And the winner is….
And the winner is….
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It’s February already, and that means we’re in the middle of Oscar season, as several high-street window displays and charity shops get in on the big occasion.  And as is my wont, I’ve already watched several nominated films that are in the running for multiple awards come the big red carpet night of the 90th Academy Awards on March 4th. 


The Shape of Water, with the wonderfully quirky Sally Hawkins, is so unusual and beautifully filmed that it immediately accrued a slew of accolades, and fully deserving of the 13 nominations it received – but I fear Guillermo del Toro’s dreamy sci-fi tale about a woman who falls in love with the Creature from the Black Lagoon, is now being systematically picked apart by the media after recent accusations of plagiarism


And while I’ve no problem with Gary Oldman winning the best actor in a prosthetic category, I fail to see what all the fuss about Darkest Hour is about, except that it perfectly captures the Brexit zeitgeist. The whole film lapsed into absurdity when Churchill leapt out of his ministerial car to disappear into the underground so that he could hold a seminar with the ordinary men and women of Britain on the merits of appeasement during a one-stop ride on the District line between St James’s and Westminster. Thank God he happened both to catch the slowest Tube in London and bump into a focus group of Leavers who were up for a fight, otherwise 20th-century history would have had to be rewritten. 


On the other hand, in this day and age of Donald Trump in the White House, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was a masterpiece of dysfunctional small-town American life. Gripping from start to finish with not a frame wasted, it was funny, yet brutal and breathtakingly beautiful. It deserves to win everything going.  So Best Film, Best Director for Martin McDonagh, and the always watchable Frances McDormand for Best Actress – and I wouldn’t rule out Woody Harrelson or Sam Rockwell walking away also with the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.


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  • You forgot to Mention
    Best of All
    HH Birthday
    The first day of February...
    A Happy Day
    wink wink
    (very Bad of Me, lol)


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