It’s Oscar’s week! I love this time of year as not only are there a whole host of amazing films to enjoy, the whole buzz about who will win, who will wear what is so much fun. So I thought I’d celebrate Oscar season by talking about the most satisfying wins and my predictions for the awards this week.
Leonardo Dicaprio- The Revenant
This was a long time coming for Leo and he had excelled at so many roles, including The Great Gatsby and Wolf of Wall Street before finally winning for The Revenant in 2016.
Colin Firth- The King’s Speech
Another actor who waited a number of years to win, Colin Firth managed to bag his Best Actor Oscar for The King’s Speech. Many feel he should have in fact won the year before for A Single Man.
Christoph Waltz- Inglorious Basterds
Receiving his first nomination and win for his big break in America with Inglorious Basterds, Waltz is a force to be reckoned with. He won a second Oscar for another Tarantino film, Django Unchained in 2013.
Heath Ledger- The Dark Knight
A moving posthumous accolade to Heath Ledger after his untimely death for an incredible performance in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
A brave actress in a brave film, Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her performance as a tormented ballerina in Black Swan.
Grace Kelly – The Country Girl
Grace Kelly’s ongoing legend is world famous. She was nominated twice and won Best Actress for The Country Girl.
Robin Williams- Good Will Hunting
It’s a bit unfair to nod to three individuals from the same film, but I can’t help myself! Robin Williams was such an incredible talent and if one film demonstrates this, it’s Good Will Hunting, for which he won Best Supporting Actor.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck- Good Will Hunting
The screenplay was a stroke of genius and to be written by two childhood friends is something of fairy tales. Jointly, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon won Best Original Screenplay in 1998.
Jennifer Lawrence- Silver Linings Playbook
Her win for Best Actress is often associated with her elegant fall in her Dior gown, but she is unique and incredible in her acting skills and this award was well deserved.
Marion Cotillard- La Vie En Rose
This was a film that I found incredibly moving. It was a varied and captivating performance from Cotillard, for which she won Best Actress.
La La Land is a huge front runner with a whopping 12 nominations. I’m especially keen for Emma Stone to be awarded for her performance in this film, as it was truly extraordinary, though I confess I’m conflicted for Best Picture. I discussed in a previous blog about the film Arrival; it is an immensely magnificent film and is also nominated for Best Picture. I would like it very much if it won.
Andrew Garfield is also nominated for Hacksaw Ridge and it would be a joy to see him win. Michelle Williams is also back for Manchester by the Sea and after she has previously missed out for My Week With Marilyn, it would be fantastic if she went home with the statue.
I suppose we’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out!