With the Academy Awards just hours away, who will win the gold statues, and who should win the gold statues?
Best Director nominees:
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Who will win: Guillermo Del Toro
Who should win: Jordan Peele
Guillermo Del Toro will finally get his due when he walks away with “Best Director” honors Sunday night, and he is a worthy winner for his visionary work in The Shape of Water. There is a case to be made, however, for Jordan Peele’s work in his feature film directorial debut. Get Out might be one of the most culturally relevant films to be released in quite some time, making Peele more than worthy of the honor.
Best Supporting Actress nominees:
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
Who will win: Allison Janney
Who should win: Allison Janney, Laurie Metcalf, or Lesley Manville
Allison Janney is a force as Tonya Harding’s abusive mother in I, Tonya, and will walk away with Oscar gold. While very deserving of such recognition, one must also note Laurie Metcalf’s terrific turn in Lady Bird and the under the radar performance given by Lesley Manville in Phantom Thread. Should either of them walk away with the award come Sunday, it’ll be much deserved.
Best Supporting Actor nominees:
Christopher Plummer, All The Money in the World
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
Who will win: Sam Rockwell
Who should win: Woody Harrelson
Sam Rockwell is one of the best things about Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, and as a veteran character actor he is due for some well deserved recognition. But considering the current political climate, maybe it isn’t the best idea to recognize a performance that rests upon corrupt, racist ideals. Woody Harrelson gives a much more quiet performance in the film, but his impact on it is more powerful, and recognizing a long stalwart of Hollywood would be one of the best directions to go in.
Best Actress nominees:
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Meryl Streep, The Post
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Who will win: Frances McDormand
Who should win: Saoirse Ronan
In the time of “#metoo” and “Time’s Up”, it seems fitting a performance that focuses on a strong female character fighting the justice system in regards to her daughter’s rape and murder wins “Best Actress.” Frances McDormand’s performance, while good, is one of the most overrated, overblown performances in recent memory. It’s time to acknowledge the young talents of Saoirse Ronan, whose coming of age performance in Lady Bird more than fits in well with “#metoo” and “Time’s Up.”
Best Actor nominees:
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Who will win: Gary Oldman
Who should win: Daniel Day-Lewis
Gary Oldman will finally get his due when he walks away with his first and long-awaited little gold man for his outstanding work in Darkest Hour as Winston Churchill. However, should this be the final performance of his acting career, the Academy needs to honor perhaps the greatest actor to ever live, Daniel Day-Lewis, one final time for his gripping, tour de force performance in Phantom Thread.
Best Picture nominees:
Call Me by Your Name
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
Who will win: The Shape of Water
Who should win: Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water seems destined for Oscar glory as being recognized as one of the most bizarre films to ever win “Best Picture”, and its visionary take on the romance genre definitely makes it a worthy winner. Call it pretentious, but the nuances and tremendous performances in Phantom Thread make it the best film of the bunch, and would finally give director Paul Thomas Anderson the credit he deserves as one of the best filmmakers in the industry.