Saturday, 19 January, 2019

Most promising 2018 Oscar nominees

Nathan Robitaille Nathan Robitaille is a Fanshawe College graduate and is nominated for best sound editing for The Shape of Water
Nellie Chapman | 06 March, 2018, 16:38

Two other Best Picture nominees, Lady Bird and The Post, went home without any wins.

However, multiple reports say that Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway will be returning to again present best picture, a year after they announced "La La Land" as the victor instead of "Moonlight", because Cullinan handed them the wrong envelope.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by scores of actresses. Actors Kumail Nanjiani and Lupita Nyong'o, presenting the award for production design, made one of the most direct appeals. Activists like #MeToo creator Tarana Burke were included in a song segment. For instance, the Academy had the chance to give a woman the award for best cinematography for the first time ever - Rachel Morrison for Mudbound.

With a more diverse, more worldwide and younger infusion of voting members into the film academy, the movie in love with movies still won the top awards.

The Oscars came and went, and with them, a new Best Picture was born: Guillermo del Toro's "A Shape of Water", a movie about a woman who falls in love with has sex with a fish man, is the follow-up to last year's "Moonlight".

In an night of honors being shared fairly evenly among several candidates, Martin McDonagh's dark crime comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" had to settle for best actress for Frances McDormand and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.

Gary Oldman picked up the Best Actor statuette for playing Winston Churchill in the biopic "Darkest Hour", a period drama that also was recognized with the prize for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

04h33: after a video around of the pioneers of film and Time's Up, let's go now to the Oscar for the best adapted screenplay and, although I would have loved for it to return to Logan, it is logically attributed to Call Me By Your Name.

04h50: second Oscar for Blade Runner, 2049, one of the best photography.

"Coco" was named as Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars 2018, and co-director Lee Unkrich dedicated the honour to the people and culture of Mexico, saying "representation matters".

Sadly though, for all the importance given to women empowerment diversity at the Oscars, not enough awards were given to the right people for their groundbreaking achievements.

Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong'o and Pakistani-American Nanjiani also spoke out on behalf of America's so-called Dreamers - hundreds of thousands of young people whose parents brought them to the United States illegally, and whose fate is now uncertain.

But the closest thing to a surprise in a major category might have been Jordan Peele's win for best original screenplay for his social critique and horror movie Get Out. Personally, I find it hard to believe that a man who created so many unique worlds, stories, and creatures would suddenly start taking ideas from others.

Even McDormand used her moment on stage to make a statement on behalf of women. But it was something truly magical when McDormand asked every female nominee present at the ceremony to stand with her in solidarity. The industry seems, above all, to be protecting itself-shielding itself from any sense that its corruption is built into the system. "The world is watching us".

The montage sequences from classic movies that punctuated the action offered similarly festive assertions of continuity-but one such clip, showing Eva Marie Saint in "On the Waterfront", resonated strangely. "We did the dress code thing and now we're doing the work", said #MeToo founder Tarana Burke on the red carpet.