Weekend BO Results: ‘Rampage’ Triumphs In A Tight Race For First Place

Written by Dapo Olowu

There’s something about a mid-April release that really proves Dwayne Johnson’s box office prowess. Exactly a year ago, he was leading the way with $98m, alongside Vin Diesel and others, in ‘Fate of the Furious’ –  a film which had the biggest worldwide opening weekend of all time with $541.9m. Two years before that, he was again topping the charts in the US with ‘Fast 7′. This year, it was a little more reserved, with ‘Rampage ‘ making (as predicted by yours truly) the solid start of $35.8m to claim top spot.

With an A- on Cinemascore, and an 81% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes (although 50% by critics), Warner Bros will be confident in the positive word-of-mouth surrounding the film in upcoming weeks; it’ll need this if it wants to remain in cinemas, and possibly reach the $100m domestic mark. It’s very optimistic, especially as ‘Infinity War’ opens in a week, but a 2.78x domestic total/opening weekend multiple isn’t impossible – just look at another of The Rock’s flicks, ‘San Andreas’.

Coming in at a close second was ‘A Quiet Place’. Its $33m gross (don’t forget, in its second weekend) was just a shade below the opening of another much-heralded horror from last year, ‘Get Out’ ($33.4m). With $100m now in the bank from the US, and $151.7m worldwide, ‘A Quiet Place’ is looking to become a hugely profitable film after just 2 weeks of release, especially with the budget only being between $17m-$21m (depending on where you look). The real question, then, is how much can ‘A Quiet Place’ make? My unofficial prediction, based on how similar it’s performing to 2017’s ‘Split’, is around $170m. Nothing quiet (heh) about that.

Another horror is next, and it’s ‘Truth or Dare’, raking in an impressive $18.7m. The moral of the story here is pretty obvious: never write-off Blumhouse. The 15% on Rotten Tomatoes had us fooled into thinking an opening of around $12m was in play, but the under-25 target audience really ate this up. A different type of horror to ‘A Quiet Place’, this is a good example of 2 same-genre films not necessarily cannibalising each other. But, its B- on Cinemascore may indicate that it won’t stick around to cannibalise anything else either.

‘Ready Player One’ saw a 53.2% drop from last weekend (for an $11.5m weekend), much more substantial than the 41% drop in its first weekend. Although, we can attribute this to ‘Rampage’s opening, as well as Spielberg’s fantasy movie losing nearly 600 cinemas this weekend, so, this isn’t the big news. What’s really interesting here, is how ‘Ready Player One’ has nearly hit $500m worldwide, a massive figure, bolstered by its incredible popularity in China; according to Deadline, it’s now just shy of $200m over there. Wow.

Rounding off the top 5 is ‘Blockers‘, the comedy that’s starting to get a bit crowded amongst the general blockbuster noise. Its $10.8m this weekend isn’t at all bad, but you just get the feeling that more could’ve been made if Universal didn’t release ‘Truth or Dare’, a film targeted at the same young, female audience, only a week after. To make matters worse, Amy Schumer’s comedy ‘I Feel Pretty’ opens next weekend – so, let’s just hope its PG-13 rating means less of an audience overlap, for ‘Blockers’ sake.

‘Black Panther’ drops out of the top 5 for the first time since it came onto our screens 9 weeks ago. It only fell by 33.9%, giving it a current domestic total of $674.2m and a worldwide cume of $1.309bn. We’re hoping that ‘Infinity War’ may give the film the boost it needs, to not only creep past $700m in the US but also past ‘The Last Jedi’s $1.33bn worldwide number, to become the 9th biggest film of all time.

‘Isle of Dogs’ grossed a very disappointing $5.5m this weekend, just a 20% increase from last weekend even though it opened in 1,400 more cinemas. The Christian drama ‘I Can Only Imagine’ finally saw a major drop of near 50% after losing over 300 cinemas, but with $75m in the bank, it’s been a more than satisfying run. Tyler Perry’s ‘Acrimony’s $3.7m weekend gives it a total of $37.8m, and will probably end up just short of his 2017 effort, ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’, which raked in a $47.3m domestic total. Finally, period-drama ‘Chappaquidick’, originally meant for a late 2017 ‘for the awards’ release, came in at number 10, with $3.1m in its second weekend.

The top 10 box office report for the weekend is below. Next weekend sees ‘I Feel Pretty’ starring Amy Schumer, ‘Super Troopers 2′ (the sequel to the 2001 cult classic), and ‘Traffik’ starring Paula Patton and Omar Epps, all opening in the US. What do you think will challenge ‘Rampage‘ for the top spot?

Rank Last Week Rank Film Weekend Gross Total Gross Weekend drop Jumpcut’s prediction Difference Week number
1 Rampage $35.8m $35.8m $36m $0.2m 1
2 1 A Quiet Place $33.0m $100m -34.3% $32.2m $0.8m 2
3 Truth or Dare $18.7m $18.7m $12.5m $6.2m 1
4 2 Ready Player One $11.5m $114.9m -53.2% $13.5m $2m 3
5 3 Blockers $10.8m $37.4m -47.6% $10.8m $0 2
6 4 Black Panther $5.8m $674.2m -33.6% $6.1m $0.3m 9
7 10 Isle of Dogs $5.5m $18.9m +20% $10m $4.5m 4
8 6 I Can Only Imagine $4.1m $75.3m -46.9% $5.7m $1.6m 5
9 5 Tyler Perry’s Acrimony $3.7m $37.8m -56.4% $3.8m $0.1m 3
10 7 Chappaquiddick $3.1m $11m -46.9% 2
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Weekend BO Predictions: ‘Rampage’ Aims For The Numer One Spot

Written by Dapo Olowu

The top ten films in the US box office will have four new wide releases to contend with this weekend, including The Rock’s new action movie ‘Rampage’. After ‘A Quiet Place’s ‘ huge $50m opening last week, will it manage to keep the top spot for a second weekend in a row, or will Dwayne Johnson’s monkey madness run riot?

So, what’s opening this weekend?

After ‘Jumanji’ was officially confirmed as Sony’s biggest ever domestic hit (beating Raimi’s Spider-Man’s total of $403.71m with $403.74m and counting), Dwayne Johnson: the man, the legend, The Rock crashes into 4,000 cinemas with the $120m, ‘Rampage’. The loose adaptation of the video game of the same name also stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Jake Lacy, as well as Oscar-nominee, Naomie Harris.

When it comes to giant monkeys, ‘Kong: Skull Island’ immediately springs to mind as the type of movie to base ‘Rampage’ predictions around. Kong’s $61m opening, however, is way beyond what The Rock’s newest film is looking to make – so, we’re predicting a much meeker Friday-to-Sunday start for the Gorilla-flick with around $36m, similar to 2016’s ‘Tarzan’. This should be enough for number one though, unless ‘A Quiet Place’ springs in with a loud (heh) surprise. Star power is the name of the game here, so with DJ arguably being the most bankable actor in the world at the moment, we expect to see much bigger numbers overseas.

Next on the list of newbies is Blumhouse’s (‘Get Out’, ‘Insidious, Split’) horror film, ‘Truth or Dare’. With 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, ‘Truth or Dare’ comes out just a week after ‘A Quiet Place’, which’ll most probably hurt the former over the latter. Though, a nice little selling point for them is the cast; with young talent like ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale, and ‘Teen Wolf’s’ Tyler Posey, Truth or Dare will look to draw in the under-25 crowd this weekend and, honestly, we reckon it’ll play similar to 2017’s ‘The Bye Bye Man’ with around $12.5m. It was only made for $3.5M anyway, so with its cliff-side drop-off next week, it’ll at least break-even.

