Haven't seen all of the nominated films yet, but I was really disappointed she wasn't nominated. I would have put her performance over Emma Stone's, who was still quite good.RottenAtom wrote:Arrival- My favorite of the bunch. Excellent film. Amy Adams' snub is probably the most egregious of the year.
I wish The Handmaiden was nominated for something too. It has killer direction, cinematography, and score. The Age of Shadows was excellent, but I wish The Handmaiden was South Korea's selection.
Out of the nominated Foreign films, I've only seen A Man Called Ove. (Still haven't seen Toni Erdmann - missed the FF screening due to RZA: Live from the 36th Chamber and missed the press screening due to complications beyond my control. Feeling like I'm not meant to see that movie, but I'm looking forward to it and the other nominees.)
I'm interested to see who wins the animated feature category. I really like Zootopia and Kubo and would be happy with either winning. While it's not the choice of the 'cool kids' I think I'm rooting for Zootopia. The Kubo animation is crazy good and it played great on the big screen, but Zootopia is the gift that keeps giving. I've seen it several times and always enjoy it. Bonded with my young niece in Nicaragua over it when I visited earlier in the year. We watched that and the animated Robin Hood over and over. Tried introducing her to Star Wars and she wasn't having it
choke wrote:I won't give up a flip that I can get myself to someone who is convinced they need it. None of us need any of this fudge. It's art. It's not medicine.
dweebofthedead wrote:Awesome, RA
Side note: Gonna burn away at the short doc nominations like I always do. Started with The White Helmets (which is on Netflix) yesterday. Great way to start.
I'm not super enthusiastic about the nominees this year. I really like a few of the films, but too much so-so stuff made it in. Agree
Arrival- My favorite of the bunch. Excellent film. Amy Adams' snub is probably the most egregious of the year. Agree on Adams but I liked High Water and La La better
Fences- Solid flick with two of the best performances of the year. I wasn't crazy about the direction. Denzel > Casey. Agreed, definitely tell it was a play
Hacksaw Ridge- Not a fan. Wish it wasn't nominated. Not a fan of the Garfield nomination either. The true story is great, the movie and Garfield not so much
Hell or High Water- Great flick! Glad this got a best pic nom. Ben Foster should have been nominated over Dev Patel. Loved it
Hidden Figures- Enjoyable movie with some strong performances, but it swims in typical "overcoming oppression" territory and many of the characters have no depth. The scene with Costner and the bathroom sign is one of the hammiest scenes of the year. Totally
La La Land- Super charming, fun, and well-made, but I hope it doesn't run away with everything. I like it (nowhere near as much as Whiplash), but it doesn't fully come together and I don't totally buy it. Fine performances, direction, and soundtrack. I really liked it and I'm not a fan of musicals
Lion- Liked it, didn't love it. On a rewatch I realized I don't care about anything after they make it to Australia. Sunny Pawar was great, but I don't think Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman's performances deserve nominations. Agreed
Manchester by the Sea- Great cast/acting and stellar direction. Worthy of the nom. I thought this movie was way overrated. Williams is great but is barely in the movie
Moonlight- Moving film with a terrific ensemble and killer cinematography/direction. Mahershala Ali deserves an Oscar Great movie but preferred 1st and 2nd acts
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