Oscars 2018

Oscars 2018

Gold Trophy of Oscars


The Odessa Review’s film critic on the 2018 Oscar race.

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony is about to take place at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be hosted by the comedian Jimmy Kimmeland for the second consecutive year. Oscar nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards were announced on January 23th 2018 but there is more to the nominees than meets the eye.

As usual, the main competition is in the much contested category of Best Picture.“The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. The fantasy melodrama “The Shape of Water” is by far the leader in the number of nominations 13 categories in all. And there is a real chance for the film to get the Oscars in the following award categories: Best Picture, Leading and Supporting Actresses for Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer, Best Director for Guillermo del Toro and Cinematography for Dan Laustsen. Personally, this film critic considers that the most well-deserved award will be in the nomination of Cinematography. The main competitors in that nomination category are “Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins and “Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison. Interesting factoid is that Morrison is the first woman  projectionist to be nominated in almost 90 year!

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is so imbued with drama that it could almost have been stage-managed. In spite of this, the feature is leader in the nomination Best Picture, as well as Original Screenplay, Lead  Actress for Frances McDormand and Supporting Actor for the genius Sam Rockwell. The interesting shade is that the director Martin McDonagh is not represented among Best Director nomination, but he has all chances to get the Oscar for his original screenplay.

The leader in the nomination for Best Director is Paul Thomas Anderson for his “Phantom Thread”. His drama is something perfect, an aesthetic confection which leaves a very emotional aftertaste. It is fairly weird that in spite of the feature being presented in 6 nomination categories that it is not represented in the running for Screenplay and Cinematography. Probably that is because Paul Thomas Anderson is a cameraman and screenwriter of “Phantom Thread” and the Academy Awards doesn’t spoil multifunctional directors. But the film industry was astounded by another fact: that is Daniel Day-Lewis’s decision to retire from acting after this year. This summer, the nominee for the Academy Award for Best Actor declared that the “Phantom Thread” would be his last film. It is a fitting conclusion to a wonderful career.

I want to identified another favorites to win: the biographical film “I, Tonya” directed by Craig Gillespie is likely to bring home the award for Supporting Actress for Allison Janney. The war drama “Darkest Hour” directed by Joe Wright — Best Actor for Gary Oldman and the award for best Makeup and Hair might go to the film because Oldman understandably didn’t want to get fat while preparing for the role of Winston Churchill. The satirical drama “The Square” written and directed by Ruben Östlund —is a favorite for Best Foreign Language Film. And the animated fantasy adventure film “Coco” directed by Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson for Best Animated Feature.

And I just want to say some last words about the 90th Academy Awards: the most powerful actress among all the represented films is the child actress Brooklyn Prince in drama film “The Florida Project” directed by Sean Baker, but she is not represented in the nomination Best Actress. But as usual, among nominees one can find Meryl Streep with her perormance in the feature “The Post”, an astute political drama directed by Steven Spielberg. The old joke “This year, the nominees are… Meryl Streep and some other actresses” is rather not very funny any more.

Here is the full list of 2018 Oscar nominations:


Best Picture:

“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Lead Actor:

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”


Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Animated Feature:

“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:

“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon
“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:

“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh


“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman
“Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda
“Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan
“Last Men in Aleppo,” Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen
“Strong Island,” Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel
“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon
“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:

“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Foreign Language Film:

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“Loveless” (Russia)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden)

Film Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green
“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King
“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:

“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

Original Score:

“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood
“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell

Original Song:

“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:

“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten

Costume Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran
“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran
“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges
“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira
“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle

Visual Effects:

“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick
“Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan
“War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist