One thing that was not a surprise was the slight derision that came from the internet upon nominating Black Panther for best picture, mainly by people who love every initial Marvel movie that comes out and then realizes that most of them are predictable and samey before the cycle repeats itself again.
Memories are short, after all.
Best Picture also gave us not one, not two, but three movies classified as the bad guys in this year’s race - Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Vice. 3BB whomst?
However, there were some misses people were surprised to see missing. For example….
The second showdown between 2016 heavyweights…will have to wait another year.
Despite showing promise early in the season (Well, one of them at least), If Beale Street Could Talk (dir. Barry Jenkins) and First Man (dir. Damien Chazelle) were absent in both Best Director and the Best Picture categories. Distributed by the much-maligned Annapurna studios, Beale Street skipped Telluride and lost momentum, momentum that lasted far longer than that for First Man.
Dolly Parton's "Girl in The Movies" (Dumplin) was left out in favor of "When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings" (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs). "Shallow" is winning anyway, so who cares, right?
The Best Animated Feature category is probably the most predictable one this year, but not for the reasons you think.
Despite having a Duo of Disney showings, it’s widely accepted and applauded that the winner will not be Incredibles 2 or Ralph Breaks the Internet, but Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse.
I hope Brad “He was my friend…and they betrayed him. HE WAS MY FRIEND!” Bird is crying into his comments about Lasseter when his movie loses.
It's a Disappointing morning in the Blunt-Krasinski household.
While a song, “The Place Where Lost Things Go”, was nominated (As well as Score, Production Design, and Costum Design) for Mary Poppins Returns, A Quiet Place was only acknowledged for sound mixing.
At least it will win!
Burning even made the shortlist for Best Foriegn Feature, but in the end lost a nomination. It would have lost to the juggernaut that is Roma anyway, but it would have been nice to see it’s presence.
It’s about time Spike Lee is nominated for best director - for BlackKklansman - but beyond that…What do the following directors have in common;
- Chloé Zhao (The Rider)
- Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)
- Marie Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
- Deborah Granik (Leave No Trace)
Give up? Not one of them is nominated for best Director. While the men nominated are (mostly) very talented, even last year had one lady (Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird). Special mention to Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) - Another victim of Annapurna, the film had one shot at award greatness with Nicole Kidman in the lead role….and it’s a bust.
But the shocked buzz radiating throughout Award Season…Fandom, I guess, is “No Bradley Cooper for Best Director?”
And while it’s certainly not unusual for a juggernaut film like “A Star is Born” to get 4/5 top nominations (also, song) you know what?
He’s got time.
me, watching award season