Tonight is Oscar night. And the race is pretty open…

I was not fully convince by Dunkirk and its cleanliness, Darkest Hour is a minor film relying much on Gary Oldman’s performance. Get Out tenure may be much welcome and needed, nonetheless people make it sound, at times, like a classic, a masterpiece. Is it possible it is just a nicely done, good film announcing an interesting future for its makers?

It is beautiful, but I was bored by Call Me By Your Name (Daria’s less discriminating review here —-). I was also bored by Lady Bird ( if you want to know, review: —–).  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is full of great moments and performances but I never felt it sticks together. It doesn’t work as a whole. It may be a nominee in the original screenplay category but there is gigantic flaws in the writing (review: —–) . The same goes for the enjoyable The Shape of Water. Not always screenplay wise but well conduced fun (Review: —–).

That leaves us with The Post in which we find Mr. Spielberg in great shape (Review: —–) and PTA’s no-crowd pleaser but masterful, Phantom Thread (Review: —–).

My personal Best: Phantom Thread
The one to bet: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Gary Oldman’s performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour will probably keep fellow countryman Daniel Day Lewis (Phantom Thread) from getting even with the great Katharine Hepburn and her four Oscars. Frances McDormand will get closer to Hepburn during the evening as she will probably add a second of these golden statuettes on the fireplace for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which should perform well in the acting categories since Sam Rockwell’s own output, alongside McDormand,  is the favorite of the male supporting sandbox. Supporting ladies are headed by Allison Janney for her role in the surprisingly enjoyable I, Tonya even if personal favorite is Leslie Manville in a restrain but powerful act in Phantom Thread.

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