
12. Leslie Mann - Motherless Brooklyn
13. Cardi B - Hustlers
14. Mark Dacascos - John Wick: Parabellum
15. Ian McKellen - Cats

Anonymous:

I won't specify, but any fan base that finds it necessary to only focus on overt negativity,

Calvin:

I should note that I might've sounded overly negative as the love theme part of the score is very sweet, though I do think perhaps we've accepted the score in a way, even as "cheap" as it sounds in parts, though I should only speak for myself. Again the greatness of script/performances, makes it all not matter.

Storybook love, I think falls in this bit as well, as the film is so great in its sum total, accept this as part of its greatness, if even it isn't quite that. I mean the central lyric itself of "story book story?", and the rest of it it kind of a mumbling in a way of the most general romantic words that are overtly silly when broken down. Although lyrics should never weight one's opinion of a song "too" much, the song honestly doesn't really go anywhere, as pleasant as its general self is, as the verse and chorus barely distinguish themselves that too feels like general Muzak. Again sound like I'm a grump attacking anything about the film, but I can't say that it is a great song.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Thoughts on the cast, score, editing, sound editing, mixing and cinematography.

Calvin Law said...

In that case Louis I challenge you to a battle of wits.

I’m about to head in to 1917, let’s hope I’ll agree with you more than your Princess Bride score thoughts.

Luke Higham said...

Thoughts on the direction as well.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: What's your lowest five on the 2019 top ten list.

Michael McCarthy said...

I had a sneaking suspicion 1917 would end up your runner up for best picture this year, the more I think about it it’s probably mine as well.

Luke Higham said...

Is it just me or did anyone feel as if 1917 took more inspiration from Come And See than Dunkirk.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

Nolan's direction of the Dark Knight, is the next step beyond Batman Begins, that took a super hero seriously, but this just crafted the true super hero epic. Nolan's work is that of crafting it though through a different lens, the lens of a crime epic. This isn't just doing the latter though by rather providing a balance in his work that manages to find the grandiose with the grit. It is a rather outstanding realization he finds through his choice of the realistic, yet refined production design, or the moody yet grand. This was an extension and in some ways perfection of what he did with Begins. His work though is something else in crafting the intensity of the drama, built around the Joker, that too finds seemingly just the right balance, compared to Rises where it went a little too far in that regard, though I believe because of how fantastic he realized it here that was almost an impossible task. The greatness of the work is actually to the point that its greatness weakness of the final action sequence, is only because it happens to be the least of the film compared to the bank heist, the attack of the armored car, but would be a great action sequence in most films. Nolan though balances that essentially with the drama though at every turn, and here, which he lost a bit more recently, even comedy in allowing that strong vein of it within Ledger's work. It's exceptional work, that frankly set the standard of expectation for a genre, that of living up to The Dark Knight is the hope of any superhero film.

Calvin:

Pour the wine.

Luke:

Scott - (I honestly could go a little higher on all the one scene wonders, as each brings such character in such limited time that one could easily see a whole film built around their individual stories, and each exist beyond what we see them. Scott reminded me of Aldo Giuffre in The Good the Bad and the Ugly, as the best compliment, in capturing this world weariness but also this cheekiness to the character. Finding this dark humor in that man that he lines with a deep pathos of a man seemingly who should be completely broken, and can only exist by laughing at his horrible situation.)

Strong - (Wonderful work as well, as I found he brought this fascinating warmth to the part, this while keeping the reserve of a proper commander, with such a sincerity in every word as he so calmly went about his tasks. Strong brings such a subtle heart that brings this wonderful comfort, while never compromising the tone.)

Firth - (He has the least to do, however he does deliver his exposition well with a proper conviction and emotional undercurrent to it.)

I'll save on my thoughts on the rest of the cast just for the moment, as to avoid spoilers.

Hmm other than maybe the editing (which I want to research a bit), I have a feeling I'll be giving my opinion on all the rest on Monday. I will say for now, all will be deserving of their probable wins, Cinematography and the sounds especially likely.

Little Women.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Louis: I will pay you literal money to put Little Women just one rung above Jojo Rabbit.

Matt Mustin said...

Louis: Thoughts on Jennifer Nettles in Harriet?

Bryan L. said...

Luke: I like to think of it as Come & See meets Dunkirk meets All Quiet on the Western Front meets Birdman.

Calvin Law said...

Okay, 1917 was amazing. So glad you’re saving MacKay that might be the most underrated performance of awards season. Cinematography is in the bag I think and if Joker wins for Score for this I swear...

Calvin Law said...

*over

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Glad to see Parasite at #1 like expected, and that El Camino and Knives Out are in the top ten.

Calvin Law said...

Also my top 7 is exactly the same as yours Louis but not in that order. Kind of hate that I might have to rank some films strangely low (i.e. re-watch of The Lighthouse only served to strengthen it for me)

Bryan L. said...

Wow, 8 of my Top Ten are also on Louis’ list. And I’m pleasantly surprised to see Uncut Gems at #3.

Calvin Law said...

I’m settling with 1917 at #6 right now but I want to give it a bit of time. I have to say The Irishman is now at #4 to me and I hate to have it so low.

Matt Mustin said...

I'm really looking forward to seeing 1917, but Uncut Gems just opened where I live, and I kinda want to see that first.

Bryan L. said...

Louis: Your 30s and 40s cast and director for 1917?

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your thoughts on this scene from Downfall:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh3I3jNS0GA

Aidan Pittman said...

Pleasantly surprised to see Knives Out in Louis' top ten, makes me want to watch it again even more.

Have 6 of the same picks, although not in the same order. Seeing 1917 tomorrow, hopefully Uncut Gems soon-ish (but we'll see), and probably won't get to El Camino for a good while since I have seen none of Breaking Bad. Also liked Jojo Rabbit but didn't love it, though a rewatch might help me appreciate it more.

Louis: What are your Top 11-20 picks of 2019?

Robert MacFarlane said...

My tentative top 10:

1. Little Women
2. Parasite
3. The Irishman
4. Knives Out
5. The Farewell
6. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
7. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
8. Uncut Gems
9. Hustlers
10. El Camino

Louis Morgan said...

Robert:

If you can procure me the Opal from Uncut Gems, we got a deal.

Matt:

Nettles - (Her performance you'd think were a parody performance with how over the top she plays every scenes. This just doing what you'd expect as the slave owning southern belle in a sketch with her over emphasized delivery of everything, and just her quick resort to yelling out every lines in this attempted, and failed portrayal of a hysteria.)

Bryan:

30's:

Schofield: James Mason
Tom Blake: Anthony Quayle
Captain Smith: Herbert Marshall
General Erinmore: Leo G. Carroll
Lt. Leslie: Charles Laughton
Colonel Mackenzie: Cedric Hardwicke
Joseph Blake: Ray Milland

40's:

Schofield: Richard Attenborough
Tom Blake: Roddy McDowall
Captain Smith: Ronald Colman
General Erinmore: Noel Coward
Lt. Leslie: Ralph Richardson
Colonel Mackenzie: Laurence Olivier
Joseph Blake: Alec Guinness

Bryan L. said...

