2017 saw some really meaningful and socially relevant movies. Some had enormous social and emotional impact, some subtly talked about immigration and oppression, some are now even being taught in courses in colleges & universities, whereas some did not even have "leading characters" so to speak and did not follow the general rules & structures of film-making, but still ended up being true cinematic marvels, and like any other year, we had some really crappy ones too.
So in short, it has been a great year!
So let's get on with it.
The 4 acting categories in my honest opinion are locked, even though I don't totally agree with them.
Best Actor - Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
Best Actress - Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Best Supporting Actor - Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Best Supporting Actress - Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
I'm fine with the last 3, but it's the Best Actor category where I defer. If it was up to me (which obviously it is not), I would have given it to TWO guys, Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) & Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name). Gary Oldman was great no doubt, but the 2 young guns I mentioned, left a huge impact on me with their performances. Timothee made me cry and feel heartbroken, whereas Daniel successfully managed to make me feel extremely paranoid and claustrophobic.
I love and admire the brilliance of Christopher Nolan, and won't shy away from accepting the fact that I am a complete fanboy of his work, but Mr. Nolan, let this year belong to the genius of Guillermo Del Toro. I have no doubt that you will go onto make many more wonders like Dunkirk, you will most likely be the first person who actually goes and shoots on Mars with an IMAX camera, but let 2017 belong to another visionary. The 'Third Amigo' of the Inarritu-Cuaron-Del Toro Triumvirate, and the only remaining Mexican 'Amigo' who's yet to get a Best Director Oscar (Alfonso Cuaron won Best Director for 'Gravity', and Alejandro Inarritu won Best Director for Birdman & The Revenant).
|From Left: Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo Del Toro & Alejandro Inarritu|
Del Toro's 'The Shape of Water' is perfect & well timed, it may seem like a weird love story between a 'Fish man' & a mute woman, but in reality it's much more than that. At a time when most of us feel like we don't have a voice and feel as if we are surrounded by so much hate and anger, 'The Shape of Water' talks about the oppressed, gives them a "voice", subtly refers to immigration, and the importance of love & acceptance.
So, Best Director - Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water).
And, Best Film: The Shape of Water
Warren Beatty: "And the Oscar goes to ... "
Faye Dunaway: "The Shape of Water!"
Warren Beatty: "Get Out!"
I'm not going to hide the fact that I'm secretly hoping something like this happens!
On to the writing categories.
Best Original Screenplay: Get Out (Jordan Peele)
If you know me personally, then you very well know how much I love this movie, and I'm sure at some point in the past one year, I must have bored you by talking non-stop about it. For me nothing screams original and unique more than Jordan Peele's horrific, intensely thrilling (and even hilarious at times!) look at "post-racial America". Get Out was hands down one of my Top 3 movies of 2017. Although with some touches of predictability, it still brilliantly manages to question the white liberal hypocrisy.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Call Me By Your Name (James Ivory)
A poignant coming of age story of the disappointment and exhilaration springing from the uncertainty of young love. To be honest, this movie deserves much more love.
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)
The time has finally come. After 13 previous nominations, it's finally going to be the year of the genius British lenser, Roger Deakins. All the nominees this year, did one of their best works, but Blade Runner 2049 was something else! Every single frame of BR2049 stood out and felt like it was meticulously crafted & drawn on a canvas.
Best Editing: Dunkirk
Okay, so once again if it was up to me, I would tie this one between Dunkirk & Baby Driver.
Best Original Score : Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water)
Best Song: "Remember Me" - Coco
Best Animation: Coco
Coco wasn't just a movie, it was more like a cultural celebration of great perspectives, flavours, sound & music all thrown in, to make a fun concoction.
Best Visual Effects & Best Production Design: Blade Runner 2049
Over the past decade, as Visual Effects have gotten better than ever, I feel the Academy voters have a harder time determining the difference between cinematography and VFX, and have awarded those prizes to the same film as often as not. And for some reason, the Academy seems to have some sort of aversion to the Apes franchise (The final part of the trilogy was in my opinion one of the best films of 2017).
So based on the past decade or so, the winner of these categories corresponds with the winner of best cinematography — which this year I believe will be Blade Runner 2049.
Best Sound Editing & Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk
The Academy members desperately want to shower some love for this masterpiece, sadly Dunkirk will have to make do with the technical awards (But one still shouldn't totally write off Baby Driver, as "That shit was B-A-N-A-N-A-S!).
And as they say in the business, "That's a wrap", Mr Kimmel, take it away.
#Oscar2018: 5th March,2018
Red Carpet : 5:00AM IST (Star Movies)
Main Event: 6:30AM IST (Star Movies)