Wednesday, March 7, 2018

2018 Oscars non-winning Nominees

After having gone through the big winners of the 90th Academy Awards, I thought the non-winning nominees are also worth a look. Winning is tough and occasionally, it’s not the best movie that wins, but rather the one that makes the best Oscars marketing effort.

imageIn less politically-correct times, the nominees who haven’t won anything would be called “losers” but that isn’t a word I’m willing to use in this context. The Academy voters most certainly do not reflect my own views in their entirety and they probably do not reflect your own, so among those who are not awarded there certainly are some who may very well have deserved more.

As in the winners list, I am presenting the movies ordered by IMDB rating, as shown today (date of publishing). It seems like action / hero movies are highest rated, such as Logan and Guardians.. 2 (Wonder being an exception) but least likely to get “serious” prizes.
  1. “Logan” (adapted Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green) 8.1-457614, n, a; In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X, somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan's attempts to hide from the world, and his legacy, are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.
  2. “Wonder” (makeup and hairstyling) 8.0-55039, a; Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters 5th grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
  3. “The Greatest Showman (song “This Is Me”) 7.9-75634, a; Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
  4. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (visual effects) 7.7-348053, n, a; The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.
  5. “Baby Driver” (film editing, sound editing, sound mixing) 7.7-275278, a; After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
  6. “The Disaster Artist” (adapted Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber) 7.7-57869, a; When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.
  7. “The Florida Project” (supporting actor Willem Dafoe) 7.7-33112, a; Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.
  8. “Lady Bird” (picture, actress Saoirse Ronan, director/screenplay Greta Gerwig, supporting actress Laurie Metcalf) 7.6-84688, trailer, review, a; In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.
  9. “The Big Sick” (screenplay Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjani) 7.6-76492, a; Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings.
  10. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (visual effects, sound editing) 7.5-321955, a;  Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.
  11. “War for the Planet of the Apes” (visual effects) 7.5-159537, a; After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.
  12. “Molly’s Game (adapted Aaron Sorkin) 7.5-34666, a; The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.
  13. “Mudbound” (cinematography, adapted Virgil Williams & Dee Rees, song Mighty River, supporting actress Mary J. Blige) 7.5-21321, n, a; Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.
  14. “Beauty and the Beast” (production design, costume design) 7.3-200330, a; An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.
  15. “The Post” (picture, actress Meryl Streep) 7.3-50185, a; A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.
  16. “Marshall” (song “Stand Up for Something”) 7.2-7438, a; The story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.
  17. “All the Money in the World” (supporting actor Christopher Plummer) 7.1-16255, trailer, review, a; The true story of the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty & the kidnapping of his grandson.
  18. “Victoria and Abdul” (costume design, makeup and hairstyling) 6.8-15990, a; Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
  19. “Kong: Skull Island” (visual effects) 6.7-196527, a; A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.
  20. “Roman J. Israel, Esq” (actor Denzel Washington) 6.4-10527, a; a driven, idealistic defense attorney, finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a crisis and the necessity for extreme action.

It makes no sense to mix up the less popular categories with the rest of the movies, as they almost never get nominated for anything else outside their narrow spheres.

I further divided the “specials” into shorts and features.

First the “shorts”, some of which may be purchased via 2017 Shorts on Amazon. These are the live action shorts, the documentary shorts and the animated shorts.

live action short film

  1. “DeKalb Elementary” (Reed Van Dyk) 7.6-531, trailer, review, a; Inspired by an actual 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.
  2. “The Eleven O’Clock” (Derin Seale and Josh Lawson) 7.6-509, trailer, y, a; The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets out of control.
  3. “Watu Wote/All of Us” (Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen) 7.4-517, trailer, review, a; For a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.
  4. “My Nephew Emmett” (Kevin Wilson, Jr.) 6.9-457, trailer, review, a; Mississippi 1955 in the most racially divided state in the country, 64 year-old Mose Wright tries to protect his 14 year-old nephew Emmett Till from two racist killers.

documentary shorts

  1. “Knife Skills” (Thomas Lennon), 7.2-320, trailer, review, tny, y, a; What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have ...
  2. “Edith+Eddie” (Laura Checkoway & Thomas Lee Wright), 7.0-434, trailer, review, topic; Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.
  3. “Heroin(e)” (Elaine McMillion & Kerrin Sheldon), 6.9-1166, trailer, review, n, a; Three women fight to break the cycle one life at a time.
  4. “Traffic Stop” (Kate Davis & David Heilbroner), 5.6-461, trailer, review, a; HBO tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American school teacher from Austin, Texas, who was stopped for a routine traffic violation that escalated into a ...

animated shorts r

  1. “Lou” (Dave Mullins and Dana Murray) 7.9-3706, trailer, review, y, a, lou; A Pixar short about a lost-and-found box and the unseen monster within.
  2. “Revolting Rhymes” (Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer) I:7.7-1092, trailer, review, n, a, rerh; Two half-hour animated films based on the much-loved rhymes written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake.
  3. “Negative Space” (Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata) 7.4-910, trailer, review; Even though Sam's father is hardly ever home because he is often away on business trips, he is able to connect with his son by teaching him how to pack a suitcase.
  4. “Garden Party” (Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon) 7.3-1043, trailer, a; In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.

I’m looking forward to watching all the animated shorts, The 11 O’clock and maybe Knife Skills.

Of the lesser loved features, we have documentaries and animations.

documentary features

  1. “Faces Places” (Agnès Varda, JR & Rosalie Varda), 8.0-2696, trailer, review, a; Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.
  2. “Last Men in Aleppo” (Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed & Søren Steen Jespersen), 7.5-1452, n, a; Khaled, Mahmoud, and Subhi volunteered at the white helmets trying to save lives of hundreds of victims at besieged city during the Syrian civil war.
  3. “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” (Steve James, Mark Mitten & Julie Goldman), 7.2-1466, trailer, review, a; A small financial institution called Abacus becomes the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States' 2008 mortgage crisis.
  4. “Strong Island” (Yance Ford and Joslyn Barnes) 6.4-2026, trailer, review, n;

animated feature film

  1. “Loving Vincent” (Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman and Ivan Mactaggart) 7.9-21993, y, bbc, dw, oscars, a, lovi; In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.
  2. “The Breadwinner” (Nora Twomey and Anthony Leo) 7.6-3382, trailer, review, a; A headstrong young girl in Afghanistan disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.
  3. “Ferdinand” (Carlos Saldanha and Lori Forte) 6.7-12831, trailer, review, a; After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.
  4. “The Boss Baby” (Tom McGrath and Ramsey Naito) 6.3-73401, trailer, review, n, a; A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his 7-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

That’s pretty much all that 2017 had to offer in terms of movies worth trying to watch.

imageOne way to save on watching all these movies is to watch them on Netflix, when they come up. If you’re logged in, the way to search for “the subject” is: You may also follow the Netflix Channel on YouTube.

You can also search the Netflix (and other content providers) databases without a login through sites such as JustWatch, ReelGood and UNogs.

The latter keeps a database of the number of

“all videos”, “movies” and “series” available in each country. It’s no surprise that USA leads, but I was quite disappointed to find Canada on the 29th place, behind Mexico, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica and many others:


I bet you wouldn’t have guessed who’s on top behind USA.


Finally, you can browse Netflix by Genres and Alternative Genres.

We’ll meet again next year on this subject. Go watch Black Panther and be disappointed by its storyline!

Sources / More info: osc-complete

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