Although not technically a new release, ‘Isle of Dogs’ opens wide (anything over 600 cinemas) at 1,939 movie theatres, and looks to cement a place in the top 5. Will it? Not too sure, it’s a difficult one to predict. This’ll probably make around $10m this weekend but, it could go in any direction, so don’t quote us on that.

‘Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero’, the animated adventure film based on the WW1 hero-dog (nope, never heard of him either) rounds up this weekend’s new releases. Fun fact: this is the first time we’ve had 2 wide-release dog-centric movies in 12 years, since ‘Doogal’ opened a week after ‘Eight Below’ in February 2006. But, since it’s only opening in around 1,700 cinemas, we’re looking at 2016’s ‘Ratchet & Clank’ and 2017’s ‘Rock Dog’ for guidance, so, an opening of around $4m is likely.

What else is on?

‘A Quiet Place’ looks to dampen ‘Rampage’s’ #1 ambitions in its second week of showings. John Krasinski’s lauded horror should be immune to ‘Truth or Dare’ this weekend, so don’t be surprised if this continues to mirror the run of 2017’s ‘Split’ – whose 35.9% second-weekend drop would give ‘A Quiet Place’ a second-weekend total of $32.2m, more than enough for a number 2 spot.

‘Ready Player One’s biggest competition is ‘Rampage’, with both films combining sci-fi & adventure genres unlike typical horror, ‘Truth or Dare’. From this, we’re looking at a third weekend drop a little higher than last week’s 41%, for a total of $13.5m, just beating ‘Truth or Dare’ for third.

R-rated comedy, ‘Blockers’, is much safer in this aspect, so I’m looking at a second weekend total of $10.8m (a 48% drop). Our full predictions for the top ten films in the Box Office this weekend is below – we don’t check the estimates of experts before we do ours, so let’s hope it’s us that wins this round.

Rank Last Week Rank Film Budget Jumpcut prediction Weekend drop Week no. Deadline prediction BoxOfficeMojo prediction Variety prediction
1 Rampage $120m $36m 1 $35m-$40m $34m $37m-$40m
2 1 A Quiet Place $17m $32.2m -35.9% 2 $32.5m-$35m $30m-$32.5m $28m-$30m
3 2 Ready Player One $175m $13.5m -45% 3 $14m $12m-$15m
4 Truth or Dare $3.5m $12.5m 1 $14m-$16m $15m-$17m $16m
5 3 Blockers $21m $10.8m -47.6% 2 $12m-$14m $12m $12m-$15m
6 10 Isle of Dogs $10m +119.2% 4 $5m
7 4 Black Panther $200m $6.1m -30% 9 $6m
8 6 I Can Only Imagine $7m $5.7m -27% 5 $5.1m
9 Sgt. Stubby $25m $4.2m 1 $2m $1m-$3m <$5m
10 5 Tyler Perry’s Acrimony $20m $3.8m -55% 3 $3.6m

JUMPCUT’s Top 5: Marvel Cinematic Universe

With ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ practically within touching distance, we asked our team to vote on their favourite films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). We’d like to make it clear that this list doesn’t reflect any of the team’s personal lists, but is in fact based on the results of a voting system we used. The team would love to discuss their favourite MCU films, so feel free to join in the discussion on Twitter – @JUMPCUT_ONLINE 

Our journey to ‘Infinity War’ started 10 years ago with ‘Iron Man’ as we watched Tony Stark create a suit of metal whilst being held hostage in a cave. Since then we’ve been introduced to a whole range of different heroes, we watched a skinny kid from Brooklyn become Captain America (thanks to a little super soldier serum), a dramatic and never ending sibling rivalry between Norse Gods, a walking, talking stick sacrificing his life for a bunch of criminals he’s known 5 minutes and making everyone cry, only for his son to then make everyone go ‘awwww’, and a King running round in a cat suit to protect his country.

Before we announce our Top 5, we also asked our team to tell us their least favourite film from this iconic universe. The team’s overall pick may not come as too much of a surprise, but there are a couple members of our team who had this film in their personal top 5 lists and are very unhappy about this particular result!

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JUMPCUT’s Least Favourite

Thor: The Dark World

The second film in Thor’s trilogy saw the God of Thunder go toe-to-toe with Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), a dark elf who threatens to bring darkness to the Nine Realms as he wields the power of the Aether. After coming into contact with the Aether, Thor must save Jane, and the rest of the world from it’s dark power. A highly forgettable sequel, which even Christopher Eccleston recently admitted he hated being a part of, and not enough of Jaimie Alexander’s Lady Sif if we’re being completely honest! 

We also asked our team to vote for their most anticipated upcoming MCU film (which has been confirmed) and beating the likes of ‘Avengers 4’, ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’, and ‘Black Panther 2’ is…

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JUMPCUT’s Most Anticipated

Captain Marvel

This week the cameras began rolling for Brie Larson’s solo film debut as ‘Captain Marvel’. We will of course see Captain Marvel make her first appearance in ‘Avengers 4’, or maybe even ‘Infinity War’ if rumours are to be believed! Either way, we’re excited to see her in action and become the first female superhero in the MCU to have her own solo film (Way overdue Marvel! *angrily shakes fist*). 

Without further a do, here’s our Top 5 MCU films based on votes from our team!

JUMPCUT’s Top 5

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#5 – The Avengers (2012)

I can already hear the trumpets blaring as the camera circles Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye as they came together to stop Loki and his chitauri army from invading Earth. ‘The Avengers’ was a box office smash in 2012, four years after we witnessed the start of the MCU with ‘Iron Man’ and the post credit scene that built all our hopes up after we witnessed Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury tell Tony Stark that he wasn’t the only superhero in the world and gave everyone goosebumps when he mentioned the ‘Avengers initiative’. This was it. This was what we had been waiting to see and it didn’t disappoint!

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#4 – Black Panther (2018)

‘Black Panther’ is currently on it’s 5th week at #1 at the box office and is the first film to hold it’s top spot since Jame Cameron’s ‘Avatar’. We first met Black Panther in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ where he became an instant fan favourite. ‘Black Panther’ takes place just days after the events of ‘Civil War’ as Chadwick Boseman’s T’challa is sworn in as King of Wakanda following the death of his father. Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) has other ideas and returns to Wakanda to challenge T’Challa for the throne so he can run things his way. The film boasts a fantastic cast, stunning visuals, and one of the best villains the MCU has seen. Michael B. Jordan absolutely killed it as Killmonger and is the second Human Torch to be redeemed by the MCU.

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#3 – Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Coming in at #3 is this bunch of a-holes. The success of this film came as quite a surprise to many, but with a catchy soundtrack and some stunning visuals, James Gunn actually did it! Who would have thought that a film with a smack-talking raccoon and a talking stick would bring a tear to your eyes, both with laughter and from pulling at your heart strings. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ took us to out to the stars where we met a whole host of new races and faces, and it was the perfect set up to learn about the Infinity Stones, which fans  (and Thanos) have been keeping a very close eye out for ever since…

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#2 – Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Compared the other solo films in the MCU, it’s fair to say that Thor never really got the film he deserved, that was, until Taika Waititi delivered us ‘Ragnarok’. After being left out of the events of ‘Civil War’, many had wondered where Thor had gotten to – but it turns out he had bigger (and greener) problems on his hands! Waititi injected a lot of colour and humour into ‘Ragnarok’ and also blessed us with Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster and of course, Korg. Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie was a very much welcomed addition to the ‘Revengers’ team and we’re keeping our fingers crossed Valkyrie doesn’t become one of the many fatalities we’re expecting to be forced to witness in ‘Infinity War’! 

