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Survey through Oscar nominees 2018 Part 2

Three, two, one – checking Oscar nominations in progress! Update two!

Lady Bird

  • Best Picture – Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott Rudin
  • Actress In a Leading Role – Saoirse Ronan
  • Actress In a Supporting Role – Laurie Metcalf
  • Directing – Greta Gerwig
  • Original Screenplay – Greta Gerwig

I believe Lady Bird is the least dramatic from the best picture bunch. This is a story almost every girl can relate to. A story about growing up, love, mum-dramas and friendships. And putting it all together, it made a film of finding yourself and lessons life teaches.

With this delicate touch of humour and very likeable characters it is a dreamy piece of cinema, performed by very young director who proudly represents women in this year’s directing category. Crossed fingers for Greta although my heart belongs to del Toro (The Shape of Water in next part). She is also responsible for the screenplay, which is based on her own adolescence, according to what I’ve read somewhere.

Anyway, Lady Bird is a smartass, who is brave enough to dream outside her small world of Sacramento. She fights for her future even when the whole world doesn’t believe she could win. This is a film of finding values in life and searching for a place. Furthermore, it is not so heavy like other Best Pictures. It is fun to watch, to breath a little and maybe just remind yourself about your own high school. The humour here is situational and very subtle.

What brings a lot to this film are also actors. Saoirse Ronan is expectional, which is a great compliment from me (The Host was lame). However this category is very strong this year, she did deserved her nomination. The background is very strong, too, though. Laurie Metcalf is a mom having all these mother values and flaws. She is a strong woman who fights her best for her children. It is a year for mums, right?

Some good small characters played by Timothee Chalamet (nominated for Call Me By Your Name) or Lucas Hedges (also in Three Billboards) are also noticeable. Everyone has a personality, everyone has a meaning. It is not just empty background to fill up the film. Sacramento is living on its own.

My sort of favourite is Beanie Feldstein (picture below). She didn’t have such glamorous acting past but I enjoyed Julie very much. I wish her luck and more good roles in the future.

Lady Bird Saoirse Ronan

 

Darkest Hour

  • Best Picture – Anthony McCarten, Douglas Urbanski, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Tim Bevan
  • Actor in Leading Role – Gary Oldman
  • Cinematography – Bruno Delbonnel
  • Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran
  • Production Design – Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
  • Makeup and Hairstyling – Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick

Repeating myself all over again – this film was done only to give Gary Oldman an Oscar. About damn time, by the way. But… Apart from him (and his film-wife) being incredible onscreen, I got really bored. It was nothing shocking or maybe I’m just not very much into war history films. Costumes and, more importantly, make-up are done perfectly. Gary is almost unrecognisable and all the 40s suits and dresses catch an eye. The same goes to cinematography, but it is such a common subject recently, I can’t tell if it was something out of the scale. Myself, I enjoyed The Crown more in this area.

The film tells a story of very first days of Winston’s rule and that Dunkirk thing. So basically Nolan’s film from the point of the minister. I don’t have to tell you what happens, the history books will tell you that more accurately than I ever could.

And to be honest – it was a boring story. Apart from the couple I described before, everyone are somewhat plain. Especially Lily James, who gives me more and more reasons to doubt her acting skills.

Dunkirk will get its minute in the next part

Darkest Hour Winston Churchill Gary Oldman

 

Logan

  • Adapted Screenplay – James Mangold, Michael Green, Scott Frank

This is a huge achievement for a blockbuster. The new era of comicbook films has begun. After huge success of Deadpool, Fox agreed to make Logan R category. And thank Thor for that. Logan is such a fresh touch for actually any blockbuster. Even though the story is still somewhat predictable, there are a lot of small details which changes the film completely. I loved old and sick Charles Xavier the most. No one actually had done something similar before. James Mangold outdone himself, especially after such failure as Wolverine (terrible plot + plot holes + no logic + no comic correctness). Even though Logan kind of gave him a louder mic to share his (not so cool) opinions, the film itself got very high in my top films of all time, not only in superhero category. So I am really proud of this nomination. Maybe the Academy will finally take other kinds of films under consideration.

