It’s that time: Time to talk about the Best Picture nominees and winner… I’m going to let Allie post (if she’s planning on it) about the best and worst dressed, even though I have a few opinions — ahem Salma Hayak (worst) Lupita Nyong’o (best).
I did, however, see every single Best Picture nominee, and I am so happy that The Shape of Water came out on top. I loved the imagery, the story, the acting, everything about it. I wanted it to win from the moment I saw it,but wouldn’t have been disappointed if one of my other favorites won.
Here’s my order of favorites of the Best Picture nominees:
1) The Shape of Water
2) The Post
3) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
4) Lady Bird (shout out to my hometown!!)
5) The Darkest Hour
7) Phantom Thread
8) Get Out
9) Call Me By Your Name
So, here’s what I thought of each movie without any spoilers for those who haven’t seen them:
1) The Shape of Water — This is a beautiful movie. Part Creature Feature, part love story, the imagery, the acting, the emotion — all of it — is beautiful. I LOVED Richard Jenkins’ character, and Octavia Spencer was great, as usual. This movie made my heart happy. I am definitely going to buy it when it comes out on Blu-ray.
2) The Post — This history nerd was so excited to see this movie. Not only do I love Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, having them in a movie together made it so much better. Both Meryl and Tom were amazing in their roles, and were so believable. I loved the way the story of the Pentagon Papers was told and how the Washington Post went from a small town local paper, to one of the most respected national newspapers. Another movie to add to my collection.
3) Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri — Three Billboards was not what I expected at all. It was both humorous and serious, and Frances McDormand absolutely deserved to win Best Actress for her role. Second only to Meryl, McDormand has a range that goes from hilarous to serious in .5 seconds. Her acceptance speech was just as fabulous. But I digress… Three Billboards has a great story to it. I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it as much as I did. Not only was McDormand great, but add in Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell, and you’ve got the makings of a great movie.
4) Lady Bird — Oh my gosh, I loved this movie. While not my favorite of the nominees, you can’t help but feel your heart swell with pride when you see all the places in your hometown that you visit on the regular. The rose garden is in the park where I regularly run, the gold bridge is iconic to Sacramento, and talk about having a hometown darling, Greta Gerwig is our claim to fame. The story she wrote is beautiful and humorous, showing the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship all while remaining true to her story.
5) The Darkest Hour — Here’s another movie that made the history nerd in me happy. I love Winston Churchill. He was a wonderful speaker, and a man who took on a job that was difficult in the best of times, not just during times of war. Without getting too history preachy, the first few months of Churchill’s time as Prime Minister was one of the turning points for the Allies in World War II. The Darkest Hour showed his path to his greatness, and showed a man who became a strong leader despite the opposition around him.
6) Dunkirk — I am a fan of Christopher Nolan. How can you not be when he makes movies like The Dark Night Trilogy, and Interstellar. I know, I know, he also did Inception, but I actually hated that movie. The one thing I find him at fault for is long, over-storied, movies. I think that’s why I didn’t like Inception. It was about an hour too long. Interstellar was also about 30 minutes too long, but since I have a thing for Matthew McConaughey, I let it go. Anyway, Dunkirk is another nerdy history movie that I enjoyed. If you’ve studied history and World War II at all, then you’ve studied Dunkirk. By sea… civilian boats, to be exact… 300,000 British soldiers were rescued from the beach of Dunkirk. Nolan did a wonderful job telling this story of the rescue from three points of view… land, sea, and air. Funny how there were two movies that basically continued the story up for Best Picture. If you watch, I suggest you start with The Darkest Hour and finish with Dunkirk.
7) Phantom Thread — I didn’t expect to like this movie after what I’d heard about it. However, I thought it was very good. It was a good story with great acting. Daniel Day-Lewis was wonderful. The dresses were gorgeous and I want to wear them all. I am glad it didn’t win, though. I thought it was too slow, and at 2 hours and 10 minutes, too long. It dragged on a bit, and I found myself getting bored.
8) Get Out — I did NOT think this should have been nominated. The story wasn’t bad, the acting was good, but it was not a movie that I imagine being nominated for Best Picture. It definitely had some twists to it, and I think those twists made the story better. I didn’t hate it, but I don’t know if I’ll watch it again.
9) Call Me By Your Name — Oh Dear GOD, how I hated this movie. It was soooo slow and boring. We saw it in the theater at a 10pm showing and I almost fell asleep. I am a fan of Armie Hammer, but I felt that there was no chemistry between him and Timothee Chalamet. Both actors were good, but it was all just a bit awkward, and I didn’t like it.
Well, that’s it. Let me know in the comments what you thought of the movies, and of the Awards themselves.