“Forgotten Hollywood”- My 2018 SAG Ballot…

Posted on January 15, 2018 by raideoman1 | No Comments

“`This is how I voted for this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. The movies in 2017 didn’t match the quality of last year’s assortment;  however, there are still wonderful reasons to visit the cinema. My year #9 thoughts on this blog site:

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   OUTSTANDING MALE:  Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

This selection is not even close. Oldman embodies Winston Churchill, as John Lithgow did in The Crown; for which, he won many accolades. Denzel Washington was terrific in a flawed production; while James Franco was spot-on in The Disaster Artist. Timothee Calamet will remain in any conversation for future award’s consideration.  Personally, this critical chatter over Get Out is perplexing. Again, another glaring omission for Tom Hanks (The Post).

   OUTSTANDING FEMALE:  Frances McDormand (3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO)

Count me in the camp that considers Frances McDormand one of four top actresses of our generation. Her Fargo performance was exceptional; as was her moments in Mississippi Burning. She has a knack for finding quirky assignments. Margot Robbie in I Tonya was totally edgy; Judi Dench always performs; and, Sally Hawkins is fitting in a visual fantasy. Although, I adore Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird’s angst has been more realistic in past films.  Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game) and Emma Stone (Battle of the Sexes) were snubbed.

  OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING MALE: Sam Rockwell (3 Billboards Outside Ebbing MO)

In a really tough field of outstanding actors, Sam Rockwell delivers a career performance. He is a dangerous Barney Fife that emerges as a scene-stealer even when opposite McDormand. Rockwell is THE reason to watch Three Billboards.  Woody Harrelson is also compelling as a redemptive tragic hero; and was also surprisingly good in LBJ. Richard Jenkins, Steve Carrell and Willem Dafoe are all very special. I honestly disliked The Florida Project (with Dafoe).


Always solid on television, Allison Janney is so raw and really funny in I Tonya. Hong Chau and Mary J. Blige are part of strong ensembles, and hold their weight.  Laurie Metcalf is the bright spot in Lady Bird.  Holly Hunter rounds out the field, and she is always intriguing to watch. Octavia Spencer deserved nominee consideration (The Shape of Water).

   OUTSTANDING CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE:  3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO

Three Billboards is comparable to last season’s Hell or High Water; a sleeper conjuring up middle America to perfection. Mudbound has a negative Netflix bias; and the fact it is really a sullen tale. The Big Sick is insightfully written, and has a real chance at screenplay honors at the Oscars. Lady Bird and Get Out were fair productions. They could have been replaced by The Post, I Tonya, The Shape of Water or Darkest Hour; all with better overall casts.

~ My 2017 Top 10 Movies:   1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO  2. Darkest Hour  3. The Post  4. Molly’s Game  5. I Tonya  6. Battle of the Sexes  7. Victoria and Abdul  8. The Big Sick  9. LBJ  10. Phantom Thread

“`The SAG Awards will air on January 21st on TNT and TBS. We’ll see how I do this year…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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