Back in Michigan, I used to work as a movie reviewer for the local radio station. I'd see movies each week and report back on them. Since moving to South Carolina, I still get to see movies but not as frequently. I'm only sharing my thoughts on here. The drive to Michigan each week to be on-air is too far. :)
Best Movie- 1917
While Parasite will deserve a nod, I believe it will win for Best Foreign movie so 1917 will get the statue instead. I really wish JoJo Rabbit would have gotten better press because of its message. It's one to see. 1917 is compelling and the videography is stunning. It's a classic!
Best Actress- Renée Zellweger
She becomes Judy and has all the feels that the judges love. Scarlett Johansson had an outstanding performance in The Marriage Story but Renee was the stuff of legends.
Best Actor- Joaquin Phoenix
Much like Renee, Joaquin becomes the Joker, giving us a different take on the iconic character. I'd have loved to see Adam Driver winning but I think Marriage Story was a tough movie for so many to watch.
Best Supporting Actress- Laura Dern
I wish Scarlett would win for her portrayal in Jo Jo Rabbit but Dern had an outstanding speech about love and marriage in The Marriage Story. I also think that the comedic nature of Jo Jo Rabbit throws the judges off. They love drama.
Best Supporting Actor- Brad Pitt
Brad has been Hollywood's darling this award season with his name tag and the way he poked fun at himself. He's showing that all the tabloids haven't wrecked him. Other actors like Tom Hanks and Joe Pecci had amazing performances but Brad has swept the awards this year.
I think it's amazing that an iconic movie like 1917 didn't have any acting nominations for the actors, only best picture, director, screenplay and cinematography. Does that mean that the actors weren't good? No. They were vital to the story but the movie was in the whole, such a visual masterpiece that you don't see the individual actors... only the whole story.
Do you watch the Oscars? Who would you pick?