Louis: For director, Milestone for the former and Wellman for the latter?

Bryan L. said...

Or to keep with a British filmmaker, maybe P & P as directors?

Michael McCarthy said...

To flip it around, what do y’all think about a 2010’s (or 20’s I guess?) Gallipoli with George MacKay as Frank and Dean-Charles Chapman as Archy?

Anonymous said...

Louis: What did you think of the performance of the actor who played Nixon in Days of Future Past?

Calvin Law said...

Michael: A solution to a longtime dilemma, plus it’s already a definite that MacKay can do the accent.

Matt Mustin said...

Anonymous: That guy was awful.

Calvin Law said...

50’s

Schofield: Patrick McGoohan
Tom Blake: Ian Bannen
Captain Smith: John Mills
General Erinmore: Jack Hawkins
Lt. Leslie: Jack MacGowran
Colonel Mackenzie: Harry Andrews
Joseph Blake: Richard Todd

60’s:

Schofield: Tom Courtenay
Tom Blake: John Hurt
Captain Smith: Robert Shaw
General Erinmore: Trevor Howard
Lt. Leslie: Donald Pleasence
Colonel Mackenzie: Richard Burton
Joseph Blake: Laurence Harvey

70’s:

Schofield: David Bowie
Tom Blake: Dominic Guard
Captain Smith: Robert Shaw
General Erinmore: Denholm Elliott
Lt. Leslie: Michael Caine
Colonel Mackenzie: Edward Fox
Joseph Blake: Terrence Stamp

80’s:

Schofield: Daniel Day-Lewis
Tom Blake: Paul McGann
Captain Smith: Robert Shaw
General Erinmore: Nicol Williamson
Lt. Leslie: Stephen Rea
Colonel Mackenzie: Anthony Hopkins
Joseph Blake: Ian McShane

Luke Higham said...

Prediction for the alternate 10.
Dafoe/Pattinson
Harrison Jr. (Waves & Luce)
Paul
Davis
De Niro
Schoenaerts
Sandler
Diehl
MacKay
Banderas or Kaluuya

Calvin Law said...

Luke: That’s a great lineup, would be more than happy with it. Although ideally the Academy will help get one of these chaps in.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Could you check out The Mustang soon.

Calvin Law said...

Luke: I think this will be a 9 5’s year again, possibly 10.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: I'm going with 10-12.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: Everyone except Banderas/Kaluuya, I could see getting fives along with Driver and maybe DiCaprio.

Calvin Law said...

Luke: not inconceivable. I'm thinking that Driver, Dafoe/Pattinson (who are now my personal joint wins), Paul, De Niro and Sandler are the dead certs for 5's. MacKay, Harrison Jr. (Waves), DiCaprio, Davis, Diehl and Schoenaerts rather likely. So that pretty much adds up to 12.

Calvin Law said...

I'm definitely expecting a diminished number for supporting though. Pacino, Pesci, Hanks, and Song are the only 5 certs.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: Have to agree, between 5-7. I need to check out Mullan in The Vanishing because I do recall Psifonian singing his praises last year.

Luke Higham said...

And as divisive as Phoenix was, I'm still looking forward to his review. A fairly strong 4.5 for him.

Anonymous said...

Luke, though you are more concerned with the nominations than the winners, I hope the Academy don't screw up because this awards season has brought alot of positive vibes in comparison to last year.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: Well, it'll be really tough for them to pick a lackluster nominee in Leading Actor as the top 6 are all 4.5+.

Supporting Actor could be the best ever if they pick Song.

And the actress categories are looking pretty well though I'm not fussed on Dern or Robbie.

But on the night, It's inevitable they'll fuck something up as for every great decision they make, they'll make 3 bad ones as well.

Luke Higham said...

Picture and Director will go to a deserving film this year.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

I really hope Roman Griffin Davis gets a 5 for Jojo. He's undeniably in my top 5 of the year.

Calvin Law said...

Two more 1917 retro castings,

90’s:

Schofield: Paddy Considine
Tom Blake: Christian Bale
Captain Smith: Stephen Dillane
General Erinmore: Alan Rickman
Lt. Leslie: David Thewlis
Colonel Mackenzie: Jeremy Irons
Joseph Blake: Gary Oldman

2000’s

Schofield: Andrew Garfield
Tom Blake: Jamie Bell
Captain Smith: Jared Harris
General Erinmore: Jason Isaacs
Lt. Leslie: Steve Coogan
Colonel Mackenzie: Paddy Considine
Joseph Blake: Paul Bettany

Mitchell Murray said...

Luke: Well the good news this year is that there's less room to screw up - both of the male acting fields are comparatively stronger, and while the same can't necessarily be said for the female field, even the weaker nominees seem to be more "okay" rather than "downright underwhelming".

Really, the places where the academy could screw up the most would be as followed:
-DiCaprio misses for best actor
-Either Nyong'o or Ronan miss for best actress
-Jamie Foxx gets in for supporting actor in place of anyone else
-Pugh or Johansson miss for supporting actress

Luke Higham said...

Mitchell: Haven't seen Just Mercy but I reckon Foxx will get a 3.5-4. For that 5th slot, I'll be disappointed if it isn't Song or Hopkins and you know my reasons for Dafoe.

Michael McCarthy said...

Just to be clear, Mullan is lead in The Vanishing.

Calvin Law said...

Eh I’d rather Dafoe than Hopkins to be honest. Not to make Louis’ life difficult or anything but it would be nice to see Dafoe get another nom. Though all for Song because he ain’t category fraud.

Calvin Law said...

I kind of want to watch The Vanishing, it is quite funny how two madcap lighthouse films came out in the same year.

Luke Higham said...

Michael: Damn, I'll have to put him in ahead of Banderas/Kaluuya then. Your rating for Mullan.

I'm sorry Emi.

Bryan L. said...

Luke: Your ratings for the cast of 1917?

Luke Higham said...

MacKay - 5
Chapman - 4
Strong - 3.5
Scott - 3.5
Firth - 3
Cumberbatch - 3.5
Madden - 3.5/4 (Makes quie an impact in his two and a half minutes of screentime)

Bryan L. said...

Luke: Agreed on Madden. Your prediction for the Alternate Best Supporting Actor lineup?

Luke Higham said...

*quite an impact

Luke Higham said...

Alternate Supporting (If Song gets in)
Choi Woo-Shik
Sterling K. Brown
Robert Forster
Shia LaBeouf
Jonathan Majors

Double Reviews
Downey Jr./Evans
Rockwell/Waititi

However there should be an option to include both Downey Jr. And Rockwell in the prediction contest.