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#1 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Our #1 may not come as much of a surprise to many, especially because it didn’t feature anywhere earlier in our Top 5 list, but ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ sits proudly at the top of JUMPCUT’s favourite MCU list. With some fantastic fight choreography and the proud owner of one of the more memorable scores of the entire franchise, ‘The Winter Soldier’ kept things grounded (for the most part) as we learned that S.H.I.E.L.D had been compromised and Hydra had their hands on the steering wheel the whole time. But that’s not all Steve Rogers had to deal with, no sir. It also turns out that his best friend Bucky is still alive… and trying to kill him. Steve’s friendship with Bucky has always been at the heart of his trilogy but could Thanos put an end to it once and for all in ‘Infinity War’?

And that’s it! That’s our top five films of the MCU. How does your Top 5 compare to ours? We’d love to here your thoughts over on Twitter – @JUMPCUT_ONLINE

‘You look…different’: Recasting a Character – The Pain and the Pleasure

Written by Robb Sheppard

Plot holes, cheap CGI, Adam Sandler. All film fans have their pet hates: that one thing that sticks in their craw and gets their goats, amongst other idioms.

However, there’s a certain charm to a nonsensical narrative that can be discussed and theorised upon, ad nauseam. Shoddy special effects hark back to a simpler time before everybody was a critic. Hell, even Adam Sandler had ‘The Wedding Singer’. But there’s a bigger villain at play here; a man behind the curtain and its name…is recasting.

Film studios spend hundreds of millions of dollars assuring that the audiences’ sense of disbelief is forever suspended. That is, that the audience is able to believe in what’s occurring onscreen. Sure, it may be whimsical or over-exaggerated (see, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’) or a little too light-hearted to take completely seriously (‘Thor: Ragnarok ‘again), but the audience won’t care if they’re treated respectfully. Infact, they’ll lap it up (yep, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’).

But one thing sure to tear straight through this sense of disbelief is seeing that the re-casting of a character has been swept under the carpet. Sure, the show must go on, but isn’t a lack of acknowledgment highly insulting to the audiences’ intelligence? This is never more prevalent in an age of cinematic/expanded/extended universes where a sense of continuity, alongside confident forward planning and an oft-convoluted chronology are commonplace. Unless we’re talking about the DCEU of course. Boom!

For the record, reboots are an entirely different kettle of fish about which, before we can discuss the characters and the actors portraying them, we should be asking; “should they have happened at all?” And that’s a whole different article (surely no one really believes Brian Cox is a better Hannibal Lector than Hopkins?). So for now, let’s channel our collective frustration and furore for the ultimate Hollywood hoodwink.

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It took an MCU collage, those collective cast shots and people asking “where’s Edward Norton?” to drag a repressed memory back to the surface: ‘The Incredible Hulk’, starring Ed Norton as Bruce Banner was the second movie in Marvel’s first phase. But shush! It’s hardly a revelation, but as a result of the recast and Ruffalo’s Hulk being right up there with Lou Ferrigno’s (See:Thor: Ragnarok’) it’s largely a forgotten film and a major misstep in Marvel’s meticulous planning. Call it OCD, call it trivial but it’s jarring on every watch of what should be the ultimate movie marathon. As for War Machine? Just keep his mask on. Please.

While we’re on a superhero tip, let’s talk The Dark Knight Trilogy. Arguably the greatest modern trilogy (alongside Planet of the Apes, obvs), its faults are few and far between. Sure, there’s some abrupt and jolty editing, especially during the Bruce Wayne and Ducard training scenes in ‘Batman Begin’s, and the less said, the better, about the nuclear weapon truck that is the Snake to the Nokia 3310 of Gotham’s streets in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.

But even worse than that (and that retro metaphor), is the fact that the audience had to stomach Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes, only to then have to readjust to Maggie Gyllenhaal taking over without as much as a “new haircut?” comment from the Dark Knight himself. And he calls himself a detective! Was the Rachel/Bruce romance that integral to the trilogy that Rachel Dawes still had to be a thing in the second instalment, even though Katie Holmes ‘wasn’t available’? Was Dawes Bruce Wayne’s one and only sweetheart? Because he didn’t seem that hung up on her when the Swedish Supermodels rocked up. Oh yeah, sorry; it’s a front! Come on, Goyer and the Nolans: three lines of dialogue and a new name and it’s done.

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With all that being said, even the much-maligned ‘Matrix’ sequels had enough sense (not to mention respect for the audience) to reference the fact that the Oracle had refashioned her fizog. Between wrapping ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and shooting ‘The Matrix Revolutions’, the unfortunate death of OG Oracle Gloria Foster saw her replaced with the more timid Mary Alice: an incongruous edit which even Ne-WOAH couldn’t help but notice. The Oracle addressed the change with “Some bits you lose, some bits you keep” and alluded to something about the Tube Station of Tranquillity or some such.   The point is, it still made more sense than anything The Architect ended up spouting and allowed the recasting to be looked past so the audience could focus on the film’s other numerous shortcomings. Considerate eh?

Speaking of being considerate, one of the few (ok, only) improvements made after George Lucas’ persistent fiddling with the Original ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy was the retrospective recasting of the role of the Emperor in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. Here, Ian McDiarmid took over scenery-chewing duties from Clive Revill and neatly drew the entire saga together, fleshing out what was once a thinly-sketched idea of the Emperor in the process. Likewise, the retrospective recasting of Boba Fett with the voice of New Zealander Tem….nah…sorry. It can’t even be joked about. It still hurts.

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What hopefully won’t hurt is the recasting of the titular nerfherder in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’. Filmmakers are aware of how it takes the audience out of the moment, otherwise they might have given a clear shot of Alden Ehrenreich’s face in that ‘Big Game’ TV spot trailer. Unfortunately, the message it sends is that, in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’, Solo himself is secondary. “But look…the Millennium Falcon’s clean as a whistle and Chewie’s still 7ft something. Now here, have some blue milk and hush now.”

Overall, when you buy a series of Blu-Rays and you stand up them in sequence, you want the titles to line up don’t you? You want the logo in the same place? Of course you do. Inevitably, it can’t always be the same with the characters. But at least something could be done to soften the blow. These things matter.

Anyway, time to go and reorganise the kitchen cupboards. Alphabetical, stock rotated, labels out.

