Monday, 19 March 2018

Black Panther Review

Black Panther

Release Date: 14th February 2018 - Australia 

Production Companies 
Marvel Studios
Marvel Entertainment

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 134 minutes

Budget: $200,000,000

Box Office Gross: $1,182,500,528 (Worldwide) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross) 

Plot Summary
With his father having died, T’Challa is the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda. As his alter ego Black Panther, he must defend his land from enemies both outside and inside the country.

Chadwick Boseman - T'Challa/Black Panther
Michael B. Jordan - Erik Killmonger
Lupita Nyong’o - Nakia
Danai Gurira - Okoye 
Martin Freeman - Everett K. Ross
Daniel Kaluuya - W’Kabi
Letitia Wright - Shuri 
Winston Duke - M’Daku
Sterling K. Brown - N’Jobu
Angela Bassett - Ramona
Forest Whitaker - Zuri
Andy Serkis - Ulysses Klaue 
Florence Kasumba - Ayo
John Kani - T’Chaka
David S. Lee - Limbani
Nabiyah Be - Linda
Atandwa Kani - Young T’Chaka
Ashton Tyler - Young T’Challa
Denzel Whitaker - Young Zuri
Sebastian Stan - Bucky Barnes (Cameo) (Uncredited)

Writer/Director - Ryan Coogler
Based on Comic/Executive Producer - Stan Lee
Based on Comic - Jack Kirby
Writer - Joe Robert Cole
Executive Producers - Victoria Alonso, Jeffrey Chernov, Louis D’Esposito and Nate Moore
Producer - Kevin Feige
Co-Producer - David J. Grant
Production Designer - Hannah Beachler
Costume Designer - Ruth E. Carter
Director of Photography - Rachel Morrison
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Andy Gill
Stunt Coordinator - Jonathan Eusebio
Visual Effects Supervisors - Geoffrey Baumann, Stuart Lashley and Doug Spilatro 
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - Craig Hammack
Animation Supervisor: ILM - Matthew Cowie
Editors - Debbie Berman and Michael P. Shawver
Music - Ludwig Göransoon

Audiences and fans have quickly rejoiced for the Black Panther as he gets his own movie for Marvel in its ongoing cinematic franchise. The character made his screen debut in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (click here) and though we already knew that Marvel had plans for a spin-off feature during his transition from the comic-book world to the big screen. Many viewers have waited patiently for this movie until 2018 when it opened in theatres recently. The title film was meant to precede the upcoming AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR movie which is due to follow-up in a few months ahead of its release. 

For some reason, the BLACK PANTHER movie reminds me a bit of THE LION KING (click here) because it had a few of the mystical aspects that were integrated into its modern feel. The CGI was an absolute splendour and the city of Wakanda was incredibly detailed by many visual effects artists who have brought this to a whole new level of creativity. Director Ryan Coogler of CREED fame was involved in the process of making this feature and it’s not the first black superhero movie to receive a circle of widespread attention. Fewer films have tried that (with the semi-exception of BLADE) but none could even attain the positive response from its intended audience.

Having looked into CIVIL WAR, I wasn't able to mention Chadwick Boseman as the eponymous hero when I first critiqued the previous film. He was absolutely terrific in his truly inspiring performance that made him a household name. Michael B. Jordan lands in a definitive portrayal as Killmonger a would-be usurper who has gained a lot of empathy from fans and viewers about his troubled backstory. Among the all-star cast were Andy Serkis as the mercenary Ulysses Klaus, a role that he reprises from AGE OF ULTRON (click here) when he's supposed to be the main villain but is instead bumped off by Jordan's standout role. Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong'o were also featured in this prominent feature.

I have enjoyed this movie sincerely as I did like the style and visuals, I appreciated that BLACK PANTHER didn’t go unnoticed for it was the worthy middle child of Phase 3 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This could be your last chance to go see the film in cinemas before all the session times end. It’s recommended to all fans of Marvel who were all strongly famillar with the character in reading its comics.

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie 

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Review

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Release Date: 26th December 2017 - Australia 

Production Companies 
Columbia Pictures
Matt Tolmac Productions
Radar Pictures
Seven Bucks Productions

Sony Pictures Australia 

Genre: Adventure/Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 111 minutes 

Budget: $110,000,000

Box Office Gross: $930,758,257 (Worldwide) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross)

Plot Summary 
When four teenagers discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever...

