By: Joseph Kathmann, with a contribution in Best Animated Feature Film from Peter Kosanovich
I refuse to talk about Joker
Well, my favorite night of the year is fast approaching! While I am rather disappointed with this year's batch of Oscar nominees, (check out my initial reactions here) it caps off a rather mediocre year for Hollywood. I am starting to work on my year in review, which will be published later this week, and I'm discovering that there's a significant chance that my top 5 best films of 2019 will be composed entirely of foreign films. That, coupled with some studio Hollywood films receiving entirely too many nominations, (you know who you are) have led me to be quite "eh?" on this year's Academy Awards. (Also, the shortened awards circuit, which is being thankfully walked back for next year, has also significantly shortened the cultural conversation around these nominees, in my opinion.) That said, it's still my favorite night of the year, and I will still guide you through each category so you can throw down some knowledge around your friends, and tell you all the favorites so you can dominate those Oscar pools! Let's dive into it, shall we?
As usual, the "Who's the favorite" selection comes from betting odds in Vegas. The website I used as guidance can be found here.
Writing: Original Screenplay
Writing: Adapted Screenplay
Short Film (Live Action)
Short Film (Animated)
Makeup and Hairstyling
International Feature Film
Documentary (Short Subject)
Animated Feature Film
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
While I'm sincerely hoping for a shock with one of the major categories, I am expecting yet another victory for the old guard of Hollywood, and yet another year of wondering when the Academy will begin to award the films that are actually shaping our societal conversation on a yearly basis. While I will certainly continue to have fun with the Oscars, and do it with the stubborn conviction of Charlie Brown telling himself, "This is the time Lucy will not pull the football back," the chip on my shoulder is no doubt getting bigger and bigger. Just give me a split between Best Director and Best Picture, please! Is that too much to ask?
Wow, that's a pessimistic ending to this story. Since I'm sad and don't have a good pick-me-up ready, I'll just let Rocketman do it for me. Ah! This movie is SO good!
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