If you're desperately into the movie business or are one of those cat ladies who doesn't have to work due to an incident at the canned tomato plant years ago, then you probably tuned in to Good Morning America today to watch the unveiling of the 91st Academy Award Nominations. There are some surprises, some head-scratchers, and some omissions, but most importantly of all, some baffling Green Book love. Posted below are the nominations in all the major categories (sorry Sound Editing, ya basic). If you want my rants, deepest secrets, and general thoughts, keep on scrolling!
A Star is Born
Spike Lee - BlacKkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski - Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos - The Favourite
Alfonso Cuaron - Roma
Adam McKay - Vice
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Yalitza Aparicio - Roma
Glenn Close - The Wife
Olivia Colman - The Favourite
Lady Gaga - A Star is Born
Melissa McCarthy - Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale - Vice
Bradley Cooper - A Star is Born
Willem Dafoe - At Eternity's Gate
Rami Malek - Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen - Green Book
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams - Vice
Marina De Tavira - Roma
Regina King - If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone - The Favourite
Rachel Weisz - The Favourite
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali - Green Book
Adam Driver - BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott - A Star is Born
Richard E Grant - Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell - Vice
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star is Born
Best Animated Feature
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
Sure, I could professionally and elegantly string together a long article of all my thoughts and feelings on this announcement, but seeing as I'm currently late to a conference call, we're gonna bang this one out with a scathing, BuzzFeed-style list!
My Friggin Thoughts on These Nominations
Some more in-depth thoughts should be coming soon, but for now, just have a gulp of the Haterade with your old pal Joe.
The Greatest Hits Album is sometimes considered the Gerber baby food of an artist's discography. Some of them are very good, like Sweet Potato Apple Carrot Cinnamon. Others are, frankly, Ham and Gravy. Yet even if a Greatest Hits album can reach the insane heights of S.P.A.C.C., it's still only an introduction to more complete meals. A 16 song playlist of Kendrick Lamar's best, most popular songs is certainly going to slap, but it will never carry the emotional, thoughtful impact of To Pimp a Butterfly. Some bands, like the almighty Queen, are singles-generating machines that can't drop a consistent album, but even their hits compilations can come off as "That's What I Call Music" CDs stocked in the back of an FYE. With less and less Greatest Hits and "Essential" albums being produced, there just doesn't seem to be a place left in this world for a 12-track chock full of a band's high points. However, one sacred temple of bangers and throwbacks remains standing: The All-American Road Trip.
We all make mistakes. Sometimes, we make large bets on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers making it to the playoffs. Other times, we decide to go see The Twilight Saga: Eclipse instead of Toy Story 3 so we can look "cool" in front of our older female cousins. We ALL do this. ALL OF US.
If you had asked me back in 2010 if Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were destined to become wildly talented performers, I would've attempted to laugh in your face before the rubber bands attached to my braces stopped me in my tracks. Turns out, this would've been a mistake, too. While neither of these actors have donned any superhero capes or gone on to steal cars with Vin Diesel, they haven't faded to mediocre TV bits and straight-to-Redbox films, either. Instead, both K-Stew and R-Pat have carved out impressive indie careers with surprisingly powerful performances.
2018, what a number. It's even, not divisible by 9 (but close), and it only overshoots the big 2000 by 18 or so. 2018 was also a big year in movies. We had some icky goo thing take over Tom Hardy, a helicopter almost beat up Tom Cruise, and Thanos made the biggest on-screen snap since the Sharks and Jets took up group ballet. Every year feels like a big year for movies, but this one was THE year, you guys.
Like always, I loved my time at the theater, and even on streaming services. This past year saw a rise in the "at-home auteur" experience, with films like Roma becoming heavy hitters on the awards circuit, and movies like Bird Box ascending to mainstream memedom faster than Big Neck Guy meeting Long Neck Guy. How we take in art and entertainment is constantly changing, and now the way we watch movies is becoming exciting and scary, all at once. Thankfully, more and more people are getting access, and I can't be mad at that.
With more trips to the cineplex than ever before, I still missed out on some real gems. I tried my damnedest, but Cincinnati isn't exactly Sundance Film Festival. To be transparent, I did my best to write down every single movie I saw this year, and group them into 4 categories: Top Contender, Pretty Damn Good, Meh to Okay, and Garbage. So everyone can see for themselves, I'll expose my latter three in groups, before tackling the real deals of 2018. I've written reviews on a few of these, but those opinions might have changed since then. If my list poo-poos on your favorite, or elevated a gem to legend status, let's talk about it. If you pay for dinner, hell, we can talk in person! I love free meals and spirited debate too much to consider the risks of meeting people from the internet. With that in mind, let's go!
Joe Brueggemeyer hosts and edits The Marquee podcast with Logan, and has an unhealthy obsession with baking.