Which recastings made you want to reach for the remote? Which were a sweet relief? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jessica’s 2018 Oscar Predictions

Original Song:
MIGHTY RIVER – Mudbound
MYSTERY OF LOVE – Call Me by Your Name
REMEMBER ME – Coco
STAND UP FOR SOMETHING – Marshall
THIS IS ME – The Greatest Showman
Should win: Torn between MYSTERY OF LOVE and THIS IS ME
Will win: THIS IS ME
Should have been nominated: VISIONS OF GIDEON- Call Me By Your Name

Original Score:
DUNKIRK – Hans Zimmer
PHANTOM THREAD – Jonny Greenwood
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Alexandre Desplat
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – John Williams
THREE BILLBOARDS – Carter Burwell
Should win: PHANTOM THREAD
Will win: THE SHAPE OF WATER
Should have been nominated: A GHOST STORY

Sound Mixing/Editing:
BABY DRIVER – Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin and Mary H. Ellis
BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Mark Mangini and Theo Green
DUNKIRK – Richard King and Alex Gibson
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Nathan Rabitaille and Nelson Ferreira
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce
Will win: BABY DRIVER 

Editing:
BABY DRIVER – Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
DUNKIRK – Lee Smith
I, TONYA – Tatiana S. Riegel
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Sidney Wolinsky
THREE BILLBOARDS – Jon Gregory
Will win: DUNKIRK

Cinematography:
BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Roger A. Deakins
DARKEST HOUR – Bruno Delbonnel
DUNKIRK – Hoyte van Hoytema
MUDBOUND – Rachel Morrison
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Dan Laustsen
Should win/ Will win: BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Roger Deakins
Should have been nominated: COLUMBUS should’ve taken the place of DARKEST HOUR

Visual Effects:
BLADE RUNNER 2049
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
KONG: SKULL ISLAND
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
If you’ve read my VFX piece for NextBestPicture.com, then you should already know where I stand in this category.
Should win/ Will win (Don’t fight me on this): WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

Production Design:
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
BLADE RUNNER 2049
DARKEST HOUR
DUNKIRK
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Should win: BLADE RUNNER 2049
Will win: THE SHAPE OF WATER

Costume:
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
DARKEST HOUR
PHANTOM THREAD
THE SHAPE OF WATER
VICTORIA & ABDUL
Should win/ Will win: PHANTOM THREAD
Should have been nominated: THE BEGUILED

Hair and Make Up:
DARKEST HOUR
VICTORIA & ABDUL
WONDER
Should win: WONDER
Will win: DARKEST HOUR
Should have been nominated: I, TONYA

Adapted Screenplay:
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – James Ivory
THE DISASTER ARTIST – Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
LOGAN – Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green
MOLLY’S GAME – Aaron Sorkin
MUDBOUND – Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
Should win: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME or LOGAN
Will win: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Original Screenplay:
THE BIG SICK – Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
GET OUT – Jordan Peele
LADY BIRD – Greta Gerwig
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor
THREE BILLBOARDS – Martin McDonagh
Should win: GET OUT or LADY BIRD
Will win: Honestly think it’s either going to be GET OUT or THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Directing:
DUNKIRK – Christopher Nolan
GET OUT – Jordan Peele
LADY BIRD – Greta Gerwig
PHANTOM THREAD – Paul Thomas Anderson
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Guillermo del Toro
Should win: THE SHAPE OF WATER- Guillermo del Toro or DUNKIRK- Christopher Nolan or of course, my queen for LADY BIRD- Greta Gerwig
Will win: THE SHAPE OF WATER- Guillermo del Toro
Should have been nominated: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME- Luca Guadagnino and THE FLORIDA PROJECT- Sean Baker

Supporting Actor:
WILLEM DAFOE – The Florida Project
WOODY HARRELSON – Three Billboards
SAM ROCKWELL – Three Billboards
RICHARD JENKINS – The Shape of Water
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – All the Money in the World
Should win: SAM ROCKWELL or WILLEM DAFOE
Will win: SAM ROCKWELL
Should have been nominated: PATRICK STEWART – Logan

Supporting Actress:
MARY J. BLIGE – Mudbound
ALLISON JANNEY – I, Tonya
LESLEY MANVILLE – Phantom Thread
LAURIE METCALF – Lady Bird
OCTAVIA SPENCER – The Shape of Water
Should win: LAURIE METCALF or LESLEY MANVILLE
Will win: I’m gonna be the wildcard and predict LAURIE METCALF

Actor in a Leading Role:
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET – Call Me by Your Name
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS – Phantom Thread
DANIEL KALUUYA – Get Out
GARY OLDMAN – Darkest Hour
DENZEL WASHINGTON – Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Should win: TIMOTHEE CHALAMET or DANIEL DAY-LEWIS
Will win: GARY OLDMAN- Darkest Hour
Should have been nominated: HUGH JACKMAN- Logan

Actress in a Leading Role:
SALLY HAWKINS – The Shape of Water
FRANCES MCDORMAND – Three Billboards
MARGOT ROBBIE – I, Tonya
SAOIRSE RONAN – Lady Bird
MERYL STREEP – The Post
Should win/ Will win: FRANCES MCDORMAND
Should have been nominated: VICKY KRIEPS- Phantom Thread

Best Picture:
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
DARKEST HOUR
DUNKIRK
THE SHAPE OF WATER
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
LADY BIRD
THE POST
GET OUT
PHANTOM THREAD
Should win: I feel very strongly about these, so any of them are worthy in my opinion: THE SHAPE OF WATER or GET OUT or CALL ME BY YOUR NAME or LADY BIRD
Will win: THE SHAPE OF WATER
Should have been nominated: MUDBOUND

 

Jo’s 2018 Oscar Predictions

Written by Jo Craig

2017 has been a great year for film, especially in the visual effects department. Features like ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2’, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ left our eyeballs with third degree burns, but we regretted nothing. It was also a year where emotions ran high after watching releases like ‘Logan’, ‘Only the Brave’ and ‘IT’ for viewers with a pathetic fear of clowns. But 2018 is an awards season full of outstanding female performances from the likes of Allison Janney, Margot Robbie and front-runner Frances McDormand, as well as Gary Oldman in full form and Timothée Chalamet pegged as the next rising star.

So, before the music begins to drown me out, have a gander at my predictions below.

BEST PICTURE:
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Prediction: The Shape of Water
Personal Choice: Get Out

”Three Billboards’ have dominated in this category during awards season so far, but my gut feeling is anticipating an Oscar’s curveball to award Best Picture 2018 to ‘The Shape of Water’. The dark horse has won the race before and I think the Academy will not be able to resist del Toro’s sixties charm. However, ‘Three Billboards’ could sneak in ahead if the Academy continues to back the female supremacy trend which is the only reason that explains ‘Lady Bird’s entry. Personally, I would love to see ‘Get Out’ be awarded purely for its originality and brilliant play on the black comedy aspect (no pun intended) in a horror, but sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Prediction: Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Personal Choice: Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name

I don’t think there’s a doubt in anyone’s mind that Gary Oldman won’t collect for Best Actor, as his performance imitating Winston Churchill was near perfect and is truly deserved. While I back Oldman to the hilt, Timothée Chalamet has had a great start to 2018 with appearances in ‘Hostiles’, ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘CMBYN’ that he is nominated for. Being a relatively new fan of his suave, I would also be happy to see the youngster applauded.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Meryl Streep – The Post

Prediction: Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Personal Choice: Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

There is no conflict between my prediction and personal choice in this category as my hero (to be gender neutral), Frances McDormand, is clearly the front-runner for her slick and devilishly sarcastic role of a grieving mother in ‘Three Billboards’. Her performance gave a lot of laughs and quiet tears that only added to the already awesome lady she is.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Prediction: Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Personal Choice: Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

‘Three Billboards’ have given us two outstanding performances for this awards season and Sam Rockwell really brings the big guns as a troubled cop. His role as Sheriff Dixon is not only a dynamic character, but one with a great arc as well and Rockwell captures him to a tee. Need to give a shout out to Woody Harrelson for being solid as per and also a huge honourable mention to Christopher Plummer for stepping into Ridley Scott’s movie ‘All the Money in the World’ for a whirlwind of rapid re-shoots in such a short space of time. Grand job gents.

