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  1. Avatar Jaybird
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    As for best director? Hrm… Paul Thomas Anderson. I don’t think he’s won one yet. Jordan Peele as my dark horse.Report

  2. Avatar Christopher Carr
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    I really liked Dunkirk (the only one of these films I’ve seen). I thought it was understated and different from any other World War II movie I’ve seen in that sense. I also thought it was Christopher Nolan’s best film since the Prestige.

    I really want to see Darkest Hour, but I’m worried that Gary Oldman will lose his power if he starts receiving more mainstream recognition. I’d also like to see the Shape of Water, mostly because my wife really wants to see it and I really liked Pan’s Labyrinth. Other than that, none of these films appeal to me. I think the era of full length feature films is reeling.Report

  3. Avatar Atomic Geography
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    Not much of a movie human, but of course the O’s are a hard to ignore phenomenon. The protest angle always gets play when it happens, and there’s potential for this year too. So here a review of past O protests.Report

  4. Avatar Stillwater
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    Trying to gauge the role cultural politics and insider respect/influence plays in determining Oscar winners is always fun. #metoo suggests that Gerwig/Ladybird and McDormand/Three Billboards get a big bump; general awareness and antipathy for white privilege/racism gives Get Out some juice; and insider respect (and weak competition) plays into right into Gary Oldman’s hands. But in the end, who doesn’t like a woman-on-mutantfishgod love story?

    Best Pic: Shape of Water. DH: Three Billboards
    Best Dir: del Toro. DH: Gerwig
    Best Actress: McDormand. DH: Sally Hawkins
    Best Actor: Oldman. DH: Danial Kaluuya
    Best Sup. Actress: Octavia Spencer. DH: Laurie Metcalf
    Best Sup. Actor: Sam Rockwell. DH: Willem DafoeReport

  5. Avatar PROFESSOR ESPERANTO
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    Call Me By Your Name

    Edgy gay romance that marketers are too ashamed to mention it being a gay romance movie. Also full of edgelord stuff like spilling seed in a peach and eating it in front of a girl. Ugh.

    Darkest Hour

    Didn’t see it. Not a fan of historical dramas.

    Dunkirk

    World War 2 movies are like a fat, middle-aged guy reminiscing about his high school glory days while holding down a dead-end job paying $13/hour. The United States of America is that fat, middle-aged guy who’s hoping what worked in the past will work in the future. Then he dies of a heart attack three days after retiring.

    Get Out

    Didn’t see it. Is it The Amityville Horror with black people? Because Eddie Murphy already did it.

    Lady Bird

    Brilliant. Saoirse is my waifu.

    Phantom Thread

    An adaptation of Penn and Teller’s Showtime special from 1987?

    The Post

    Ugh, no. Plodding and uneventful. It’s like, “Let’s tell the story about the janitor on the Death Star and how he bore witness to history ’til the rebels blew it up.” The janitor’s only contribution to the events leading up to the Death Star’s destruction? He once stepped aside for Vader (censored – maribou – you know me well enough to know why, dude) in the midst of 89 minutes of talking about outer space custodian work.

    Just watch All The President’s Men and be done with it.

    The Shape of Water

    Brilliant, but not Oscar material.

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Brilliant, and Oscar material. I’m rooting for this astounding film.Report

  6. Avatar Slade the Leveller
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    I only saw Lady Bird and Three Billboards. Of the 2 Three billboards was the better movie, but both are quite good.

    The Oscars, like all other industry awards, is a self-congratulatory wankfest.Report

  7. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    Only saw Dunkirk so far. My guess is Shape won because the traditionalists split between the Post, Dunkirk, and Darkest Hour. Get Out was too populist as a choice. Lady Bird and Call Me were too YA.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Saul Degraw
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      I’m sorry. Did Shape actually win?

      Imma have to google this…

      Well, I’ll be.Report

    • Avatar LeeEsq in reply to Saul Degraw
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      Get Out seems like a more rational choice for Best Movie than Shape by traditional criteria. Its a horror movie but its theme that white upper middle class liberals are just as racist as other white people towards people of color falls squarely into the themes Oscars go for in the modern era. Get Out has a message movie core in a horror movie shell. The Shape of the Water just seems weird, although I guess romantic love transcends all is also a traditional message for Best Picture.Report

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