Oscars 2018

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Tara Brady Mon, Mar 5
 
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  • 22:20
    Greetings from The Irish Times. My name is Tara Brady, and welcome to our Oscars 2018 blog. Stay tuned to find out if your "Hillary Clinton will turn up" 14/1 bet is about to make you rich.
  • 22:21

    In other news, odds on a Barack Obama appearance have just shortened to 10/1. Does someone know something we don't?
  • 22:42
    So to recap, here are this year's Best Picture Contenders.
  • 22:43
  • 22:43
    All Irish hopes are pinned on Ladybird.
  • 22:45
    All London Irish hopes are pinned on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • 22:46
    Three Billboards.
    Three Billboards.
  • 22:51
    The Shape of Water
    The Shape of Water
  • 22:51
    The Shape of Water
  • 22:52
  • 22:52
    The Darkest Hour
  • 22:53
    Phantom Thread
    Phantom Thread
  • 22:56
    Get Out.
    Get Out.
  • 22:58
    Dunkirk
    Dunkirk
  • 22:59
    The Post
    The Post
  • 23:05
    Call Me By Your Name.
    Call Me By Your Name.
  • 23:07
    In honour on Ladybird, tonight's blog will be delivered in the medium of duck.
  • 23:09
    Hold everything. The Karduckians have arrived on the red carpet.
    Hold everything. The Karduckians have arrived on the red carpet.
  • 23:11
    She ought to have said no no no to that dress. Oh wait, She kinda did.  
    She ought to have said no no no to that dress. Oh wait, She kinda did.  
  • 23:16
    When they call out Fantastic Woman for Best Foreign Language blog, here's your reminder that until their not sweeping 2016 reforms, Oscar voters were 94% white, 77% male and had a median age of 62.
  • 23:17
    We love Janney. Polite. Fun. Smart. One of my favourite interviewees ever. But be honest. Who wore it better?
  • 23:18
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  • 23:23
    <p>Can you stand the mounting tension? Watch in awe as such quality films as Victorian and Abdul, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and The Boss Baby duke it out in their respective categories. What amazing Hollywood products will get to join the hallowed ranks of previous Oscar winners including Around the World in 80 Days, Suicide Squad, My Cousin Vinny, and The Wolfman?</p>

    Can you stand the mounting tension? Watch in awe as such quality films as Victorian and Abdul, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and The Boss Baby duke it out in their respective categories. What amazing Hollywood products will get to join the hallowed ranks of previous Oscar winners including Around the World in 80 Days, Suicide Squad, My Cousin Vinny, and The Wolfman?

  • 23:29
    Richard Jenkins. Recent IT interviewee.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/...
  • 23:30
  • 23:34
    As we gear up for Guillermo del Toro's Scent-of-a-Woman Right Director, Wrong Film award, let's revisit these atrocities....

