The Oscars What Really Should Have Won



The Oscars: What I thought would Win, What I wanted to Win, What Won(and why)
The great thing about the film is everyone is entitled to their opinion. Some may view the 'Transformers' series as their 'Citizen Kane', others see 'Citizen Kane' as their 'Citizen Kane', and although I believe the former to be true, those who side with the ladder are allowed to believe what they want. Similarly, the voting for the awards comes from over 7,000 distinct individuals, all versed in cinema, yet all with their own opinion. And although not one of them views Michael Bay to be Orson Welles, I tend to not always agree with what they deem to be award-worthy, and that is why I am going to go through every individual category and state what I thought would win, what I wanted to win, and what won(and why).

Best Picture:
What I thought would Win: 'The Shape of Water'
What I wanted to Win: 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri'
What Won: 'The Shape of Water'
Why? 'The Shape of Water' lead the race with thirteen nominations making it the obvious front-runner. But it would be the timely messages of the acceptance of the alienated, the movies all around brilliance, a strong female role, and the old-timey feel that I can only assume would win over the Academy.

Best Director:
What I thought would Win: Guillermo Del Toro
What I wanted to Win: Guillermo Del Toro
What Won: Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water)
Why? This was Guillermo Del Toro's fourth nomination and first win. He not only is a stand-up guy, but he brings a personal and fiery personalized passion to his movies, something that was overflowing in 'The Shape of Water'. Although 'The Shape of Water' didn't crack my top 10 of 2017, its the way this fairy tale of troubled times unfolds, and the beauty of every frame and the emotional gut check that won over me and the Academy.

Best Actor:
What I thought would Win: Gary Oldman
What I wanted to Win: Daniel Day Lewis
What Won: Gary Oldman (The Darkest Hour)
Why? For one the Academy loves portraits of towering political figures, and Winston Churchill was just that. They also enjoy acting through makeup and or an elaborate costume, and the four hours it took Oldman to get ready for shooting every day and the physical transformation makes this the obvious front runner. Although Oldman was electrifying, and that always helps as well.

Best Actress:
What I thought would Win: Frances McDormand
What I wanted to Win: Frances McDormand
What Won: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri)
Why? Well for one it was without a doubt the performance of 2017. Two, she embodies female empowerment like no other in her role, which is a huge subject in today's climate, and the Oscars tend to steer toward what's a rumination of the times. Three, we wouldn't have had the best speech at the Oscars without her, and I think many of the members knew that.

Best Supporting Actor:
What I thought would Win: Sam Rockwell
What I wanted to Win: Sam Rockwell
What Won: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri)
Why? As much as the movies critics heap Rockwell's character with racist comments(Josh Board if your reading this I am referring to you), he portrays the single greatest turn around in his characters beliefs as seen in years. Which of course the Academy loves to see, and they also love a damn good performance, and on that, he delivers as well.

Best Supporting Actress:
What I thought would Win: Allison Janney
What I wanted to Win: Allison Janney
What Won: Allison Janney (I Tonya)
Why? Well to be quite honest with you, I wasn't sure if the Academy would vote for arguably one of the worst moms that has ever been featured on the silver screen. Luckily, the Academy saw that Janney genuinely sported the best performance out of this incredibly talented bunch.

Best Animated Feature Film:
What I thought would Win: 'Coco'
What I wanted to Win: 'Coco'
What Won: 'Coco'
Why? Pixar not only released a film that was a tearjerker for audiences' of all ages, but a social commentary undertone, and a movie that explored another culture in a bright and blissful tone. You add the three of those up, and it's impossible for 'Coco' to have not scored big with the Academy.

Best Cinematography:
Who I thought would Win: 'Blade Runner 2049'
Who I wanted to Win: 'Blade Runner 2049'
Who Won: 'Blade Runner 2049'
Why? This was Roger Deakin's fourteenth nomination for best cinematography and his first win. That, however, was not the reason he won. 'Blade Runner 2049' was the evident front runner in this category because, simply, it was the most cerebral and visually stunning film 2017, and really that is all there is to it.

Best Original Screenplay:
What I thought would Win: 'Get Out'
What I wanted to Win: 'Get Out'
What Won: 'Get Out'
Why? 'Get Out' was a social satire that was as timely as anything in 2017. As we know, the Oscars love timely and they love witty social satires. They also enjoy an unpredictable story that twists and turns, especially one that got the buzz that this one did.

Best Adapted Screenplay:
What I thought would Win: 'Call Me by Your Name'
What I wanted to Win: 'Call Me by Your Name'
What Won: 'Call Me By Your Name'
Why? Who doesn't love Michael Stuhlbarg's infamous monologue on love and growing up/ And combine that with the Academy's fondness with gay and Italian films, and you have yourself a winner.

Best Documentary:
What I thought was going to Win: 'Faces Places'
What I wanted to Win: 'Faces Places'
What Won: 'Icarus'
Why? For me, this was the biggest shock of the night, as the Academy chose the doping Documentary over the lovely and human Agnes Varda picture. I can only assume that since the voting occurred during this year's Winter Olympics that influenced enough votes to a film about doping at the Olympics.

Best Foreign Picture:
What I thought was going to Win: 'A Fantastic Woman'
What I wanted to Win: 'A Fantastic Woman'
What Won: 'A Fantastic Woman'
Why? This Chilean film wasn't only the best of the bunch, it was a melodrama on a transgender who is chastened by society. It's fantastical, human, and establishes a strong female lead that can fight through the toughest of detest, and such a moving premise made for plenty of sympathetic and wowed viewers like myself.

Best Song:
What I Thought was Going to Win: Coco
What I wanted to Win: Coco
What Won: Coco (Remember Me)
Why?  A song that accompanied a scene that brought the world to tears is easily going to be remembered. And the Academy like all of us has feelings as well, so they clearly remembered the emotion felt at the theater when this song played just like I did when choosing this song to win.

Best Original Score:
What I thought was going to Win: 'Dunkirk'
What I wanted to Win: 'Phantom Thread'
What Won: 'The Shape of Water'

Best Production Design:
What I thought was going to Win: 'The Shape of Water'
What I wanted to Win: 'The Shape of Water'
What Won: 'The Shape of Water'

Best Costume Design:
What I thought was going to Win: 'Phantom Thread'
What I wanted to Win: 'Phantom Thread'
What Won: 'Phantom Thread'

Best Sound Editing:
What I thought was Going to Win: 'Baby Driver'
What I wanted to Win: 'Dunkirk'
What Won: 'Dunkirk'

Best Sound Mixing:
What I thought was going to Win: 'Baby Driver'
What I wanted to Win: 'Baby Driver'
What Won: 'Dunkirk'

Best Animated Short Film:
What I thought was going to Win: 'Dear Basketball'
What I wanted to Win: 'Dear Basketball'
What Won: 'Dear Basketball'

Best Live Action Short Film:
What I thought was going to Win: 'A Silent Child'
What I wanted to Win: 'A Silent Child'
What Won: 'A Silent Child'

Best Documentary Short:
What I Thought was going to Win: 'Herion(e)'
What I wanted to Win: 'Heaven in a Traffic Jam on the 405'
What Won: 'Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405'

Best Visual Effects:
What I thought was going to Win: 'Blade Runner 2049'
What I wanted to Win: 'Blade Runner 2049'
What Won: 'Blade Runner 2049'

Best Film Editing:
What I thought was going to Win: 'Dunkrik'
What I wanted to Win: 'Baby Driver'
What Won: Dunkirk

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
What I thought was going to Win: 'The Darkest Hour'
What I wanted to Win: 'The Darkest Hour'
What Won: 'The Darkest Hour'