I love the Oscars, this year I managed to stay up all night and watch the whole thing. My wife and baby daughter accompanied me, although they were both asleep before it all kicked off.
This year’s winners - if you weren’t aware were as follows:
Gary Oldman - Best Actor in a Leading Role - The Darkest Hour
Gary Oldman is without a doubt one of Britain’s best actors. But this slow, painfully slow, Longest Hour of my life was not the film he should have received this award for in my opinion. Maybe Best Actor in a shitload of makeup, but this was not the best acting of his career and he may still achieve more. Okay, okay, I know I’m being harsh, but I wanted more and didn’t get it.
Frances McDormand - Best Actress in a Leading Role - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
My favourite film of Oscar season, the acting was truly superb, although Sally Hawkins was truly amazing as a mute girl in the truly weird and wonderful The Shape of Water. Everything about Frances McDormand’s performance was captivating from the start. A mother who has lost her child, she played it with strength, humour, sensitivity (the scene with the deer) and pathos.
Sam Rockwell - Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Although I think Woody Harrelson should have won this, Sam Rockwell was also brilliant in this role. His character’s development from asshole we hate to asshole we like understand a little bit more. There are moments when you just hate his character and that’s always a great sign, but his character is allowed something of a transformation/epiphany moment and we take his side was he does.
Allison Janney - Best Actress in a Supporting Role - I, Tonya.
When you’re playing a real person, it can be a challenge, but with such a rich character to play, Allison Janney (one of the best things about the West Wing) creates the pushy mother from hell. The bird, the bird - the bird makes a terrific co-star for her. Even though Margot Robbie got the nomination in Best Actress, it was Janney who really nailed Oscar.
Although he didn’t win an award, he was nominated for best actor for performance in my second favourite film of the year, Call Me By Your Name. This young looking actor who plays a 17 year old in a beautiful love story looks utterly at ease on screen and his impressive list of credits demonstrates just how much faith the industry has in him. This would be a performance, actually this would be THE performance you really shouldn’t miss this year.
Mark Westbrook is the Senior Coach at Acting Coach Scotland