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Here are the nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role:

Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie – I, Tonya

Saorise Ronan – Lady Bird

Meryl Streep – The Post

Who I’m Cheering For: I don’t know if anyone here completely ‘doesn’t belong’ this year.  I’ll go with Robbie just for proving (again) she can do more than be the sexpot.

Who Should Win: Let’s not underestimate being a leading character who’s a mute means.  I’d say Sally Hawkins here.

Who Will Win: McDormand.  The people love her and she only seems to do films now once every few years.

 

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I get it.  I get why this is the frontrunner.

‘The Shape of Water’ checks off so many boxes, even to a film geek like me.  Non traditional love story? Check.  Feels super original in the land of remaking everything? Check.  Non verbal lead character? Check.  Character actors who character actors worship (Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlberg?) Check check check.

In a year where all the Best Director nominees will argue their man (or woman!) did the best job this year, it’s going to be hard to argue against Del Toro’s vision here.  A…’creature’ is captured in Cold War era America and brought to a secret location.  He forms a bond with a mute cleaning lady and the two fall in love.  I mean…COME ON!!!

It’s del Toro so you know it’s beautiful to look at; the creature looks ‘real’ within the world they’ve created; the cast is solid from top to bottom.  The biggest nit pick (if you want to call it that) is if the viewer is willing to go all in on what’s essentially a fantasy film.

The nominations would say yes.  We’ll find it in another month if that translates to wins.

 

 

 

Jennifer Lawrence

Here are the nominees for Best Supporting Actor:
Barkhad Abdi
Bradley Cooper
Michael Fassbender
Jonah Hill
Jared Leto
Who Should Win
MALIK: Another category that could go a few different ways and not really be ‘wrong’.  I love what Fassie did in 12 Years, but I was really affected by what Leto did in ‘Dallas’. He’s the frontrunner for a reason.
ART: Jonah Hill. Really? Yes. Really….? No. I really liked what Barkhad Abdi did in Captain Phillips. He was great. But, a win ain’t happening. He gets the “it’s great to be here” award. Fassbender was sadistic and electric. But, Leto took his performance to the next level. His may be the only guaranteed win I can see.
Who Will Win
MALIK: Abdi has been making a little more noise, but I still think this is Leto’s to lose.
ART: Leto. No doubt. He hit on all cylinders.
Who We Want to Win
MALIK: Got to go with Leto.  The extended layoff in between movie roles is just icing on the cake of ‘if you’re one of the guys comfortable enough to take chances, you should be working more.’
ART: Leto. Just a great example of inhabiting a character.
Here’s the nominees for Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins
Jennifer Lawrence
Lupita Nyong’o
Julia Roberts
Jane Squibb
Who Should Win
MALIK: Lupita was the Best Supporting Actress this year. The End.
ART: No doubt. I like Jennifer Lawrence. I respect Jennifer Lawrence. I think she’s great and I get why Hollywood is in love with her at the moment. But, this race isn’t close. Lupita blew everyone away with her performance in 12 Years and also is doubling right now as the person most likely to get away with murder if the jury is made up of African American women.
Who Will Win
MALIK: Look, I love Jennifer Lawrence.  She’s beautiful, she’s talented, she still has that ‘realness’ and a spark to her that we all respond to. But THIS year, for the 20 or so minutes of screen time she had in American Hustle, that’s not the Best Supporting Actress role this year. It just isn’t.  But we shall see…
ART: We’re saying the same thing. I agree. Except, I’ll add this… Nothing against J.Law personally, but her role in American Hustle – I’m not even sure it served an essential purpose in the story. It feels and smells like Oscar bait. She was excellent in Winter’s Bone. Here, she was just a crazy lady in 70s clothes. Nope.
Who We Want to Win
MALIK: Lupita, of course.  She’s undeniable; I know I’m far from the only person writing parts with her in mind now,  just because we want to see her keep showing up on our movie screens.
ART: Lupita. My only question? Is Hollywood ready to actually use her talents in prominent roles after this awards season? I don’t want to sound cynical, but I am really curious to see.
Tomorrow, we look at Lead Actor and Actress…