Oscar Mania – The Academy Awards 2018 are Coming!

As a child, I always thought that the Oscars were awards given to the most boring films of the year. None of the Oscar-winning or even the nominated films were worth watching for entertainment, I felt. They are all so serious and unfunny all the time. The last thing any child needs in their life is a lack of fun.

And then, I grew up. Life happened. I began to see the beauty in these stories. I understood why they were recognized on such a wide platform. I finally found them mesmerizing and stunning enough to warrant such craziness.

It hasn’t been long since I started following the Oscars – this is the 4th year, I think. But I see it. I see it all. And I’m now here to tell you what I’m planning to do this year.

It’s been 4 days since the nominations for this year’s Oscars / Academy Awards were announced. And I’ve been busy. The whole of last year went by with my not paying much attention, though a couple of movies I’ve watched made it to the list of nominees.

The ones that I did watch of the number of nominees are:

  1. Dunkirk [Read my full review here.]
  2. Coco [Full review here.]
  3. The Big Sick [I watched it when it came out but somehow, I neglected to write a review then. But I guess it’s better late than never.]
  4. Lady Bird [Watched this one very recently. Review will be up soon.]

Speaking of reviews, my whole point of writing this blog post was to share that for a while, Oscar mania will be taking over The Melodramatic Bookworm, too. I will be watching and reviewing movies nominated for the Academy Awards 2018, but only those of the major categories, which, according to me are:

  • Best Picture
  1. Call Me By Your Name
  2. Darkest Hour
  3. Dunkirk [Already reviewed.]
  4. Get Out
  5. Lady Bird
  6. Phantom Thread
  7. The Post
  8. The Shape of Water
  9. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Best Director
  1. Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk [Already reviewed.]
  2. Jordan Peele, Get Out
  3. Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
  4. Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
  5. Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
  • Best Actor
  1. Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
  2. Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
  3. Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
  4. Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
  5. Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
  • Best Actress
  1. Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
  2. Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  3. Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
  4. Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
  5. Meryl Streep, The Post
  • Best Supporting Actor
  1. Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
  2. Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  3. Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
  4. Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
  5. Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Best Supporting Actress
  1. Mary J. Bilge, Mudbound
  2. Allison Janney, I, Tonya
  3. Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
  4. Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
  5. Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
  • Best Original Screenplay
  1. The Big Sick
  2. Get Out
  3. Lady Bird
  4. The Shape of Water
  5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

I want to watch those nominated in the other categories, too. But I know that’s an almost impossible dream, given the schedule I am on.

Though I’ll be reviewing these movies, I’m in no position to predict who will win the coveted Oscar. I’ll leave that to the more experienced ones – those who have years of nearly accurate to accurate predictions behind them. [I’m talking to you, Keyboard Critic!]

I’m only hoping I’ll be able to finish up all of these movies before the Academy Awards take place. Or the whole exercise will become moot.

So here’s to watching some awesome movies and getting to experience something that I will find to vindicate on March 4th when the Oscars take place.

Cheers!

My first review of the lot (specifically for Oscars) will be Lady Bird. Directed by Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird has been nominated in 5 categories, which are: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay.

Picture Courtesy: MovieBoozer.

2 thoughts on “Oscar Mania – The Academy Awards 2018 are Coming!

  1. Last year we held an event and tried to predict the winners haha I think the best score was only like 1/4 right. I’m glad we didn’t turn off the TV when we saw them accidentally announce La La Land haha. I’ve only seen a handful of them too! We will probably watch it again.

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