Calvin Law said...

Sounds about right. Seems like Hader will be the one to miss out on account of It Chapter 2 being an unrewatchable affair.

Calvin Law said...

Also I wouldn’t be surprised if LaBeouf doesn’t make it into the lineup. Don’t get me wrong, very good performance and he delivers as expected but I don’t know if Louis will find it that interesting to talk about.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

I'm not sure if Louis will review Forster. It's a very good performance, but I don't think it'd warrant a full review. I'd give him a high 4 myself though.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin & Tahmeed: I'm not bothered with what he goes with for Supporting but it needs to come before Lead. We need to give Louis enough time to see A Hidden Life and it's the better option to end on.

Calvin Law said...

I kind of wish he’d saved Chalamet myself, he’s my #3 in supporting now. But I’m perfectly content with any lineup we get since the Academy will (probably) get things right this year.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: You never know, I think he gave rating and thoughts on Pearce in The Rover and Stan in I, Tonya before reviewing them.

Bryan L. said...

Forsters good in El Camino, but I don’t think he’s review-good to be honest. Maybe a strong 4 or a softish 4.5.

Bryan L. said...

Luke: Romain Duris in All The Money in the World as well.

Luke Higham said...

Bryan: I do remember that now. :)

Anonymous said...

Louis: Could Chalamet go up for Little Women?

Bryan L. said...

Everyone: With this being the Best Directors post and whatnot, what are your predictions for Louis’ Top Five for 2019? I’ll guess...

1. Bong Joon-Ho
2. Sam Mendes
3. Robert Eggers (Although I guess you could flip this with Mendes)
4. Taika Waititi
5. Josh & Benny Safdie

Potential spoiler: Marielle Heller

Emi Grant said...

Luke: Eh, it's ok. I'm just gonna have to look for a ritual to perform to have Banderas make it in the nominees. Hopefully I find one.

Luke Higham said...

Emi: Whatever happens, I'll request Banderas for a review in the 2019 bonus round sometime down the line if he doesn't make either the nominees or the alternates.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your Bottom five of 2019.

Emi Grant said...

Luke: God bless you, you precious human being.

Emi Grant said...

Luke: But, yeah, that might take a while, so, I'm getting back to my ritual and will hope for the best.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

An effective, rather comical scene actually, of a bit of a satire thrown in, although it doesn't feel out of place in the film, with the Soviets acting more in the know then they are, particularly in their sudden assurance they knew Hitler was dead. This against the humor of Krebs still behaving in a manner as though he has any ground whatsoever to stand on in the attempted negotiation.

Aidan Pittman:

11. Marriage Story
12. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
13. Dolemite is My Name
14. Portrait of a Lady on Fire
15. Avengers: Endgame
16. The Aeronauts
17. Peanut Butter Falcon
18. Wild Rose
19. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
20. US

Bryan:

Well P & P for the latter, actually perhaps Alfred Hitchcock for the former, as 1917 has some Hitchcockian qualities, right down to the "one shot" technique, he was one of the first to attempt.

Anonymous:

Not a great caricature, although not as bad as Watchmen, though not good either.

Luke:

Wiseau Award: Serenity (too entertaining to be the designated worst.)

Well here's more than five, but of different categories:

The Lion King (Most pointless)
Rise of Skywalker/It Chapter II (What a waste of potential)
The Mountain/Midsommar (Don't let the aesthetic of these boring slogs fool you)
Cats (Huh? aka the official worst)

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your lowest 4.5 from 11-20.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Marriage Story being #11, in spite of the gripes Louis had with the supporting cast, bodes very well for Driver.

Mitchell Murray said...

Emi: I'm not sure Banderas is as outside of a chance as you might think...I'm not saying he's a sure fire nominee either, but he does have a lot of things going for him:

-It's an against-type turn of sorts, in the kind of dramatic vehicle the academy loves
-He has the "never been nominated/career achievement" buzz
-He's in a respected film from someone whose directed an oscar nominated performance before (Penelope Cruz in "Volver")
-He has multiple critic citations (including the globes), and even a few wins

Yes Banderas has missed out on the big precursors like SAG and Bafta, BUT that hasn't stopped other nominees before ex. Javier Bardem in "Biutiful", Bradley Cooper in "American Sniper", Gary Oldman in "TTSS" and Willem Dafoe just last year. I still haven't seen "Pain and Glory", but its certainly a film I'd watch for Banderas alone.

Emi Grant said...

Mitchell: I certainly do think he has a chance, but I don't want to build up my hopes too much for potential disappointment.

Let me say, I do appreciate everyone's concern over me wanting Banderas to make it in, but I'm still doing this ritual.

RatedRStar said...

I will give my very very final Oscar predictions tomorrow as this is so tricky, possibly the most tricky ever since Louis started the blog, and as usual, I think I have done this the last 5 or 6 years, I will finish with the famous quote that I always use.

Anonymous said...

Louis what are your final Oscar predictions?

Mitchell Murray said...

On a another note, I just watched "Two Popes" today, which I found to be rather interesting and decent. Admittedly I wasn't to sure about the opening scenes, as the editing seemed a little too "intrusive" for my tastes. There was just something in its loud use of music, and overly frequent close ups, that left me a little unsure of what the movie was going for. Now as the film progressed, it did thankfully tone this down for the most part, and I was able to become more invested in the main story. The movie gets better, I feel, with the increasing dialogue between Francis and Benedict. Also the flashbacks showing Francis' youth were well handled, and perhaps made sense for the narrative, given how much of the second half occurs in a single setting. Even with all of that said, though, the film obviously works best as a showcase for its two stars.....

And with that seg-way, both Hopkins and Pryce are quite good here. Both of them utilize their differing screen presences in an effective manner, and provide varying levels of subtext for each of their interactions. They deliver on their end in simply giving believable yet layered portrayals of these men, and if either or both of them we're to be nominated I wouldn't be opposed.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Marriage Story, rest are 4's.

Anonymous:

Picture:

Parasite
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Irishman
1917
Marriage Story
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Ford v Ferrari

Don't see what else will make it, and with the Ford possibly the most vulnerable if only 8. All contenders seem a lot weaker in a precursor sense, so it is hard to see it, though who knows.

Director:

Bong Joon-ho
Sam Mendes
Martin Scorsese
Quentin Tarantino
Greta Gerwig

#5 possibly more likely to be Waititi, or *shudders* Phillips, but hoping Little Women's success pulls Gerwig in here. Baumbach also seems like a possibility here.

Actress:

Renee Zellweger - Judy
Scarlett Johansson - Marriage Story
Charlize Theron - Bombshell
Saoirse Ronan - Little Women
Awkwafina - The Farewell

Ronan based on British bloc, Awkwafina maybe last surge late votes off Globe win, though envisioning her as a Ruth Negga - Loving style nom, where she's her film's only nom despite seeming like a bigger potential contender at first. Also Erivo really should've gotten in at BAFTA, I feel, Nyong'o still has a chance, but doesn't seem overly likely.