Dwayne Johnson - Spencer
Kevin Hart - Fridge
Jack Black - Bethany
Karen Gillan - Martha
Nick Jonas - Alex
Alex Wolff - Young Spencer
Bobby Canavale - Van Pelt
Ser’Darius Blain - Fridge
Madison Iseman - Young Bethany
Morgan Turner - Young Martha
Rhys Darby - Nigel
William Tokarsky - Bread Vendor
Rohan Chand - Boy at Bazaar
Colin Hanks - Adult Alex (Uncredited)
Marc Evan Jackson - Principal Bentley
Sean Buxton - Alex’s Father/Jogger
Tim Matheson - Older Alex’s Father/Old Man Vreeke (Uncredited)
Missi Pyle - Coach Webb
Maribeth Monroe - Teacher

Executive Producer/Director - Jake Kasdan
Based on the Book "Jumanji"/Film "Jumanji" Screen Story - Chris Van Allsburg 
Based on the Film "Jumanji" Screen Story/Screenplay - Greg Taylor and Jim Strain
Based on the Film "Jumanji" Screenplay - Jonathan Hensleigh
Screen Story/Screenplay - Chris McKenna
Screenplay - Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg
and Jeff Pinkner
Executive Producers - Ted Field, Dany Garcia,
David B. Householter, Dwayne Johnson and
Mike Weber
Producers - William Teitler and Matt Tolmach
Co-Producers - Hiram Garcia and Melvin Mar
Production Designer - Owen Paterson
Costume Designer - Laura Dean Shannon
Director of Photography - Gyula Pados
Supervising Stunt Coordinator - Gary Hymes
Special Effects Supervisor - J.D. Schwalm
Visual Effects Supervisors - Chris Waegner
and Robert Winter
Editors - Steve Edwards and Mark Helfrich
Music - Henry Jackman

Most people would have seen the 1995 film adaptation of JUMANJI as children and maybe biased towards the latest release in the JUMANJI story. Having a movie that is supposedly a reboot could be distasteful for those who have read the book as well as watched the previous cinematic version. Especially when it's revolved around a video game instead of a board game which it has evolved into and the presence of actor Dwayne Johnson will not be able to save the film and live up to the standards of the late Robin Williams. I was surprised that this was in fact, an actual continuation of the original movie, not a senseless remake derived from pure egotism. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE is a cleverly updated version that adds in a video-game/body switch premise with a lighthearted tone to prove to audiences that this sequel is actually entertaining to all nostalgic viewers.

The film delivers innuendos not suited for children under age 6 years. However, the comedy was simply over-the-top but gets outrageously funny in a fast accelerated pace. The cast was truly wonderful, even when there’s four main actors like Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillian are out having fun with their performances as teenagers stuck in their avatar bodies. Even the comedian Black is portraying a teenage girl in her male avatar and this is where they had this all coming. It wouldn’t be the only time that Johnson has visited the genre when he did JOURNEY 2 (click here) years back. His macho persona hasn't faded from handling the role way better than his ill-fated on-screen part in BAYWATCH.  Karen Gillian was feeling much brighter from her early years in DOCTOR WHO to her movie stardom, she is very remarkable for her role. One of the younger Jonas Brothers gets a role as a pilot but is doing it okay and I liked Kevin Hart as the other funny comic relief.

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE honours the dying wishes of Williams and is a literal game-changer. It eventually continues the lost spirit of the 1995 classic that has been buried in a pile somewhere beneath the family category. I hastily recommend to all audiences not to miss this movie until it comes out on DVD and Blu-ray as well as online stream.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Winners of the 90th Academy Awards

In the last two weeks, I’ve been very busy and haven’t had time to publish any reviews or news updates, so I apologise for that. Now, without further ado, here are the winners of the 90th Academy Awards.

It was better than last year’s ceremony where there had been a huge mix-up with the envelope to announce the winner for Best Picture. Thankfully this didn’t happen again in this ceremony, I was slightly disappointed that Dunkirk didn’t win for either Best Picture or Best Director. Then again, it would’ve been the proudest moment for Chris Nolan to receive this award instead of coming out being empty-handed for that trophy.