    https://www.timeout.com/lon...
  • 23:35
  • 23:39
    https://www.youtube.com/wat... Here's a clip from the film Richard is nominated for.
  • 23:41
    Be aware. When this comes good, you can find your own damned duck pictures.
    Be aware. When this comes good, you can find your own damned duck pictures.
  • 23:42
    Fonda. How does she look this good without work? Oh, right.
    Fonda. How does she look this good without work? Oh, right.
  • 23:47
    Rita Moreno wearing the same dress she was wearing when she won for West Side Story in 1962
    Rita Moreno wearing the same dress she was wearing when she won for West Side Story in 1962
  • 23:47
  • 23:52
    So... Here's some top tokenism... http://www.app.oscars.org/c...
    Kristen Stewart, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Betty White, Riz Ahmed, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai, Maggie Cheung, John Cho, Chris Pratt, Gal Gadot, Wanda Sykes, Naomie Harris, Janelle Monaé, Jon Hamm, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Aishwarya Rai, Armie Hammer, Chris Evans, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Adam Driver, Elle Fanning, Anna Faris, Rupert Grint, Donald Glover, Phylicia Rashad, Chris Hemsworth, Anne Heche, Keegan-Michael Key, Sanaa Lathan, Zoë Kravitz, Leslie Mann, Kate McKinnon, Sienna Miller, Elizabeth Olsen, and Margot Robbie are among the 774 members from 54 countries added to the Academy's voting block last summer.
  • 23:57
    Mary J Blige, one of eight potential Netflix nominations, including four for Mudbound and four across documentary and foreign language titles. Expect sweepeing reforms from AMPAS next year, in line with the crackdown from Cannes film festival.
    Mary J Blige, one of eight potential Netflix nominations, including four for Mudbound and four across documentary and foreign language titles. Expect sweepeing reforms from AMPAS next year, in line with the crackdown from Cannes film festival.
  • 23:59
    You keeping track of the fashion labels this year? https://www.raconteur.net/b...
  • 00:01
    Andra Day
    Andra Day
  • 00:02
    Random ducks.  
    Random ducks.  
  • 00:02
    Who wore it better?
  • 00:04
    Selma Hayek. Wearing Penney's sale rack and some light fittings.  
    Selma Hayek. Wearing Penney's sale rack and some light fittings.  
  • 00:06
    St Vincent. It's the curtain-swimsuit mash-up you never knew you wanted to wear to a work 'do.  
    St Vincent. It's the curtain-swimsuit mash-up you never knew you wanted to wear to a work 'do.  
  • 00:19
    Hey suckers. Remember when the Central Bank revealed that Irish taxpayers had paid €46.7 billion to bail out the banks? Well, tonight's ceremony features nominees who have recieved gift baskets totalling more than $100,000 in value. Baskets that include not one, not two, but three holdays. To Tanzania (12 nights for 2), to Hawaii (seven days), and to a Greek Island. Plus a crate of oranges, skincare products we don't understand, a DNA health and ancestry kit, a levitating bluetooth speaker and a 'stylish' pepper spray. That's right. You're bailing out crooked bankers while Hollywood millionaires enjoy glamorous self-defence products that aren't even legal here.
    Hey suckers. Remember when the Central Bank revealed that Irish taxpayers had paid €46.7 billion to bail out the banks? Well, tonight's ceremony features nominees who have recieved gift baskets totalling more than $100,000 in value. Baskets that include not one, not two, but three holdays. To Tanzania (12 nights for 2), to Hawaii (seven days), and to a Greek Island. Plus a crate of oranges, skincare products we don't understand, a DNA health and ancestry kit, a levitating bluetooth speaker and a "stylish" pepper spray. That's right. You're bailing out crooked bankers while Hollywood millionaires enjoy glamorous self-defence products that aren't even legal here.
  • 00:23
    Who wore it better? Margot Robbie in Chanel?
    Who wore it better? Margot Robbie in Chanel?
  • 00:23
    Or duck?<br /><br />In an exceptional fashion moment.
    Or duck?

    In an exceptional fashion moment.
  • 00:27
    One of the oldest Oscar nominees, James Ivory (89) wears a shirt featuring one of the youngest Oscar nominees, Timothee Chalamet (22). Alrighty.  
    One of the oldest Oscar nominees, James Ivory (89) wears a shirt featuring one of the youngest Oscar nominees, Timothee Chalamet (22). Alrighty.  
  • 00:31
    Saoirse has arrived.  
    Saoirse has arrived.  
  • 00:32
    Top Duck Story: 'Irish Bitch stole my look.'
    Top Duck Story: "Irish Bitch stole my look."
  • 00:36
    Chadwick Boseman joins Depeche Mode reunion tour
    Chadwick Boseman joins Depeche Mode reunion tour
  • 00:41
    You thought J-Law must be out of frocks. You thought wrong.
    You thought J-Law must be out of frocks. You thought wrong.
  • 00:45
    Didn't we all decide that grown-ass women wearing princess pink was all kinds of wrong? Yet here we are. Pink. White. Pink. White. White. It's almost as if stylists are total spoofers who say things like "Let's flip things after the #metoo black of the Golden Globes."
  • 00:47
    J-Law sans chapeau
    J-Law sans chapeau
  • 00:51
    A fun article about jewels...

    https://nypost.com/2018/03/...
  • 00:51
    A fun article about jewels...

