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Don’t look up, CODA – The Hollywood Reporter

General Thoughts

The Academy salutes ABC since Tom Sherak expanded the best picture category after the so-called “snub” of The dark knight and created the Governors Awards after Jerry Lewis spoke at the acceptance of his honorary Oscar. Then, during the Oscars So White chapter, the academy threw its members under the bus and has since added new people — many who haven’t really accomplished anything and, in some cases, don’t even work in the film. And now, because the academy has an expensive museum to worry about, and because the entire organization is so overstaffed and overpaid — there are literally more ushers and security guards at the academy’s screenings than there are members — it’s scared for to stand up for yourself. When ABC told the academy to remove a few categories from the live show “otherwise,” the academy bent over and handed them out. They should have told ABC to fuck themselves and sell the show to someone else. It is an insult to the nominees of these categories that their awards are presented while the red carpet is still rolling and people are filing in and out of the room. And for what? Do you have more time to show clips from superhero movies and throw a Twitter award? On top of that, members can’t even go to the show anymore – they’re not doing the lottery this year – and yet the academy’s park ranger gets a spot every year. Many members are extremely unhappy and are exploring the possibility of a class action lawsuit. We didn’t sign up for that.

best picture

I put my bet on my ballot Tick, tick… boom! at No. 1 – done a lot of good for it! I thought so too The Unforgivable was underrated – it’s the most powerful film about self sacrifice I’ve ever seen, with an amazing performance from Sandra Bullock. And the 10 that were nominated? drive my car it’s not a bad film, but it belongs in the international feature film category, not here, just like that parasite Did. dune is worthy in many categories, but not in this one. I looked forward to the new Westside Story, but aside from its opening sequence, it’s almost a copy of the original; I know they emphasize that they are casting Latino and Latina actors this time, but the actress who plays Maria is named Rachel Zeglerso I think that’s a bit exaggerated. Don’t look up is a joke film. King Richard It’s not bad, but it’s not particularly good either. Liquorice Pizza is masterful in a way, but I don’t know how much it really has to say. The other four – Belfast, KODA, nightmare alley and The power of the dog – are all worthy. The power of the dog is beautifully acted, photographed and directed in many ways, but it’s just too long with some really boring moments. Belfast is moving, with great performances and shows how the problems affected the average person, which I had never seen before; I’m not sure why they called the boy “Buddy” instead of “Kenneth” but that’s another matter. nightmare alley is far superior to the other Guillermo del Toro film that won this award [The Shape of Water]; It’s visually stunning and a study in greed that many people could benefit from. but KODA shows a part of the life that certain people live but people are not now exposed to and it is excellent in every way that the best picture should be – it has great storytelling, acting and directing and it also conveys an important message about society. It deserves recognition.

TO TAKE: (1) KODA(2) nightmare alley(3) Belfast(4) The power of the dog(5) Liquorice Pizza(6) King Richard(7) Don’t look up(8th) Westside Story(9) dune(10) drive my car

Best Director

I am shocked about this [CODA’s] Sian Heder was not nominated in this or that category [Drive My Car’s Ryusuke] Hamaguti was. [West Side Story’s] Steven Spielberg shouldn’t have been nominated – this film was mostly made by the art department and the choreography department. [Licorice Pizza’s] Paul Thomas Anderson’s writing is more impressive than his directing. [Belfast’s] Kenneth Branagh and [Dog’s] Jane Campion are both very strong candidates; Kenneth simply told his story in a more economical way.

TO TAKE: Kenneth Branagh, Belfast

Illustration by Audrey Malo

Best actor

[Being the Ricardos’ Javier] Bardem hasn’t done much for me; He doesn’t look like Desi Arnaz at all and the movie wasn’t that good. I’ve never been a big fan of [King Richard’s] Will Smith. denzel [Washington of The Tragedy of Macbeth] is always awesome. [Dog’s Benedict] Cumberbatch offers a powerful, subtle performance. But my choice is above all [Tick, Tick … Boom!’s] Andrew Garfield. You can see he put his heart and soul into this film and did things he’s never done before, and with an American accent, I might add. I loved this movie.

TO TAKE: Andrew Garfield, Tick, tick… boom!

Best Actress

I have a feeling she’ll probably win, but I didn’t like Olivia Colman’s take on this character [in The Lost Daughter] – She was a bitter woman on a note throughout, and I thought the actress who played the younger version of her character [Jessie Buckley] was much better. [Ricardos’] Nicole Kidman wasn’t anything special except when she was recreating scenes from i love lucy. Both [The Eyes of Tammy Faye’s] Jessica Chastain and [Parallel Mothers’] are Penelope Cruz always Good. but [Spencer’s] Kristen Stewart deserves this – if her interpretation of Diana wasn’t perfect, the whole film would struggle. She not only embodies Diana physically, but captures her whole essence. I have not liked many of her other films, but in this one her talent is undeniable.

