FINALLY, it’s time for Awards Season Movies aka #GoodMoviesSZN. This is the time where I hit the theater almost every weekend, sometimes even multiple times, to see all of the awards season contenders. It’s personally my favorite time of the year for movies and it’s where I become the biggest film nerd ever.
Last weekend truly kicked off my Awards Season as I saw two contenders, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Lady Bird. Personally, I enjoyed both movies, one more than the other though, and I left the theater satisfied for different reasons.
Let’s start with Three Billboards.
Three Billboards tells the story of how a mother named Mildred (Frances McDormand) publicly calls out the local police for their inability to find the murderer who killed her daughter. Mildred makes a statement by advertising her thoughts on three billboards, which cause chaos and disruption in the town.
This dark comedy was highly entertaining thanks to Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell. Woody Harrelson also seems to nail the quirky / foul-mouthed and funny character to a “T,” but the two standouts are McDormand and Rockwell. McDormand is a certifiable badass and is one tough SOB, but it’s her vulnerability and guilt towards her murdered daughter that make this performance great. Rockwell is Mr. Character Actor and his ability to fully transform into any role is very under the radar. I was laughing loudly when Rockwell’s character would interact with Woody Harrelson and Rockwell’s mother. Overall, I was a big fan of Three Billboards and my instant grade was 8.7/10.
If you wanted hype before the release of a movie, Lady Bird had it and then some. Critics were praising Lady Bird for it’s accurate representation of female adolescence. Lady Bird just became the best reviewed movie of all-time on Rotten Tomatoes. Greta Gerwig could not have planned a better directorial debut.
I enjoyed Lady Bird. I thought it was a cute, solid movie that was full of laughs and good storytelling. The casting was spot on. Every stereotypical high school kid was represented. The rebellious one. The spoiled brat. The theater kids. The douchebags. The pretentious males. High School problems such as college applications, impressing the popular kids, and the struggle to fit in were all accurately represented. Now I can’t relate to the exact time frame (2002) or being a teenage girl, but I felt like I knew a “Lady Bird” during my time in high school. The movie begins and ends with Saoirse Ronan. I’m a huge fan of Ronan’s previous work (Brooklyn, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Atonement) so it’s no sunrise that she gives an excellent performance. I enjoyed Lady Bird and my initial grade was 7.9
So where do both of these movies stand when it comes to their Awards Season chances?
For Three Billboards, I think it will get nominations for Best Actress (McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Rockwell), and Best Original Screenplay. Three Billboards has a great chance for winning screenplay. I think Rockwell is a lock for a nomination and he has a pretty good chance of winning either the Golden Globe or Oscar. I think he’s in the Top 3. That being said, McDormand is a lock for a nomination and a SERIOUS contender to win Best Actress. For the movies I have seen so far, McDormand is my leader in the clubhouse. I think she wins the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama, and then fights with Sally Hawkins and Meryl Streep at the Oscars.
For Lady Bird, I think it will definitely get nominations for Best Actress (Ronan) and Best Original Screenplay. In fact, they are both locks in my opinion. I will even go as far to say Ronan is going to win Best Actress in a Comedy / Musical at the Golden Globes. She’ll also be nominated for her third Academy Award this March. Folks, Ronan is 23 years old and already one of the top actresses on the planet. However, one of the biggest debates of Awards Season will be if Greta Gerwig can score a Best Directing nomination. Honestly, it’s going to be hard because there are a lot of strong candidates this year. Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, and Guillermo Del Toro are locks to get nominated. From there, I think Gerwig will duke it out for the final 2 spots with Jordan Peele (Get Out), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards), and Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name). It’s going to be very hard for Gerwig to get a nomination in my opinion, but I wouldn’t be shocked it she receives one.
More movies are on the horizon. I love Awards Season. See you at the movie theater.