I meant to do this earlier in the week, but never had a chance. So in a rush, here’s my Oscar ballot (not predictions). In other words, these are what I’d vote for.
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET, Call Me by Your Name
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
SAM ROCKWELL, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
FRANCES MCDORMAND, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
LAURIE METCALF, Lady Bird
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
BLADE RUNNER 2049, Roger A. Deakins
PHANTOM THREAD, Mark Bridges
PHANTOM THREAD, Paul Thomas Anderson
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
BABY DRIVER, Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
THE SQUARE, Sweden
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
PHANTOM THREAD, Jonny Greenwood
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
MYSTERY OF LOVE, from Call Me by Your Name; Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges and Marco Morabito, Producers
THE SHAPE OF WATER, Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
BLADE RUNNER 2049, John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, Screenplay by James Ivory
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
LADY BIRD, Written by Greta Gerwig
Blue lines and mottled yellow planes,
A horned block of red capped in brown,
Framing the pale face and rouged cheeks
Of a boy. He stands still and blank,
Eyes unfocused, hand perched on hip, posed
Yet not posturing, neither there nor still
By choice. He waits for sitting’s end,
Running already, free and laughing
With friends across plains of yellow grass.
Image: Paul Cézanne (French, 1839 – 1906 ), Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-1890, oil on canvas, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art
It’s amazing what thoughts you have at the hairdresser.
It’s been quiet around here the past six months but I intend to start rambling about books and movies again.
Ideally, I’d chip away at the pile of notes I kept but never wrote about from the second half of last year’s lists. I’ve got high hopes, but we’ll see how it goes.
Worst case scenario: I pick up with the new stuff, go with it, and just let the past be past.