I love the cinema. I go a lot. I’m lucky, there’s a big multiplex at the end of my road so there’s simply no excuse.
At this time of the year there’s an abundance of films to watch, what with them all vying for awards glory. I like to see them all before the Oscar winners are announced so I can give my take on who I think the winners should be, but that’s sometimes difficult when release dates are delayed in the UK.
So, having seen at least half of the films with Oscar nominations my picks would be:
Best Film: Manchester by the Sea
Best Actor: Casey Affleck
Best Actress: Meryl Streep (just to annoy Donald Trump)
Best Supporting Actor: Lucas Hedges
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer
Best Director: Manchester by the Sea
Best Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea
I’ve seen La La Land and I liked it, much more than I thought I would, but to be honest I don’t know what all the fuss is about? Is it because it’s ‘a nice film’ and we need some niceness in the world at the moment?
I also loved Hidden Figures. I love a film that empowers, although it made me cry at times. What those women went through was both difficult to watch and yet inspiring at the same time – every little girl should watch it, no matter what their age.
My choice, without a doubt, for all the main categories would be Manchester by the Sea. It’s a beautifully moving and devastating film about grief, one that leaves you thinking about the storyline, the characters and the impact of what happened to everyone afterwards for days. Whilst I can’t say I ‘enjoyed’ it – I don’t think anyone can say that, I think I will remember the detail of the storyline for some considerable time.