TO TAKE: Kristen Stewart, spencer

Best supporting actor

I’m not sure how [Dog’s] Jesse Plemons or [Ricardos’] JK Simmons was nominated. I liked it [Dog’s] Kodi Smit-McPhee, but I’d like to see a bigger work from him before we honor him with an Oscar. [Belfast’s] Ciaran Hinds is wonderful. But for me it is [CODA’s] Troy Kotsur, no doubt – he could bring tears to a non-deaf audience, he was so brilliant.

TO TAKE: Troy Kotsur, KODA

The best supporting actress

I’m not a big one King Richard fan [the film for which Aunjanue Ellis is nominated]. I did not think [Dog’s] That’s how special Kirsten Dunst was. [The Lost Daughter’s] Jessie Buckley was really good.[Belfast’s] Judi Dench never ceases to amaze. But I vote for Ariana DeBose, the best part Westside Story.

TO TAKE: Ariana DeBose, Westside Story

Best Aadapted script

I really didn’t like it The Lost Daughter. I do not think so dune belongs here because it’s not even a finished movie [part two of the adaptation is still to come] – but in fairness it’s already a far better interpretation of the book than the previous adaptation! drive my car is interesting. For me it’s pretty much in between The power of the dog and KODA. I just found KODA more powerful, and it’s no small feat for a hearing person [Heder] to capture the nuances of what life is like for deaf people.

TO TAKE: KODA

Best Original Screenplay

The worst person in the world is very interesting and I appreciated the humor and cynicism of Don’t look up. but Belfast deserves this one.

TO TAKE: Belfast

Best Animated Feature

Encanto is charming, however Flee deserves recognition in this category, as does each of the three for which it is nominated, for its unique use of animation to tell its story.

TO TAKE: Flee

Best Documentary

The rescue should have been nominated and won. Flee is gimmick. Write with fire is powerful. But none of these five blew me away.

TO TAKE: [Abstain]

Best International Feature

[Austria’s Oscar entry] Lot of freedom should have been nominated, and I might even have voted for it if it had been. Of the five that were there, I liked all of them, but the best was definitely the best [Italy’s] The hand of Godwhich is the closest thing to Fellini I’ve ever seen.

TO TAKE: The hand of God

Best cinematography

Macbeth and nightmare alley were beautifully photographed. But the grittiness of the look The power of the dog made you feel like you were right there at that time and place.

TO TAKE: The power of the dog

Best Costume Design

I don’t think the costumes are in dune were something unusual. Cruella’s were very Disney. nightmare alley’s and west side story ‘s were definitely colourful. but Cyrano’s were the most creative.

TO TAKE: Cyrano

Best film editing

The processing in Tick, tick… boom! was just extraordinary. It played off the rhythm and energy of the character and his music in the sense that it’s frenetic and all over in a way that just worked.

TO TAKE: Tick, tick… boom!

Best make-up and hairstyling

Come 2 America was a terrible movie. Cruella is Disney – Over the top characters dune wasn’t particularly notable for his hair and makeup. This works out Tammy Faye’s eyes and [House of] Gucci. I admit it Tammy Faye because they totally transformed Jessica; it’s the least I can do to acknowledge the suffering she must have gone through!

TO TAKE: Tammy Faye’s eyes

Best Original Score

I liked the score of dunebut The power of the dogs score fits this film perfectly.

TO TAKE: The power of the dog

Best Original Song

I’m a little biased because Diane Warren [the 13-time nominee who is up this year for “Somehow You Do” from Four Good Days] is a friend. I doubt she’ll get away with it, but since I wasn’t overly thrilled with the other nominees, I’ll give her a vote. “No Time To Die” [from No Time to Die] is not bad, but I think “Skyfall” [from Skyfall] was a much better song.

TO TAKE: “Somehow you make it” four good days

Best Production Design

I liked the production design of Westside Storybut nightmare alley’s has advanced its story and vastly improved the experience.

TO TAKE: nightmare alley

best sound

I’m looking for sound design that is realistic and moves the story forward. dune, no time to die and Westside Story are big and noisy; Belfast and The power of the dog are subtle. I was impressed with belfast’s stuff in the streets and its use of music.

TO TAKE: Belfast

Best visual effects

Here we have all the popular movies and their effects are pretty good. Spiderman [No Way Home]’s were above the others’.

TO TAKE: Spider-Man: No Way Home

Best Animated Short Film

TO TAKE: [Abstain.]

Best Documentary

TO TAKE: [Abstain.]

Best Live Action Short Film

TO TAKE: [Abstain.]

A version of this story first appeared in the March 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to login.

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