    http://www.cavalierdaily.co...
  • 00:53
    Even in the snow, An Post got that parcel delivered. Hideous, it may be.
    Even in the snow, An Post got that parcel delivered. Hideous, it may be.
  • 00:57
    Dear Men. Could you please stop experimenting with diarrhoea colours? Yours sincerely. Everybody.
    Dear Men. Could you please stop experimenting with diarrhoea colours? Yours sincerely. Everybody.
  • 00:59
    And we're almost ready for the main event..
    And we're almost ready for the main event..
  • 01:00
    More princessiness.
    More princessiness.
  • 01:02
    They are going with an ill-advised faux oldy-world intro. Make it stop.
  • 01:06
    Swarovski stage: a reminder that glass is not a crystal but a liquid.
  • 01:07
    #metoo and #timesup up first. "We need to set an example." How about donating your free holidays?
  • 01:09
    "Our first ever female nominee for cinematography," says host Jimmy Kimmel. Everybody claps. Instead of feeling ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES.
  • 01:11
    "We don't make films like Call Me By Your Name to make money. We make them to upset Mike Pence."
  • 01:12
    Nora Twomey!
    Nora Twomey!
  • 01:14
    Best Supporting Actor. If this doesn't go to Sam Rockwell, expect upsets all night.
  • 01:18
    Sam Duckwell it is!
    Sam Duckwell it is!
  • 01:24
    So...22 minutes in. And only one mention of the gaffe at the end of last year's Oscars. My spread bet is looking dodgy.
  • 01:28
    Darkest Hour wins for Hair and Make Up
    Darkest Hour wins for Hair and Make Up
  • 01:31
    An eco-conscious Gal Godot recycling tinsel.  
    An eco-conscious Gal Godot recycling tinsel.  
  • 01:38
    Phantom Thread wins for Costume. Here's a recap.
  • 01:39
    Phantom Thread: Welsh Rarebit with poached egg
    Phantom Thread: Welsh Rarebit with poached egg
  • 01:40
    Phantom Thread: Dresses. Lots of them.  
    Phantom Thread: Dresses. Lots of them.  
  • 01:40
    Best Documentary: Icarus.
  • 01:41
    Agnes Varda - oldest Oscar nominee at 89 - goes home empty-handed.
  • 01:48
    Hmm. Icarus. Could it be that the Oscars are wrong-headedly backing the entirely unelected, unregulated WADA?

    https://www.jacobinmag.com/...

    https://www.thestar.com/spo...
  • 01:49
    Whatever the politics, it's Netflix's first feature film win.
  • 01:55
    Sound awards coming.... Eventually. This montage is longer than the lifespan of most lab rats.
  • 01:58
    Sound Editing. Goes to... Dunkirk. Yawn. Another favourite.
  • 02:00
    Dunkirk.  
    Dunkirk.  
  • 02:03
    Sound Mixing. Also Dunkirk.
    Sound Mixing. Also Dunkirk.
  • 02:04
    As presented by Baby Driver folk.  
    As presented by Baby Driver folk.  
  • 02:05
    Dunkirk now in the lead. Of movies.
  • 02:09
    Lupita and Kumail present. "We are immigrants", they note.
  • 02:13
    Shape of Water wins for Production Design.  
    Shape of Water wins for Production Design.  
  • 02:16
  • 02:16
    Gael Garcia Bernal sings. For Coco. Suffice it to say, it is not the best of his talents.
  • 02:21
    Best Supporting Actress. Got to be Janney. Janney. Janney.  
    Best Supporting Actress. Got to be Janney. Janney. Janney.  
  • 02:24
    Best Foreign Language Film. Fantastic Woman. Another Favourite. Well, dullness.
  • 02:27
    This Oscars could really do with more self-congratulating. And back-slapping.
  • 02:30
  • 02:32
    Janney thanks the bird, her co-star in I, Tonya
    Janney thanks the bird, her co-star in I, Tonya
  • 02:39
    So when Octavia Spencer asks Sally Hawkins about the boom chicka bow wow with the fish-monster and she does the mime with her fingers, did anyone else worry that the fish-monster wasn't capable of consent?
  • 02:40
    Kobe Bryant has won with Dear Basketball for Best Animated Short.
  • 02:41
    And the winner of Best Animated Feature is Boss Baby!
  • 02:41
    No.
  • 02:41
  • 02:48
    Daniela Vega. First transgender Oscar presenter. And star of Oscar-winning A Fantastic Woman presents Sufjan Stevens' nothingy song from Call Me By Your Name.
    Daniela Vega. First transgender Oscar presenter. And star of Oscar-winning A Fantastic Woman presents Sufjan Stevens' nothingy song from Call Me By Your Name.
  • 02:52
    Will I, Tonya deservedly take home the film editing award?
    Will I, Tonya deservedly take home the film editing award?
  • 02:53
    Will Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 win an Oscar and cause the Academy Awards to shut down in shame? Let's find out.
  • 02:54
    Nope. Bladerunner 2049 takes SFX. Fun fact. Named after the number of people who bought tickets to see it.
  • 03:00
    Matthew McConaughey presents editing. Following on from Kimmel, he is careful to use the phrase 'women and men'. Not the other way around, Revolutionary stuff. Dunkirk takes editing. See illustration.  
    Matthew McConaughey presents editing. Following on from Kimmel, he is careful to use the phrase "women and men". Not the other way around, Revolutionary stuff. Dunkirk takes editing. See illustration.  
  • 03:07
    Your fashion guide for tonight...