ACTRESS IN SUPPORTING ROLE:
Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

Prediction: Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Personal Choice: Allison Janney – I, Tonya

Allison Janney gave me a couple of laugh out loud moments from her portrayal of Tonya Harding’s mother in ‘I, Tonya’. While her character is brutal at points, I’ve always been a fan of her direct humour and is not in short supply during this feature. While my second choice would be Mary J. Blige’s performances in Netflix’s ‘Mudbound’, I’m having a hard time understanding why Octavia Spencer is nominated for the highest of awards for a terribly bland and forgettable performance in ‘The Shape of Water’.

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ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Prediction: Coco
Personal Choice: Loving Vincent

In a category that seemed to be scrambling for nominees this year, enough to add ‘The Boss Baby’ to the line-up, ‘Coco’ seems to be the animation that’s coming out on top and quite rightly so for its visuals, music and heartfelt messages. Purely for the amount of work that was done to create ‘Loving Vincent’, I would like to see it praised for its intricacy and British acting talent.

CINEMATOGRAPHY: 
Roger A. Deakins – Blade Runner 2049
Bruno Delbonnel – Darkest Hour
Hoyte van Hoytema – Dunkirk
Rachel Morrison – Mudbounnd
Dan Laustsen – The Shape of Water

Prediction: Roger A. Deakins – Blade Runner 2049
Personal Choice: Roger A. Deakins – Blade Runner 2049

The return of Ridley Scott’s concept ‘Blade Runner’ was a heavily anticipated release, and for most, it did not disappoint especially on the visual side. Therefore, it is only right that the intense colours of a futuristic world and the richness of every shot should be awarded for Best Cinematography to Roger A. Deakins’ sophisticated work. This category also features the first ever nomination for a woman, and that woman is Rachel Morrison up for her cinematography in Netflix’s ‘Mudbound’.

COSTUME DESIGN:
Jacqueline Durran – Beauty and the Beast
Jacqueline Durran – Darkest Hour
Mark Bridges – Phantom Thread
Luis Sequeira – The Shape of Water
Consolata Boyle – Victoria & Abdul

Prediction: Mark Bridges – Phantom Thread
Personal Choice: Jacqueline Durran – Beauty and the Beast

‘Phantom Thread’ boasts the makings of lavish dresses and a win for Mark Bridges would be well deserved for his elegant creations, but my inner nostalgia and general love for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ causes my personal choice to be heavily biased. Looking at the amount of work that went into each costume for BATB and how authentic and glamorous it makes the whole production look is a fine achievement for double nominee Jacqueline Durran.

DIRECTING:
Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water

Prediction: Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
Personal Choice: Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk

A valid entry from fairy-tale legend Guillermo del Toro — even if it wasn’t my cup of tea — and well deserved Best Director award if the pattern extends to the final hurdle. As my favourite skipper, I have to give my personal choice to Christopher Nolan, for a film I enjoyed a lot more and for his ingenuity and intricate attention to detail in telling a powerful story with his own added quirks.

FILM EDITING:
Lee Smith – Dunkirk
Tatiana S. Riegel – I, Tonya
Jon Gregory – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Paul Machliss & Jonathan Armos – Baby Driver
Sidney Wolinsky – The Shape of Water

Prediction: Lee Smith – Dunkirk
Personal Choice: Lee Smith – Dunkirk

I did have an underlying feeling that fan favourite ‘Baby Driver’ would be geared up for the winning commending those swift car chases, but the complexity of matching up every component in Christopher Nolan’s war epic was already a challenge from its inception and has delivered a captivating feature.

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MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:
Arjen Tuiten – Wonder
Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski & Lucy Sibbick – Darkest Hour
Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard – Victoria and Abdul

Prediction: Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick – Darkest Hour
Personal Choice: Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick – Darkest Hour

As much as I would like everything that Jacob Tremblay touches to win, the makeup, prosthetics and I suppose hair styling for ‘Darkest Hour’ — specifically Gary Oldman’s transformation — is such a stunning achievement it couldn’t possibly be overlooked. ‘Victoria & Abdul’ only being nominated for makeup and costume design is so typical for the Oscars it makes me sick.

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE):
Hans Zimmer – Dunkirk
Carter Burwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
John Williams – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Jonny Greenwood – Phantom Thread
Alexandre Desplat – The Shape of Water

Prediction: Alexandre Desplat – The Shape of Water
Personal Choice: John Williams – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I do grasp how lovely and gentle Alexandre Desplat’s score was for ‘The Shape of Water’ and will most definitely win the Oscar for Best Score, but it certainly didn’t ignite the spark that lit the burning fire that every Star Wars fan recognises when John Williams’ iconic theme kicks in, and I would love to see a reprise of acknowledgment for him. Even the introduction of Rey’s Theme from ‘The Force Awakens’ that carries on in Episode 8 is an underrated gem.

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG):
“Mighty River” – Mudbound
“Mystery Of Love” – Call Me by Your Name
“This Is Me” – The Greatest Showman
“Stand Up For Something” – Marshall
“Remember Me” – Coco

Prediction: “Remember Me” – Coco
Personal Choice: “This Is Me” – The Greatest Showman

Being a huge fan of the music from ‘The Greatest Showman’, I would love to see the Oscars follow the Golden Globes and award Best Original Song to “This Is Me” that will fill you with joy during every listen unless you’re dead already, but I’m confident the touching ‘Coco’ is going to trump poor Hugh Jackman’s brain child.

PRODUCTION DESIGN:
Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer – Beauty and the Beast
Dennis Gassner and Alessandra Querzola – Blade Runner 2049
Nathan Corwley and Gary Fettis – Dunkirk
Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer – Darkest Hour
Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau and Jess Melvin – The Shape of Water

Prediction: Paul D Austerberry, Shane Vieau and Jess Melvin – The Shape of Water
Personal Choice: Dennis Gassnner and Alessandra Querzola – Blade Runner 2049

The scale of sets on ‘Blade Runner 2049’ should guarantee the golden man be handed to Mr. Austerberry and co. but I’m willing to bet the Academy will lean towards ‘The Shape of Water’s authentic artistry and reconstruction of a quaint sixties setting over grand scale, which is a shame really.

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SOUND EDITING:
Mark Mangini and Theo Green – Blade Runner 2049
Richard King and Alex Gibson – Dunkirk
Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Julian Slater – Baby Driver
Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira – The Shape of Water

Prediction: Richard King and Alex Gibson – Dunkirk
Personal Choice: Richard King and Alex Gibson – Dunkirk

Yet another category that could have seen ‘Baby Driver’ come out winning, but let’s be honest, very few can match the electric sound of a Christopher Nolan film, especially when you’ve got Hans Zimmer rumbling in the background too.

SOUND MIXING:
Rob Bartlett, Doug Hemphill and Mac Ruth – Blade Runner 2049
Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo and Mark Weingarten – Dunkirk
David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Stuart Wilson – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin and Mary H. Ellis – Baby Driver
Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern and Glen Gauthier – The Shape of Water

Prediction: Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, Mark Weingarten – Dunkirk
Personal Choice: Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, Mark Weingarten – Dunkirk

Beginning to think ‘Baby Driver’ will be completely snubbed and not win any sound categories, long live ‘Dunkirk’!

