OGT Picks the Oscars: Caitlin’s Picks

We asked our moviegoers, patrons, members, and donors who they would vote for if they were picking the Oscars. And while we are compiling the results, we wanted to share with you some of our staff member’s picks.

We’re kicking it off with our Executive Director Caitlin McGrath! Here’s who she would choose to win, with a little explanation of why she picked what she did.

Best Picture: Black Panther

Beyond being a great superhero movie, this felt like a culturally important film and the fact that a superhero movie is nominated speaks to that as a fact. Because there needs to be more pressure on the Academy to work harder at issues of diversity and inclusion, I think it would be amazing if this film won. If it does, there will be some who say it’s just an empty gesture, but I think long term it will be remembered as an important moment.

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Christian Bale, Vice

I actually don’t want to vote in this category because I didn’t see either of the films with major transformations (Vice  and Bohemian Rhapsody). And maybe that’s a spoiler/dirty secret of mine…I don’t always get to see the movies we bring. Too much work to do keeping the nonprofit humming!

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

I think he did such an amazing job of riffing off of Melissa McCarthy, and I want to see this film win more than it probably will.

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Yalitza Aparicio, Roma

She was so good in Roma, and again I think the Academy should do more to make sure we acknowledge the work of all women. As the first indigenous women to be nominated in this category, it would be fantastic to see her win.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

I loved Beale Street, and I thought Regina King did a great job of embodying all the challenges of being a mother and wife in advocating for your family.

Best Animated Feature Film: Mirai

I haven’t seen it yet, but yay for independent foreign animation!

Best Cinematography: Cold War

I thought the cinematography in this one was stunning. I loved the compositions and the use of framing, especially with mirrors.

Best Costume Design: The Favourite

I really enjoyed this film – it was so much more than the costumes, but I think it should be recognized for being so unconventional in many ways, and yet utterly convincing in its costuming. I liked that juxtaposition.

Best Directing: The Favourite

This wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved seeing a historical figure not treated like something humorless and unreachable through time. You can say many things about it, but unoriginal certainly isn’t one of them!

Best Documentary Feature: RBG

How can you not be rooting for Notorious RBG? Hands down my favorite, though if I’m allowed a runner-up, Free Solo.

Best Film Editing: The Favourite

The editing, and the camerawork, brilliantly heightened the weird, unstable atmosphere.

Best Foreign Language Film: Shoplifters

I initially picked this, and do really love it, especially how it all comes apart at the end, but Cold War would be runner-up for me.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Mary Queen of Scots

The make-up on Margo Robbie was amazing. To see her go from vain beautiful Queen to ravaged by illness and the necessary choice (in her eyes) of becoming increasingly masculine as a way to hold onto power was striking.

Best Original Score: If Beale Street Could Talk

The music did such a great job of creating an immersive experience of this young couple falling in love.

Best Original Song: “All the Stars,” Black Panther

Because Black Panther should win more than once!

Best Production Design: Black Panther

Ditto above.

Best Sound Editing: First Man

I was surprised this didn’t get nominated in more categories, and I enjoyed it quite a bit, so it would be nice to see it win something.

Best Sound Mixing: Bohemian Rhapsody

Even though I didn’t get to see it, I listened to it for many days and those songs have been in my head for weeks now!

Best Visual Effects: First Man

I was surprised this didn’t get nominated in more categories, and I enjoyed it quite a bit, so it would be nice to see it win something. 

Best Adapted Screenplay: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Like I said, I loved this film, and was really impressed by how convincing Melissa McCarthy was in this role. How funny and miserable she was all at once.

Best Original Screenplay: The Favourite

I loved seeing a historical figure not treated like something humorless and unreachable through time. You can say many things about it, but unoriginal certainly isn’t one of them!

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