Movie Reviews

It’s time for the Oscars and time for those of us supposed experts to weigh in with our picks. Let’s get this one thing straight, of course the Oscars are subjective and do not reflect, could not reflect, what everyone believes are the best movies or performances. If it was a fan vote Star Wars Rogue One or one of a myriad of Superhero adventures would likely win Best Picture.
Instead, a group of very knowledgeable people in the field of film have gathered to attempt to aggregate their opposing tastes into something that reflects what the industry believes is the best of the best. It’s not perfect, but it’s still a whole lot of fun to talk about and debate. This is my tiny contribution to that conversation.


Best Picture


My choice would be Arrival but that’s not gonna happen. I am of two minds on this one. On the one hand La La Land was near record setting in nominations. On the other hand, last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy is undoubtedly weighing on voters regardless of the call to simply choose the best of the best. Regardless of the controversy, there are great arguments in favor of either Moonlight or Hidden Figures but it would be naïve to assume that the controversy doesn’t increase each film’s chances this year. That said, I am still picking La La Land to win based on its popularity, artistry and the fact that it has the broadest appeal of all of the nominees.


Winner La La Land


Best Actor


Not much conversation here, Denzel wins for Fences.


Winner Denzel Washington for Fences


Best Actress


This race pretty much ended when Taraji P. Henson wasn’t nominated for Hidden Figures. Emma Stone will take home her first Oscar for her lovely performance in La La Land.


Winner Emma Stone La La Land


Best Supporting Actor


A month ago I would have said that Mahershala Ali was a shoe-in to take home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. But in the run up the ballots being cast Dev Patel has been getting an immense amount of attention. Putting aside the fact that Patel really is the lead actor in Lion, his performance is deeply emotional and personal and the film is a global smash. That’s not to say that Ali isn’t as good but his film has a far tougher subject matter and is much less seen than the wide appeal Lion.


Winner Dev Patel Lion 


Best Supporting Actress


Yet another no contest category, Viola Davis will win for Fences


Winner Viola Davis Fences


Best Director


Damian Chazelle La La Land


Best Animated Feature


The Red Turtle


Best Cinematography


La La Land


Best Costume Design


La La Land


Best Documentary Feature


I Am Not Your Negro


Best Documentary Short Subject


Extremis


Best Film Editing


La La Land


Best Foreign Language Film


Toni Erdmann


Best Makeup and Hair


Star Trek Beyond


Best Original Song


City of Stars from La La Land


Best Production Design


La La Land


Best Animated Short


Pear Cider and Cigarette


Best Live Action Short


Extremis Interviews


Best Sound Editing


Hacksaw Ridge

 

Best Sound Mixing

 

Hacksaw Ridge


Best Visual Effects


Rogue One A Star Wars Story


Best Adapted Screenplay


Moonlight


Best Original Screenplay


Manchester by the Sea