You may be wondering where I disappeared to after my post on the Oscar nominations. After all, don’t I usually inundate you with Oscar Blitz posts this time of year? Truth be told, I was so underwhelmed by the nominated films I hadn’t yet seen, I was ready to throw in the towel on the whole Academy, especially once their horrific plans for the ceremony started leaking out. Luckily, those plans didn’t come to pass once social media got wind of them, but I still felt completely uninspired by the process this year.
I did catch up on a few 2018 films I had been looking forward to (including the multi-nominated Can You Ever Forgive Me? and If Beale Street Could Talk), but debated whether to even have people over. In the end, I planned a low-key affair, with no themed menu, no pool, and no bingo. As a surprise twist, the best thing to come out of this fiasco was completely unrelated to this year’s ceremony—a survey I did of previous Oscar dinner attendees to determine the “best of the best” nominees from 1992 to 2017, the results of which I tweeted throughout the night. For the results of the survey, click here.
The actual ceremony turned out to be less of a trainwreck than anticipated—thank goodness—but the welcome surprises were few and far between. Of course, with this list of nominees, I didn’t expect very many.
Here is what I would have liked to have seen:
Actor in a Leading Role: Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Actor in a Supporting Role: Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Actress in a Leading Role: Yalitza Aparicio, Roma or Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Actress in a Supporting Role: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk. This is mostly because I can’t get behind the category fraud that has Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz of The Favourite as supporting players, though I guess it worked for them to get Olivia Coleman an award—not that I didn’t like her or the lovely surprise that was her win. I liked If Beale Street Could Talk okay, but it seemed more like a tone poem than a complete film if that makes sense. Medicine for Melancholy remains my favorite Jenkins film to date.
Best Adapted Screenplay: BlacKkKlansman or Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Best Original Screenplay: First Reformed
Best Cinematography: Cold War
Best Film Editing: None. If I were an Oscar voter, I would abstain from this category. None of the nominated films I saw, or Bohemian Rhapsody, should have won for editing. What would have been on my editing slate? For starters, Annihilation, Blindspotting, Eighth Grade, First Reformed, Paddington 2, A Quiet Place, Roma, or You Were Never Really Here should have been considered before any of these.
Best Director: Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Best Picture: Roma or A Star Is Born. While my personal favorite of the nominated films remains A Star Is Born, I would have been happy with a Roma win if that meant we could have Spike as Best Director.
What were you most happy to see on Oscar night? What were you least happy to see? If you could redistribute one Oscar to any other nominee, which would you choose?