By Mica Wilhite
The 2018 Academy Awards are Sunday night. So, this week I am recapping each of the nine Best Picture nominees in order of what my secret agent inside the Academy, Sam, said were the least likely to most likely winners.
9.“Call Me By Your Name” is a gay romance, but even more, a coming of age story of 17-year old Italian Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet) and his father’s American assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer). Although least likely to win this category, it is a touching story adapted for the silver screen in a lovely way. It received only 1% of votes in our online poll.
8. “Lady Bird” is another coming of age story, this time about a high school senior, Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) and her stormy relationship with her mother, Marion McPherson (Laurie Metcalf).
7.“Phantom Thread” is said to be Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day Lewis last film and last collaboration with acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson. Lewis plays a dressmaker in stylish 1950s London who falls in love with Cyril Woodcock (Lesley Manville).
6.“The Post” tells the story of The Washington Post publishing the Pentagon Papers, classified documents from the Pentagon about America’s involvement in Vietnam. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Meryl Streep as Post publisher Katherine Graham and Tom Hanks as the infamous Post editor, Ben Bradlee, it debuted at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.. It received 7% of votes on our online poll and not likely to win Sunday night.
5.“Dunkirk” won The Jimp’s online poll with 29% of the votes. Short on dialogue but high on drama about a piece of already well-known in history, the film is the story of the Dunkirk evacuation during World War II. Directed by Christopher Nolan, it is the highest grossing film about World War II of all time and a formidable competitor for Best Picture.
4. “Darkest Hour” received 7% of votes in our poll. Revisiting World War II at the time of the Dunkirk evacuation, France was not prevailing against Germany, and many British leaders favored negotiating with Hitler. The story is about Winston Churchill’s (Gary Olden) formidable and historic leadership through that very dark period.
3.“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has a mother, Mildred Hayes, played by Frances McDormand, whose daughter was the victim of an unsolved rape and murder. Hayes erects three billboards to draw attention to the unsolved murder. McDormand gives an Oscar worthy performance and the film is another formidable nominee.
2.“The Shape of Water” is a fairy tale love story between a mute custodian named Elisa and a captured humanoid-amphibian creature housed at a government laboratory. Directed by the cinematic artistic genius Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” 2006), the $20 million film has made over $110 million to date. It received 21% of the votes in our poll and is my favorite to win.
1. “Get Out” is the Cinderella film at the Oscars dance this year. A horror film that believably addresses race relations by telling a suspenseful story of a black man, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) meeting the parents of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) and discovering a disturbing secret. Released over a year ago and raking in over $250 million off of a $4.5 million budget, it is the popular favorite to win and a must see for all cinematic aficionados. It received 21% of the votes in our poll.
The 90th Annual Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and will air on ABC Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 7:00pm Central Time. I encourage you to watch and find out along with me how good of a job Sam did as my Academy secret agent.
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