It’s that time again. For those who are new here every year when the Oscars come around I decide to give out my own awards (with blackjack and hookers). I use a lot of the same categories as the Academy but a few of my own. Also I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to make a That’s Lobstertainment reference in the header image of these since it’s all centered around a Futurama joke. Anyway on to the awards
Best Game Tie-In
LEGO Dimensions – The LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack
I’m going to miss LEGO Dimensions. While not as fun as the Ghostbusters and Fantastic Beasts Story Packs this one still allowed for a lot of franchises that never made it into the game normally to appear. It also gave me a reason to play as Batman again by giving me the option to replace the regular LEGO Batman with the LEGO Movie Batman complete with new dialogue from Will Arnet. I probably won’t have to retire this award as movies will continue to have game tie-ins but it won’t be the same without the Toys-To-Life genre.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Mike Hill and Shane Megan (The Shape of Water)
I said in my Darkest Hour review I was certain it would win and deserve this award and I was right. That said if this had been one of the many awards The Shape of Water was nominated for I’d feel it deserved it more. In fact with all the awards it won not enough attention was given to the creature it’s all about.
Best Costume Design
Mayes C. Rubeo (Thor Ragnarok)
Even before the great “He’s a friend from work” line I was already sold on Thor Ragnarok from how it looked in the trailers and a big part of that was the costumes. This film also has the best version of Thor’s helmet that I really hope they give him in the comics at some point.
Bill Pope (Baby Driver)
A big part of what makes Baby Driver work is the way it’s shot. Everything is so perfectly timed and while a lot of that credit belongs to Edgar Wright a big part of it is cinematography. This isn’t the first time Edgar Wright and Bill Pope have worked together and it’s clear they make a great team.
Best Visual Effects
Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon and Joel Whist (War for the Planet of the Apes)
Finally seeing all the Planet of the Apes movies meant getting to finally see these amazing effects in action. All the nominees in this category had amazing effects and deserved to win but this was the one that impressed me the most.
Best Cover Song
Sky Ferreira – Easy (Baby Driver)
I made this award last year because of the amazing While My Guitar Gently Weeps cover in Kubo but it was tricky to pick one this year. In the end the one that stood out the most was this one because of its role in the film.
Best Original Song
Daniel Ingram/Shannon Chan-Kent and Kristin Chenoweth – One Small Thing (My Little Pony: The Movie)
There were a lot of great songs in movies this year but the one I liked the most was this one. I was sold the moment I heard it was a duet between Pinkie Pie and a character voiced by Kristin Chenoweth. Also while it’s a shame none of the songs from this movie were nominated I’m really glad Remember Me won after the disappointing result last year.
Best Compilation Soundtrack
I wanted to make an award like this when the first Guardians of the Galaxy came out but figured it would just be an award made just for that movie. This year however there were several films that made great use of their existing soundtrack including Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 and Atomic Blonde. The one that did it best and had the best song selection however was Baby Driver. This film was robbed of that Sound Mixing award because each scene with a song in it was like a music video with how perfect the timing was.
Best Nostalgic Score
Shinji Miyazaki (Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!)
This guy has been composing music for the Pokémon anime ever since the beginning including every movie. One of the worst parts about the dub of this movie was the fact they replaced this amazing soundtrack with a really generic one. A big part of this movie is recreations of iconic scenes like Ash releasing Butterfree and hearing recreations of the same music that played in those original scenes is extremely important for that.
Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water)
Yeah the Academy made the right call on this one. I’ll admit last year didn’t have that many memorable scores outside of those that relied on melodies already familiar to the audience but listening back to this one it’s one of the strengths of the film I overlooked in my original review.
Best Production Design
Rick Heinrichs (The Last Jedi)
While The Last Jedi was my favourite film from last year this is its only award it’s getting here. The look of the film is amazing as much like The Force Awakens we’re dealing with multiple brand new locations that feel like they’ve always been a part of this universe while still being unique.
Edgar Wright (Baby Driver)
I’m really glad Guillermo del Toro won, since Edgar Wright wasn’t even nominated del Toro was who I wanted to win. But the fact Wright has never been nominated for Best Director at the Oscars is insulting. Seriously watch this video from Every Frame A Painting as it sums up his strengths as a director better than I could. Also this video specific to one scene in Baby Driver I found through the suggested videos while getting the previous one. His work is stuff you enjoy more the closer you pay attention to the small details and I hope one day the Academy realize how great his work is.
Best Reprising Voice Actress
Rica Matsumoto as Satoshi/Ash Ketchum (Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!)
Another thing watching the current dub for the first time in years has done has helped me appreciate just how great Rica Matsumoto’s performance is. Because the film has recreations of some of the more emotional moments from the original series it’s a treat, especially when you go back and watch the original moments to hear how much her performance has improved over the years, you can’t get that with Sarah Natochenny. It would have been nice to hear how Veronica Taylor would have done it though.