    https://guide.ethical.org.a...
  • 03:12
    This year's cheesy 'we're just like regular folks' gimmick. Kimmel and Gal Gadot and a posse of stars crash a local screening of A Wrinkle of Time. Oh, the wonderful little people. This is all for you!
    This year's cheesy "we're just like regular folks" gimmick. Kimmel and Gal Gadot and a posse of stars crash a local screening of A Wrinkle of Time. Oh, the wonderful little people. This is all for you!
  • 03:14
    Best Documentary Short: Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405.

    Hold everything.

    I repeat: Best Documentary Short has been awarded.
  • 03:16
    Best Short Film: The Silent Child. Won by Hollyoaks garduate Rachel Shenton.
  • 03:19
    Tiffany and Maya add some needed fun the dullest Oscar ceremony in years. And now they are gone.  
    Tiffany and Maya add some needed fun the dullest Oscar ceremony in years. And now they are gone.  
  • 03:23
    Common gets in first usage of 'feminists' and 'NRA' in his intro to Oscar-nommed toon Stand Up For Something. "We stand up for the dreamers". Everybody stands up. And gives the holidays in their gift baskets to the needy. No. Wait, They just stand up.
  • 03:23
    Voiceover threatens a 'special tribute by Eddie Vedder'.
  • 03:25
    Voiceover also says 'This programme contains flashing lights and strong language'. Chance would be a fine thing.
  • 03:32
    Ashley Judd, Annabelle Sciorra and fellow Weinstein-outer Selma Hayek arrive on stage in year when "many spoke their truth". Use of phrase 'times up'.

    They introduce showreel including Mira Sorvina, Lee Daniels, Ava DuVernay, Greta Gerwig, Geena Davis, Yance Ford, Sarah Silverman, Kumail Nanjiana, Barry Jenkins, and Liz Hannah.

