Timothy Chalamet – Beautiful Boy
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year where the eventual winner led the pack the entire way through the awards season. There were a few rumors that two of the other nominees could surprise since they are both veteran supporting actors and up until the Oscars themselves, there wasn’t much of a question as who had the biggest chance to win.
5. Adam Driver
4. Sam Rockwell
3. Richard E. Grant
2. Sam Elliott
1. Mahershala Ali
5. Vice – Bale is mesmerizingly creepy in the title role and gets totally lost in the role. The story works quite well in order to give us a clear picture of how things played out over the course of his rise to power. McKay’s approach to dumbing down the story for the viewer works a bit better here than it did in The Big Short (2016), but something still is missing that would have made this film even more engaging and enjoyable. Supporting cast work quite well in capturing some of the personalities of characters who are known to everyone due to their exposure in politics.
4. Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Interesting premise that works because of the great performances, but something seems missing throughout that could have made this even more interesting. McCarthy and Grant are both superb in this film and both are very deserving of their Oscar nominations for these performances. The characters don’t feel developed enough and if they had been given a much broader and deeper backstory, it might have made it even more enjoyable to watch. McCarthy shows with this film that she is definitely among the comic actors who are able to do even more when given great dramatic roles for them to sink their teeth into. Can’t wait to see what she will do in the future.
3. Green Book – Interesting premise that works much better than I had expected it to. I had envisioned a Driving Miss Daisy (1989) for the 21st Century, but they manage to give us some great characters who are developed quite well over the course of the film. Mortensen and Ali are both superb in this film and even though it is quite clear where the story is heading, it’s still quite a pleasure watching them take the journey to that place. The story does a wonderful job transporting us back the the early 1960’s and we get to see how racial relations were viewed both in the North and the South nearly a century after the Emancipation Act. Quite enjoyable, but not one of the very best films of the year.
2. BlacKkKlansman – Great film that works on numerous levels. The story is so unbelievable yet the fact that it’s based on truth makes it even more powerful. The film is slightly ruined by the epilogue which tuns things too political instead of letting the story itself sink in for what it’s trying to say about America and how things haven’t changed in 150 years, anyone watching it knows that the same is unfortunately true for today but there is no need to try and politicize that notion. Washington is amazing in the lead role and shows that he has what it takes to be a great actor and might even be better one day than his father.
1. A Star Is Born – Excellent version of the story that is even better than every other one put to film over the last 80 years. Cooper and Gaga are both superb in these roles and their onscreen chemistry is so enjoyable to watch because it seems so realistic. The music is amazing to listen to and both of the leads have great voices so that enhances the songs and the audiences feelings for everything going on here. There is so much hype about this film right now, and I have to agree that this film is superbly done from numerous perspectives. Cooper has made his vision a reality and this film is right now being seen by many as the film to beat at the various upcoming awards ceremonies including the Oscars. Supporting cast is also great and I loved seeing Clay in a role so very different from what we expect from him. Elliott gives one of his finest performances here too and I really hope he gets some recognition for his wok here when they start announcing nominations. Definitely one of the best films of the years so far and might very well stay on top.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! Ali is great in this role, but he doesn’t really feel like a supporting role and is much more of a co-lead. Personally, I would have given it to Elliott who is amazing in ASIB, but I can’t say that Ali was undeserving at all of this award.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!