Patrick Stewart – Logan
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with a great group of nominees. All 5 gave great performances but one was slightly better than all the rest.
5. Christopher Plummer
4. Richard Jenkins
3. Woody Harrelson
2. Willem Dafoe
1. Sam Rockwell
4. All the Money in the World – Not as amazing as I had hoped because it doesn’t try to inspire enough. The cast is quite good, but Plummer truly is superb as the family Patriarch who must decide whether or not to pay the ransom. The story meanders a bit too much and then adds a strange car chase at the end that seems a bit unnecessary.
3. The Florida Project – Great idea to tell this story from the perspective of a child because it gives us so much insight into an innocent mind. The performances by all the characters are really enjoyable to watch because it feels as if we are watching real people. This is the kind of film that needs a bit of time to grow on you as you slowly absorb everything that has transpired. That allows the story to be telling numerous perspectives on a situation because there is what we see from the child’s perspective and what we know is really going on. DaFoe’s character is great because he seems to be the most responsible adult in the area who does all he can to try and help his “children” stay safe.
2. The Shape of Water – Such a great movie that works on so many levels. The characters are all quite unique and each follows their heart despite having their own agendas. This film is nearly perfect from a visual standpoint and it truly is wondrous to look at. Del Toro has created another modern day fairy tale that mirrors the evils that have occurred in the past while trying to find a bright shining light among the darkness of it all. The cast is spectacular and Hawkins does a superb job in the lead despite never needing to say a word. This is proof of how great an actress she is because we can feel her emotions just by her body movements and actions and there is no need for her to communicate verbally for this. The way that this film uses minority characters to tell its story also says so much about what was perceived as normal during the Cold War Era while still allowing such characters to be the heroes of this story. One of the best films of 2017 which gets better during each rewatch.
1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Amazing film that does a wonderful job creating interesting and unique characters that start off one way but by the end have changed completely. The story arc is great because it keeps changing directions and constantly surprises along the way. The cast is superb with McDormand, Harrelson and Rockwell each giving amazing performances. The rest of the supporting cast is also superbly chosen to help make all of the characters count. This is a story about how life leads us in directions that we never expect. It may all seem neatly put together, but it really isn’t because so much is left for us to ponder for a while after seeing it. The story and characters are all very layered yet it all plays out in a way that works really well. I’m so happy that this film has managed to win Best Picture at the Globes, SAG and BAFTA this year and hope it will also get the big prize at the Oscars next week.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! SR clearly gives the best performance of the 5 nominees even though they all were great in this year and any would have been a deserving winner for the work they do here.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!