In this column, I react to the 2018 Oscar nominations:
The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday, and while nothing was truly bizarre or surprising, there's plenty that I'm happy about -- and some stuff that, because my life priorities are skewed, makes me just livid.
I've seen eight of the nine nominees this year so far, and I'm overall pretty happy with the choices here. "Call Me By Your Name," "Get Out" and "Lady Bird" are my three favorites from the list, but I wouldn't be disappointed it if the award went to "The Shape of Water," which early indicators suggest it very well might.
Disappointed -- but not surprised -- that Pixar's "Coco" missed the cut here. Maybe it's because of the John Lasseter of it all that soured that movie's impact (or maybe it was forcing us to take in a 22-minute Olaf short for a few weeks), but "Coco" is better than both of the last two Pixar movies to be nominated for Best Picture: "Toy Story 3" and "Up."
Actor in a Leading Role
OK, let's talk about Gary Oldman, who has been cleaning up at all the award shows the past few weeks, and understandably -- his own identity melts away in the incredible makeup, and it's a solid performance.
But I was glad to see James Franco get shut out of this category for "The Disaster Artist," and not just as punishment for his personal problems that have come to light (actually, those would probably make me wish he were nominated, for the awkward but necessary holding truth to power come awards night). I was glad to see him shut out because Franco doesn't bring any insight or truth to the table in that role -- it's just a hammy, accurate, impression.
I think Oldman is offering something somewhat similar. There's certainly more to his character than Franco's, but I think "Darkest Hour" is more of a puff piece about how awesome Winston Churchhill was (and, like, I'm not so sure he was) than an interrogation into the human condition.
I would give the award to Timothée Chalamet -- whose performance in "Call Me By Your Name" is one of the most beautiful portrayals of adolescence and longing that I have ever seen. I am so tremendously happy to see Daniel Kaluuya in the mix.