Actor:

Adam Driver - Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix - Joker
Taron Egerton - Rocketman
Leonardo DiCaprio - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Christian Bale - Ford v. Ferrari

Playing it safe, but I do think a Dafoe style surprise seems likely, but when everyone though it was going to be Hawke it was Dafoe, maybe something similar will happen here with Banderas for a De Niro, Sandler, Pryce (who with Bafta actually wouldn't be that much of a surprise) or Murphy.

Supporting Actress:

Laura Dern - Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson - Jojo Rabbit
Margot Robbie - Bombshell
Florence Pugh - Little Women
Jennifer Lopez - Hustlers

Playing safe again, though an upset I think could cause, again, Lopez to pull a Hugh Grant.

Supporting Actor:

Brad Pitt - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Joe Pesci - The Irishman
Al Pacino - The Irishman
Tom Hanks - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Song Kang-ho - Parasite

Predicting still last minute for Song, though this is could just be the three's P's and the two H's with Hopkins in the fifth spot. Or maybe ole sneaky Dafoe shows up.

Adapted Screenplay:

The Irishman
Little Women
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
The Two Popes

Having A Beautiful Day miss out in favor of McCarten, even though I have Hanks not Hopkins, basically around the idea of Two Popes being more "flashy" in its approach.

Original Screenplay:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Marriage Story
Parasite
1917
Knives Out

Predicting the over performance of 1917, though deserving in my book, Knives Out getting in with sort of the "fun/clever" screenplay slot. The Farewell missing out, which should've been pushed adapted, both as she would've perhaps had the best chance but also after listening to Wang This American Life segment, which is written, and does outline the general story as well as specific scenes that went into the film.

Cinematography:

1917
The Irishman
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Joker
The Lighthouse

Going for Lighthouse, as even though it missed the main ASC, it did get in Spotlight there and BAFTA, which Ida also did.

Louis Morgan said...

Costume Design:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Irishman
Rocketman
Little Women
Jojo Rabbit

Contender (plus Sandy Powell), contender, showy minor contender, showy contender, showy contender

Film Editing:

Ford v Ferrari
Jojo Rabbit
Parasite
Joker
The Irishman

Predicting 1917 to get the Birdman treatment. I could also see the Irishman miss here along with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, as any do take the, stupid, view that long=poorly edited (although then they really should ignore Ford v Ferrarri but I'm digressing here). Anyway show of strength for Parasite (hopefully, as it is by far the best edited film of the year, maybe wishful thinking but hopefully not), but balancing that with the Joker getting in for its relative flash.

Makeup & Hairstyling:

Bombshell
Judy
Rocketman
Joker
1917

3 real life transformations, enough said, Joker memorable makeup, 1917 show of strength, plus support for a different kind.

Production Design:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Joker

Would love to see Parasite make it, but doubt word that the basement and house didn't already exist hasn't gotten out enough. Pushed out in favor of period.

Score:

1917
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Bombshell

Top four seem safe, going with Bombshell just because it is very noticeable within the film itself. I mean, eh I'd prefer it over Williams's particularly uninspired score for Rise of Skywalker (which I don't know how Johnny Greenwood gets disqualified but he doesn't...)

Best Song:

"I'm Gonna Love me Again" - Rocketman
"Stand Up" - Harriet
"Glasgow" - Wild Rose
"Speechless" - Aladdin
"A Glass of Soju" - Parasite

Maybe being too optimistic to think the absurdly forgettable Disney tunes of "Spirit" and "Into the Unknown" also miss out, but for better or worse, the song branch recently typically diversifies in terms of song genre/artists, so going with such a group here.

Sound Editing:

1917
Ford v Ferrari
Rise of Skywalker
Avengers: Endgae
Ad Astra

Sound Mixing:

1917
Ford v Ferrari
Rise of Skywalker
Avengers: Endgame
Rocketman

Typically one switch up in the sounds, going Ad Astra, over obvious mix nominee in Rocketman.

Visual Effects:

The Irishman
Avengers: Endgame
The Lion King
1917
Rise of Skywalker

Mix of "most", specific, and attempted invisible. Also all other shortlist contenders are less of contenders than those above, although I could see a Passengers style appearance here, although I thought that was going to be Ad Astra before it got preemptively cut.

Animated Film:

Frozen II
Toy Story 4
How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World
Missing Link
I Lost My Body

Who cares.

Foreign Film:

Parasite
Pain and Glory
Les Miserables
Atlantics
Honeyland

Calvin Law said...

To be fair Williams really has nothing to work with in ROS. I don’t blame him for rehashing because the whole film was just a bad rehash.

Calvin Law said...

Also I switched to predicting both Sound categories being the same because if last year is evidence they really do not care about the distinctions between the two.

Matt Mustin said...

The potential (likely) hair and makeup nominations makes me realize I don't really have a pick for that category. I haven't really been overly impressed by that field in any film this year.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

Not a terrible bet, though only sound pros vote on that one at this stage so they typically do know a little better, The problem is those members who just vote for their favorite films of the year, usually bigger trouble at the specific guilds, still comes up.

Calvin Law said...

Matt: The Lighthouse is my choice there, also Irishman despite using CGI, the makeup and hairstyling is important there too.

Calvin Law said...

1917 had some great work in that regard too.

Plus not to jump on the Parasite bandwagon for everything but if you look at the basement couple in real life vs how they look in the film that was impressive too.

Louis Morgan said...

I mean you won't find many who like Midsommar less than I, but all the gruesome imagery and the inbred were at the very least convincing.

Bryan L. said...

Louis: “You won’t find many who like Midsommar less than I”

I accept your challenge.

BRAZINTERMA said...

My final bets on tomorrow's Critics' Choice Awards are ...

SONG: "(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again" – Rocketman
SCORE: 1917
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Parasite
SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE: Us
COMEDY: Jojo Rabbit
ACTION MOVIE: 1917
ANIMATED FEATURE: Toy Story 4
EDITING: The Irishman
VISUAL EFFECTS: The Lion King
HAIR AND MAKEUP: Joker
COSTUME DESIGN: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
CINEMATOGRAPHY: The Lighthouse
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Marriage Story
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Irishman
ACTING ENSEMBLE: Knives Out
YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS: Roman Griffin
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Laura Dern
ACTRESS: Renée Zellweger
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Brad Pitt
ACTOR: Joaquin Phoenix
DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese
PICTURE: The Irishman

And what are your final bets at the Critics' Choice Awards Louis and others who read my comment?

Calvin Law said...

Louis: so will you end up putting The Farewell in Original or Adapted?

Aidan Pittman said...

Saw 1917, not nuts over it like some of you are, but the passion and effort put in to it shows from minute one. Really liked it over all, and really hoping Thomas Newman finally wins for this.