Best Visual Effects
Blade Runner 2049 - John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover

Best Film Editing
Dunkirk - Lee Smith

Best Costume Design
Phantom Thread - Mark Bridges

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Darkest Hour - Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick

Best Cinematography
Blade Runner 2049 - Roger Deakins

Best Production Design
The Shape of Water - Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau 
and Jeff Melvin

Best Sound Mixing
Dunkirk - Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker and Gary A. Rizzo

Best Sound Editing
Dunkirk - Richard King and Alex Gibson

Best Original Song
"Remember Me" from Coco - Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

Best Original Score
The Shape of Water - Alexandre Desplat

Best Animated Short Film
Dear Basketball - Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant

Best Live Action Short Film
The Silent Child - Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton

Best Documentary - Short Subject
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405 - Frank Stiefel

Best Documentary - Feature
Icarus - Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan

Best Foreign Language Film
A Fantastic Woman (Chile) in Spanish - Directed by Sebastián Lelio

Best Animated Feature Film
Coco - Lee Unkrich and Darin K. Anderson

Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay
Call Me by Your Name - James Ivory based on the novel by André Aciman

Best Writing - Original Screenplay
Get Out - Written by Jordan Peele

Best Supporting Actress
Allison Janney - I, Tonya as LaVona Golden

Best Supporting Actor
Sam Rockwell - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Officer Jason Dixon

Best Actress
Frances McDormand - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Mildred Hayes

Best Actor
Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour as Winston Churchill

Best Director
Guillermo del Toro - The Shape of Water

Best Picture
The Shape of Water - Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale

Academy Honorary Awards
Agnès Varda
Charles Burnett
Donald Sutherland 
Owen Roizman

Special Achievement Academy Award
Alejandro González Iñárritu for his virtual reality project Carne y Arena

Monday, 12 February 2018

Shane Review (Updated)


Release Date: 2nd October 1953 - Australia

Production Companies 
Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Western

Rating: G

Runtime: 118 minutes

Budget: $3,100,000

Box Office Gross: $20,000,000 

Plot Summary
Enigmatic gunslinger Shane rides into a small Wyoming town with hopes of quietly settling down as a farmhand. Taking a job on homesteader Joe Starrett's farm, Shane is drawn into a battle between the townsfolk and ruthless cattle baron Rufus Ryker. Shane's growing attraction to Starrett's wife, Marian, and his fondness for their son Joey, who idolizes Shane, force Shane to realize that he must thwart Ryker's plan.

Alan Ladd - Shane
Jean Arthur - Marian Starrett
Van Heflin - Joe Starrett
Brandon deWilde - Joey Starrett
Emile Meyer - Rufus Ryker 
Jack Palance - Jack Wilson
Ben Johnson - Chris Calloway
Edgar Buchanan - Fred Lewis
Elisha Cook Jr. - Stonewall Torrey 
Douglas Spencer - Axel 'Swede' Shipstead
John Dierkes - Morgan Ryker 
Ellen Corby - Mrs. Liz Torrey 
Paul McVey - Sam Grafton
John Miller - Will Atkey - Bartender
Edith Evanson - Mrs. Shipstead
Leonard Strong - Ernie Wright
Ray Spiker - Axel Johnson - Homesteader
Janice Carroll - Susan Lewis
Martin Mason - Ed Howells
Helen Brown - Martha Lewis
Nancy Kulp - Mrs. Howells

Producer/Director - George Stevens
Based on the Novel - Jack Schaefer 
Screenplay - A.B. Guthrie Jr.
Additional Dialogue - Jack Sher
Art Directors - Hal Pereria and Walter H. Tyler
Costumes - Edith Head
Director of Photography - Loyal Griggs
Film Editors - William Hornbeck and Tom McAdoo
Music Score - Victor Young


1953 Academy Awards
Best Cinematography, Color - Loyal Griggs (Won)
Best Picture - George Stevens (Nominated)
Best Supporting Actor - Brandon deWilde (Nominated)
Best Supporting Actor - Jack Palance (Nominated)
Best Director - George Stevens (Nominated)
Best Screenplay - A.B. Guthrie Jr. (Nominated)

One of the great classic film westerns of the 20th century, SHANE was the byproduct of old-fashioned Hollywood in the time of its old regime. Most importantly, it was certainly influential to some movies in later years such as the non-western flick LOGAN (click here) as well as being referenced in numerous times on pop culture. The ending however is considered to be a moment of ambiguity where it could possibly rival each scene from other classic westerns, the likes of which don’t come off in the same note of closing as SHANE did. This was a commendable effort from all of the cast and crew including its director, the late George Stevens who worked around the clock to produce a film that definitely showcased the landscapes of the American frontier. 

