Oscar Nomination Analysis, Part 6
We arrive at the final part of this analysis before the Oscars take place on Sunday, March 4. I hope you've enjoyed it, and check out my annual podcast on my 10 Best films of the year, and my predictions for the Oscars, on Wednesday.

Best Original Score

1. "The Shape of Water" (Alexandre Desplat)

2. "Phantom Thread" (Jonny Greenwood)

3. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (John Williams)

4. "Dunkirk" (Hans Zimmer)

5. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" (Carter Burwell)

Thoughts on Best Original Score: This is a fascinating, and pretty good, collection of scores, with a much-deserved first nomination for Greenwood, and worthy second nod for Burwell. That doesn't mean "Shape of Water's" haunting, offbeat music won't win easily, though.

Best Original Song

1. "Remember Me" from "Coco" (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez) 

2. "This is Me" from "The Greatest Showman" (Benj Pasek, Justin Paul) (Haven't Seen)

3. "Mighty River" from "Mudbound" (Raphael Saadiq, Mary J. Blige, Taura Stinson) 

4. "Stand Up for Something" from "Marshall" (Common, Diane Warren) (Haven't Seen)

5. "Mystery of Love" from "Call Me By Your Name" (Sufjan Stevens)

Thoughts on Best Original Song: Even though I have not seen either "Marshall" or "The Greatest Showman," this is the one category, along with Original Score, where you can at least experience the nominated work to get an idea about it, even if you really should hear it in the context of the film. While "This is Me" will certainly be formidable, I really can't imagine "Remember Me" not winning this for "Coco."

Best Film Editing

1. "Dunkirk"

2. "Baby Driver" 

3. "I, Tonya" 

4. "The Shape of Water"

5. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

Thoughts on Best Film Editing: It'd be a shock in "Dunkirk" didn't win this, but I can see my favorite film of 2017, "Baby Driver," winning, as well. Nothing else is really close.

Best Costume Design

1. "Phantom Thread"

2. "Beauty and the Beast" 

3. "The Shape of Water"

4. "Darkest Hour" 

5. "Victoria & Abdul" (Haven't Seen)

Thoughts on Best Costume Design: Honestly, it's "Phantom Thread" or nothing for me. It's a singular use of clothing in telling a story in PTA's bold film.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

1. "Darkest Hour"

2. "Victoria & Abdul" (Haven't Seen)

3. "Wonder" (Haven't Seen)

Thoughts on Best Makeup and Hairstyling: I've only seen one of the nominees- and I wasn't that high on it. What else can I say besides, how did "Shape of Water" not get a nomination here? It's main character IS a makeup creation!

Best Animated Feature

1. "Coco"

2. "The Breadwinner"

3. "Ferdinand" (Haven't Seen)

4. "Loving Vincent" (Haven't Seen)

5. "The Boss Baby" (Haven't Seen)

Thoughts on Best Animated Feature: This was a slow year for me seeing animated films. I may get to a couple more before Sunday, but I can't imagine thinking anything besides "Coco" will win.

Best Foreign-Language Film

1. "A Fantastic Woman" (Haven't Seen)

2. "Loveless" (Haven't Seen)

3. "On Body and Soul" (Haven't Seen)

4. "The Insult" (Haven't Seen)

5. "The Square" (Haven't Seen)

Thoughts on Best Foreign-Language Film: Haven't seen any of these. May see 1 or 2 before Sunday. Otherwise, I have nothing.

Best Documentary Feature

1. "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail" (Haven't Seen)

2. "Faces Places" (Haven't Seen)

3. "Icarus" (Haven't Seen)

4. "Last Men in Aleppo" (Haven't Seen)

5. "Strong Island" (Haven't Seen)

Thoughts on Best Documentary Feature: See Best Foreign-Language Film.


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