Film #649: Get Out (2017)
2017 / Best Actor / Best Director / Best Picture

Film #649: Get Out (2017)

Whilst discussing this year’s Best Picture nominees, I’ve mentioned that it’s often easy to predict what the academy looks for whilst picking their contenders for the top prize. But occasionally the academy can surprise you, and they did just this by honouring Jordan Peele’s horror drama Get Out in several categories including Best Actor, Best … Continue reading

Film #645: Phantom Thread (2017)
2017 / Best Actor / Best Director / Best Picture / Best Supporting Actress

Film #645: Phantom Thread (2017)

Every year at the Oscars there is one movie that garners more nominations that the experts believed and in 2017 that film was Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. Although Daniel Day-Lewis was almost guaranteed a Best Actor nod in what he’s claimed will be his final film role, the movie itself was a long-shot to … Continue reading

Film #642: The Shape of Water (2017)
2017 / Best Actress / Best Director / Best Picture / Best Supporting Actor / Best Supporting Actress

Film #642: The Shape of Water (2017)

I find that in the 21st century a great way to make your film attractive to academy voters is to include some references to the old Hollywood movies that they remember from their youth. In his Best Picture-nominated The Shape of Water, director Guillermo del Toro does that in two ways firstly by having his … Continue reading

Film #641: Lady Bird (2017)
2017 / Best Actress / Best Director / Best Picture / Best Supporting Actress

Film #641: Lady Bird (2017)

2017 for me was a year where I struggled to see many new releases due to the fact that my local cinema closed, and my through-the-post DVD rental service folded. Therefore, I relished my annual opportunity to check out this year’s nine Best Picture nominees especially as I’ve only seen two of them up to … Continue reading

Film #639: Speedy (1928) and Film #640: Two Arabian Knights (1927)
1927/28 / Best Director

Film #639: Speedy (1928) and Film #640: Two Arabian Knights (1927)

Doing continued research on the first Oscar ceremony things were markedly different for example there were only two nominees for Best Actor and the Best Director category was split into two categories; dramatic and comedic. Frank Borzage won that year’s dramatic prize, which is considered the precursor to the traditional Best Director Oscar, whilst King … Continue reading