Best Reprising Voice Actor
Andy Serkis as Caesar
The best part about the Planet of the Apes marathon was watching Caesar’s story over this trilogy and a big part of that has been Andy Serkis’ performance. In each film his ability to speak has improved and this is the one where he talks the entire movie, even to the other apes who only sign. Now can the Academy please make an award for performances of animated characters so voice and mocap actors can get the credit they deserve, because Andy Serkis should have three Oscars for playing Caesar.
Best Reprising Actress
Gal Gadot as Diana of Themyscira/Wonder Woman (Wonder Woman)
There were several great choices for this award but I feel Gal Gadot deserves it the most because like with Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool this is taking a character she did a decent job playing in a bad movie and redeeming them in a much better movie.
Best Reprising Actor
Hugh Jackman as James Howlett/Wolverine (Logan)
This was a very close choice between this performance and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. Ultimately what made me settle on Jackman was that this isn’t just his best performance as Logan but the best performance I’ve seen from him in general. If I didn’t separate reprising actors from people playing a role for the first time this would have been a Best Actor performance.
Best Supporting Actress
Dafne Keen as Laura Kinney/X-23 (Logan)
Another performance from Logan and if Disney choose to keep the X-Men in Fox’s hands for a while before moving them to the MCU I want an X-23 solo movie instead of getting a new Wolverine (unless she’s the new Wolverine like in the comics). This is her first film role and it’s an amazing start. She doesn’t speak for most of the movie performing mostly through her expressions and fighting.
Best Supporting Actor
Jon Hamm as Buddy (Baby Driver)
A lot of awards for Baby Driver this year. I can’t say much about this performance without spoiling the movie. If you’ve seen it you understand why.
Best Voice Actor
Willem Dafoe as Ryuk (Death Note)
Death Note wasn’t a good movie. There’s plenty of videos that can explain why but one thing everyone seems to agree on is that Willem Dafoe was perfect casting as Ryuk. It’s just a shame this performance wasn’t in a better movie.
Best Voice Actress
Emily Blunt as Tempest Shadow (My Little Pony: The Movie)
This is such a great performance I’m a bit disappointed we’re probably never going to see Tempest pop up in the show. Her villain song Open Up Your Eyes was a close second for Best Original Song and the main reason I’m looking forward to seeing the new Mary Poppins later this year.
Best Leading Actor
Ryan Gosling as K (Blade Runner 2049)
Most of the best performances this year were actors returning to roles they’d played before and the thing that made me go with Ryan Gosling for Best Leading Actor is how he played off one of said performances. This is a Blade Runner movie and while many people went in caring more about Deckard this movie made sure that by the time we saw him again we cared just as much about K too.
Best Leading Actress
Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding (I, Tonya)
Like I said in my review while the jumps and tricks were a combination of stunt doubles, camera trickery and CGI the fact she’s still doing a large amount of the skating herself is still really impressive. But the skating is only a small part of her performance, her delivery of a lot of lines is extremely entertaining and one of the best examples of how great an actress she is in this is the scene of her reflection as she puts on her makeup.
I could just refer you to my points about Margot Robbie’s performance for why I went with this film but there’s also all the other performances and just the presentation of the events of the film. This is the most unique based on a true story movie I’ve seen. Out of the three new awards I added this year this is the one that’s least likely to come back as it’s unlikely I’ll see a biopic this good again.
Best Animated Short Film
Rise and Shine
I saw several great animated shorts this year but the best ones were from Overwatch. Out of those of course the one about one about one of the two characters I play as the most was going to be my favourite. If Overwatch release a D.Va short this year don’t be surprised if it’s here next year. Also if you’re wondering why there’s only the animated shorts award this year it’s because I didn’t see any live action ones.
With all the movies I’ve been watching these last few years of course a documentary about one of the most famous, influential and popular directors was going to interest me. But the thing that put it above the other documentaries I saw last year was how personal the presentation was. The narration was taken from interviews with Steven Spielberg, his friends, family and the people he’s worked with making it sound better than if it had been told by a regular narrator.
Like last year rather than regular Best Animated/Live Action Picture I’m just going to show my top 10 again. Unlike last year it hasn’t changed since I posted it, though that’s mostly because I delayed it until I saw The Shape of Water. On that note I’m glad it won Best Picture at the Oscars, I’d say they’re getting better but for every choice I agree with them on there’s another award they messed up.
A lot of tricky awards to pick this year. Anyway now that I don’t need to worry about 2017 films anymore it’s time to get back to catching up on 2018 films, thanks for reading.