Tonight is Oscar Night!

Awards selections are always subject for a debate but from what we get of Academy Awards nominees there’s a few nods for some favorites. Both Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War and Alfonso Cuaron’s Mexico were included into our top films of the year. They will compete in the foreign language Film category and Best Achievement in directing . The Best director category, a rarity, will feature another non-English director, Greek born Yorgos Lanthimos, for the English speaking production The Favourite. Three Foreign Directors on five.

Among ‘foreigners’ Cuaron’s film stands as the favorite with ten nominations overall and he is also the best known of the three directors in the US with already two golden statuettes on the chimney.

Will diversity be saluted with an Oscar for new comer Yalitza Aparicio, the star of Roma? Good old timer Glenn Close also gave an amazing performance in the less amazing The Wife. Supporting actress Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone impressive confrontation in The Favourite earn them both nods. But maybe competing one another will pave the way to someone else…

In the men’s corner,  there’s always love for Willem Dafoe and, though it was a nice surprise to find him there, the experimental At Eternety’s Gate may not be a winner and he will probably stay in the shadow of Rami Malek very good as pop star Freddy Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Vice’s Christain Bale, the only past winner making it into the category this year, also gave a solid performance (matched by his make up artist). Supporting actor  Richar E Grant, often overlooked (that man is good!), deserves praise for his tenure in the sympathetic but mild Can you Ever Forgive Me? But, he is in very good company with Mahershala Ali, Sam Elliott,  Adam Driver and Sam Rockwell…

First Reformed minimalist screenplay is the first nomination for legendary Paul Schrader. No, he didn’t get a nomination for Raging Bull or Taxi Driver. Non sense! A win could stand as a Life Achievement Award.

Since we are musically incline, we are a bit deceived by the nominees for Best score, not specially audacious. Our preferences lean toward Alexandre Desplats (Isle of Dogs) and Terence Blanchard (BlacKkKlansman). With our inclination and affection toward music we took note of the nomination in the editing category of John Ottman (for Bohemian Rhapsody) as he is often on double assignment of cutting and scoring especially on numerous films by Bryan Singer. A rarity. And he excels at both.

You disagree with the choices?

Remember the total of Oscars for Best Achievement in Directing received by Hitchcock, Kubrick and Welles: Zero.

It’s only a film…