The moment the star comes down from the Christmas tree, a whole constellation gathers in wrapt expectation for Golden Globes, BAFTAs and dear old Uncle Oscar.
Results have been posted for the Globes and the Hollywood International press usually have a good sense for quality. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri took top honours, with Frances McDormand winning Best Actress. Guillermo del Toro took home Best Director for The Shape of Water, as he should and Gary Oldman’s Churchill reimagining won for Darkest Hour. This is as it should be but it did push Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks further down the bus for their highly commendable showing in The Post.
I feel that Jessica Chastain was short changed for her magnificent performance in Molly’s Game (& Idris Elba did not even get recognised for Best Support) but it is Sally Hawkins who deserves additional recognition for her role in The Shape of Water. Anyone who can carry off a song and dance number with the Creature from the Black Lagoon is worthy of special note. Saoirse Ronan is also in with a serious shout for the charming Lady Bird.
With luck, she will fare better in the BAFTAs, as will Christopher Nolan and Dunkirk (1980’s New Romantic band?) and Armando Ianucci with The Death of Stalin.
When it comes to the Oscars, I hazard that The Shape of Water will win big and Sally Hawkins with it, having impressed the Academy with Maudie, charmed their families with Paddington & enchanted everyone in Shape.
Gary Oldman should be on pole position for Best actor gongs but there will be stiff completion from Daniel Day Lewis in his swan song, Phantom Thread.
Awards MUST come for Roger Deakin for a lifetime of sublime work behind the camera, most recently & notably for the spectacular Blade runner 2049. The man knows how to fill the largest of screens with eloquence and elegance.
Surely The a square will get Best Foreign Language, although, I would not balk at A fantastic Woman.
Best screenplay is going to be a three way fight between Martin McDonnagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Aaron Sorkin for Molly’s Game (anyone who can make bedfellows of high stakes poker & the legal system must deserve an award!) and Armando Ianucci for The Death of Stalin, although this may prove a little too dark for the Academy.
Where are the women? Where is diversity?
I’m waiting… Aren’t we all!
Enjoy and don’t blame me when they get it wrong!