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Nerdbot’s 2018 Oscar Recap

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Adam Chmielewski
Adam Chmielewski is the latest Mid-Western transplant to take up residence in the City Of Angels. Aside from contributing to Nerdbot, he’s writing screenplays for film and television. Just like everyone else in Los Angeles.

Who doesn’t love the Oscars?

On Sunday night, the biggest names in the movie business got dressed in the highest of fashion and hopefully got a little drunk for the 90th Annual Academy Awards. At four hours long, I don’t know how the whole crowd isn’t wasted. Take a tip from Benedict Cumberbatch, bring a flask!

But all and all, everything went as best as it possibly could. Jimmy Kimmel was entertaining, there we no major screw ups, and for a year of Hollywood scandals, the ceremony itself seemed to lack its usual controversy. Believe me, that’s a good thing.

In case you weren’t able to catch the festivities, let us here at Nerdbot give you rundown.

Best Picture – The Shape Of Water

I’m not entirely sure if Guillermo del Toro’s fairy tale love story between a mute woman and an amphibious creature was the front runner to win Best Picture, but The Shape Of Water brought home most sought after Oscar of the night. Anyone I’ve met who saw it, loved it. I haven’t checked it out yet but until I do, my allegiance lies with I, Tonya, which got snubbed, big time.

Best Director – Guillermo del Toro

Got to give a shoutout to del Toro. Didn’t think he walk out with two major awards. Not going to lie… my eyes were watering from the plot description on Wikipedia.

I thought Greta Gurwig was a shoe-in for Best Director with Lady Bird but unfortunately the Academy’s recognition of women in the film industry stopped at the Best Actress and Supporting Actress categories this year.

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Best Actor – Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

You’re not beating Gary Oldman, in a bunch of make up, in a biopic, just not happening.

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Best Actress – Frances McDormand (Three Billboards)

Haven’t seen Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri yet, but if McDormand is like how she is in the trailer, for two hours, the award was hers to lose.

Best Supporting Actor – Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards)

It was only a matter of time until Sam Rockwell brought home an Oscar. Now he’s finally done it. By far the best character actor of my generation. Don’t forget, the dude was in the first Ninja Turtles movie. (You’ll see it now, guaranteed)

Best Supporting Actress – Allison Janey (I, Tonya)

Go watch I, Tonya… Janey crushes it!

Best Adapted Screenplay – James Ivory (Call Me By Your Name)

Logan should’ve won.

Best Original Screenplay – Jordan Peele (Get Out)

I’ve always viewed the Screenplay Oscars as the actual Best Pictures of the year. Usually the award goes to a break out feature with subject matter too “outside the box” for the night’s highest honor. But it’s usually the film everybody has been talking about all year. Get Out was definitely a hot commodity in 2017. Jordan Peele showcased his talents in ways that surprised the hell out of me. He deserved to take home at least one of the three awards he was nominated for. I didn’t think he’d win for directing on his first try, however, I think it will happen one day.

Best Cinematography – Roger Deakins

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It would have been a crime not to give him the Oscar.

Here’s a couple more:

Best Foreign Language Film – A Fantastic Woman

Best Original Song – Remember Me (Coco)

Best Original Score – Alexandre Desplat (The Shape Of Water)

Best Documentary Feature – Icarus

Best Animated Feature Film – Coco

Best Animated Short Film – Dear Basketball

Kobe!

You can head to Oscar.go.com for the full list of winners.

Now comes my favorite part… debating the results with your friends. That’s half the fun of the Academy Awards. Did (insert example) really deserve it? Was Movie A better than Movie B? Who was the surprise? Who got robbed? All of it. It’s why sat through four hours of television, for the Tweets!

Here’s something I’ll leave you with; Leonardo DiCaprio’s quest for Best Actor I feel was one of the last great Oscar story-lines. What’s next?

By Adam Chmielewski

@PolishKaiju

Photo Credits – ABC, Oscars.go.com, TSG Entertainment, 20th Century Fox

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