McKay - 4.5 (could go for a 5 on rewatch)
Chapman - 3.5
Strong - 3.5
Firth - 3.5
Cumberbatch - 3
Duburcq - 3.5

Calvin: The Farwell I believe is going Original, unless the Academy announces that they're deeming it as Adapted at the last minute like they did with Buster Scruggs last year.

Louis Morgan said...

Brazinterma:

SONG: "(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again" – Rocketman
SCORE: Joker
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Parasite
SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE: Avengers: Endgame
COMEDY: Jojo Rabbit
ACTION MOVIE: 1917
ANIMATED FEATURE: Toy Story 4
EDITING: 1917
VISUAL EFFECTS: Avengers: Endgame
HAIR AND MAKEUP: Bombshell
COSTUME DESIGN: Little Women
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
CINEMATOGRAPHY: 1917
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Parasite
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Irishman
ACTING ENSEMBLE: The Irishman
YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS: Roman Griffin
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Laura Dern
ACTRESS: Renée Zellweger
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Brad Pitt
ACTOR: Joaquin Phoenix
DIRECTOR: Bong Joon-ho
PICTURE: Parasite

Calvin:

Adapted personally. When I originally heard about it I had thought it was simply an interview where she discussed the story, but it is a crafted radio drama, that you can easily see how she built off of it.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

I should also note it is great, and well worth listening to as a companion piece to the film.

Calvin Law said...

Louis: I most certainly shall. Well here’s hoping that it might pull a Buster and knock out Joker.

Matt Mustin said...

I saw Cats. Technically speaking, it's probably the worst major release from 2019, but I actually hated Joker SO much more, on the grounds that it made me angry. Cats made me feel a lot of things, but angry was not one of them. I also saw it at a special "drink and yell at the screen" showing, which did not hurt the experience.

Hayward-2.5(I guess)
Wilson-1
Corden-1(Almost worse than Wilson)
Elba-3(Shockingly, one of the better parts for me)
Swift-2.5
Hudson-3(I'll give it to her, she sings the hell out of "Memory", but it's still just such a boring song)
Derulo-1
Davidson-3(I was kinda really engaged with his number, actually, despite the song being pretty terrible)
Dench-2.5
Winstone-1.5
McKellen-1.5(Oh, this made me so sad, and not at all in the way they were intending)

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Could Nick Offerman and/or John Carroll Lynch go up to a 4.5 or go up the overall for The Founder?

Calvin Law said...

Louis: your thoughts on Susie Essman and J.B. Smoove on Curb Your Enthusiasm?

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your thoughts on these three scenes from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri:
Throwing Red out of the Window- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVO6TmBXgH0
Setting the station on fire- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OReFR-2rmQc
"I'm sorry Welby"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OReFR-2rmQc

I will never understand the backlash the film received, to be honest.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Sorry, I repeated a link for the final scene, this is the one I intended-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfbrHhkFIiw

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Before the nominations are announced, any other recent viewings with thoughts as well as ratings and thoughts on the casts.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Other Films To Watch
A Hidden Life
The Mustang
Waves
Luce
Honey Boy
The Last Black Man In San Francisco
The Nightingale (Not too sure about its eligibility as IMDB lists it with a Milanese release in 2018 though Milan had a film festival around that same time, also can't seem to find any evidence of an Italian release in 2018)
Booksmart
Monos
Queen & Slim
The Dead Don't Die (Jim Jarmusch)
Ready Or Not (Samara Weaving)
Clemency (Alfre Woodard)
Aladdin
Ordinary Love (Liam Neeson/Lesley Manville)
Bacurau (Sonia Braga)
Shaun The Sheep: Farmageddon
The Haunting Of Sharon Tate (Contender for Worst Film)
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile
Glass (M. Night Shyamalan)
Cold Pursuit (Liam Neeson)
Yesterday (Danny Boyle)
Ophelia (Daisy Ridley)
High Flying Bird (Soderbergh's more acclaimed effort)
Sorry We Missed You (Ken Loach)
Happy Death Day 2U (Jessica Rothe)
Her Smell (Elizabeth Moss received much praise)
Alita: Battle Angel
Arctic (Mads Mikkelsen)
Les Miserables
Long Shot (Charlize Theron/Seth Rogen)
Brightburn
Official Secrets
Crawl (Barry Pepper)
Blinded By The Light
Good Boys (Jacob Tremblay)
Where'd You Go Bernadette (Linklater/Blanchett)
Dark Phoenix
Terminator: Dark Fate
Animals
Last Christmas
Midway
The Good Liar
The Kill Team (Skarsgard/Wolff)
Greta
Always Be My Maybe
Ma (Octavia Spencer)
The Kid (Ethan Hawke)
The Goldfinch
Daniel Isn't Real
Seberg
Plus One
Captive State
Little Monsters (Lupita Nyong'o)
Brittany Runs A Marathon
The Highwaymen (Costner/Harrelson)
Hotel Mumbai
The Beach Bum (Matthew McConaughey)
Pet Sematary
Zombieland: Double Tap
The Current War
Little Joe (Ben Whishaw)
The Best Of Enemies (Sam Rockwell)
The Wind
Hellboy
Child's Play
Breakthrough
Family
Fast Color (Gugu Mbatha-Raw)
Lucy In The Sky
Someone Great
Gemini Man
I Trapped The Devil
Body At Brighton Rock
The Intruder (Dennis Quaid)
Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult)
Skin (Jamie Bell)
Light Of My Life (Casey Affleck)
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
The Professor And The Madman (Gibson/Penn)
The Tomorrow Man
The Perfection
Mr. Jones
Stuber
Gwen
Burn
Satanic Panic
The Sound Of Silence (Peter Sarsgaard)
Downton Abbey (Would have to watch the show first)
Fractured
Charlie's Angels

Luke Higham said...

And Gloria Bell (Julianne Moore).

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Please check out Weathering with You when you get the chance.

Bryan L. said...

“Terminator: Dark Fate” Lol

Also, I may or may not be the only one here who’s seen Long Shot. Decent romcom, 4 for Theron and 3 for Rogen.

I’ve seen Crawl as well. Not a bad disaster film tbh. I’d give Barry Pepper a 3.5

Luke: What about “The Upside (Cranston/Kidman)”? It shows up as 2017 on LboxD, but it came out theatrically on 2019.

Luke Higham said...

Bryan: Sure but it'll pale in comparison to The Intouchables.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Unless said otherwise, I would put The Nightingale in 2019.

Bryan L. said...

Louis: Since the man excels at the epic, what would be some past films you think Sam Mendes’ style could be a good fit for?

Psifonian said...