Alan Ladd gave a well-deserved performance as being the strong type of a lead protagonist that has shared the title of the movie. Jean Arthur in her last role as an actress was absolutely lovely to play the gorgeous Marian whom the lead character is immediately attracted to her. Jack Palance displays a sheer amount of menace and arrogance in his star-making role as the notorious hitman Jack Wilson. Brandon DeWilde was a child star when he gave his distinctive performance of the hero-worshipping young son who wishes to be the heroic gunslinger like Shane when he was older. Although DeWilde had went on to have a dozen mostly minor film roles after SHANE and his career was cut short by his untimely death in a fatal car crash at the age of 30.

I have nothing more to say about the other qualities that made SHANE great. I consider this film to be a great classic and one to be enjoyed by all ages. Even the modern viewers who were unfamiliar with this feature will definitely appreciate it, as their parents and grandparents have once seen the film and fondly remember it in their younger years.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

500th Review! Pitch Perfect 3

Pitch Perfect 3

Release Date: 1st January 2018 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Perfect World Pictures (in association with)
Gold Circle Films

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 93 minutes

Budget: $45,000,000

Box Office Gross: $182,640,310 (Worldwide) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross)

Plot Summary
After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this awesome group of nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Anna Kendrick - Beca
Rebel Wilson - Fat Amy
Hailee Steinfeld - Emily
Brittany Snow - Chloe
Anna Camp - Aubrey
Hana Mae Lee - Lily
Ester Dean - Cynthia Rose
Alexis Knapp - Stacie
Chrissie Fit - Flo
Kelley Jakle - Jessica
Shelley Regner - Ashley
Ruby Rose - Calamity
Andy Allo - Serenity
Venzella Joy - Charity
Hannah Fairlight - Veracity
John Lithgow - Fergus
Matt Lanter - Chicago
John Michael Higgins - John
Guy Burnet - Theo
Elizabeth Banks - Gail
DJ Khaled - Himself
Troy Ian Hall - Zeke
Jessica Chaffin - Evan
Moises Arias - Pimp-Lo
Derek Mehn - Sunburst
Kismet Collaco - Little Fat Amy
Michael Rose - Aubrey's Father
Trinidad James - Young Sparrow
D.J. Looney - DJ Dragon Nutz
Niko Nedyalkov - Mikhael

Director - Trish Sie
Based on Book - Mickey Rapkin
Story/Screenplay/Co-Producer - Kay Cannon
Screenplay - Mike White
Executive Producers - Jason Moore,
David Nicksay and Scott Niemeyer
Producers - Elizabeth Banks, Paul Brooks
and Max Handelman
Production Designer - Tony Corbett
Costume Designer - Salvador Perez Jr.
Director of Photography - Matthew Clark
Film Editors - Craig Alpert and Colin Patton
Score - Christopher Lennertz

This is it, everyone! This is the 500th review for my blog and be sure to write any comments when you’re done looking at this milestone review. I didn’t really care much for the PITCH PERFECT series so have not seen the first two instalments that were about an all-female group of singers competing in musical conventions. It reminded me of a chorus group where my mum was one of the members and they all participate in acapella singing. There’s a comparison in an Australian equivalent of the fictional Barden Bellas convention that they compete in America called Sweet Adelines International. Though not quite revolutionary, PITCH PERFECT 3 did however convince me there are some surprises added to this sequel as rare bonuses. The humour is productive and funny and there is some action involved that I didn’t expect it would be on the near end of the storyline.

The actors and actresses are doing great in keeping the line of the sequel intact, especially that the old cast from the previous PITCH PERFECT movies are back to appear in the spotlight. There is also terrific singing by the actresses for the cover songs and I considered one of them to be the best and was instantly better than the original when it was in the climax.

Good but not great, PITCH PERFECT 3 is at least an entertaining film that was meant for the huge crowd. I could at least expect some more of the sequels when I re-watch it on home video.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

Friday, 26 January 2018

The Dish Review (Australia Day 2018)

The Dish

Release Date: 19th October 2000 - Australia

Production Companies
Working Dog Productions (presents)
Distant Horizon
Dish Film Ltd.
The Dish Film Productions

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 101 minutes 

Box Office Gross: $17,999,473 (Australia)

Plot Summary
It is a date that will be remembered for all time. July 20th, 1969 - the day man first set foot upon the moon. That one shining moment was witnessed by a television audience of six hundred million people across the globe. Remarkably, those immortal images came via a “dish” in outback Australia. It may have been one small step for man, but for a handful of Aussie scientists, it was a giant leap. And one that almost didn’t happen...