VISUAL EFFECTS:
John Nelson, gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover – Blade Runner 2049
Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon and Joel Whist – War for the Planet of the Apes
Ben Morris, Mike Mullholland, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus – Kong: Skull Island
Chris Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner and Dan Sudick – Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2

Prediction: John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lamberta and Richard R. Hoover – Blade Runner 2049
Personal Choice: Ben Morris, Mike Mullholland, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Agreeably, the team behind the visuals for ‘Blade Runner 2049’ are in dire need of a pat on the back and a golden man for a stunning display of effects, however my personal choice lies with ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ where a busy opening battle sequence and a conclusive 40 minutes of pure visual euphoria, in my opinion, needs recognition. I would also have preferred to see Andy Serkis in the Best Actor category for essentially bringing Caesar to life in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ and the entire Apes trilogy. Give that man a medal already!

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY):
Aaron Sorkin – Molly’s Game
Virgil Williams and Dee Rees – Mudbound
James Ivory – Call Me by Your Name
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber – The Disaster Artist
Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green – Logan

Prediction: James Ivory – Call Me by Your Name
Personal Choice: Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green – Logan

Having not read the book, but hearing from many sources that it was adapted brilliantly and is currently the bookies favourite, ‘Call Me by Your Name’ should scoop up the glory for Best Adapted Screenplay for a wonderfully adapted story. Every molecule of my existence is dead set on backing ‘Logan’ to the end, for James Mangold’s original take on a superhero character that won everybody’s hearts and is my personal choice. I would also like to give an honourable mention to Aaron Sorkin for a fabulous, fast-paced adapted screenplay for ‘Molly’s Game’, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY):
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor – The Shape of Water

Prediction: Jordan Peele – Get Out
Personal Choice: Jordan Peele – Get Out

Through and through, Jordan Peele deserves a shiny statue for his originality and it would be great to see a wonderful and modern comedian get recognised for his talents and for creating the “Get Out Run”.

 

Fiona’s 2018 Oscars Round Up

Written by Fiona Underhill

For the first time ever I have seen all nine Best Picture nominees a full month before the Academy Awards ceremony on 4th March (living in LA has its advantages). So, I thought I’d take this chance to give you my (very subjective and personal) take on the nominees and my predictions for what will happen on the night.

Original Song:

MIGHTY RIVER – Mudbound
MYSTERY OF LOVE – Call Me by Your Name
REMEMBER ME – Coco
STAND UP FOR SOMETHING – Marshall
THIS IS ME – The Greatest Showman

Should win: Mystery of Love
Will win: Remember Me
Should have been nominated: Visions of Gideon (also from CMBYN)

 

Original Score:

DUNKIRK – Hans Zimmer
PHANTOM THREAD – Jonny Greenwood
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Alexandre Desplat
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – John Williams
THREE BILLBOARDS – Carter Burwell

Should win: Phantom Thread
Will win: The Shape of Water
Should have been nominated: Loving Vincent – Clint Mansell

 

Sound Mixing/Editing:

BABY DRIVER – Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin and Mary H. Ellis
BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Mark Mangini and Theo Green
DUNKIRK – Richard King and Alex Gibson
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Nathan Rabitaille and Nelson Ferreira
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce

Should win: Baby Driver
Will win: Dunkirk

 

Editing:

BABY DRIVER – Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
DUNKIRK – Lee Smith
I, TONYA – Tatiana S. Riegel
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Sidney Wolinsky
THREE BILLBOARDS – Jon Gregory

Three Billboards being nominated in this category is a travesty! Lady Bird, Get Out and CMBYN all have much better editing!

Should win: Baby Driver
Will win: Dunkirk
Should have been nominated: Blade Runner 2049

 

Cinematography:

BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Roger A. Deakins
DARKEST HOUR – Bruno Delbonnel
DUNKIRK – Hoyte van Hoytema
MUDBOUND – Rachel Morrison
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Dan Laustsen

Darkest Hour’s nomination is an absolute joke in this category.

Should win: Really torn between Deakins and Morrison here
Will win: Dunkirk or Shape
Should have been nominated: CMBYN and Columbus

 

Visual Effects:

BLADE RUNNER 2049
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
KONG: SKULL ISLAND
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

Should win: Blade Runner 2049
Will win: The Last Jedi?
Should have been nominated: Okja and Colossal

 

Production Design:

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
BLADE RUNNER 2049
DARKEST HOUR
DUNKIRK
THE SHAPE OF WATER

This category is the one I care most about (along with costume, hair/make up). The fact that Beauty and the Beast and Darkest Hour are here hurts my eyes and my heart.

Should win: Blade Runner 2049
Will win: The Shape of Water
Should have been nominated: The Florida Project

Costume:

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
DARKEST HOUR
PHANTOM THREAD
THE SHAPE OF WATER
VICTORIA & ABDUL

Should win: Phantom Thread
Will win: The Shape of Water
Should have been nominated: Lady Macbeth and The Beguiled

 

Hair and Make Up:

DARKEST HOUR
VICTORIA & ABDUL
WONDER

This category makes me angry every year. It is poorly treated and dismissed as if unimportant. They can barely scrape up three nominees and they always choose the wrong films!

Should win: Literally none of these
Will win: Darkest Hour
Should have been nominated: I, Tonya and The Last Jedi

 

Adapted Screenplay:

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – James Ivory
THE DISASTER ARTIST – Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
LOGAN – Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green
MOLLY’S GAME – Aaron Sorkin
MUDBOUND – Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Should win/Will win: CMBYNhowever, the fact that James Ivory will likely be the only winner from this film is a joke! Luca Guadagnino heavily altered the screenplay (for the better) during filming.
Should have been nominated: Thor: Raganarok (yes, I’m serious) and The Beguiled

 

Original Screenplay:

THE BIG SICK –  Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
GET OUT – Jordan Peele
LADY BIRD – Greta Gerwig
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor
THREE BILLBOARDS – Martin McDonagh

There are 4 excellent choices here and 1 excruciatingly bad one.

Should win: Get Out
Will win: optimistic – Get Out pessimistic – Three Billboards
Should have been nominated: Phantom Thread, Colossal, Logan Lucky

 

Directing:

DUNKIRK – Christopher Nolan
GET OUT – Jordan Peele
LADY BIRD – Greta Gerwig
PHANTOM THREAD – Paul Thomas Anderson
THE SHAPE OF WATER – Guillermo del Toro

By far the best and most exciting category. I am thrilled with the nominees here and would genuinely be happy with any winner here.

Should win: So, so tough – I cannot choose between them!
Will win: Guillermo del Toro (I am happy, but it is for the wrong film as usual!)
Should have been nominated: Luca Guadagnino – CMBYN

 

Supporting Actor:

WILLEM DAFOE – The Florida Project
WOODY HARRELSON – Three Billboards
SAM ROCKWELL – Three Billboards
RICHARD JENKINS – The Shape of Water
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – All the Money in the World

A horrible category in my opinion – I would not have chosen any of these 5.

Should win: Dafoe or Jenkins
Will win: Rockwell (I would choose Harrelson over him, if it has to be someone from 3B)
Should have been nominated: Armie Hammer, Adam Driver, Michael Shannon, Bob Odenkirk and Benny Safdie

 

Supporting Actress:

MARY J. BLIGE – Mudbound
ALLISON JANNEY – I, Tonya
LESLEY MANVILLE – Phantom Thread
LAURIE METCALF – Lady Bird
OCTAVIA SPENCER – The Shape of Water

An almost perfect category! Very happy with these choices!

Should win: Lesley Manville
Will win: Allison Janney
Should have been nominated: I would have chosen Holly Hunter over Octavia Spencer.

