Oscars 2018 – Predictions!

Here is the list of 2018 Oscar nominations & my predictions of winners:

Best Picture:
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” TO WIN


Lead Actor:
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” TO WIN
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Lead Actress:
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” TO WIN
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Supporting Actor:
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” TO WIN

Supporting Actress:
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” TO WIN
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro TO WIN

Animated Feature:
“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson TO WIN
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Adapted Screenplay:
“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber TO WIN
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

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 TO WIN
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh

“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins TO WIN
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Film Editing:
“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss TO WIN
“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:
“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green
“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King
“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood TO WIN

Sound Mixing:
“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick TO WIN

Production Design:
“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola TO WIN
“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

Original Score:
“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood
“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat TO WIN
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell

Original Song:
“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul TO WIN

Makeup and Hair:
“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick TO WIN
“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten

Costume Design:
“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran
“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran
“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges
“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira
“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle TO WIN

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


Categories where I haven’t seen any / most films so have no idea:
Animated Short:
Best Documentary Feature:
Best Documentary Short Subject:
Best Live Action Short Film:
Best Foreign Language Film:



Padmavati – After all the *#$*#*, THIS is what we get???

The Karni Sena’s agitations are totally valid. But for absolutely wrong reasons. There’s nothing in the film that tarnishes Padmini’s honour. But there’s plenty in the film that Rajputs should be pissed off about.

Let’s get the good bits of the film out of the way first. The film is visually spectacular. It is the one thing that SLB knows how to do. And Sudeep Chatterjee has really outdone himself this time. I have no clue who is the Production Designer of the film (couldn’t find it anywhere online), but whoever it is, has done a BRILLIANT job.

That said, apart from the visuals, there’s not much about the film that I liked.

For starters, the Rajputs have been shown as highly-gullible, fumbling-bumbling, stupidly-ethical warriors. They get multiple (atleast 3) opportunities to kill Khilji but they don’t. Why? I have no clue. Something about ‘usool’. RUBBISH! In war, there is only one usool – VICTORY! Also, you have to see who your opponent is when defining your ‘usools’. A unfair, cruel, inhuman, barbaric, sex-slave-keeper CANNOT be a beneficiary of your ‘usools’. That is not only plainly stupid, it is CRIMINAL.

On the flipside, Khilji is equally bizarre. At one end, he is shown as inhumanely barbaric  & someone who swings all ways in his choice of sexual partners (so basically not someone prone to nuance in relationships). On the other hand, he is completely besotted with someone who he has never seen and is willing to go to all ends to ‘get’ her. Huh?

And its not like the bizarre-ness exists in the film because it was in the original poem. It wasn’t. The story in the poem is actually quite different from the story in the film. In the poem, both Ratan Singh & Padmini are dead long before Khilji is even in the picture… Whatever… don’t want to get into that now…

Anyway, almost none of the above made sense to me. I thought all of this was very bizaare, weird and incredibly stupid.

Performances are decent. Ranveer Singh is excellently OTT as Khilji (memories of Mohan Agashe in Trimurti come to mind). Shahid Kapur seems to have been hypnotised into thinking that he is a wind-up doll and hence has to be all super-stiff in the film and is not allowed to have any other expression except one of dead-pan ‘pride’. Or whatever the hell kind of expression having plenty of ‘usools’ brings to your face.

Deepika, despite being in only 25-30% of the film, towers over everyone. Metaphorically and physically. She’s got a foot on Shahid & about half a foot on Ranveer and dwarfs them, in all ways. Her costumes, hair, makeup and overall visage is brilliant. I hated the terrible GC-created ‘glow’ they have added on her face. Why? She doesn’t need it. Anyway, she was awesome and deserved much much more screen time…

All-in-all, go to see Padmavati for its stunning visuals & production values. Take everything else with a pinch (nay bucket) of salt!


P.S. After watching the film, I am convinced that the ‘controversy’ around the film was originally created as a marketing vehicle for the film; and then the makers had to endure the ‘fruits of their own labour’, when it went out of hand… In September 2017, if SLB had put the damn disclaimer of the film being a work of fiction, none of this rubbish would have happened… Anyway, am glad this hullabaloo is over and we can go back to our everyday lives to see what Taimur is upto 😐 😐 😐 !!!