Sam Neill - Cliff Buxton
Kevin Harrington - Ross ‘Mitch’ Mitchell
Tom Long - Glenn Latham
Patrick Warburton - Al Burnett
Genevieve Mooy - May McIntyre
Tayler Kane - Rudi Kellerman
Bille Brown - Prime Minister
Roy Billing - Mayor Robert ‘Bob’ McIntyre
Andrew S. Gilbert - Len Purvis
Lenka Kripac - Marie McIntyre
Matthew Moore - Keith Morrison
Eliza Szonert - Janine Kellerman
John McMartin - U.S. Ambassador Howard
Carl Snell - Billy McIntyre
Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell - Reverend Lotus

Director - Rob Sitch
Writers/Producers/Conceivers - Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Jane Kennedy
Producer - Michael Hirsh
Production Designer - Carrie Kennedy
Costume Designer - Kitty Stuckey
Director of Photography - Graeme Wood
Film Editor - Jill Bilcock
Music - Edmund Choi

On New Year’s Eve of 2017, I visited the landmark Parkes Radio Telescope. It was one of the few stations that received the live, transmitted images of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. On my recent trip I had purchased the movie THE DISH from the visitors centre, intending to review it for this year’s Australia Day. THE DISH was presented as a historically dramatic comedy with a conventional approach of humour similar to the company’s previous film THE CASTLE (click here). While the movie maintains some historical accuracy about the telescope, it contains some noticeable differences that are somewhat necessary to keep the plot front and straight. Also, the humour is broad and simple as nothing else can upset the film of its noteworthy balance.

While each actor had a substantial part in the film, none had been so notable than Sam Neill and Patrick Warburton. The latter portrays a scientific advisor of NASA and is the only American performer to have been prominently featured in this Australian-esque picture. Though Warburton hasn’t drifted into much dramatic territory and this picture was an exception of his career as being both a serious and comical actor. Sam Neill was a seasoned veteran actor who has been seen in big-budgeted movies like DEAD CALM and JURASSIC PARK (click here) now shines as a recently widowed chief supervisor. 

THE DISH is a grand Aussie film with its gentle comedy and local scenery that goes to extraordinary lengths to capture the spirit of Parkes (where it was shot in some scenes) as well as the secrets behind the lunar landing. I recommend this movie for all the audiences who are interested in the history of space exploration, who have lived in the same town or visited it and have been to see the telescope.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

Thursday, 25 January 2018

90th Academy Awards

90th Academy Awards

Broadcast Date: 5th March 2018 - Australia

Hello everyone and let’s make this quick. There is some breaking news that the nominations for this year’s Oscar ceremony have officially been announced. It will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel who was the previous host of the last Oscar presentation. One particular film I’m hoping that will be qualified to win most of the awards including the Best Picture is the historical war drama Dunkirk. I prefer this picture over Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ which has the most Oscar nominations in the ceremony.

Here is the list of the contenders that are nominees for each category as they are selected to win each an award.

Best Visual Effects

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

Best Film Editing

Baby Driver - Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
Dunkirk - Lee Smith
I, Tonya - Tatiana S. Riegel
The Shape of Water - Sidney Wolinsky
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Jon Gregory

Best Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast - Jacqueline Durran
Darkest Hour - Jacqueline Durran
Phantom Thread - Mark Bridges
The Shape of Water - Luis Sequeira 
Victoria & Abdul - Consolata Boyle

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Darkest Hour - Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick
Victoria & Abdul - Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
Wonder - Arjen Tuiten

Best Cinematography

Blade Runner 2049 - Roger Deakins
Darkest Hour - Bruno Delbonnel
Dunkirk - Hoyte van Hoytema
Mudbound - Rachel Morrison
The Shape of Water - Dan Laustsen

Best Production Design

Beauty and the Beast - Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
Blade Runner 2049 - Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Alessandra Querzola
Darkest Hour - Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
Dunkirk - Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
The Shape of Water - Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau 
and Jeff Melvin

Best Sound Mixing

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

Best Sound Editing

Baby Driver - Julian Slater
Blade Runner 2049 - Mark Mangini and Theo Green
Dunkirk - Richard King and Alex Gibson
The Shape of Water - Nathan Robitallie and Nelson Ferreira 
Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce

Best Original Song

"Mighty River” from Mudbound - Music and Lyrics by Mary J. Bilge, Raphael Saadiq & Taura Stinson
"Mystery of Love" from Call Me by Your Name - Music and Lyrics by Sufjan Stevens
"Remember Me" from Coco - Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something” from Marshall - Music by Diane Warren; Lyrics by Lonnie Lynn and Diane Warren
"This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman - Music and Lyrics by Benj Oasek & Justin Paul

