A bit later than usual but here’s my annual Futurama reference, I mean awards post. Looking at the actual Oscar results there are some results I agree with as far as the movies I’ve seen are concerned… except Best Editing because seriously, how? Mostly my disagreements tend to be over things that weren’t even nominated and the absence of awards for voice acting. Anyway I’ve delayed this post long enough, let’s start
Best Game Tie-In
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 – Extra Pack #4
This award has gotten trickier to pick with the Toys-To-Life genre being mostly dead (I have heard good things about Starlink though). This time the example that stood out has to be getting to play as the new canon versions of Broly and Gogeta in Xenoverse 2. Now we just need them to add GT Uub, Super Saiyan God Vegeta and more characters from the Tournament of Power.
Best Costume Design
Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther)
Glad to see the Academy and I agree on this one. These costumes were the right balance of African cultures and something right out of the comics.
Best Visual Effects
Danny Dimian (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
Despite the Oscar in this picture this movie wasn’t even nominated despite having some of the best visuals in any movie last year. Seriously Spider-Verse captures the look of a comic better than any other movie.
Stan Lee (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
Stan Lee once joked about how the Academy Awards needed a Best Cameo award so in his memory I decided to include it. While he had plenty of good cameos last year the one in Spider-Verse was the most effective due to the context of the scene. There’s also a bunch of hidden cameos of him throughout the movie.
Best Cover Song
Katherine Ho – Yellow (Crazy Rich Asians)
Most of the candidates for this award were in this movie but the one the stood out the most was this one that plays at the end of the movie. It’s really great cover made even better when you look up the context of why Jon Chu wanted it to be in the movie.
Best Original Song
Alan Menken/Sarah Silverman – A Place Called Slaughter Race (Ralph Breaks the Internet)
I like The Shallow and all but this award really only had too candidates for me (the other being My Superhero Movie) that I continued listening to for the last few months. The Academy lacks the sense of humour needed to appreciate how great these songs are. Plus the fact they got Alan Menken to make the parody of his own work for Disney meant as well as being funny it still works as a traditional Disney song.
Best Original Score
Daniel Pemberton (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
While 2018 had plenty of great movie scores the one the stood out the most for more than just a recurring melody was this one. The music complimented the visuals and the voice acting in a way that stood out without overpowering the scene, except in cases where it needed to like the scenes focused on the Prowler.
Best Production Design
Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart (Black Panther)
Another agreement with the Academy and of course it’s for Black Panther. Picking a picture for this award was tricky because every section of Wakanda has its own unique look to it while still feeling like part of the same place.
Naoko Yamada (Liz and the Blue Bird)
One of the best directors in anime at the moment. A big part of why this movie made it into my top 10 list for last year is because of Yamada’s directing. Considering the people I’ve given this award to over the years I expect that this will at some point be the award to break my rule of not giving someone the same award twice.
Best Reprising Voice Actress
Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz (Ralph Breaks the Internet)
One of the strengths of this movie is that takes these characters in a new direction and commits to the changes it makes and a big part of what makes that work is in the performances. The singing also helps.
Best Reprising Voice Actor
Josh Brolin as Thanos (Avengers: Infinity War)
While it’s not his first time playing the character this was the movie where Thanos was in the spotlight and Josh Brolin was able to really make his performance stand out.
Best Reprising Actress
Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne/Wasp (Ant-Man and The Wasp)
It’s about time that Wasp made it into the MCU outside of a flashback and a legacy hero suit tease.
Best Reprising Actor
Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa (Creed II)
If I’d seen the Rocky movies back when the first Creed came out I probably would have given Stallone this award back then. But with this most likely being his last time playing Rocky it is fitting to give him the award now.
Best Supporting Actor
Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger (Black Panther)
Between this and Creed II 2018 was a good year for Michael B. Jordan, in fact if I hadn’t given the Best Reprising Actor award to Stallone it would have gone to him giving him two awards in one year. In a year of great villains Killmonger still stood out.
Best Supporting Actress
Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia (Black Panther)
Black Panther had several great actresses in the cast making it hard to choose which one should win this award. But with Killmonger getting Best Supporting Actor it makes sense for the Best Supporting Actress award to go to the opposing argument.
Best Voice Actress
Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
It’s cool how in the last few years Gwen Stacy has changed from being famous for dying to being one of the most popular alternate versions of Spider-Man (or Spider-Woman in this case).
Best Voice Actor
Shameik Moore as Miles Morales/Spider-Man (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
While he’s not the first voice actor to play Miles this was the first time I’ve heard his voice and thought “yep, that’s Miles Morales”. Mostly because previous versions of Miles have been side characters in a story where Peter Parker is the main Spider-Man while this time it’s his time to be the main Spider-Man.
Best Leading Actor
Lakeith Stanfield as Cassius Green (Sorry to Bother You)
While about half his scenes have David Cross’ voice dubbed over Stanfield’s performance still gets to stand out in those scenes thanks to his facial expressions. Plus when the movie gets at its most surreal his performance is the perfect reaction to what starts happening and it adds to the humour.
Best Leading Actress
Lady Gaga as Ally “Esther” Maine (A Star Is Born)
The newest version of Esther (and the first to not be called Esther) Gaga had some really great performances to live up to and somehow managed to be in my opinion the best version of the character. While this isn’t her first acting role it’s the first film I’ve seen her in (outside of a Muppets cameo) and it’s clear she’s just as great at acting as she is at singing.
While creative liberties were made adapting the true story all of them benefited the story of the film and helped highlight the message, well highlight it even more since the movie was not subtle about its points (especially with the ending).
Best Animated Short Film
Overwatch vs. TF2
Blizzard released a couple of their official animated shorts for Overwatch last year which were both good but both were overshadowed by the fan made Source Filmmaker video from The Winglet that perfectly captures the communities and gameplay of both games in a way that is funny for a fan of one game but hilarious for a fan of both.
I don’t normally watch the documentaries that actually get nominated but this one was recommended to me and after seeing it I agree with the Academy on this one. While Three Identical Strangers was really good I liked the personal approach this film had since the directors and camera crew are all Alex Honnold’s friends.
My Top 10 Movies of 2018
No changes to the list at the moment as it wasn’t that long ago that I made it and none of the 2018 films I’ve seen since then has made their way into the list.
Sorry this was a bit later than usual. Maybe for next year since I’m doing my best of the decade list I might also make a few top 10 lists based on some of these awards. I’ll still do the regular awards though. Until then it’s time to get back to watching this year’s movies…