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And the Best Picture is... “Get Out”

              “Get Out” is a horror film directed by Jordan Peele. It stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, a black man who notices unusual behavior from the black housekeeper and groundskeeper at the family home of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams). Soon, he realizes that something sinister is at work. Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root and Catherine Keener co-star.

“Get Out” was our clear winner for best picture because of the way it stands out. It’s scary in a perturbing way, like a splash of cold water when someone’s not expecting it. The movie has this chill that comes from being so close to reality, it really jarrs viewers. The plot has so many layers, including hidden ones that people would not think to look for the first time watching. The story is done in such a smart way, there are absolutely no filler scenes, all of it is relevant. It is also relatable in it’s content: racial microaggressions, racial stereotypes and cultural appropriation. The film is not meant to offend anyone or cast blame, it’s simply telling a story, which others can relate to on many of the levels it presents. 

Nominees

“Dunkirk”

“Get Out” 

“Beauty and the Beast” 

“The Shape of Water” 

“Logan”


And the Best Animated Film is... “Loving Vincent”

              “Loving Vincent” is an animated biographical drama film about the life of painter Vincent Van Gogh and the circumstances surrounding his death. It is the first ever fully painted animated feature film, written and directed by Dorota Kobiela.

We chose “Loving Vincent” as best animated feature because of its individuality. Whether viewers are historians or art lovers, the name Van Gogh is familiar. This movie better explores both the man and the myth behind one of the most celebrated artists in history. The story of Van Gogh’s life and the controversy surrounding his actions is told from the point of view of the people closest to him in his final days. Nothing like “Loving Vincent” has been seen before, every single frame in the film done with paint. The severe singularity of it is unprecedented, as well as the emotion it evokes. 

Nominees

“The Boss Baby” 

“The Breadwinner” 

“Coco” 

“Ferdinand” 

“Loving Vincent”


And the Best Leading Actor is... Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”)

              Daniel Kaluuya is an English actor and writer. He is best known for the 2017 movie “Get Out,” a critically acclaimed horror film about a black man named Chris visiting the home of his white girlfriend’s parents. Soon he realizes that something creepy and sinister is hiding beneath the surface of these people. The 29-year-old has received nominations for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award and the British Academy Film Award for Best Actor. In 2018, he won the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Kaluuya is an incredible performer, our choice for best actor in a leading role. “Get Out” is filled with intense, psychological scenes, which Kaluuya really embraces. He is a perfect protagonist for this original type of movie. Chris obviously gets, on some level, that this is a horror movie that he is in, for he really questions his bizarre environment. Kaluuya adopts to this role very well. 

Nominees

Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”) 

Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) 

Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) 

Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel Esq.”) 

Tom Hanks (“The Post”) 


And the Best Leading Actress is... Meryl Streep (“The Post”)

              Meryl Streep is one of the most famous American actresses in history. She is particularly known for her versatility and accent adaptation. The 68-year-old has been nominated for a record 21 Academy Awards, winning three. Streep has also received 31 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight more nominations and competitive wins than any other actor.

In “The Post,” Streep plays Katharine Graham, the Washington Post’s strong, late-blooming publisher. The film is set largely during 1971, chronicling the Washington Post’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers, an immense classified report that chronicled America’s involvement in Southeast Asia from World War II to 1968. Streep grasps the power of her character with great skill. Time and again, men crowd over and around Streep’s character, walking in front of her, speaking for her. The strength of Katherine is amazing, given new purpose by Meryl Streep. With small tilts of her head and fleeting looks, Streep creates an acutely moving portrait of a woman who in liberating herself helps instigate a revolution. 

Nominees

Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”) 

Taraji P. Henson (“Proud Mary”) 

Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”)

Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”) 

Meryl Streep (“The Post”) 


And the Best Soundtrack is... “The Greatest Showman”

              “The Greatest Showman” is an original musical biography directed by Michael Gracey and our pick for best soundtrack. It follows the true story of P. T. Barnum, a man who imagined a spectacular show, a show that eventually became the Barnum & Bailey Circus. It also spotlights what an extraordinary impact Barnum made in the lives of his attractions.

The greatest thing about these songs is that they are not just there to entertain the audience. They actually give something to the story, they represent something extraordinary. Songs always mark places in films where emotions boil over and the characters have no choice but to express themselves in song. In “The Greatest Showman,” emotion is always present, it is the key to this film’s success. A successful musical cannot stand on two legs if you remove the songs, the soundtrack makes the plot. “This Is Me,” “Rewrite the Stars,” “A Million Dreams,” “Never Enough,” all hold a piece of the movie’s heart, capturing the audience’s along the way. 

Nominees

“Baby Driver” 

“Get Out”

“The Greatest Showman” 

“Beauty and the Beast” 

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” 


And the Best Visual Effects are... “War For the Planet of the Apes”

              “War For the Planet of the Apes” is a science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback. A sequel to “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011) and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (2014), it is the third installment in the “Planet of the Apes” reboot series. The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson and Steve Zahn and follows a confrontation between the apes, led by Caesar, and the humans for control of Earth.

Every facial expression, body language and emotion is incredibly rendered in this film by Motion Capture suits, allowing the actors to give each ape their own specific personality. Details are brought into startling light by this amazing animation, the sheer skill definitely something to be admired and rewarded. 

Nominees

“Blade Runner 2049” 

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” 

“Kong: Skull Island” 

“Star Wars: the Last Jedi” 

“War for the Planet of the Apes”