And that's another award season in the books!
I feel like this season just started, but sadly it came to an end with the 90th Academy Awards last night. I hosted my 3rd annual Oscars Party, so I'm slowly coming down from that high (it was a blast for those wondering). So much has happened in Hollywood and around the world in the past six months courtesy of a variety of movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp as well as discussions about gun control and gender equality.
In terms of the films that were nominated, I wasn't head over heels for any of them. It was a bit of a shit year. If I had to pick the one that I liked the most, it was Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. Frances McDormand took home the coveted Best Actress award and it was well deserved. Her speech, however, had me scratching my head when she got so excited after calling on all of the female nominees to stand with her. Check it out:
The winners were pretty consistent with previous award shows - Gary Oldman won Best Actor, Sam Rockwell won Best Supporting Actor, Allison Janney won Best Supporting Actress, and Guillermo del Toro won Best Director.
Speaking of Guillermo del Toro, Shape of Water won 4 of the 13 Oscars that they were nominated for. They took the hardware home for Best Picture, Production Design, Best Director and Best Original Score. It definitely fits in with inclusion theme with the whole human woman falling in love with a fish person. It's more than that though. Shape of Water is what I visualize when I think of an Oscar worthy movie. The cinematography was unreal and some of it happened to be shot in my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario.
I do have to say that the show overall, despite being the biggest night in film, was underwhelming this year. I didn't hate it, but it didn't wow me either. Host Jimmy Kimmel was alright, but not spectacular. I think the greatest Oscars host of all time is Billy Crystal. Kimmel's monologue didn't suck, I just felt like it was missing something.
The show was full of compassion and wasn't in your face when it came to discussing the issues I mentioned at the top of this piece. That I loved. For a full list of the winners, click here.
Now I need to go clean up what's left from the party and count down the days until next year's Academy Awards.