I’ve been tweeting about Timothée and CMBYN non-stop, so my votes for BP and Actor won’t surprise anyone.
Best Picture: Call Me by Your Name
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
It pains me not being able to choose Luca, but the category boasts a great set of nominees. PTA, Nolan, Greta and Jordan Peele did really well, but I’ll give GDT the win.
Best Actor: Timothee Chalamet (CMBYN)
Best Actress: Meryl Streep (The Post)
Best Supporting Actor: Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water)
Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
I’m with film critics on Timmy and Laurie. Streep and Jenkins are sentimental picks, so sue me. People talk about the gold caftan scene, but the confrontation with Bob McNamara is Meryl at her best.
Original Screenplay: Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory (CMBYN)
Greta made it look easy, too easy, in fact, that she’s not getting enough recognition for a top-notch screenplay. Big Sick is a close second.
Cinematography: Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)
The only “He/She’s overdue” story that should be allowed this year. I liked 2049 a lot.
Original Song: Remember Me (Coco)
Animated Film: Coco
The Greatest Showman and Mary J. Blige have a shot at Original Song but, I’ll give Song and Animation honors to Coco. (I am exasperated at any insinuation that Coco is mid-level Pixar)
*I am obviously not a voting member of the Academy.