Logan is telling a story about a family. That it doesn’t have to be conventional, that caring of people important to you can be done in so many different way. Meanwihile it is a story of getting old and sick, about sacrifice and moving on. It is closer to the hearts of comicbook geeks but I can assume even without this knowledge,you’ll find some values.

Logan Hugh Jackman

 

Coco

  • Best Animated Feature Film – Darla K. Anderson, Lee Unkrich
  • Original Song – “Remember Me”, Miguel (XVII) & Natalia Lafourcade

[SPOILER] To be honest, I’d expected something more. This is the film which is very pretty visually, very emotional but… empty. For a child it might be something special (or scary according to some kid after screening), seeing the colours of Mexican afterlife and that brave little protagonist. 90% of Disney animations are like that. And what bothered me the most was the wrong picture of death. “I can’t wait when you die” is not funny, even if said by a dead man. Also you can die after death. First you die, then – if noone remembers you – you die again and noone knows where you go. For me it was the easy screenwriting. Even after death you’re scared of death.

I shed a tear though. The story was touching however simple it was. And grandma Coco was the cutest. Unfortunatelly apart from her nothing really stuck in my mind and I am not a fan of it. It is the worst Disney at Oscars in years.

Coco

 

Loving Vincent

  • Best Animated Feature Film – Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Ivan Mactaggart

For the whole time of production I was very sceptical. Afterall, Polish films aren’t actually very good mostly. But ever since I watched it, Loving Vincent stole my heart. This is both entering new era and going back to the roots. It is a film fully painted. Over 60 thousand canvas were created by 115 painters. And it was made mainly in Wrocław, Poland. I couldn’t be more proud.

The idea is simple – to bring Vincent van Gogh’s imagination to life. It was splendid idea, he is after all one of the most recognizable painters ever. The story itself is more of a speculation than a statement. Whatever secrets Vincent took to his grave are still his and there’s no conspiracy theories about that.

I really enjoyed the editing of both film and sound. Afterall, there were no actors and every single movement of lips had to be drawn first. The resemblance is uncanny though. You can easily recognize Douglas Booth or Jerome Flynn. Furthermore, there’re a lot of “Easter eggs” for an art freak like me. There’re tons and tons of Vincent’s paintings included in the film and it is a great way to get to know the people who was drawn by him.

For me it is the damn winner. For sake of these 115 artists, give Vincent an Oscar!

Loving Vincent

 

The Disaster Artist

  • Adapted Screenplay – Michael H. Weber, Scott Neustadter

This is the best comedy I’ve seen in years. Go and see it. NOW.

The whole drama about James and his alleged abusive behaviour took him out of the best actor race and it pisses me off. No, I am not trying to defend anyone, I am trying to listen to reason and proofs rather than sudden accusements. He definitely deserves his Oscar. And this role is the one that could have given him one. So I’m pretty much sad it will not happen.

Anyway, The Disaster Artist is somewhat a masterpiece. It tells a story of Greg Sestero, his relationship with Tommy Wisseau and how the hell The Room actually happened. Everyone knows about it by now. Apart from that it is a story of friendship, a story of dreams and fighting the good fight to reach everything what is impossible. Also, this is a story of Tommy Wiseau and his very… spectacular behaviour. Well, nothing exactly happens the way we want it, so it is more or less bittersweet.

The story is something else. Having such peculiar people to portray, it takes everything under consideration. And it asks very important questions. I do cross all my fingers for a statue at least in this category. It is funny, with very accurate characters, even though I’ve seen them only in The Room. I haven’t laughed so much at a movie in ages. It is huge for me. There aren’t many comedies that I actually enjoy. Oh, and there are a lot of people you will recognise. I am still amazed how the hell they reached some to record a piece.

The Room, probably the worst film ever, got more and more fans recently. And Franco brothers had a lot to do with it. I somehow survived watching it, and as a memory it feels way better than while seeing it. It was PAIN. I seriously don’t understand how it was possible to make it whole. It was supposed to crash – but it didn’t. And now it’s damn history.

The Disaster Artist James Franco Tommy Wisseau

See you soon in third part!

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