There were so very many excellent films made in the last year. Stellar performances and skillful, creative directing and writing with a vast variety of themes.
I have seen most of the nominated films (one of the advantages of being a Senior Citizen) and have no one particular favorite but I do have my picks for best actor and actress.
What will be interesting to see in the coming days and weeks leading up to the Oscars is how the "monkey wrench" that is being tossed about alleged plagiarism of the script of The Shape of Water will affect it's 13 nominations in all major categories. Thus far, the estate of the family of a well known playwright (Paul Zindal) contend that the story was lifted from a play written many, many years ago. The story line is almost identical with a few variations in the script of the movie. How this will pan out will be most interesting indeed.
What will be interesting to see in the coming days and weeks leading up to the Oscars is how the "monkey wrench" that is being tossed about alleged plagiarism of the script of The Shape of Water will affect it's 13 nomination
If they handle it they way they have been handling allegations of sexual misconduct, it will be tossed out in the new climate of guilty without chance of proving innocence.
Frankly, I don't think that The Shape of Water will suffer from claims of plagiarsm. The Academy doesn't give a flying fuck about such issues. The movie will suffer from the fact that it is a non-American movie. America first! -- even for people who hate Donald Trump. I think that 3 Billboards will do quite well (with an award for either Frances MacDormand or Sam Rockwell but not both of them), but for me the dark horse is Dunkirk. It is the sort of breathtaking classic movie that has always enthralled the Oscars and for some odd and unfair reason, British films are always considered to be on equal footing with American ones, after having discarded the rest of the world. As far as I'm concerned, Dunkirk is best picture and best director.
I haven't seen The Shape of Water yet -- not yet released in France. But I've seen the trailer and it will not fit the taste of the Academy.
I would think that it would be taken a whole lot more seriously. I don't understand but then again my shock value meter has been challenged so many times I guess I can see why you would say that. My husband refers to it as "ethical syphilis".
And, by the same measure I see where and why you would think what you do Bixa about the "whole rotten thing".
Along similar lines of sorts, there have been many protestations about "Billboards" being racist, insensitivity to the portrayal of small town America, discrimination of dwarfism and several other offenses. Utterly ridiculous.