 

Actor in a Leading Role:

TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET – Call Me by Your Name
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS – Phantom Thread
DANIEL KALUUYA – Get Out
GARY OLDMAN – Darkest Hour
DENZEL WASHINGTON – Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Very happy that Franco was not nominated (in a victory for the Me Too/Time’s Up movement). However, please do some research on Gary Oldman.

Should win: Timothee Chalamet (Kaluuya in a close second)
Will win: Gary Oldman
Should have been nominated: Harris Dickinson, John Cho, Hugh Jackman (for Logan not The Circus Musical!)

 

Actress in a Leading Role:

SALLY HAWKINS – The Shape of Water
FRANCES MCDORMAND – Three Billboards
MARGOT ROBBIE – I, Tonya
SAOIRSE RONAN – Lady Bird
MERYL STREEP – The Post

Should win: Ronan (Robbie in a close second)
Will win: McDormand
Should have been nominated: Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, Aubrey Plaza, Vicky Krieps

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Best Picture (I will rank them from 9: Least Favourite to 1: Favourite):

  1. Three Billboards

I can’t really begin to explain how much I hate this film. For me, its main faults are in the writing and casting, but I could go on. It is inexplicable to me that this is getting so much recognition and I could potentially be very angry on Oscar night. Hoping and praying that it doesn’t sweep the board.

  1. Darkest Hour

I was so bored watching this film that I tried to rub my own skin off. Then the underground scene happened and I also tried to poke out my eyes and ears. It’s bad.

  1. The Post

We have left truly terrible territory and we’re now in ‘meh’. The Post is a solid enough flick, but would not be amongst my Best Picture nominees. Bob Odenkirk was the stand-out, for me.

  1. Get Out

There is another big leap here. Numbers 6-2 are very, very close for me and I’m very happy that they are nominated for Best Picture. I would not be upset if any of these won. Get Out is outstanding and I’m extremely pleased to see such an original genre film nominated for an Oscar.

  1. Lady Bird

A lovely, funny, very well-written and acted film. Extremely empathetic and realistic characters and dialogue. Make sure you see it when it comes out in the UK!

  1. The Shape of Water

I’m extremely gratified to see Guillermo Del Toro finally get the recognition he deserves. This isn’t my favourite of his films, but again I am very happy to see such an unusual film in the Best Picture category.

  1. Dunkirk

Seeing this in 70mm IMAX (yes, I know, yawn) will be one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of my life. An extraordinarily tense viewing experience, extremely well acted by its young cast.

  1. Phantom Thread

I am not an unequivocal fan of PTA – he has made films I love and films I dislike. This is now second only to Magnolia as my favourite PTA. It features one of my favourite DDL performances and the sublime Lesley Manville. Vicky Krieps is a sensational new discovery. Make sure you seek this out!

  1. Call Me By Your Name

Anyone who follows me on Twitter will be unsurprised – I have been ‘stanning’ for this film since it came out in the US in November 2017. I have seen it 5 times at the cinema – far more than I’ve seen any other film in theatres. It is now in my Top 10 of all time. It is a stunning and emotional film and I implore you to seek it out if you haven’t seen it.

Should win: CMBYN (obvs)
Will win: pessimistic – 3B optimistic – Shape or Lady Bird
Should have been nominated: The Florida Project, Mudbound, Blade Runner 2049

So – there you have it! This is going to be an odd Oscar year for me. I can’t remember the last time that a film I truly hate and a film I truly love (to these extremes) have both been nominated for Best Picture. It is a very strong field over all though, with 6 extremely good films. Excited to see what will happen on Oscar night!

JUMPCUT’s Top 10 Films Of 2017

As we prepare for our annual award show, The Odysseys, we asked our wonderful team to list their top 10 films of 2017 and we’ve created the JUMPCUT Top 10 list based on their input. The votes were nail bitingly close, and there’s been plenty of discussion this year amongst the team!

You may recall that last year we posted up our ‘Top 10 Most Anticipated Films Of 2017‘, which featured the likes of ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Logan’, ‘Dunkirk’, and at the #1 spot was ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, and whilst appearing on some of our team’s personal Top 10 lists, did it make it onto our Top 10 of the year?

Just missing out out making our ultimate top 10 are the following honorable mentions:

and now, for the part you’ve most likely quickly scrolled past everything else for: JUMPCUT ONLINE‘S official top 10 films of 2017 are:


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#10 – IT

One of a number of adaptations of Stephen Kings work to grace a screen this year, ‘IT’ made a record breaking entry to the box office by more than doubling the record takings for a horror film’s opening weekend. Bill Skårsgard’s performance as Pennywise the Dancing Clown is not one that’ll leave your nightmares any time soon. With the film arriving on home release shortly, we highly recommend taking Pennywise home with you!

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#9 – Wind River

Taylor Sheridan’s directorial debut was nothing short of heart racing. Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen ditched their MCU costumes for something a little warmer as they investigate the death of a young girl in Wyoming, on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The investigation leaves the audience guessing right up until the third act, and when the truth hits it doesn’t pull it’s punches.

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#8 – Thor: Ragnarok

If a couple of years ago you’d have told us that a Thor film would end up our ‘Top 10’ of the year least, you’d forgive us for not believing you. Whilst the first two instalments of his solo outings are rather lacklustre and dreary, in comes Taiki Waititi to shake things up and deliver one of the best entries to the MCU to date. With lots of colour, humour, and a dash kiwi charm, Waititi left his mark all over the God of Thunder – as well as introducing us to everyone’s instant new favourite, Korg, who is played by Waititi.

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#7 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

‘The Last Jedi’ topped our list last year for most anticipated movie of 2017 and boy did we have a wait on our hands. Now it’s been released worldwide, the latest entry to the ‘Star Wars’ franchise has divided many fans on it’s approach to some of the characters and it’s plot. It’s fair to say that our team, which consists of a number of huge ‘Star Wars’ fans, had quite a bit to say on this film (in a pleasant, civilised, and GIF-happy manner might we add) and it may actually come as a surprise to some of them that it made our list!

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#6 – Baby Driver

If the toe-tappingly catchy and action filled trailers weren’t enough to get you to see Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’ in the cinema, then we sure hope you’ve corrected your mistake and watched it since it’s home release following it’s wave of praise online. Not only is the film insanely brilliant, the soundtrack ain’t half bad either.

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#5 – La La Land

The UK started the new year hearing nothing but praise for ‘La La Land’. The U.S theatrical release date was in December, whilst we had to twiddle our thumbs and wait  here in the UK until the following month. By the time it was released, it had already won a jaw-dropping amount of awards and was also in the running for a number of Academy Awards, including ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Film’ (let’s not get into that). 11 months later and the film still sits highly on the top of a lot of our team’s list, and we daren’t tally up how many times we’ve all watched it since!

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#4 – Get Out

With a production budget of just $4.5 million, ‘Get Out’ broke records and all expectations when it grossed over $251 million worldwide during it’s run in cinemas. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut was greatly received and is arguably one of the most talked about films of the year. Daniel Kaluuya has received numerous nominations and awards as the lead of the film, and rightly so. Another one we recommend ticking off your list before the year is out!

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#3 – Logan

James Mangold stepped back into the director’s chair to direct another Wolverine solo film, but this time the claws were well and truly out for his R-Rated return. ‘Logan’ showed us Wolverine like we’ve never scene him on screen before. The neo-western take on Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Logan was a perfect send off for the actor and the character, as well as a superb introduction to Dafne Keen as Laura Kinney (aka X-23). ‘Logan’ proved to be an emotional farewell, but also left us with a glimmer of hope that we could potentially see X-23 in her own film in the future.

