Category: 90th Oscars (2017)

Precursor: 28th Gotham Awards Nominations (2018)

With only a handful of categories, the Gotham Awards have been having a small impact on the indie cinema that becomes big contenders in Oscar season. First Reformed topped the list with three nominations while several others placed with two. The Favourite ended up with three citations, though one was a winner-only as best ensemble for stars Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, and Rachel Weisz, who were specifically excluded from the Best Actress race as a result.

Looking over the nominees, a few titles that one would have expected to see like BlacKkKlansman and Roma received only a single nominations, while several films that still aren’t on Oscar’s radar like First Reformed and Madeline’s Madeline did quite well. Whether this is instructive or not remains to be seen, but for right now, it’s an early look at what could be charging into the fall’s Oscar competition.

Award Tallies

(3) First Reformed
(2) Eighth Grade, The Favourite (3), Hereditary, If Beale Street Could Talk, Leave No Trace, Madeline’s Madeline, Private Life, Sorry to Bother You, Support the Girls

The Awards

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2018 Oscar Nominations Predictions: August

As is our tradition, May begins our first predictive look at the year’s Oscar hopefuls. A lot of factors will play into how well our guesses hold up. Expect many of them to fall by the wayside as the year progresses and new contenders to rise into their places.

Things are still surprisingly murky just prior to the major year-end festivals. That doesn’t mean a few things aren’t expected. There are plenty of things that have kept popping up that seem like sure things and some that have faded a bit and disappeared from the competition altogether. After the festivals, we should have a clearer idea of what’s succeeding and what’s struggling and we’ll give you more thoughts after that.

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90th Oscars: Reflections

Our contributors have watched the Oscars, looked at the winners, and have decided to share with you their thoughts of last night’s ceremony and results. It was a night of potent movements, new blood, and a re-establishment of the status quo. Or was it? Below are the thoughts of each of our contributors.

Wesley Lovell

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given a do-over, returning to the scene of last year’s accounting debacle wherein the Best Actress envelope was handed out instead of Best Picture, resulting in a win for La La Land rather than the actual winner Moonlight. No such incident occurred this year, allowing the audience to enjoy a stress-free ceremony where surprises were few, but jokes were plentiful.

In his second outing as host Jimmy Kimmel continued to prove he was an affable host, carefully threading a dangerous needle where the wrong joke can land you in hot water and the right one can earn you a following. There were plenty of zingers aimed at a wide variety of targets, some biting, some gentle, but all pointed and effective.
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Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, FINAL

And so we reach the end of the road. The Academy Award were announced Sunday night and things are now in the books. Now we just have to wait for the 91st Academy Awards.

Big Winners

The Shape of Water may not have won all of the marbles, but it came out on top, following established precedent rather than the strange goings-on of the last few years. A traditional winner following a traditional mold even as an untraditional film. It may not have picked up the majority of its awards, but it won four and that’s pretty solid for recent years and more than many thought it would win.
Get Out didn’t claim the Best Picture prize it deserved, but it did earn Jordan Peele and Oscar for Original Screenplay and that’s a pretty big win for a genre film.
Blade Runner 2049 took home two Oscars this year out of five nominations. Although it was thought to have faded as the year went on, it pulled off two wins for Cinematography, the award finally going to legendary Roger Deakins, and for Visual Effects. It was one of two films not nominated for Best Picture that pulled in multiple awards.

Big Losers

Lady Bird went home empty-handed this year, one of only two Best Picture nominees to do so. There weren’t many places the film could have won, but the two it had the best shot of upsetting, Original Screenplay and Supporting Actress, went in different directions.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri wasn’t exactly a loser, but it certainly didn’t perform as well as some had thought. Losing out Original Screenplay and Best Picture, the film took a major hit, picking up only its two assured acting prizes.
Phantom Thread became a surprisingly strong Oscar contender and came out of the ceremony with a Best Costume Design prize only. While no one really expected the film to perform better, the late-breaking praise just couldn’t propel it higher.

90th Oscars: Best Picture

Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale

Presented by: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway

Standing Ovation: Yes

Correct Predictions: Tripp / Thomas
Runner-Up Predictions: RU:Wesley

90th Oscars: Best Actress

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Presented by: Jodie Foster, Jennifer Lawrence

Standing Ovation: Yes

Correct Predictions: Wesley / Peter / Tripp / Thomas

90th Oscars: Best Actor

Darkest Hour

Presented by: Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren

Standing Ovation: Yes

Correct Predictions: Wesley / Peter / Tripp / Thomas

90th Oscars: Best Directing

The Shape of Water

Presented by: Emma Stone

Standing Ovation: Yes

Correct Predictions: Wesley / Peter / Tripp / Thomas

90th Oscars: In Memoriam

The Academy scrolled the following individuals into the annual In Memoriam segment. (I apologize for the missing moments, a thunderstorm chose now to roll through and I’ve lost connection multiple times. I’ll fill in the blanks later).

John G. Avlidsen
Toni Ann Walker
June Foray
Walter Lassally
Chuck Berry
Robert Osborne
Jill Messick
Harry Dean Stanton
Rita Riggs
Mary Goldberg
Anthony Harvey
Theres DePrez
Debras Chasnoff
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Jonathan Demme
Michael Ballhaus
Les Lazarowitz
Idrissa Ouedraogo
Joe Hyams
John Heard
Martin Landau
Glenne Headly
Eric Zumbrunnen
Roger Moore
Sam Shepard
Allison Shearmur
John Mollo
Jeanne Moreau
Loren Janes
George A. Romero
Rance Howard
Haruo Nakajima
Martin Ransohoff
Hiep Thi Le
Ron Berkeley
Joseph Bologna
Fred J. Koenekamp
Murray Lerner
Don Rickles
Seijun Suzuki
Bernie Casey
Shashi Kapoor
Tom Sanders
Danielle Darrieux
Jerry Greenberg
Brad Grey
Miriam Colon
Luis Bacalov
Jerry Lewis

90th Oscars: Best Original Song

“Remember Me” – Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

Presented by: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Standing Ovation: No

Correct Predictions: Wesley / Peter
Runner-Up Predictions: RU:Tripp / RU:Thomas

90th Oscars: Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat

Presented by: Christopher Walken

Standing Ovation: No

Correct Predictions: Wesley / Peter / Tripp / Thomas

90th Oscars: Best Cinematography

Roger A. Deakins

Presented by: Sandra Bullock

Standing Ovation: Yes

Correct Predictions: Wesley / Peter / Thomas
Runner-Up Predictions: RU:Tripp

90th Oscars: Best Original Screenplay

Jordan Peele

Presented by: Nicole Kidman

Standing Ovation: Yes

Correct Predictions: Tripp / Thomas
Runner-Up Predictions: RU:Wesley

90th Oscars: Best Adapted Screenplay

James Ivory

Presented by: Chadwick Boseman, Margot Robbie

Standing Ovation: Yes

Correct Predictions: Wesley / Peter / Tripp / Thomas

90th Oscars: Best Live Action Short Film

Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton

Presented by: Tiffany Haddish, Maya Rudolph

Standing Ovation: No

Runner-Up Predictions: RU:Thomas