Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year where there were three names of the five who led the race at some point or another. During the course of the award season, they each kept switching places and it was anyone’s game by Oscar night!
5. Glenn Close
4. Yalitza Aparicio
3. Melissa McCarthy
2. Olivia Colman
1. Lady Gaga
5. The Wife – Interesting idea that drags on too much to the point of borderline boring. Close is quite good in the lead role and we get a clear impression of her feelings as the story progresses. She will probably garner numerous nominations for this performance despite the fact that it might not be enough of an impact role for her to actually win. The flashbacks are quite helpful in developing the characters more, but something still feels missing that would have made this story more impactful than it is. Slater and Pryce feel very underused in an attempt to keep the spotlight on Close’s character throughout.
4. 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.
3. 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.
2. 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.
1. A Star Is Born – Amazing version of this film that works so much better than the other ones largely due to the spectacular chemistry between Cooper and Lady Gaga. We can really believe their relationship. The story works so well in the music field and even in that aspect it manages to eclipse its predecessors. The music of this film is out of this world and I’m quite shocked that they only managed to get an Oscar nomination (and eventual) win for Shallow, because some of the other songs are also very worthy and are better than some of the other nominees in the category. The story plays out really well and they do it on a way that makes it all seem quite believable and plausible the entire time. Elliott gives an amazing performance here too and was well deserving of an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work here. This film was among the very best movies of the year and was by far the best of the 8 nominees for Best Picture, but it was released too early which hurt its chances to win more than just Best Original Song.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! Coleman does a wonderful job with this character, but Gaga gives a much more powerful and memorable performance and it’s too bad that she lost her original momentum in the race.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!