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Tempo's Oscar Picks

The Taos News film critic offers his selections for this year's big awards

By Rick Romancito
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 2/22/19

This year has seen a number of truly remarkable films hit wide release, and for the first time one became considered for Oscar recognition after debuting on a streaming service ...

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Tempo's Oscar Picks

The Taos News film critic offers his selections for this year's big awards

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This year has seen a number of truly remarkable films hit wide release, and for the first time one became considered for Oscar recognition after debuting on a streaming service. That’s signficicant and could become the wave of the future. Still, for those of us who look at films as an experience best enjoyed in a darkened movie theater with a big screen and thrilling sound, there’s nothing like it.

The 90th Academy Awards will be broadcast Sunday (Feb. 24) live starting at 6 pm. on ABC-TV (KOAT-TV Channel 7 locally).

According to the latest news, there will be no individual host, and awards for cinematography, film editing, live action short and makeup and hairstyling will be announced before cameras.

The question of who would host the event blew up after homophobic tweets attributed to announced-host comedian Kevin Hart publicly surfaced, causing him to bow out and for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to eventually decide against using a host this year. Instead, there will  be a parade of A-list actors and celebrities presenting each award.

As for the announcement of the afoementioned awards, it was revealed in August that these presentations would be made during commercial breaks in order to save time. This created an uproar among hundreds of members of the academy. In an open letter, cinematographers, directors and actors, including Martin Scorcese, Ethan and Joel Coen, and George Clooney wrote that the decision to curtail the telecast "is nothing less than an insult to those of us who have devoted our lives and passions to our chosen profession,” according to a National Public Radio story. They will now get their chance to hear their names announced and walk on stage to give their acceptance speeches live before cameras.

The following are some of Tempo magazine’s top picks for the Academy Awards …

Best Picture: “Roma,” directed by Alphonso Cuarón. A brilliant film memoir from the director’s childhood in 1970s Mexico City.

Best Actor: Christain Bale as former Vice President Dick Cheney in “Vice,” a sutle, yet powerful performance as the ultimate snake in the grass.

Best Actress: Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in “The Favourite,” greatness is found in the artfully expressed details.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali in “Green Book,” another stellar performance by one of the nation’s best actors.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Rachel Weiscz in “The Favourite,” a character so conniving and monstrous could only be played by someone with supreme skill.

Best Animated Feature: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” a breakthrough experience unmatched by any offering this year.

Best Cinematography: “Roma,” sumtuously shot in black and white by the director himself, who knew exactly what he needed and created it from memory.

Best Directing: Alfonso Cuarón for “Roma,” brilliant, simply brilliant.

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