So here's my Oscar predictions. Let's see how wrong I am:

BEST PICTURE:
1917
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Knives Out
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
Parasite

BEST DIRECTOR:
Bong Joon-ho — Parasite
Greta Gerwig — Little Women
Sam Mendes — 1917
Martin Scorsese — The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino — Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood

BEST ACTOR:
Antonio Banderas — Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio — Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
Adam Driver — Marriage Story
Taron Egerton — Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix — Joker

BEST ACTRESS:
Awkwafina — The Farewell
Cynthia Erivo — Harriet
Saoirse Ronan — Little Women
Scarlett Johansson — Marriage Story
Renee Zellweger — Judy

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Tom Hanks — A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Al Pacino — The Irishman
Joe Pesci — The Irishman
Brad Pitt — Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
Song Kang-ho — Parasite

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Laura Dern — Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson — Jojo Rabbit
Jennifer Lopez — Hustlers
Florence Pugh — Little Women
Margot Robbie — Bombshell

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Knives Out
Marriage Story
Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
Parasite
Uncut Gems

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
The Two Popes

BEST DOCUMENTARY:
American Factory
The Biggest Little Farm
For Sama
Honeyland
One Child Nation

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT:
Fire in Paradise
Ghosts of Sugar Land
In the Absence
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha- Cha

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM:
Les Miserables
Pain & Glory
The Painted Bird
Parasite
Those Who Remained

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT:
Brotherhood
Little Hands
Miller & Son
The Neighbors’ Window
Refugee

BEST ANIMATED FILM:
Frozen II
How to Train Your Dragon 3
I Lost My Body
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

BEST ANIMATED SHORT:
Daughter
Hair Love
Mind My Mind
Sister
Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
1917
Ford v. Ferrari
Joker
The Lighthouse
Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:
1917
Joker
Little Women
Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
Parasite

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
Dolemite Is My Name
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
Rocketman

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:
1917
Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Rocketman

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
Alita: Battle Angel
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

BEST FILM EDITING:
Ford v. Ferrari
The Irishman
Joker
Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
Parasite

BEST SOUND MIXING:
1917
Avengers: Endgame
Ford v. Ferrari
Rocketman
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

BEST SOUND EDITING:
1917
Avengers: Endgame
Ford v. Ferrari
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

BEST SCORE:
1917
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

BEST SONG:
“Into the Unknown” — Frozen II
“Stand Up” — Harriet
“Spirit” — The Lion King
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” — Rocketman
“Glasgow” — Wild Rose

Michael McCarthy said...

I feel like there has to be at least one disappointing nominee for directing so I’m predicting Phillips over Tarantino, I’d be happy to be proven wrong though. My acting predictions are the same as Psifonian’s other than Erivo who I do think will lose out to Theron.

RatedRStar said...

BEST ACTOR:
Antonio Banderas — Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio — Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver — Marriage Story
Taron Egerton — Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix — Joker

BEST ACTRESS:
Awkwafina — The Farewell
Scarlett Johansson — Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan — Little Women
Charlize Theron - Bombshell
Renee Zellweger — Judy

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Tom Hanks — A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Song Kang-ho — Parasite
Al Pacino — The Irishman
Joe Pesci — The Irishman
Brad Pitt — Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Laura Dern — Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson — Jojo Rabbit
Jennifer Lopez — Hustlers
Florence Pugh — Little Women
Margot Robbie — Bombshell

I will go to bed now and will be back on after the Oscar nominations are announced.

As tradition on the blog, I will say the line

In the immortal words of Captain Edmund Blackadder...

"Good Luck Everyone"

Anonymous said...

Louis: Thoughts on this scene from the episode "The Man Who Has Everything" from Justice League Unlimited and Newbern's performance? Eric Roberts voices Mongul.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8VPOP7huew

Louis Morgan said...

Tahmeed:

Maybe.

Calvin:

Essman & Smoove - (I mean they, along with Garland and to a lesser extent, just because he's in it less, Richard Lewis are sort of David's utility players. In that they are guaranteed to be good at the improvisational style that is the series, and in turn are typically involved in the best bits. Essman is hilarious in providing almost the antagonistic villain of sorts to David, as this note of extreme venom and distaste, that is consistently hilarious, and plays off so well against David through that. Smoove, who is just riffing himself, although so effectively so as again as scene partner for David. In their examples just sporting all sorts of random nonsense and hilariously so as the strangest sort of kindred spirit of a kind. Smoove's work though is this sort of match of insanity with David that makes them wonderful together.)

Anonymous:

Throwing Red - (Love the song choice, and the sequence, though McDonagh probably should've done a take until he got the camerawork to be a bit smoother, as tracking shots go, this is a little sloppy, though I do like the overall choice of following Dixon on what he believes to be his big act of justice, that is just a moronic brutality. Rockwell rules within it in portraying the pompousness of a false righteousness, and love the final moment with Peter's reaction followed by his casual badge reveal.)

Station on Fire - (Beautiful song choice again, and another sequence that I think works in showing the ease of violence, but questioning what does that bring exactly. This in the context of Mildred resorting to what is a low. This against Dixon finally reading his letter, with Harrelson's voice over being both funny and poignant, though overall a scene made of reaction shots. This is Rockwell's as he reads the letter, with Dixon finally doing something good, against Dinklage's reaction of concern, and Mildred's of horror at what she's done.)

I'm Sorry Welby - (Really possibly the most important scene in the film, in we have Red, portrayed so well in this scene by Landy Jones, as only showing the utmost compassion to the burned Dixon, even after he finds out who he is, still only showing compassion to the man who had done him wrong. A scene that I find grows in strength, as I'll admit after even watching the film a first time I missed a great deal of what it is doing, as it actually subverts the typical revenge narrative, making it closer to say Revanche than a Tarantino film.)

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Aladdin was probably aided greatly by having just watched Lion King, as it is a lot better than that film, in that it is anything new. It isn't great by any means, but it is watchable enough. In fact it may be the best of the "copy and paste" ones, though I'd say Cinderella and The Jungle Book are better overall. In that Ritchie's voice is there a bit, a voice I honestly don't typically like all that much, but I'm glad he actually was able to give a little new flavor to the whole thing.

Massoud - 2.5(He's a bit bland at times in his solo scenes. He'd be lower if it weren't for his scenes with Scott, where she brings the best out of him. In that their chemistry actually works fairly well, and there is an actual spark there.)

Scott - 4(Easily the best part of the film, and part of the reason why it is less of a waste actually, even if the attempts to give Jasmine a bit more agency weren't always exceptionally realized. Scott though gives such a charismatic and wonderful turn here it doesn't matter. She's charming and brings a needed energy in every moment. She luminous here and makes the most of it.)

Kenzari - 1.5(I actually didn't think he was as bad as the trailer suggested, and I like the idea of sort of an anti-Aladdin Little Finger type, Kenzari unfortunately doesn't pull it off. I'll also say they could've had this even if he was an older character (note: I would've thought maybe Riz Ahmed but I've seen Venom), and would've preferred to see say Alexander Siddig or Negahban who are right there for the part. Although given Negahban's extremely Jafaresque performance in Legion 3 as the younger Farouk, maybe he would've been too terrifying for a family film. Kenzari just doesn't have the menace to pull of the part, nor the charisma to do without menace. He more than anything comes off as a non-entity.)

