7 DAYS OF OSCAR COUNTDOWN ~ DAY 6 ~ BEST DIRECTOR

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Ok – getting to the nitty-gritty here on Day 6 of my ‘SEVEN DAYS OF OSCARS’ countdown with “Best Director”. Once again I give who I think will win – and what my pick would be – as those two choices sometimes differ.

DIRECTING
NOMINEES

DUNKIRK
Christopher Nolan
While I liked Dunkirk – it was also scattered character wise and pretty much overall. War movies are always difficult to tackle with having to give the truth, but also add a cohesive storyline to it.

GET OUT
Jordan Peele
I know some people just love this film – and for a first film, I do give it kudos. But it’s just not a great film for me. I also think winning your first time out is a tough card to put forth. And if it wins, which there is a really good chance it can, it shows that experience means nothing and I do believe it does.

LADY BIRD
Greta Gerwig
Another strong first timer here and if I had to pick between the two, I would pick Greta. While I feel the same about this film as Get Out – as in I liked but not loved it – the storyline maybe resonated with me a touch more having once been a teenage girl. ha!

PHANTOM THREAD
Paul Thomas Anderson
I am a fan of Mr. Anderson body of work for the most part – but this movie just isn’t a winner in this category for me.

THE SHAPE OF WATERMY PICK/WINNER
Guillermo del Toro
Not only am I a huge fan of del Toro’s work – well for the most part, but this stunning story was just done in such a great fashion with such great direction – all with a miniscule budget. The imagination alone was enough to win for me. Plus he truly is one of the nicest, most fun guys I’ve ever had the honor to meet. Hands down – no questions asked – the winner for me.

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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.