So another host-less Oscars (making a long, often boring ceremony even less intriguing and without personality) is behind us. OK, there were moments (like the Steve Martin and Chris Rock riffs).
Here are my results.
Majors: 4 out of 10 (40%)
Minors: 3 out of 9 (30%)
Technical: 2 out of 5 (40%)
Overall: 9 out of 24 (37%)
These are the worst I’ve done in years (I’m usually near 90%)…I’m not sure how I feel about that! In some cases the Academy overcame long standing prejudices (look at Best Pic), but in others they showed extremely narrow thinking (e.g., Netflix hate). In most cases I was pretty sure of the potential upset, but in others I was as surprised as anyone. This year could have been a turning point in many ways, but I don’t think that’s happened quite yet in either diversity or in accepted platforms. At least there a number of really great films to see or catch up with down the road.
So it is what it is…. and here is the recap…
Actress in a Leading Role
This is pretty much a slam-dunk based on the previous ceremonies this year. And it is an amazing performance.
Actor in a Leading Role
Actress in a Supporting Role
Actor in a Supporting Role
Not a huge surprise given WGA, and a solid choice.
Oh so happy to be wrong on this one. I really thought the self-referential drivel would win, not because it deserved to but because it was self-referential.
Not a mistake and not a disappointment, though a bit of a surprise.
Animated Feature Film
Netflix hate and name recognition wins again. For the record, it isn’t that I didn’t like Toy Story 4, but it is not better than Klaus or I Lost My Body. Originally I did think it would take the statuette, but it really shouldn’t have. Do yourself a favor, watch Klaus and see what you’re missing.
Holy guacamole!I’m not disappointed here, but I am shocked, despite the stated possibilities. That preferential ballot is a bugger to predict. Welcome to history (first international film to win best pic).
Pain And Glory
The Edge of Democracy
My choice: The Cave
Likely winner: American Factory
Documentary Short Subject
In The Absence
Learning To Skateboard
Life Overtakes Me
St Louis Superman
Walk, Run, Cha-Cha
My prediction: St Louis Superman
Winner: Learning To Skateboard
Live Action Short Film
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window
My prediction: A Sister
Winner: The Neighbors’ Window
Animated Short Film
My prediction: Kitbull
Winner: Hair Love
Probably should have updated this before the freeze, but this isn’t a surprise.
Sure, why not.
Makeup and Hairstyling
Was always a possibility (especially after the BAFTAs). They wanted to show the film some love…this was their chance.
It isn’t that I didn’t say 1917 was the biggest threat to Irishman in this category…but I am a little disappointed in the voters.
OK, I admit to be a bit of a surprise here, considering the field.