The 90th Oscar Nominations have been released with over a month left before the biggest night in Hollywood.
The competition this year seems intense, and I’m grateful that I’m not the one scratching my head over which film was better in a given category. How exactly do you choose if Dunkirk or Star Wars: The Last Jedi had the better original score?
Actor in a Leading Role:
Gary Oldman played Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. He managed to capture Churchill’s genius in a defining moment in Great Britain’s history with World War II looming.
Daniel Kaluuya plays a black boyfriend, Chris Washington, who meets his girlfriend’s white family. The family behaves in an eyebrow-raising way towards Chris by being a little too accommodating. Chris then unravels a horrific truth about men who have walked his footsteps before.
Actress in a Leading Role:
In my opinion, you might as well spin around in circles and point at celebrity cutouts to decide who will win this category. You have the serial winner Meryl Streep up against Saoirse Ronan who has been branded the next Meryl Streep. Ronan delivers a complete performance as an adolescent caught in a web of complex romantic and family relationships.
Of course, Frances McDormand could win as well with her convincing performance as the mother of a murder victim in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Personally, I’d bet against Meryl Streep on this occasion, simply because The Post didn’t receive the attention that Ronan’s Lady Bird or McDormand’s Three Billboards did.
Best Original Score:
Perhaps this one’s as much of a headache inducer as the Actress in a Leading Role category. Alexandre Desplat has been recognized for the The Shape of Water, which concerns a cleaning lady and a curious lab experiment.
I haven’t even mentioned Hans Zimmer yet, and if the world-class director Christopher Nolan trusts him, it’s hard to count him out. His music for Dunkirk made the World War II film frightening and real in a way that few other composers could even dream of.
Beauty and the Beast and Darkest Hour stand head and shoulders above the rest for me. In Beauty and the Beast, the costume designers took inspiration from the animated film, but still had the needle-and-thread task of creating dresses for a live action Disney princess. The designers smartly considered Emma Watson as their canvas, and executed magnificently.
Darkest Hour required an entirely different vision of costume design, and the suits in particular make you feel as if you’re looking into a World War II portal. With the focus of the film so intensely centered on Churchill, his costume had to be perfect.
If you watched the show last year, you’ll remember how they initially and accidentally gave the award for best picture to the cast and crew of La La Land instead of Moonlight. Somehow, host Jimmy Kimmel managed to end the show with a laugh after the blunder. Personally, I can’t wait to see how the event unfolds this year, especially with Kimmel returning as host.
The Academy Awards ceremony will be held on March 4th 2018. Visit oscars.org for the full list of nominations.
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By: Kishan Patel