My reaction to the 2019 Oscar nominations: Timothee Chalamet, Sam Elliott, Vice, Buster Scruggs & more!

Timothee Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name

Here are my hot takes on today’s Oscar nominations.

In case you aren’t caught up, you can read the full list of nominees here before reading my random thoughts about the announcement. There were a lot of surprises – some good, some bad – so rest assured that I have plenty to say about them.

Here are some of my thoughts. I have dropped in a ton of links which will take you through to the full film reviews.

“Timothee Chalamet was robbed!”

This is a true story. I campaigned for Timmy Tim to win the leading actor Oscar last year for Call Me By Your Name (read my Metro article) and he is SO deserving of a supporting one for Beautiful Boy. His performance as a drug addict was amazing – so moving, so convincing. He was nominated for the Golden Globe, the SAG and the BAFTA this awards season so I am SHOCKED.

“Justice for Sam Elliott!”

When this was announced I literally let out a loud ‘yes!’ in the office. While I was like ‘It would be cool if Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper get awards’ for A Star Is Born, I really, really wanted Elliott to be recognised for his supporting role as Jackson Maine’s brother/manager. He is so good! His performance is the best of the three, in my opinion. He has been snubbed a lot this awards season so I am pleased Oscar voters gave him a nod. If anyone had to be dropped from the category to make way for Elliott, it should have been…

Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush in Vice

“Sam Rockwell? Huh?”

I genuinely do not get why Rockwell is being recognised for his portrayal of George W. Bush in Vice. Bush is a very famous person and I didn’t think he nailed it. I didn’t think he was him and therefore he should not have been nominated. This leads me quite nicely to…

“Vice? WTF?”

I published my Vice review yesterday in advance for its release this week, and in it, I made it pretty clear that I thought it wasn’t worth the awards hype. I am fully onboard with Christian Bale and Amy Adams getting nominations for their performances, but Best Picture? Best Director? Best Original Screenplay? Are you kidding me?!

Ryan Gosling in First Man

“Where is the love for First Man?”

First Man was the only film I gave 5/5 to when I saw it at Venice. I LOVED it. Damien Chazelle made a moving, visually stunning movie and I cannot believe it has been snubbed so hard. It should be getting the Best Picture noms! It had been getting some other mentions across the awards season, such as screenplay, original music and supporting actress for Claire Foy, but the Oscars denied them all of those and relegated them to technical categories. Boooooo!

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs? Really?”

I saw Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Western anthology movie when it premiered in Venice and I wasn’t a fan, and have since been baffled by how much people have been loving it since it went on Netflix. What are people seeing that I’m not?! Thankfully it didn’t get Best Picture, just screenplay, song, and some technical categories. Frankly, that’s still too many.

Yalitza Aparicio in Roma

“I can’t believe Roma has done so well!”

I liked Roma a lot but I’m not one of those people that have declared it a “masterpiece”. It has been receiving some love this awards season but I never expected it to do this well – coming joint top with The Favourite with 10! That is incredible. I was both surprised and impressed to see Yalitza Aparicio and Marina De Tavira get acting nominations when they have been snubbed in all the major awards shows so far. Aparicio, in particular, deserves this recognition.

Those are my main thoughts. Some people have taken to Twitter to complain about the lack of love for Ethan Hawke for First Reformed – I get what they’re saying but I’m not too fussed about the snub as I didn’t enjoy the film – and A Star Is Born’s Bradley Cooper for Best Director – his debut directorial effort was good but not necessarily worthy of that recognition. I get the beef about Bohemian Rhapsody getting a Best Picture nomination – it isn’t a well-made film – but I have moaned about that plenty already.

What do you think of the nominations?

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