About Juan Carlos Ojano

I am an undergraduate student of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, currently taking up BA Film in the College of Mass Communication. I am an aspiring (and hardworking) actor, writer, and director. I am currently the secretary of the U.P. Cineastes' Studio, the first and premier student film organization in the Philippines, established in 1984. I love watching films, discussing films, writing about films, critiquing the politics of filmmaking, especially the awards season and the Academy Awards. Personal e-mail address: juancarlosojano@gmail.com Blog e-mail address: mylastoscar@gmail.com

FINAL PREDICTIONS: 91st Academy Awards – ALL 24 CATEGORIES

BEST PICTURE

  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Green Book
  • Roma
  • A Star is Born
    if 6, add: The Favourite
    if 7, add: Vice
    if 8, add: Bohemian Rhapsody
    if 9, add: If Beale Street Could Talk
    —– I’m predicting 9 —–
    if 10, add: First Man

Alt: Mary Poppins Returns, Crazy Rich Asians, A Quiet Place, Leave No Trace, Eighth Grade, First Reformed, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Cold War

I just need to admit that Bohemian Rhapsody is happening. First Man is hanging in there because of the technical support for the film. Beale Street is in danger.

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

  • Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
  • Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
  • Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
  • Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born

alt: Ryan Coogler – Black Panther, Peter Farrelly – Green Book, Adam McKay – Vice, Damien Chazelle – First Man, Debra Granik – Leave No Trace, Pawel Pawlikowski – Cold War

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
  • Glenn Close – The Wife
  • Olivia Colman – The Favourite
  • Lady Gaga – A Star is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Alt: Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns), Toni Collette (Hereditary), Viola Davis (Widows), Nicole Kidman (Destroyer), Rosamund Pike (A Private War), Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Regina Hall (Support the Girls), Julia Roberts (Ben is Back), Saoirse Ronan (Mary Queen of Scots), Charlize Theron (Tully), Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians), Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Kindergarten Teacher), Kathryn Hahn (Private Life), Felicity Jones (On the Basis of Sex), Keira Knightley (Colette), Joanna Kulig (Cold War), Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk), Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace), Carey Mulligan (Wildlife), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give)

Definitely the most stacked of all the acting categories. Aparicio’s my wildcard pick for a surprise. McCarthy would’ve been my wildcard snub pick, but who to put in? Anything could happen, and I love it. Yes to more female lead roles in films!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Christian Bale – Vice
  • Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
  • Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
  • John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman

alt: Ethan Hawke – First Reformed, Ryan Gosling – First Man, Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate, Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Amy Adams – Vice
  • Claire Foy – First Man
  • Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emma Stone – The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

alt: Marina de Tavira – Roma, Emily Blunt – A Quiet Place, Michelle Yeoh – Crazy Rich Asians, Margot Robbie – Mary Queen of Scots, Thomasin McKenzie – Leave No Trace, Linda Cardellini – Green Book

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Mahershala Ali – Green Book
  • Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy
  • Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliott – A Star is Born
  • Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

alt: Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther, Sam Rockwell – Vice, Nicholas Hoult – The Favourite

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • The Favourite
  • First Reformed
  • Green Book
  • Roma
  • Vice

alt: Eighth Grade, Sorry to Bother You, A Quiet Place, Private Life

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • The Death of Stalin
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • A Star is Born

alt: Black Panther, First Man, Crazy Rich Asians, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Leave No Trace, The Hate U Give

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse

alt: Early Man, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, The Grinch, Ruben Brandt Collector

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • Free Solo
  • RBG
  • Shirkers
  • Three Identical Strangers
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

alt: Minding the Gap, Crime + Punishment, Hale County This Morning This Evening, The Silence of Others, On Her Shoulders, The Distant Barking of Dogs, Of Fathers and Sons, Charm City, Communion, Dark Money