Nagahban - (Wasted mostly, but he does fine with a warmer role.)

Smith - 3(The most pleasant surprise actually as Smith benefits the whole affair by giving such a non-Williams like performance and tries to make his own Genie. Smith's charm works well for this, even if his singing is occasionally a little underwhelming. Smith's 90's style energy though is infectious once again though and definitely works here. I'll also give him credit he hits his semi-dramatic moments well to, and gives a nice turn here.)

Atlantics I thought had about three great scenes, but many bland ones. This as those three scenes cover all the essential points of the story. The rest is just very tired repetition and scenes drawn out far past the point of atmosphere building. There's definitely a vision behind the camera, but the story is too threadbare for its own good.

The cast is fine but no one really stands out

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your thoughts on Spirit, Into The Unknown (If you haven't given it already) and Speechless.

Luke Higham said...

And in the words of Samuel L. Jackson
'Hold on to your butts'.

Louis Morgan said...

Luce is definitely worth a watch though it struggles to sort balance a reality within its overt philosophizing, that even as it does make the right choice in terms of its overall setting to do this, I do find the tail occasionally wags the dog, though not to the point that it sinks the film by any measure.

Spencer - 4.5(She's very good here in managing to deliver initially this sort of Nurse Ratched performance where she is very convincing in portraying this authoritarian sort of belief within the character. This combined with the sort of internalized intensity of some one who sets her own convictions sometimes at the expense of others. Spencer though effectively unravels this though to slowly reveal a less sort of assured anger, and messier more defined by emotion than her proposed reason. She balances this though also of scenes of portraying a more humane desperation and need relating to her sister. This in revealing the character she shows that while perhaps more vindictive in truth than in claim, but also not a one note evil either.)

Watts - 3.5(Well it's better than a lot of her film work of late at the very least, although here once again as a concerned mother of a star student. This time though less bizarrely written thankfully. This as her performance becomes careful reactions where she adds greatly within the film to give an effective portrayal of how far her own concerns go and in what ways.)

Roth - 3(Roth is fine in portraying the complexity father's concerned reactions but he is less focused. He also is held back a bit again in his American accent here, that is a bit stiff and makes his performance a bit the same here as well.)

The Last Black Man in San Francisco I do need to stew a bit on the film overall, though definitely visually captivating at the very least. I will say though I kind of found Jonathan Majors as co-lead, in sort of Richard E. Grant in Withnail and I sort of way, as the secondary character, but the more flamboyant one. This as there are several scenes from his perspective and the whole stage performance scene is entirely centered around him.

Tahmeed:

I intend to.

Anonymous said...

Louis, I've heard Octavia Spencer's great in Ma.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

I mean a good intense fight to be sure on its own, as the adaptation of a more memorable Superman story to be sure to begin with. Roberts makes for a fine villain even. I have always pushed for Daly as the #1, and I'll say I stand by that always as I think he finds more of the essential charisma to the character, something also in Christopher Reeve's work. Newbern though does deliver on the emotions of the character, here the pained anger fitting to a crushed dream, though I do wish he put a little more "umph" into "burn" delivery. You kind of like Daly in his final fight with Darkseid.

Louis Morgan said...

Bryan:

The Bridge on the River Kwai
North By Northwest
Le Samourai
The Duellists

Luke:

Yeah I think I'll skip the Haunting of Sharon Tate. I think the last said to be overtly terrible film I'll watch from 2019 is Lucy in The Sky, just because I have to see what it is that Noah Hawley did there, I'd rather otherwise focus on films that are said to have some redeeming qualities.

Aidan Pittman said...

Louis: I know I've said this before already, but I recommend seeing The Souvenir if you haven't already. Interested in your thoughts on Byrne's and Burke's performances (both of which I think are brilliant).

Calvin Law said...

Louis: do you consider Watts to be supporting or co-lead in Luce? And with regards to LBMISF I’m glad you’re saving Majors for now though I definitely considered him supporting just by the nature of the story. Though a re-watch could change things (I’m sort of fine with the film on the whole, though loved its visual style)

Anonymous said...

@Aidan

He's seen it, he didn't care for it.

Aidan Pittman said...

Anonymous: Ah, my bad. Do you where I can find his thoughts on it, by chance?

Anonymous said...

So, hmm, that happened. A tie in Best Director, interesting, and it puts Joon-ho in advantage. And it seems we have our four acting Oscar winners now. It's 2017 all over again. And Tarantino now definitely seems like he's getting his third screenplay Oscar. The Irishman not winning Adapted Screenplay lowers its chances even more, since it was pretty much the only category it was a shoo-in for at the Oscars. On the other hand, Little Women's win only strengthens its chances, and it makes me happy seeing Gerwig finally get some mainstream recognition beyond noms, and I hope she wins at the Oscars.

Calvin Law said...

This will be the most boring set of acting winners in ages if all goes according to plan.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Calvin: As unenthused as I am, I’m not sure if I’d even consider the fifth most boring set of winners this decade. Granted, the only year where all four felt like unique, daring performances was 2016.

BRAZINTERMA said...

All ready. Here's my final Oscar nominee betting tomorrow ...

SONG
- "(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again" - Rocketman
- "Into the Unknown" - Frozen 2
- "Into the Unknown" - Harriet
- "Spirit" - The Lion King
- "Speechless" - Aladdin
Surprise: "Da Bronx" - The Bronx USA

SCORE
- Joker
- 1917
- Marriage Story
- Little Women
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Surprises: Jojo Rabbit ou Nós

SOUND MIXING
- 1917
- Ford v Ferrari
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
- Avengers: Endgame
- Rocketman
Surprises: The Lighthouse, Ad Astra or Coringa

SOUND EDITING
- 1917
- Ford v Ferrari
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
- Joker
- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Surprises: Ad Astra or Avengers: Endgame

FILM EDITING
- Joker
- Parasite
- Ford v Ferrari
- The Irishman
- Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
Surprises: Uncut Gems, Jojo Rabbit or 1917

VISUAL EFFECTS
- The Irishman
- The Lion King
- Avengers: Endgame
- Alita: Battle Angel
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Surprise: Gemini Man

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
- Joker
- Judy
- Bombshell
- Rocketman
- The Golden Glove
Surprise: Dolemite Is My Name

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
- Dolemite Is My Name
- Jojo Rabbit
- Little Women
- Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
- Rocketman
Surprises: The Irishman or Downton Abbey

PRODUCTION DESIGN:
- 1917
- Jojo Rabbit
- Little Women
- Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
- Parasite
Surprises: Downton Abbey or Joker

