Of course the Oscars are wrong

800 oscar nominated films 2018 montageLast year’s Oscars ceremony was memorable for the coach tour of film fans being walked through the ceremony and the wrong film being announced as film of the year.
This year, the outing of sexual abuse within the industry will come to the fore.
The American movie industry in particular is reported to be stuck in a rut – having bet on superheroes and sequels for the Summer, when perhaps the products have been too long and lacking quality stories, and the audiences have moved on.  I’m told the Italian film market is also in trouble.

020 i tonya movie stillIn “I, Tonya”, the lead character chastises us through the fourth wall for watching the film because of “the incident” – instead we’re currently checking the movie’s claim for an Oscar award.
The planning and timing of certain types of movies to be considered for the Oscars is firmly set so January and February tend to be the season for movie watching.
Of thee movies I saw in 2017 “(Paddington 2“, “Dunkirk“, “England is Mine“, “The Journey, Their Finest“, “The Salesman, Lion“, “Elle“, “Viceroy’s House, 20th Century Women“, “Hidden Figures“, “The Founder“, “Fences“, “T2: TrainspottingDenial“, “Moonlight“, “Jackie“, “A Monster Calls)”, only 6 (check) of the 19 count for consideration in the 2018 Oscars.
So far this year, “I Tonya“, “Dark River“, “Lady Bird“, “Call Me by Your Name“, “The Shape of Water“, “Phantom Thread“, “The Post“, “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri“, “Darkest Hour“, “Molly’s Game“, “The Death of Stalin” (that’s 11 with “A Fantastic Woman” and “The Square” already booked).
Looking forward already to “Sweet Country”, “Journeyman” and “Isle of Dogs”,  and possibly “You Were Never Really Here” and “I Got Life”.
Thanks to Broadway Cinema.

To judge the performances of actors is beyond me – and I often think that at this level of excellence, what people judge is the character and the character’s story-line.
As for films, what do I look for – perhaps
– entertainment;
(total effect, oh and it mustn’t hurt like some of the top contenders did);
– main story;
(strength, worthiness, marks off for poor history);
– production;
(quality, coherence, richness, range of stories, quality of characters etc.)

So my ranking for films seen is –
Paddington 2” (100: 5e, 4s, 5p; er, it’s a kids’ film?);

The Shape of Water” (80: 4e, 4s, 5p; an experience);
Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri” (80: 4e, 4s, 5p; celebrates redemption, some fantastic surprises but the Police are not credible);

Lady Bird” (60: 4e, 3s, 5p; thought story was a tad harsh with the Mother);
The Post” (60: 4e, 5s, 3p; very worthwhile);
Dunkirk” (60: 4e, 3s, 5p; some of the sub-plots were nonsensical);
I, Tonya” (60: 5e, 3s, 4p; bit unsure of some of the conclusions drawn);

Their Finest” (48: 4e, 3s, 4p; really pleasant);
Call Me by Your Name” (48: 3e, 4s, 4p; it’s me – I don’t like romances);
The Journey” (45: 3e, 5s, 3p; incredibly worthwhile);

The Salesman” (36: 3e, 4s, 3p; a worthwhile Iranian thriller);
Dark River” (36: 3e, 3s, 4p; spoilt by the manslaughter element of the story);
England is Mine” (32: 2e, 4s, 4p; special for me but a missed opportunity);
The Death of Stalin” (32: 2e, 4s, 4p; so hard to be funny when staff shown are set to be executed);

Darkest Hour” (24: 3e, 2s, 3p; poor treatment of the history);
Molly’s Game” (16: 1e, 4s, 4p; story should have been put together better);
Phantom Thread” (15: 1e, 3s, 5p; a painful experience and it shouldn’t have been).
Apologies to “Get Out” but I don’t like horror movies.

Of course the Oscars are wrong – for so many reasons.
But of the choices available (that I’ve seen) :- best film – “Three Billboards …”; best direction – “The Shape of Water”; best actor – Timothée Chalamet, best actress – Margot Robbie; best support actor – Woody Harrelson; best supporting actress – Allison Janney.


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