Alright, I’m not gonna talk about the Oscars as in the actual show. As much as I love movies I HATE watching the Oscars. I don’t care what actors and actresses wear. The host is never funny. I don’t care about the makeup and costumes and everything, and that’s most of the show. Just not entertaining. But, I do love to argue about the Academy’s choices each year, since they usually mess everything up. However, I’ve gotta say I really don’t disagree with the picks they made this year.
Best Picture – “The Shape of Water”
2017 was a great year for cinema. The Best Picture category could have gone to any of these movies. Guillermo Del Toro is a fantastic and creative director and I had a feeling with all this controversy about Sam Rockwell’s character in “Three Billboards” that this award was either going to go “Shape of Water”, “Lady Bird”, or “Call me by Your Name”. Why those three? Because they’re right up the Academy’s alley. One is weird (a good weird though, kinda reminds me of Fallout), one is about an independent young lady (FEMINISM), and one is about homosexuality (and pedophilia). The weird one came out on top and I’m okay with it. This was a good movie.
Best Actor – Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
I am all about this pick!!! I love Gary Oldman. The guy is a chameleon of an actor, easily one of the best in the biz. Do you know how many NOMINATIONS Oldman had before this year? One. O-N-E. That is a crime. And it was for “Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy,” one of the most underwhelming movies I can remember seeing. He should have won an Oscar for these six minutes of acting alone. It’s about time that he won an Oscar. His performance made “Darkest Hour” so much better than it would have been, much like DDL with “Lincoln.” The Academy got this right.
Best Actress – Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'”
Frances McDormand deserved this Oscar. She’s one of the most underappreciated actresses in the game and she knocked this role out of the park and the parking lot adjacent to said park. She’s been in a slew of Coen Bros movies (winning Best Actress in 1997 for “Fargo,” another deserved award), “Almost Famous,” and is often forgotten in “Something’s Gotta Give”, my favorite romance movie. She is a powerhouse of an actress. I hope we see a resurgence in her career with this dub.
Best Supporting Actor – Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”
Without a doubt the best supporting actor role of 2017. I would have been pissed if he didn’t win because it would have been for this racist character controversy. Guess what? Sam Rockwell is an actor. He was playing a racist. Who gives a poop that he gets redemption? IT’S A MOVIE!!! Do people (liberals) have nothing better to do than get mad about stuff that doesn’t matter? Do they enjoy being mad? Good lord. I’m ending the commentary here.
Best Supporting Actress – Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Can it be? Yes, the Academy got all four acting categories correctly. I may never see this again in my life time so I’m gonna soak it in while I can. I’ve been a fan of Allison Janney for awhile. I love “The West Wing” and love “The Help” even more. Another racist character who got redeemed in the end. Where was the uproar then Hollywood? HUH??? Dammit, so much hypocrisy. Anyway, only thing that disappointed me was that she didn’t thank President Bartlett.
Best Adapted Screenplay – James Ivory, “Call Me by Your Name”
I’m going to give it to you guys straight. I HATED this movie. I don’t know how or why I watched the whole thing. Both of the lead characters were annoying and bad stereotypes of a jock who is actually sensitive and an angsty teenager. People may be saying, “No Christian, it’s really because you’re a homophobic, bigoted republican.” WRONG. Wanna know one of my favorite romance movies? “Brokeback Mountain”. Ya know that one? Has Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall? The one about the GAY cowboys? Yeah, I really like that movie. Why? Because it is a damn good movie. I don’t give a damn if the characters are gay. I just want to watch a good movie. “Call Me by Your Name” is not a good movie. “Logan” deserved this more than any other film. Not only is it a great comic book movie, it is a great movie in general. I never had a movie come so close to beating “The Dark Knight” (my favorite movie of all time) as the best comic book movie ever. The Academy messed up big. Hell, I would have taken any movie BUT “Call Me by Your Name”. And I hate Armie Hammer. That is the dumbest name I’ve ever heard.
Best Director – Guillermo Del Toro, ‘Shape of Water’
I knew this was coming. He deserves it. I personally would have picked either Jordan Peele or Christopher Nolan. No one expected “Get Out” to be as good as it was. And that is all because of JP. The only reason I would have picked Christopher Nolan is because of what he’s done in the past. Plus, Dunkirk, while not the best movie, looked beautiful. But like I said, Guillermo deserved it. Now go make another “Hellboy”.
Best Original Screenplay – Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Come on. We all know “Get Out” was gonna win. Without a doubt the most creative horror movie in a loooooooong time. Not to mention this was the most creative movie in this category. I’ve never spent so much time dissecting a movie. It is a puzzle that can never be completed because there is always a piece you miss.
I would have gone on and talked about cinematography and scores but I’m running out of time and I have a feeling no one would really care. Not to mention writing this has raised my blood pressure two fold. So I’m wrapping this blog up here.