7 DAYS OF OSCAR COUNTDOWN ~ DAY 4 ~ BEST ACTOR

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Here we are – Day Four of the ‘SEVEN DAYS OF OSCARS’ countdown and we are at ‘Best Actor”. Once again I give who I think will win – and what my pick would be – as those two choices sometimes differ.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
NOMINEES

TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET
Call Me by Your Name
A lovely young actor to burst upon the scene and while I think he has a good career ahead of him, this isn’t really a winning performance for me.

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS
Phantom Thread
Oh Daniel, mind you I’ve only just seen this film, but I do wish he was going out with one of his really truly amazing performances rather than this being it.

DANIEL KALUUYA
Get Out
Good performance, but was it really enough to win? I guess we will find out as there is a chance of this, and more than just an outside one. While it’s not my choice, I do know it’s a definite possibility. No matter, again a great career ahead for this young actor.

GARY OLDMANMY PICK/WINNER
Darkest Hour
Gary, Gary, Gary – you have always been one of my favourites, and I really hope this is finally your swan song.

DENZEL WASHINGTON
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
While I love Denzel, I do think this nomination was what we can call ‘the Meryl Streep’ where they throw you in to fill the category. And since they couldn’t nominate James Franco, that’s what they did. Sad, but true as it’s a basic good Denzel performance – just not great as we all know he can do.

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COUNTDOWN: 7 DAYS OF OSCAR ~ DAY 1 ~ BEST SCREENPLAYS: ADAPTED & ORIGINAL

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Well here we are! The ‘SEVEN DAYS OF OSCARS’ are back. You know that magical time of year where once again, I give a countdown of my top Oscar categories- who I think will win – and what my pick would be – as those two choices sometimes differ. This year I’m starting off gently with the writing categories or “Best Adapted Screenplay” & “Best Original Screenplay”

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
NOMINEES

CALL ME BY YOUR NAMEWINNER
Screenplay by James Ivory
I think I would be best served by reading the book on this one, as I didn’t love the film.

THE DISASTER ARTIST
Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
A fun romp this was, but not a winner for me.

LOGAN
Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold
I really enjoyed this movie and it would be very nice to see the last film of this franchise win something like this. But it won’t.

MOLLY’S GAMEMY PICK
Written for the screen by Aaron Sorkin
We all know Aaron Sorkin can write TV – and now I know he can write a film also.

MUDBOUND
Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
Not my favourite film nor can I imagine if it follows suit of the book, would I care for it either. The parts about the U.S = real, the parts about Europe = not so much.

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
NOMINEES

THE BIG SICK
Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
Cute script/movie

GET OUT
Written by Jordan Peele
While I commend this first write of a decent film, it just wouldn’t be my pick, but it’s a very possible winner.

LADY BIRD
Written by Greta Gerwig
Another decently done script. But I can only give it a like.

THE SHAPE OF WATER
Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro
Completely stunning story. Where these ideas come from is from a truly brilliant mind.

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI ~ MY PICK//WINNER
Written by Martin McDonagh
McDonagh said in his interview that years ago, was driving somewhere in rural US and saw a billboard that while he can’t remember what it said, noted that it stuck in his mind to the point where he wrote a story about it.