Best Picture nominees:
Of the six Best Picture nominees I’ve seen, I’d rank Dunkirk first, with other 5 (Get Out, Phantom Thread, The Post, Shape of Water, Three Billboards) all being pretty good but not of Dunkirk’s caliber.
Of the three I haven’t seen, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird sounds most promising. Her boyfriend is the excellent Noah Baumbach, whose straight to Netflix movie The Meyerwitz (sp?) Chronicles looked quite good from the part I saw, especially Adam Sandler, whose performance in the opening ten minutes in which he drives around a New York block looking for a parking place was outstanding. (Seriously, Sandler was great driving around the block.)
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water led with 13 nominations. It has a lot going for it, but does it ever have the most on-the-nose hate whitey Coalition of the Fringes screenplay. It makes Get Out seems like Training Day by comparison. It’s pretty embarrassing. So it will probably win best picture.
Some people are starting to notice that Ebbing, Missouri isn’t really as hate whitey as they at first assumed, which bodes ill for it in the second round voting.
The Phantom Thread is a classy period piece from Paul Thomas Anderson with the great Daniel Day-Lewis as a 1950s couture designer. Since it did well in the nominations, I’ll have to write up my review. So far nobody is denouncing it for its lack of diversity (except for the Porfirio Rubirosa Dominican playboy character who is marrying the designer’s richest client) or for straightwashing fashion designers. But just you wait.