Best Original Score

Dunkirk - Hans Zimmer
Phantom Thread - Johnny Greenwood 
The Shape of Water - Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Last Jedi - John Williams
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Carter Burwell

Best Animated Short Film

Dear Basketball - Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant
Garden Party - Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon
Lou - Dave Mullins and Dana Murray
Negative Space - Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata
Revolting Rhymes - Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer

Best Live Action Short Film

DeKab Elementary - Reed Van Dyk
The Eleven O’Clock - Derin Seale and Josh Lawson
My Nephew Emmett - Kevin Wilson, Jr.
The Silent Child - Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton
Watu Wole/All of Us - Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen

Best Documentary - Short Subject

Edith+Eddie - Laura Chekoway and Thomas Lee Wright
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405 - Frank Stiefel
Heroin(e) - Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon
Knife Skills - Thomas Lennon
Traffic Stop - Kate Davis and David Heilbroner 

Best Documentary - Feature

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail - Steve James, Mark Mitten and Julie Goldman
Faces Places - Agnès Varda, JR and Rosalie Varda
Icarus - Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan
Last Men in Aleppo - Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed and Søren Steen Jespersen 
Strong Island - Yance Ford and Joslyn Barnes

Best Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman (Chile) in Spanish - Directed by Sebastián Lelio
The Insult (Lebanon) in Arabic - Directed by Ziad Doueiri
Loveless (Russia) in Russian - Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev 
On Body and Soul (Hungary) in Hungarian - Directed by Ildikó Enyedi
The Square (Sweden) in Swedish - Directed by Ruben Östlund

Best Animated Feature Film

The Boss Baby - Tom McGrath and Ramsey Ann Naito
The Breadwinner - Nora Twomey and Anthony Leo
Coco - Lee Unkrich and Darin K. Anderson
Ferdinand - Carlos Saldanha
Loving Vincent - Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman and Ivan Mactaggart

Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay

Call Me by Your Name - James Ivory based on the novel by André Aciman
The Disaster Artist - Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber based on the book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell
Logan - Screenplay by Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold based on 
characters from the X-Men comic books and theatrical motion pictures  
Molly’s Game - Aaron Sorkin based on a memoir by Molly Bloom
Mudbound - Virgil Williams and Dee Rees based on the novel by Hilary Jordan

Best Writing - Original Screenplay

The Big Sick - Written by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani 
Get Out - Written by Jordan Peele
Lady Bird - Written by Greta Gerwig
The Shape of Water - Written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Written by Martin McDonagh

Best Supporting Actress

Mary J. Bilge - Mudbound as Florence Jackson
Allison Janney - I, Tonya as LaVona Golden
Lesley Manville - Phantom Thread as Cyril Woodcock
Laurie Metcalf - Lady Bird as Marion McPherson
Octavia Spencer - The Shape of Water as Zelda Fuller

Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe - The Florida Project as Bobby Hicks
Woody Harrelson - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Chief Bill Willoughby 
Richard Jenkins - The Shape of Water as Giles
Christopher Plummer - All the Money in the World as J. Paul Getty
Sam Rockwell - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Officer Jason Dixon

Best Actress

Sally Hawkins - The Shape of Water as Elisa Eoposito
Frances McDormand - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Mildred Hayes
Margot Robbie - I, Tonya as Tonya Harding 
Saoirse Ronan - Lady Bird as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson
Meryl Streep - The Post as Katharine Graham

Best Actor

Timotheé Chalamet - Call Me by Your Name as Elio Perlman 
Daniel Day-Lewis - Phantom Thread as Reynolds Woodcock
Daniel Kaluuya - Get Out as Chris Washington
Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour as Winston Churchill
Denzel Washington - Roman J. Israel, Esq. as Roman J. Israel

Best Director

Paul Thomas Anderson - Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro - The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig - Lady Bird
Christopher Nolan - Dunkirk
Jordan Peele - Get Out

Best Picture

Call Me by Your Name - Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emile Georges and Marco Morabito 
Darkest Hour - Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten and Douglas Urbanski
Dunkirk - Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan
Get Out - Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Jordan Peele
Lady Bird - Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill
Phantom Thread - JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupin
The Post - Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger 
The Shape of Water - Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh

Academy Honorary Awards

Agnès Varda
Charles Burnett
Donald Sutherland 
Owen Roizman

Special Achievement Academy Award

Alejandro González Iñárritu for his virtual reality project Carne y Arena

Make sure you cast your vote on the polls as each film is destined to win an Academy Award. Good luck!