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
- 1917
- The Irishman
- Joker
- The Lighthouse
- Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
Surprises: A Hidden Life or Ford v Ferrari

INTERNATIONAL FILM:
- Les Miserables
- Pain & Glory
- Atlantics
- Parasite
- Beanpole
Surprise: Corpus Christi

ANIMATED FILM:
- I Lost My Body
- Missing Link
- Frozen II
- How to Train Your Dragon 3
- Toy Story 4
Surprise: Klaus

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
- Knives Out
- Marriage Story
- Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
- Parasite
- The Farewell
Surprises: 1917, Us or Uncut Gems

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
- The Irishman
- Jojo Rabbit
- Joker
- Little Women
- The Two Popes
Surprise: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood or Richard Jewell

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
- Zhao Shuzhen
- Laura Dern
- Jennifer Lopez
- Margot Robbie
- Florence Pugh
Surpresa: Scarlet Johansson

ACTRESS
- Renée Zellweger
- Scarlett Johansson
- Awkwafina
- Charlize Theron
- Cynthia Erivo
Surprise: Lupita Nyong’o

SUPPORTING ACTOR
- Al Pacino
- Joe Pesci
- Brad Pitt
- Tom Hanks
- Song Kang-ho
Surprise: Anthony Hopkins

ACTOR
- Joaquin Phoenix
- Adam Driver
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Taron Egerton
- Robert De Niro
Surprese: Antonio Banderas

DIRECTOR
- Martin Scorsese
- Bong Joon-ho
- Quentin Tarantino
- Sam Mendes
- Todd Phillips
Surprises: Lulu Wang, Greta Gerwig ou Taika Waititi

PICTURE (let's close with 10 same)
- The Irishman
- Parasite
- Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
- 1917
- Joker
- Marriage Story
- Jojo Rabbit
- Little Women
- Ford v Ferrari
- The Farewell
Surprise: Two Popes

Well, see you tomorrow guys!

Calvin Law said...

Robert: You know what, that’s a fair assessment. And yes 2016 was easily the strongest year for winners.

Aidan Pittman said...

Brazinterma: The Golden Glove didn't make the Makeup shortlist.

Emi Grant said...

I'd leave my predictions here, but I just finished writing them on my own FB page and I'm too tired to remove the fat and copy and paste them. In case any of you are interested, feel free to hit me up on FB (Æmi Grant).
See you later, guys!

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Thinking about it more, I would like to see some of your Lead Actor saves be reviewed in the bonus rounds at a later date like Mullan, Majors and possibly Kaluuya and Jupe to help fill a lineup of five for that year but its up to you.

Anonymous said...

Louis, I agree with Luke. I personally think the lineup he chose with either Banderas or Bale in the tenth spot is the one you should go with.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: You could still give ratings and thoughts on them as usual for now and examine them further later on like you have with Nicol Williamson in The Bofors Gun, Sean Connery in The Offence, Claude Laydu in Diary Of A Country Priest and Bob Hoskins in Felicia's Journey (Who's performance you seem to love more than your letting on)

Calvin Law said...

Louis: for something like Apollo 11 (the documentary), would you say the sound design owes more to the editing or mixing for its excellence?

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Do you intend to do a write up for John Hurt in 1984? The last time I asked you for your thoughts on him, you said it required a more thorough examination.

Luke Higham said...

*Whose performance

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

Well we haven't seen a single industry award yet, so there may still be some surprises in store. At the very least Best Picture/Director seems very open at the moment.

Calvin:

Well Apollo 11 didn't do much for my anyways, and I'm any easy mark for space race material. The sound editing there though was central to its objective. The editing itself is in a way what the film is, depending on the amount of footage they were working with.

Tahmeed:

Well if I had the time both literally, and terms of personal obligations, I had hoped to be able to do a sort of "Make up" lineup with him Williamson, Ladyu and a few others. But i'll have to wait.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: On the Supporting Actor nominees page, could you give your thoughts on all the categories.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Are you reviewing Sean Connery during 72 even though The Offence is 73.

Louis Morgan said...

Also as one more just before the Oscar nominations watched Lucy in the Sky, which is a failure although not in the way one would hope. It rather is just Noah Hawley just not pulling it off for several reasons, none of them particularly entertaining in its underwhelming. It's a film that wears its own thematic point down to nothing so quickly, astronaut seeking the same thrill, we get it, got it good, okay we're going to repeat this 50 more time...okay. That is only one of its problems though, as Hawley randomly stylizes the film, in attempt to do something closer to his choices in Legion than even Fargo, which was a mistake given the film does want to exist in a reality, at least as the film progresses. The overt style is something he begins with then slowly loses with no real sense to it. It was also a major mistake casting the overly mechanical Portman in the lead, where he needed an actress who emphasized naturalism above else for this type of part, to really make us feel the descent, rather than it being this observational practice instead. It is also simply poorly paced as one could trim an easy half hour from the film. I will say, unlike the thoughts of certain "major" critics, adult diapers were not necessary to the film's success, rather a stronger vision for the film's intention. What Hawley's perspective is on the matter is vague at best, and what he is trying to even examine is lost in this mishandled debut. Hopefully he'll come back with a more assured hand if he makes another attempt.

Portman - 1.5(Not as terrible as I was kind of expecting, but not good either. She is more than anything though just the wrong choice for the character, or at least to save what Hawley is doing as the role needed a human here. Portman though instead plays hard into every eccentric feature of the character at every point, making it feel like an exercise in acting than a realization of a disturbed person. Portman creates a distance at every point as her work carries sort of a disdain towards the character within the performance that limits the role into just a series of over the top traits rather than an actual individual. Again she's better than say Vox Lux, which was similar yet harder to bear.)

Hamm - 3(A very Hammy performance, just that it is a role that seems too much of a Jon Hamm role. Hamm though, as limited as the part is, does offer an actual human in the scenes between him and Portman. You can see him even attempting to realize some real connection to the story on a more intimate level, that his scene partner is unfortunately kind of ignoring.)

Beetz - (Just sort of there.)

Burstyn - 2(Feel like we've seen this performance several times from her at this point. She's less than fine as her work kind of muddles whatever is the intention of the grandmother even within the story.)

Stevens - 2(Also miscast here, as his performance plays into the idea of Portman's husband being cartoon within the film's first act that seems to want to turn the whole thing into a cartoon at first. Stevens is more attuned to Hawley's more overt stylistic choice it seems, but unfortunately Hawley abandons the idea and him at the same time. Stevens does try to do some catching up by portraying some genuine emotions between the lines later on, but it is a poorly conceived performance for a poorly conceived role.)

Luke:

No, regarding Connery.

Will do.

Louis Morgan said...

Lopez indeed got the Hugh Grant treatment.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Bates, Johannson and Pugh got in for Supporting Actress.

Hopkins got in, alongside the expected 4.

Bryan L. said...

Damn, I should've went with my gut and switched to Bates

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