Poll results: This year’s Oscars

Here are the results of yesterday’s polls about which films, directors, and stars would win this year’s Oscars. (I have to say that I’m somewhat disappointed at the paucity of votes given the number of readers). Here you go, but of course you can continue to vote as well as guess in the comments who will win. There’s a prize for the first commenter to get all six right, and if nobody does perhaps there will be a consolation prize.

As you see, “Roma” leads for best picture and director, while there’s a melange of movies whose stars garnered the other prizes. As I haven’t seen any of these movies (mea culpa), it looks as if “Roma” is the one I should see first.



  1. Mark
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t seen any of those movies, and probably never will.

    • Posted January 24, 2019 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

      I felt that I shouldn’t vote for the same reason. Instead, I am rewatching Newsroom in its’ entirety.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted January 24, 2019 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

        The Newsroom, Jeff Daniels, 2012? I was thinking of giving it a go, but reviews are mixed – especially the Guardian [which may be an argument in it’s favour!]

        • Merilee
          Posted January 24, 2019 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

          I really enjoyed The Newsroom, with Emily Mortimer and others.

          • Michael Fisher
            Posted January 25, 2019 at 12:47 am | Permalink

            Cos it’s you, I will give it a go then Merilee 🙂 ~ it’s cheap on the YouTubes. The three series are in reverse order of ratings unusually – 3rd series rated highest.

            • Merilee
              Posted January 25, 2019 at 8:51 am | Permalink

              Sam Waterston (couldn’t think of his name yesterday) and Dev Patel are also good in it. Let me know…

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Understand or heard reports the guy who directed Bohemian Rhapsody is in some trouble. However, he was not up for an award as director.

  3. Ty Gardner
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    BlacKkKlansman was brilliant. It was serious. It was funny. The audience laughed out loud multiple times but left taking about how it impacted them emotionally. I highly recommend it.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted January 24, 2019 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

      As I was watching it, BlacKkKlansman struck me as something of a throwback to some of Spike’s earlier work, like School Daze. I liked it a lot, especially Topher Grace’s nifty little turn as David Duke.

    • Posted January 24, 2019 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      This is one of the few contenders that I had managed to see. I thought it very good, and I am rooting for Spike Lee to get the best director oscar – in large part because he has been consistently good for many years.

      • Posted January 25, 2019 at 6:30 am | Permalink

        “…in large part because he has been consistently good for many years”.

        Surely this is a reason for a lifetime achievement award not for ‘Best Director’ in a specific year?

        As it happens, I think BlacKkKlansman is an excellent film and worth an award in its own right, irrespective of the quality of the rest of Lee’s oeuvre. Whether it is the best of the nominees I have no idea as it’s the only one I’ve seen.

  4. Simon Hayward
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I’d seen four, Roma, Star is Born, Black Panther and The Favorite. Of those, I probably enjoyed the Favorite the most. But it didn’t seem like a “Best Picture” – although the individual performances of the three leading women were all worthy. I quite enjoyed Roma but it didn’t really grip me. Always hard to decide on the best movie when you’ve only seen half of them. Personally, I think there were at least three of last years nominated films (Shape of Water, Three Billboards and Lady Bird)that were better than any of the nominees that I have seen this year.

  5. DrBrydon
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t vote, because I haven’t seen most of these, yet. I hope Mahershala Ali wins. I have seen him in a number of things, and think he is a great actor.

  6. Merilee
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Three Billboards maybe for Best of Decade?

    • Posted January 25, 2019 at 7:23 am | Permalink

      Yes, 3 Billboards is excellent. It manages to pursue a (total) bummer of a story and not just depress me. Frances McDormand is great. I always Like Woody Harrelson in whatever he does. He’s great in 3 Billboards too. Great casting!

      I really like North Country, 2005. Charlize Theron, Sean Bean, Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Jeremy Renner (in a really different role for him). Greta movie, great story.

      • Merilee
        Posted January 25, 2019 at 9:10 am | Permalink

        Not to forget Sam Rockwell! Thanks for the tip on North Country. Seem to have missed that one.

  7. Posted January 25, 2019 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    The main reason I decided not to participate is that I don’t really care about the Oscars, especially since I’m not a big movie aficionado. The only movie I care about that has a nomination is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and that’s for Best Animation, iirc.

    But speaking of movies, I thought Bumblebee was a good one. A nice change from Michael Bay’s version of Transformers.


  8. Posted January 25, 2019 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    I have not seen more than 2 films in the last year!

    I am told Roma is a dead cert for a prize…

  9. Bob
    Posted January 25, 2019 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    I have not seen any of these films. I have not been to a movie theater since 1980.

    • Posted January 25, 2019 at 7:14 am | Permalink

      I could have said something similar to that up until the last 6 months, when we started going again. And I have been loving it.

      Our local theater now has: Assigned seats! Big, recliner seats with TONS of legroom, with climate control. Smaller theaters (100-200 seats). A bar! Proper food! (Well, pizza, burgers, and such: but more than popcorn and candy!) It’s a very different experience than “back in the day”. You can buy seats the day before.

      My advice (unless you really don’t care for movies): Find a similar theater.

  10. Posted January 25, 2019 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    I’ve seen:

    A Star Is Born (big screen, loved it. Best ASIB (of the three I’ve seen: ’54, ’76, 2018. I prefer the ’54 to the ’76.))

    Bohemian Rhapsody (big screen, superb)

    BlacKkKlansman (small screen, liked it, not “great” (I’m not a big fan of Spike Lee’s style))

    Roma (meh. Interesting idea, interesting cinematography, total, total (total) bummer of a story. Maybe it’s really true to life for Mexico in the 50s. Yikes. Just made me depressed.)

    I really want to see Green Book.

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