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • South Korea – Burning
  • Lebanon – Capernaum
  • Poland – Cold War
  • Mexico – Roma
  • Shoplifters – Japan

alt: Denmark – The Guilty, Germany – Never Look Away, Colombia – Birds of Passage, Kazakhsatan – Ayka

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Cold War
  • The Favourite
  • First Man
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Roma

alt: A Star is Born, Black Panther, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Annihilation, Mary Poppins Returns

BEST FILM EDITING

  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • First Man
  • Roma
  • A Star is Born

alt: The Favourite, Green Book, If Beale Street Could Talk, Vice, BlackKkKlansman, Widows, Mission: Impossible – Fallout

BEST SOUND MIXING

  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • First Man
  • A Quiet Place
  • Roma

alt: A Star is Born, Mary Poppins Returns, Annihilation, Ready Player One

BEST SOUND EDITING

  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • A Quiet Place
  • Roma

alt: Annihilation, Bohemian Rhapsody, Ready Player One, Avengers: Infinity War

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mary Poppins Returns

alt: BlacKkKlansman, A Quiet Place, Annihilation, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Ready Player One, The Death of Stalin

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • “All the Stars” – Black Panther
  • “I’ll Fight” – RBG
  • “Revelation” – Boy Erased
  • “Shallow” – A Star is Born
  • “Trip A Little Light Fantastic” – Mary Poppins Returns

alt: “The Place Where Lost Things Go” – Mary Poppins Returns, “Girl at the Movies”- Dumplin’, “We Won’t Move” – The Hate U Give, “Keep Reachin’” – Quincy, “Suspirium” – Suspiria

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • Black Panther
  • The Favourite
  • First Man
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Roma

alt: If Beale Street Could Talk, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, A Quiet Place, Crazy Rich Asians

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • The Favourite
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Mary Queen of Scots

alt: Crazy Rich Asians, A Star is Born, If Beale Street Could Talk, BlacKkKlansman

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Ready Player One

alt: Welcome to Marwen, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Christopher Robin

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Border

alt: Vice, Suspiria, Stan & Ollie, Mary Queen of Scots

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

  • Age of Sail
  • Bao
  • Bilby
  • Late Afternoon
  • Weekends

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

  • Black Sheep
  • My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes
  • A Night at the Garden
  • Period. End of Sentence.
  • Zion

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

  • Caroline
  • Detainment
  • Marguerite
  • Skin
  • Wale
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Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

I initially hesitated at the over-polished look. Soars once the magic starts. Blunt mesmerizes. Musical set-pieces stun. Heart is in the right place, but low stakes narrative, haphazard resolution. Highly enjoyable escapism à la Disney. [B+]

2018 in Film Watching

2018 was not the best year I’ve had, and same goes with my film watching.

This year, I have watched 167 films.

Here are the number of films I have watched throughout the years:

2018: 167
2017: 195
2016: 149
2015: 171
2014: 255

Here are the best and worst films I have watched during the past year:

BEST: Call Me by Your Name (2017) [A] – watched on January 22

“Relaxed yet thrilling. Organic yet incisive. Meandering yet controlled. Felt every emotional beat. Hammer mystifying, Stuhlbarg touching, Chalamet heart-shattering. Sensual, tangible, complete. Ending cornered me, and then broke me. Feels perfect.”

 

WORST: Spectre (2015) [C-] – watched on January 1

“How to make James Bond boring? Drab visuals, insipid characters, distant narrative. Had a brilliant opening, but I reached a point where I just stopped caring. There’s seriously a problem when Sam Smith’s less-than-thrilling theme is not the worst part of it.”

 

What are your favorite film viewing experiences this past years? Share your thoughts below. Have a wonderful new year of more film watching!

Bird Box (2018)

Time jumps, character tropes, and visual personality all missed opportunities. Knows when and how to deliver the thrills, but all too easily digestible at times. Bullock does the best she can with physically taxing role, embracing its rough edges. [B/B-]