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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:03 am    Post subject: 2018 Oscar's Best Film Category Reply with quote

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Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri last weekend.
Loved it.
Very simple but also very complex personalities onscreen.
I never knew which direction they were going with the movie and I found that outstanding.
If a movie keeps me thinking about it a few days later I rate it highly.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three Billboards is high on my list of want to see's, along with The Post and The Shape of Water.

I've seen Dunkirk and Darkest Hour.

Of the others Get Out I've seen the poster for and heard that it's good, the rest I've no knowledge of. I try to see all of the contenders for this category each year and mostly they are worth the effort. Of the two I've seen, Dunkirk would get it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only seen Three Billboards. It was great. But not as funny as the trailer leads you to believe. I see a Best Actress in it, maybe Best Actor, but not a Best Picture.

I want to see some of the others but haven't.

If Shape wins Best Picture it will shake Hollywood to the core. Get Out even more. But it will go to Thread because that's how the Oscars roll.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wasn't that impressed by Dunkirk I'm afraid.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a definite 'cinema' film for me Av - and I doubt it will win, just marginally better than Darkest Hour. But I did like both films however - good rather than great which should be what we expect from a Best Picture winner.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just based on the way people are talking about it, it's most likely going to either Three Billboards or The Shape of Water; Lady Bird also has a chance. I've seen none of those, so far (damn UK distributors, saving almost every Oscar-bait film until January or February). Get Out is incredibly good, though.

It definitely won't be Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, or The Post, I can say without even seeing those films.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Post was being bigged up big time, but then I read a review saying that while good, it had little to offer over and above other 'newspaper' story films like Spotlight or All the Presidents Men. Shame - I'd have thought Speilberg would have brought his own distinctive colour to it.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw The Post last night and, while it is a serviceable contender for the category, agree with Murrin that it ain't top spot material. The review mentioned above seems to have pretty nailed it. Hanks and Streep do 'their thing' and are always watchable, the film ends just where you would expect it to and the story is engaging if not gripping. A contender, OK - a winner, nah!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw The Shape of Water last week [see dedicated thread for my thoughts] meaning I have now seen over half the films in the category. No clear leader as yet, bu I'd lean toward Three Billboards [not because it was my favourite, but because I think it comes closest to what the panel of judges would be looking for]. Of the ones remaining left for me to see Get Out most appeals to me but who knows, there could yet be a surprise waiting for me amongst the others! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's results morning and top spot goes to The Shape of Water for Best Picture. Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman get best female and male actors, and Sam Rockwell gets best supporting male. Allison Janney gets best female supporting actress ( I Tonya) and del Toro gets best director for SoW.

I question the Gary Oldman result - as I have observed elsewhere, it is hard to see how he could have played the role badly - but the rest are much as might have been expended. All in all it's been a year where it was all about the categories as a whole rather than the individual winners, and in the main there has been some pretty passable stuff. Not the best year on record - but not the worst either. Smile
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