Claire Foy – First Man
My Overall Thoughts:
This is another year where there was an early front runner for this category and she was able to keep up the momentum all the way through the entire Awards season. Barring any unforeseen surprise, everyone pretty much knew who the winner would probably be.
5. Amy Adams
4. Marina de Tavira
3. Emma Stone
2. Regina King
1. Rachel Weisz
4. 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.
3. If Beale Street Could Talk – Interesting idea that unfortunately isn’t as inspiring as one would hope from such a story. The cast is quite good and we get a clear picture of the way of life in Harlem during the troubling times of the 70’s. Loved the way the film shows the various levels of support both positive and negative that the characters get regarding the ordeal they are dealing with instead of making everyone have the same opinion along the way. The story itself works but it fails to be as powerful or as impactful as this kind of situation feels like it should. Jenkins does a nice job with this film, but once again, he falls a bit short of doing something even better.
2. Roma – This is a very good film especially visually, but there is way too much hype calling it one of the best films ever made. The story itself moves at a very slow pace which is tolerable if you know to expect it, but the attempt to try and imitate life with this story just doesn’t work as amazingly as predicted. From a technical perspective, this film is wondrous to watch and listen to and its easy to see how everything is carefully and expertly chosen by Cuarón. A film like this needs to actually have something happen that is interesting and despite a few great scenes it feels more like a set of vignettes where some work better than others than a masterpiece in film making and storytelling.
1. The Favourite – Very interesting and unique idea to show how politics and power could affect women in the 18th Century. The power plays by these characters work very well and they all try to find ways to outdo the others in order to keep as much control as they can on the matters of state. The cast is great and Colman, Weisz and Stone are all great here, but the story is told too much like a comedy and that takes away from being able t take things very serious like it should. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Lanthimos and his hand is much too apparent in many of the things done in this film which takes away from enjoying it even more.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! I think that King does a nice job in a very small and flashy role in IBSCT, but I thought that Weisz shined much more in TF and was slightly more deserving of taking home Gold.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!