Welcome to the end of the 2018 awards’ season. With the big night – the Academy Awards – just around the corner, I thought it was high time for me to decide on my personal winners. I have done similar posts for 2016 and 2017 awards seasons and linked them accordingly.
This year, I’m switching up the format and instead of listing my favorite to the least favorite filmmakers/films in each category, I’m just gonna be announcing a single personal (subjective) winner out of the nominees. I’ll also write down my objective winner – somebody who I think (when factoring in the previous wins, the critical acclaim, even the box office numbers) will actually get the Oscar. My subjective and objective winners might not always coincide. I’ll also include some of the snubs – people or movies that should have been included in the prestigious top 5 (or top 10 for Best Picture) but didn’t get an invite. Here we go! Don’t forget to tell me your personal winners (who should win and who will win) in the comments!
- Objective Winer: Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour (he won every major award until this point).
- Subjective Winners: Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name or Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out (two incredible actors, both at the beginning of their career – the nominations themselves already solidified them as valuable commodity in Hollywood and the wins, though unlikely, would kickstart their career on even a higher note)
- Objective Winer: Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (again, she has won every major acting award this season)
- Subjective Winner: Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water (there was something so special about her performance that I just have to give it to her)
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
Snubs: Armie Hammer – Call Me by Your Name
- Objective Winer: Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (won every major award this season)
- Subjective Winners: Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (made an awful caricature into an understandable character – brilliant)
- Objective Winer: Allison Janney – I, Tonya (won every major award – I’m getting tired of repeating this line but there really hasn’t been a lot of surprises this awards season)
- Subjective Winners: Allison Janney – I, Tonya (while all the nominees were good, she was amazing and on a different level altogether)
Snubs: Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Ridley Scott – All the Money in the World; Steven Spielberg – The Post; Sean Baker – The Florida Project; Denis Villeneuve – Blade Runner 2049
- Objective Winer: Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water (the major winner this season who is also a longtime working director that deserves an Oscar)
- Subjective Winners: Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird (while I didn’t think her movie was as praiseworthy as everyone said, I do think that her directing abilities made it into something more special than a simple YA coming of age tale).
James Ivory – Call Me by Your Name
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber – The Disaster Artist
Scott Frank, James Mangold & Michael Green – Logan
Aaron Sorkin – Molly’s Game
Virgil Williams & Dee Rees – Mudbound
- Objective Winer: Aaron Sorkin – Molly’s Game (I think that Sorkin’s name will be enough to persuade the voters)
- Subjective Winners: Scott Frank, James Mangold & Michael Green – Logan (no surprise here, if you read my blog: as much as I like typical awards movies, seeing a mainstream comic book movie winning an Oscar would be absolutely amazing)
Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor – The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- Objective Winner: Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
- Subjective Winners: Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick or Jordan Peele – Get Out (again, two more mainstream-esque movies that did something new and unique with familiar genres)
- Objective Winner: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (the winner up to this point). Or The Shape of Water (the big nominee that could steal the thunder)
- Subjective Winners: I would love to see either of my objective winners actually winning. The third subjective pick would be Call Me by Your Name.
And that is is for the 2018th Awards Season! Onto March a.k.a. the warm-up for the summer movie season (A Wrinkle In Time; Red Sparrow; Tomb Raider; Pacific Rim 2; Love, Simon; Ready Player One…this month is going to be big!)