Genre Films Clean Up At the 2018 Academy Awards

first_imgStay on target For decades now the Academy Awards have developed a reputation for being pretty elitist. On paper they reward the best films of the year but in reality Oscars tend to go to a certain kind of great film. Stuffy costume dramas, reverent historical epics, social issues films that aren’t too provocative, movies about how cool Hollywood already is, limited-release movies typically only seen by the old folks who make up the Academy itself. These movies aren’t (usually) bad by any means, but “Oscar-bait” only makes up a fraction of what the art form can offer.Fortunately, ever since expanding the potential number of Best Picture winners following the snub of The Dark Knight, we’ve seen more and more genre films (sci-fi, horror, fantasy) sneak their way into the Oscars. Mad Max: Fury Road rightfully cleaned up in 2015. The recently revealed 2018 Academy Award winners, and even just the field of nominees, continue this promising trend for fans of freaky cinema.Now don’t get your hopes up too high. It’s not like Gal Gadot was nominated for Best Actress in Wonder Woman. The list is still dominated by typical Oscar fare. The Post is a movie about crusading Baby Boomer-era journalists directed by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks AND Meryl Streep. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is actually called that. There are two British WWII movies on here: Darkest Hour and Dunkirk, which to be fair was written and director by geek movie god Christopher Nolan.However, there’s an appreciated quirky streak running throughout many of the nominees. Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird bring a progressive edge to what would be typical romance and coming-of-age films, respectively. Phantom Thread may seem to be about a boring dude who makes dresses, and it is, but it’s ultimately much stranger. Finally, Get Out and The Shape of Water are just full-on genre films. Get Out is a scathing take on modern liberal racism that’s also a horror movie where brains get scooped out. The Shape of Water features sex with a fish man, and it has the most nominations. 13!And that’s just in the Best Picture nominees. It’s great to see talented folks like Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kaluuya, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Sally Hawkins, Willem Dafoe, Mary J. Blige, Allison Janney, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon get recognized once you consider how they may have been ignored in the past.Weird/genre movies get even more love once you get into the writing and technical categories. Logan and The Disaster Artist, two movies about superheroes past their prime, are both nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Kobe Bryant got a nom for animated short Dear Basketball. Hopefully Blade Runner 2049 is the film that finally gives Roger Deakins his overdue cinematography Oscar. But we’re also rooting for Mudbound’s Rachel Morrison since she’s the first woman nominated for the category. The live-action Beauty and the Beast remake is up for Best Production Design. Edgar Wright’s musical chase film/Ant-Man rebound Baby Driver is up for best sound mixing.And naturally the visual effects category is nothing but genre films with Blade Runner 2049, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and War for the Planet of the Apes all competing.Finally, and we have to stress this, The Boss Baby is now an Academy Award-nominated film. In the same category as living painting Loving Vincent. Can’t get much weirder than that.Here’s the full list of 2018 Oscar winners.Best PictureCall Me By Your NameDarkest HourDunkirkGet OutLady BirdPhantom ThreadThe PostThe Shape of WaterThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriBest DirectorChristopher Nolan – DunkirkJordan Peele – Get OutGreta Gerwig – Lady BirdPaul Thomas Anderson – Phantom ThreadGuillermo del Toro – The Shape of WaterBest Actor in a Leading RoleTimothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your NameDaniel Day-Lewis – Phantom ThreadDaniel Kaluuya – Get OutGary Oldman – Darkest HourDenzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.Best Actress in a Leading RoleSally Hawkins – The Shape of WaterFrances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriMargot Robbie – I, TonyaSaoirse Ronan – Lady BirdMeryl Streep – The PostBest Supporting ActorWillem Dafoe – The Florida ProjectWoody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriRichard Jenkins – The Shape of WaterChristopher Plummer – All the Money in the WorldSam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriBest Supporting ActressMary J. Blige – MudboundAllison Janney – I, TonyaLeslie Manville – Phantom ThreadLaurie Metcalf – Lady BirdOctavia Spencer – The Shape of WaterBest Original ScreenplayThe Big SickGet Out- By Jordan PeeleLady BirdThe Shape of WaterThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriBest Adapted ScreenplayCall Me By Your Name- By James IvoryThe Disaster ArtistLoganMolly’s GameMudboundBest Film EditingBaby DriverDunkirk- Richard King and Alex GibsonI, TonyaThe Shape of WaterThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriBest Foreign Language FilmA Fantastic Woman (Chile)- Directed by Sebastián LelioOn Body and Soul (Hungary)The Insult (Lebanon)Loveless (Russia)The Square (Sweden)Best Animated FeatureThe Boss BabyThe BreadwinnerCoco- Lee Unkrich and Darla K. AndersonFerdinandLoving VincentBest CinematographyBlade Runner 2049- Roger A. DeakinsDarkest HourDunkirkMudboundThe Shape of WaterBest Production DesignBeauty and the BeastBlade Runner 2049Darkest HourDunkirkThe Shape of Water- Paul Denham AusterberryBest Visual EffectsBlade Runner 2049- John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. HooverGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Kong: Skull IslandStar Wars: The Last JediWar for the Planet of the ApesBest Make-Up and HairstylingDarkest Hour- Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy SibbickVictoria & AbdulWonderBest Sound MixingBaby DriverBlade Runner 2049Dunkirk- Richard King and Alex GibsonThe Shape of WaterStar Wars: The Last JediBest Sound EditingBaby DriverBlade Runner 2049Dunkirk- Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, and Gary A. RizzoThe Shape of WaterStar Wars: The Last JediBest Costume DesignBeauty and the BeastDarkest HourPhantom Thread- Mark BridgesThe Shape of WaterVictoria & AbdulBest Original ScoreDunkirkPhantom ThreadThe Shape of Water- Alexandre DesplatStar Wars: The Last JediThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriBest Original Song‘Remember Me’ – Coco- Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez‘Mystery of Love’ – Call Me By Your Name‘This Is Me’ – The Greatest Showman‘Mighty River’ – Mudbound‘Stand Up For Something’ – MarshallBest Documentary FeatureAbacus: Small Enough to JailFaces PlacesIcarus- Bryan Fogel and Dan CoganLast Men in AleppoStrong IslandBest Documentary ShortEdith & EddieHeaven is a Traffic Jam- Frank StiefelHeroin(e)KnifeskillsTraffic StopBest Live-Action ShortDeKalb ElementaryThe Eleven O’ClockMy Nephew EmmettThe Silent Child- Chris Overton and Rachel ShentonWatu Wote/All of UsBest Animated ShortDear Basketball- Glen Keane and Kobe BryantGarden PartyLouNegative SpaceRevolting RhymesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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