01 / 14 / 2020
  - 08:50:11 AM
My Take on The 2020 Oscars
  

By MyFM in the Morning's Ray Auger - I love movies… I watch a lot of movies.  I have seen 4 out of the 9 nominated films for Best Picture.  This could be the year I strive to see them all.  The first and only time I accomplished this feat was in 2011 when I took in all 10 nominees at my local theatre.  This was before streaming services allowed for easy viewing from home for most of the honored films.  I do admit that I had to travel about two hours north to catch "127 Hours" (worth it… even with that sawing-through-the-arm scene) the night before the awards.  I cut that one pretty close there.  2011was a great year as I enjoyed every nominee, although I had my doubts about "The King’s Speech" and "Black Swan"… I could have done without the latter to be honest.  This year looks promising enough save for a little suffering through "Little Women".  But I’m a bit older and more appreciative of broader forms of cinema.  I have come a long way from my "Billy Madison" and "Tommy Boy" days (but still both classics in my book).  

The Positives

I have already seen "The Irishman", and thoroughly enjoyed "Marriage Story" and "Joker".   "One Upon a Time… in Hollywood" was a movie.  Still haven’t really figured out the plot, I think being plotless WAS the plot, so well done QT.

Already on my list of must sees… "Ford v Ferrari" and "1917".  Those should be enjoyable viewings for sure.

By hitting all 9 nominated Best Picture films, my homework will be done for a bulk of the other categories as nominated performances tend to trickle down from Best Picture.

I know hardly anything about "JoJo Rabbit", but it has a fantastic cast including Scarlet Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Thomasin McKenzie.

The Negatives

Subtitles… not a fan. "Parasite" sounds tempting as a black comedy, but I’ll have to read Korean to English translations throughout.  Ugh.

"Little Women" has been adapted in many forms throughout the years, over 25 times to be exact, and I have no interest in any of them.

The Conclusion

So the good seem to outweigh the bad… I’m already ahead of the game.  I can get through 4 hours with an open mind to complete my goal.  Now, I haven’t been a fan of award shows in recent years.  I used to block out the whole night, pop the popcorn, draw the shades, take the phone off the hook (yes, it’s been that long) and lock the doors.  Red carpet and all.  This year feels good though.  I can get behind a Brad Pitt, Scarlet Johansson (2 acting nominations!), Tom Hanks, Todd Phillips and Adam Driver year.

The Snubs

Of course there are a few upsets… a few disservices worth mentioning but not to dwell on.  I have not seen "Uncut Gems" but from what I have read and clips I have seen, The Sandman and his crew got the short end of the statue.  Not one nomination for Adam Sandler’s dramatic turn as a charismatic New York jeweler in over his head with the wrong people in the highly acclaimed thriller.  Elton John picked up a nomination for Original Song for "Rocketman" but that was about it for that fantastic film about John’s rise to fame through song and dance.  How Taron Egerton could be passed over is beyond me.  How about a nod Costume Design at least?  Are you kidding me?   Eddie Murphy and "My Name is Dolemite"?  Would have been nice. 

But hey, can’t win ‘em all right?  Otherwise they’d all be participation trophies.  Chin up Hollyweird!

Go Joker!

 

Here’s the nominees…

BEST PICTURE

"Ford v Ferrari"

"The Irishman"

"Jojo Rabbit"

"Joker"

"Little Women"

"Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"

"Marriage Story"

"Parasite"

"1917"

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Kathy Bates, "Richard Jewell"

Laura Dern, "Marriage Story"

Scarlett Johansson, "Jojo Rabbit"

Florence Pugh, "Little Women"

Margot Robbie, "Bombshell"

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Tom Hanks, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"

Anthony Hopkins, "The Two Popes"

Al Pacino, "The Irishman"

Joe Pesci, "The Irishman"

Brad Pitt, "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

South Korea, "Parasite"

Spain, "Pain and Glory"

France, "Les Misérables"

North Macedonia, "Honeyland"

Poland, "Corpus Christi"

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)

"In the Absence"

"Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)"

"Life Overtakes Me"

"St. Louis Superman"

"Walk Run Cha-Cha"

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

"American Factory"

"The Edge of Democracy"

"Honeyland"

"For Sama"

"The Cave"

ORIGINAL SONG

"I'm Standing With You," "Breakthrough"

"Into the Unknown," "Frozen II"

"Stand Up," "Harriet"

"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," "Rocketman"

"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away," "Toy Story 4"

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

"How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"

"I Lost My Body"

"Klaus"

"Missing Link"

"Toy Story 4"

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

"The Irishman"

"Jojo Rabbit"

"Little Women"

"The Two Popes"

"Joker"

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

"Marriage Story"

"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

"Parasite"

"Knives Out"

"1917"

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Antonio Banderas, "Pain and Glory"

Leonardo DiCaprio, "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"

Adam Driver, "Marriage Story"

Joaquin Phoenix, "Joker"

Jonathan Pryce, "The Two Popes"

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Cynthia Erivo, "Harriet"

Scarlett Johansson, "Marriage Story"

Saoirse Ronan, "Little Women"

Renée Zellweger, "Judy"

Charlize Theron, "Bombshell"

DIRECTOR

Martin Scorsese, "The Irishman"

Quentin Tarantino, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

Bong Joon-ho, "Parasite"

Sam Mendes, "1917"

Todd Phillips, "Joker"

PRODUCTION DESIGN

"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

"The Irishman"

"1917"

"Jojo Rabbit"

"Parasite"

CINEMATOGRAPHY

"1917"

"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

"The Irishman"

"Joker"

"The Lighthouse"

COSTUME DESIGN

"Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood"

"Little Women"

"The Irishman"

"Jojo Rabbit"

"Joker"

SOUND EDITING

"1917"

"Ford v Ferrari"

"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"

"Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood"

"Joker"

SOUND MIXING

"1917"

"Ford v Ferrari"

"Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood"

"Ad Astra"

"Joker"

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

"Dcera (Daughter)"

"Hair Love"

"Kitbull"

"Memorable"

"Sister"

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

"Brotherhood"

"Nefta Football Club"

"The Neighbors' Window"

"Saria"

"A Sister"

ORIGINAL SCORE

"1917," Thomas Newman

"Joker," Hildur Guðnadóttir

"Little Women," Alexandre Desplat

"Marriage Story," Randy Newman

"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," John Williams

VISUAL EFFECTS

"Avengers: Endgame"

"The Lion King"

"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"

"The Irishman"

"1917"

FILM EDITING

"The Irishman"

"Ford v Ferrari"

"Parasite"

"Joker"

"Jojo Rabbit"

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

"Bombshell"

"Joker"

"Judy"

"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil"

"1917"

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