Monday, February 25, 2019

If I ran the Oscars

Okay one last Oscars related post and then I'm done.

I was originally going to have a lot more fun with this concept, but it would have ran really long and it was kind of crazy. So I am going to do a simple version of this. I sometimes complain most years about the snubs in nominations from the Academy. There are always...several. So I thought it would be a fun exercise to think of what The Oscars would look like if I was in charge.

And if I was alone in choosing them.

If I picked the nominees, picked the winners and so on and so forth. What would tonight's ceremony had looked like? Well, let me tell you.

BEST PICTURE
Annihilation WINNER!
Beautiful Boy
BlackKklansman
Black Panther
Bodied
A Star Is Born
Roma
Thunder Road

So as you can see, my list of Best Picture nominees is somewhat close to the Academy. But I have to admit that I am shocked "Annihilation" or "Beautiful Boy" just weren't nominated for ANYTHING. Since "Annihilation" was my favorite film of 2018, of course that's my Best Picture winner.


Actor In A Lead Role
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Steve Carrell, “Beautiful Boy”
John David Washington, “BlackKklansman” WINNER
Jim Cummings, “Thunder Road”

Rami and Bradley seriously were THAT GOOD, but as amazing as Rami was (and he really is the big reason to see Bohemian Rhapsody) but I'd still give it to John David Washington


Actor In A Supporting Role
Flea, “Boy Erased”
Adam Driver, “BlackKklansman”
Michael B. Jordan, “Black Panther”
Timothee Chalament, “Beautiful Boy” WINNER
Jackie Long, “Bodied”

Besides Adam Driver, my Supporting Actor category would have been wildly different. I'm sure the Academy didn't know what to make of a movie like "Bodied." But I am surprised both Chalamet and Fucking Flea got overlooked this year. Seriously, wild acting. Who knew from Flea in particular?



Actress In A Lead Role
Toni Collette, “Hereditary”
Elsie Fisher, “Eighth Grade”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
Amandla Stenberg, “The Hate U Give” WINNER

"The Hate U Give" was one of the most talked about movies of the year, and it couldn't get nominated for ANYTHING? For shame! Again, I liked Olivia Colman, but these five women in particular just couldn't be ignored this year!


Actress In A Supporting Role
Gina Rodriguez, “Annihilation” WINNER
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “Annihilation”
Katherine Waterston, “Mid90s”
Zoe Kazan, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
Regina Hall, “The Hate U Give”

We rarely see such a dark and delirious decent into madness than what Gina Rodriguez pulled off in "Annihilation." I know, I'm sure The Academy didn't have a single clue what to make of "Annihilation," but I thought Rodriguez was the best Supporting Actress.

Animated FILM
SAME
Yep. "Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse" was the best animated feature.

Cinematography
SAME
Yep. Alfonso Curoan still wins for "Roma"

Costume Design
SAME
Oh yes. Wakanda Forever all the way!

Best Director
Alex Garland, “Annihilation” WINNER!
Spike Lee, “BlackKklansman”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Joseph Kahn, “Bodied”
Jim Cummings, “Thunder Road”

 Alex Garland is somebody you all need to watch out for and the Academy should have recognized that. Plus I can't believe they ignored Jim Cummings, his wild Kickstarter campaign just get the funds to MAKE his movie and the brilliant indie he ended up making.

Documentary Feature
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?WINNER!
Three Identical Strangers
Minding The Gap
Fahrenheit 11/9
RBG

This time all the right documentaries get nominated and the right one wins.

Documentary Short Subject
SAME

Film Editing
BlackKklansman
First Reformed
BodiedWINNER!
Annihilation
The Favourite

Seriously the way the rap battles are edited, the ferocity of the whole thing. Amazing. Pure bliss.

Foreign Language Film
Roma WINNER!
Cold War
22 July
Border
Burning

Slightly different nominees. Same winner. Fair trade.

Original Score
AnnihilationWINNER!
Black Panther
 BlackKklansman
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Mission: Impossible Fallout

There isn't a single score in any movie that has haunted me more from 2018 or had me constantly thinking about it. That's worth something.

Original Song
“Shallow,” A Star is Born
“Sunflower,” Spider-Man: Enter The Spider-Verse
“What’s Up, Danger?” Spider-Man: Enter The Spider-Verse
“Revelation,” Boy Erased WINNER!
“Legend Has It,” Black Panther

Mostly different line-up for Original Song. This is what the category should have represented, this would have made the decision much tougher. But I think I like Revelation the most out of those five. Hard ass decision though.

Production Design
Black PantherWINNER!
The Favourite
A Private War
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
BlackKklansman

Only like one different nominee but same result

Short Film-Animated
SAME

Short Film-Live Action
SAME

Sound Editing
Mission: Impossible Fallout
A Quiet Place
 RomaWINNER!
A Star Is Born
Black Panther

Sound Mixing
Mission: Impossible Fallout
A Quiet Place
Ant-Man & The Wasp
Ready Player One
RomaWINNER!

This time, the right movie wins for the Sound Awards!

Visual Effects
Avengers: Infinity WarWINNER!
Aquaman
Annihilation
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

This time the right nominee wins, even though the work on The Shimmer and that scary mutant bear make this a close race

Adapted Screenplay
Avengers: Infinity War
BlackKklansman WINNER!
The Hate U Give
Beautiful Boy
Annihilation

Nothing new here! Except a few nominees

Original Screenplay
First Reformed WINNER!
Thunder Road
Bodied
Eighth Grade
A Quiet Place

Seriously, that script was beautiful. Paul Schrader was robbed.

This was only meant to be a fun exercise. Sure, we can scrutinize the Academys choices, but in the end these awards are just the collective opinions of a bunch of Hollywood personalities. I know its lauded as the most important night in Hollywood, but its all rooted in opinion. I still find it interesting because I do like seeing what others value each year. Personally, I could not put together a ceremony like this. I love movies too much and I would want so many movies to have a spotlight of their own that the show would take 24 hours.

It is the Monday after the Oscars. The road to the Academy voting booths starts anew. Time to start searching for the next big thing.

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