Academy Award Nominations 2018


HUGE Omissions and errors in this list include “Molly’s Game” not nominated and Jessica Chastain and Idris Alba also not nominated. They also did not nominate Michele Williams for best supporting actress. Another mistake. Why the Shape of Water was so liked by so many, I have no idea.

Best Picture
Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actor
Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Isreal, Esq

Best Actress
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post

Best Supporting Actress
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director
Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan
Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro

Best Animated Feature Film
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
The Boss Baby
Loving Vincent

Original Screenpla
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Adapted Screenplay
Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Logan
Molly’s Game
Mudbound

Best Foreign Language Film
The Insult, Lebanon
Loveless, Russia
On Body and Soul, Hungary
The Square, Sweden
A Fantastic Woman, Chile

Best Documentary Short Subject
Edith and Eddie
Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Heroin(e)
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

Best Documentary Feature
Abacus
Faces Places
Icarus
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

Best Production Design
Beauty and the Beast
Bladerunner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

Best Cinematography
Bladerunner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape of Water

Best Costume Design
Beauty and The Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape of water
Victoria & Abdul

Best Sound Editing
Baby Driver
Bladerunner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Sound Mixing
Baby Driver
Bladerunner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Animated Short Film
Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

Best Original Score
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Visual Effects
Bladerunner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

Movie Review: Phantom Thread


The movie “Phantom Thread”, supposedly for reasons unknown, is the last Daniel Day Lewis will ever make. The story is about a middle aged and wealthy wedding dress maker and his ill fated and strange relationship with a much younger woman who is a waitress he finds while at a restaurant. I found the entire experience of his movie hard to watch, mainly due to the cruel treatment of Lewis character towards this very nice young woman who constantly tries and fails to please him, his all too frequent rude and moody outbursts and a sound track that seems to never stop droning throughout the whole 2 hours. Perhaps Lewis has decided to quit acting after months of cruel scenes with this nice woman co-star he was working with took its depressing toll. There is a strange twist to this movie at the end that I found more strange than interesting and throughout it all, the audience has to watch the downward spiral of a strong relationship that falls into verbal abuse.

For reasons I don’t understand, the ratings for this movie are very high, however I cannot recommend this film, even though it is Daniel Day Lewis’s last one.

Movie Review: Den of Thieves


The movie “Den of Thieves” makes a big mistake because it tries too hard to be like an all time movie classic about bank robbery, a head police investigator and a gang of criminals. That all time classic is “Heat”, that came out in 1995, starring Al Pacino and Robert Deniro. Heat is one film that will never be topped in terms of its perfectly told story, action and behind the scenes character development, so right from the start this film, this movie goes into a wrong direction.

I have always heard that the craft of screenwriting is the most difficult of all the creative art forms and it is for good reason. One of the reasons for this is that the story has to be interesting and compelling but most importantly make plausible sense. Unfortunately, this movie makes no sense on a number of levels even to the point of where the screenwriter used the “fill in the blanks” method at the end of the film in a last ditch effort to try and educate the audience about what happened behind the scenes that we all missed. “Den of Thieves stars Gerard Butler who still seems to trying to get back to his excellent performance in “Olympus has Fallen”, released in 2013 proving once again how difficult it is to follow a huge hit like that with another movie as good.

Mainly because of the overly complex plot that mostly holds no water, I cannot recommend Den of Thieves.