  • 03:34
  • 03:35
    Industry veteran James Ivory wins Best Adapted Screenplay and becomes oldest ever Oscar-winner.
  • 03:37
    For Call Me By Your Name, obvs.  
    For Call Me By Your Name, obvs.  
  • 03:39
    Jordan Peele wins Best Original Screenplay for Get Out. Ouch for Three Billboards.
  • 03:40
    This is a good omen.  
    This is a good omen.  
  • 03:41
    Expect everything on earth to stop. 'This is Me' from The Greatest Showman coming up.
  • 03:48
    And for balance, Native American Vietnam veteran Wes Studi ushers in a showreel of clips from movies "honouring the military". In case things are too snowflakey for you.
  • 03:50
    Cinematography. Will Roger Deakins win on the 14th time of asking? Yep. Bladerunner 2049 takes it.
  • 03:55
    'Hello? I'd like to report missing curtains. Yes, that's right. Poo brown. Yes. Fecal matter.'
    "Hello? I'd like to report missing curtains. Yes, that's right. Poo brown. Yes. Fecal matter."
  • 04:02
    Christopher Walken in high-waisted trousers presents Best Score to Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water.
    Christopher Walken in high-waisted trousers presents Best Score to Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water.
  • 04:04
    Golly. These boring, predictable choices are really in keeping with the ceremony. The fervour of #metoo has been ring-fenced into tidy inserts in a cautious, super-boring Oscars.
  • 04:05
    Whoa. 'This is Me' just lost out to 'Remember Me'. Expect a million teen girl march, Oscars. They are coming for you.
  • 04:08
    Finally, Eddie Vedder is unveiled. Singing Tom Petty's Room at the Top over the obit reel. They snub Adam West.
  • 04:11
    Look hard! Jennifer Garner tests the US military's new urban camoflage designed for 45,000 Swarovski Crystal studded venues.  
    Look hard! Jennifer Garner tests the US military's new urban camoflage designed for 45,000 Swarovski Crystal studded venues.  
  • 04:15
    Guillermo del Toro wins Best Director
    Guillermo del Toro wins Best Director
  • 04:19
    It's hard to choose between these two horrible looks. Emma Stone, who presented the Best Director award, is dressed like she raided her mum's wardrobe but couldn't find matching things. J-Law does full Valkyrie in order to wreck a horrible vengeance against those who laughed at her freezing Versace outfit last week. Be afraid.  
    It's hard to choose between these two horrible looks. Emma Stone, who presented the Best Director award, is dressed like she raided her mum's wardrobe but couldn't find matching things. J-Law does full Valkyrie in order to wreck a horrible vengeance against those who laughed at her freezing Versace outfit last week. Be afraid.  
  • 04:21
    Why is Emma Stone presenting Best Director and not Best Actor, as is traditional? Might it be something to do with the absence of a certain actor who needed to settle out of court? Not for us to say.
  • 04:25
    Fonda and Mirren. Together at last. Fonda compares set to the orgasmatron in Barbarella. A rare Motorhead reference at the Oscars.  
    Fonda and Mirren. Together at last. Fonda compares set to the orgasmatron in Barbarella. A rare Motorhead reference at the Oscars.  
  • 04:26
    Gary Oldman wins Best Actor for The Darkest Hour.  
    Gary Oldman wins Best Actor for The Darkest Hour.  
  • 04:30
    Oldman "...salutes Winston Churchill" and thanks his 99-year-old mother.

    "Put the kettle on", he says, in what is presumably a direction for mum and not the wartime PM.
  • 04:33
    Jodie Foster is on crutches. Claiming Steep 'I, Tonya-ed me'. It's a poor joke. But at least it's a joke. Golly, this is boring.
  • 04:35
    "I'd like a Welsh rarebit... with a poached egg on top... scones, butter, cream, jam - not strawberry." I need food to fill the boredom.
  • 04:37
    Best Actress goes to Frances McDormand for Three Billboards in another shockingly predictable turn of events.
  • 04:38
    She asks every female nominee to stand up. "We all have stories to tell and projects to get financed." Maybe have a hoke in those gift baskets?
  • 04:43
    Here we go. Warren and Faye are coming back on for take two.
  • 04:43
    Insert your own: 'What can possibly go wrong' joke.
  • 04:44
    Will Get Out triumph?
  • 04:44
    Or will they call out 'The Shape of Water'?
    Or will they call out "The Shape of Water"?
  • 04:48
    Yep. The Shape of Water. Drat.  
    Yep. The Shape of Water. Drat.  
  • 04:51
    Guillermo thanks the "kids who are showing how things are done". Which makes a pleasing change from slagging them off for eating avocados.
  • 04:53
    So Shape of Water has grandest haul with four, Dunkirk has three, and Three Billboards just the two on a plodding evening.  
    So Shape of Water has grandest haul with four, Dunkirk has three, and Three Billboards just the two on a plodding evening.  
  • 04:56
    We hope this new socially-conscious, right-on Academy Awards has got you in the mood for the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth in May.
  • 04:57
    We leave you with this cut-out-and-keep photo of J-Law on her way to the Vanity Fair party. And you thought she had jumped the shark. Hell, no.  
    We leave you with this cut-out-and-keep photo of J-Law on her way to the Vanity Fair party. And you thought she had jumped the shark. Hell, no.  
  • 05:06
    We salute you Adam West, Dorothy Malone and Tobe Hooper. Even if the Oscars obit reel failed you.  
    We salute you Adam West, Dorothy Malone and Tobe Hooper. Even if the Oscars obit reel failed you.  
  • 05:10
    And that's it until next year's bash. Thanks for reading.  
    And that's it until next year's bash. Thanks for reading.