We came, we saw and I for one came in knowing what was coming based on what we saw! Now let’s take a moment to recap what happened shall we?
- Surprise! There wasn’t any!-This entire Awards Season was consistent to say the least. From the jump, there was simply clear winners throughout the respective fields be it, Best Picture, the acting categories, cinematography, costume design, production design, animation; the awards went to who was expected to get them and that’s what happened leading up to the Oscars. That’s not to say that this year for film was bad, but who stood out among these guilds and branches was pretty cut and dry to say the least!
- Momentum could not be stopped-Going into the Oscars, I predicted that The Shape of Water, Guillermo Del Toro, Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney were going to walk away with the top honors but I still held out hope for some of the nominees such as Sally Hawkins for Best Actress and Laurie Metcalf for Best Supporting Actress; either one of them would have made a welcome upset but alas, there was just too much momentum to slow the winners down. I’m not saying that they were unworthy but some in certain categories were better in my eyes.
- The Shape of Water had worthy competition throughout-Even though Hollywood’s top honor went to The Shape of Water, in the weeks leading up to the Oscars, many of the nominees for Best Picture put up a worthy challenge. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Get Out, Lady Bird and Phantom Thread all earned worthy and prestigious honors and each did make compelling arguments to be considered the Best Picture of 2017. These movies put up quite a fight leading up to Oscar night and the studios and artists behind them should be proud of what they accomplished.
- Still, there were many firsts-Despite a predictable outcome, there were many first time accomplishes met at the Oscars and throughout awards season. Longtime veterans in their respective fields such as Gary Oldman and Roger Deakins finally took home an Oscar for their works, Robert Lopez, who co-wrote the Oscar-winning song for Coco, was the first person to pull off an EGOT twice, basketball superstar Kobe Bryant won an Academy Award for his short film, Jordan Peele became the first African-American to win Best Original Screenplay for Get Out; this was a year for milestones regardless of whether there was any surprises or not.
With that, we can finally close the books on 2017. We’re already well underway into 2018 and I for one have a lot to be happy about because I know that there are many exciting and revelatory films are on the horizon. See you at the movies!