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#2 – Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s latest film was hyped up to no end that some of us were certain our expectations were too high and would never be met. Those doubts were quashed upon viewing the film (numerous times for some of the team) and although the story, told from three perspectives (land, sea, and air), had very little dialogue, the way in which is was shot, and the perfect accompanying score, were enough to keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through.

Sometimes I still hear the ticking…. 

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#1 – Blade Runner 2049

Aaaaand if you hadn’t guessed by now – Denis Villeneuve’s neo-noir sci-fi masterpiece ‘Blade Runner 2049’ sits at number one for this year’s list. With some breathtakingly beautiful cinematography and set pieces, an ear-pleasingly gorgeous score, and strong performances from Ryan Gosling, Ana De Armas, Ryan Gosling, and the rest of the supporting case, there was nothing we didn’t love about this film – although unfortunately it appears that the general audience may disagree with us as it didn’t perform all too well at the box office!

 


There you have it! ‘Blade Runner 2049’ claims the #1 spot this year for us here at JUMPCUT. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this list and what your Top 10 looks like!

In case you missed it, we also wrote up our ‘Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2018‘ – We wonder if any of those will feature in our end of year top 10 next year….

Feel free to leave a comment below, or tweet us your Top 10 to @JUMPCUT_ONLINE 

JUMPCUT’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Films Of 2018

Written by Corey Hughes

Ah, December. The month where every cinephile tries to cram in as many films that they’ve missed throughout the year into one, single month. It’s also the month where we begin to think about the year ahead, and what films are on our radars.

2018 has the potential to be a great year for film. It’s a year filled with big, blockbuster movies, with Marvel looking to add to their already impressive CV, and not to forget the return of the Merc with the Mouth. The new year also promises a few hidden gems, particularly Alex Garland’s return after his promising directorial debut with ‘Ex Machina’,  and the eagerly-anticipated return of Wes Anderson.

In short, there’s a lot to be excited about. So, without further ado, I present to you: JUMPCUT Online’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2018, as compiled by our marvellous team.


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#10 – The Irishman

Martin Scorsese returns in 2018 with a handful of familiar faces. Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino all return under Marty’s direction in what will be the director’s fifth mob film, this time recollecting the assassination of former American labour union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Whilst there’s still speculation whether Netflix will distribute the film during late 2018 or early 2019, we are chomping at the bit to see the return of such a legendary cinematic collaboration.

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#9 – A Wrinkle in Time

Based on the novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle, visionary director Ava DuVernay will be at the helm of Disney’s next big outing, a multidimensional adventure of a young girl attempting to find her missing father. Starring an ensemble cast including the likes of Chris Pine, Reece Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Zach Galifianakis, and not to forget adapted to the big screen by the queen of Disney animations Jennifer Lee, A Wrinkle in Time has the potential to be a wonderful movie.

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#8 – Deadpool 2

Also returning this year is everybody’s favourite mercenary – Deadpool. The perfectly casted Ryan Reynolds reprises the role as the potty-mouthed antihero, accompanied by Josh Brolin as newcomer Cable. If the first film is anything to go by, we can expect plenty of vulgar humour and incredible action set pieces in next year’s sequel. You can count my sweet-ass in.

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#7 – Incredibles 2

Now, if you’re anything like us, you’ve been waiting years for this. Director Brad Bird and the wonderful ensemble cast all return to perhaps the most eagerly-awaited sequel ever made. Bird once said that he’d never return for an Incredibles sequel unless he could come up with a story that would be just as good as, or even better than, the first film. If that doesn’t make you excited for his sequel, then nothing will.

Honey, where is my super suit?!”

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#6 – Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg returns in 2018 to his beloved Sci-fi genre with an adaptation of Ernest Cline’s revolutionary novel, ‘Ready Player One’; a story of a young man entering the virtual reality world of OASIS to find an Easter Egg. Promising extraordinary visual effects and a catalogue of pop-culture icon cameos from the likes of Freddy Krueger, the Iron Giant and King Kong, Spielberg’s new adventure could be one of the year’s best.

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#5 – Annihilation

Also returning to the Sci-fi genre is Alex Garland, who made an impressive directorial debut in 2015 with ‘Ex Machina.’ The film tells the story of a biologist who signs up for an expedition where the rules of nature don’t apply, with the immensely talented Natalie Portman starring as the main lead. Count our words, this could be another successful run-out for Alex Garland. It’s just a shame that us folks in the UK might not be able to see it on the big screen, with Netflix being the front-runners to distribute the film. A damn shame, I tell you.

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#4 – Solo: A Star Wars Story

It may come as no surprise to see a Star Wars film included in our list. With the success of ‘Rogue One’, Disney proved that a spin-off Star Wars movie, outside of the main episodic format, could be as well received as the films within the Skywalker saga. This time round, fan-favourite Han Solo receives his stand-alone movie, with Alden Ehrenreich playing the younger version of Harrison Ford’s iconic character. With Ron Howard stepping in to direct after a rift between writer Lawrence Kasdan and former director Chris Miller, it has been reported that Howard has reshot almost the entirety of the movie, but whether or not this will negatively impact the final film, we are not sure. But there is one thing we are sure about – we are all going to see this film regardless.

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#3 – Isle of Dogs

Coming in with the bronze medal is Wes Anderson’s forthcoming stop-motion animation, ‘Isle of Dogs’; an Akira Kurosawa inspired story set against the backdrop of Japanese culture. With Tristan Oliver as Director of Photography, we can expect another shining example of Wes Anderson’s distinguishable and mesmerising stop-motion style that was last seen in ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’. We are expecting big things from Anderson, and we are confident that he will not disappoint.

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#2 – Black Panther

Now it’s time for the big guns. With Ryan Coogler at the helm of Marvel’s eighteenth addition to the MCU, audiences will be greeted with a catalogue of talented faces, including the likes of Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis and, of course, Chadwick Boseman as the titular character. From such a diverse cast showcasing an array of black leads, this is by far Marvel’s most successful feat in regards to representation on the big screen, proving once and for all that anybody can be a superhero. We cannot wait so see how it all goes down.

Honourable Mentions:

  • Sicario 2: Soldado (That new trailer has us hyped!)
  • Three Billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri (UK really should have had this sooner…)
  • Phantom Thread (Daniel Day-Lewis’ final outing)
  • Ocean’s Eight (showcasing a fantastic ensemble cast)
  • A Quiet Place (John Krasinski’s promising thriller)

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#1 – Avengers: Infinity War

Was there ever any doubt? Topping our list is, of course, the gargantuan Marvel blockbuster ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. With parts 1 and 2 holding a staggering budget of almost $1 billion (most of that surely going towards paying the wages of the insane cast on offer), this is going to be the most monumental cinematic moment in all of Hollywood’s history. Marking the tenth anniversary of the dawn of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ‘Infinity War’, if executed successfully, could be Marvel’s biggest accomplishment. Whether you love or hate the MCU, there is one thing for sure – this is going to be incredible. Book your tickets and secure your seats to be the first to see Thanos’s eagerly-anticipated arrival (or Chris Evans sporting a beard, am I right?).


So, there you have it: our top 10 most anticipated films of 2018. Have we missed any out? What films are you most anticipated for? Be sure to let us know!