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Best Picture

A quick shout-out to a director I don't always admire: Spike Lee got screwed for Da 5 Bloods. This was a very different take on a Vietnam vet movie and it got only 1 nomination (Terence Blanchard for the score). Maybe Spike should buy a Laker's jersey.

  • The Father

    • Impressed with the breakthroughs in the treatment (cinematically) of dementia and hearing loss this year. I also like the trend of the stage-to-film progression, but don't believe this one has enough heft to earn the top trophy. ​

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    • This should win. It likely won't (see Nomadland below), but it will stand the test of time!

  • Mank

    • Loved this film, but you really need to be a film-y to enjoy this.

  • Minari

    • A beautiful movie (how many times have I said THAT before in this post?) that deserves a lot of looks and some legs.

  • Nomadland

    • Absolute credit to the creativity, both on the story (which, hell-if any of us knew this was a thing....ever), the filming and the acting ( least for one actor). 

  • Promising Young Woman

    • The best-so-far hashtag-era movie on this topic? I think.

  • Sound of Metal

    • Welcome to what it's really like to have hearing loss. I was disturbed, as you should be. Well done by the Marder brothers, whose mother was a victim.​

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    • This is an important historical docu-drama, a surprising performance by Sasha Baron Cohen and a (predictably) saccharin ending by Aaron Sorkin. Still, highly recommended film.

Democratic Response

Why did you have to mention Spike?  I forgot how upset I'm supposed to be. That was a massive micro-aggression on your part. 

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Republican Response

Richard Jewell

Yeah, I know it wasn't nominated this year. Or the year that it came out. Why did you even bother separating out International films from these? It's all foreign to us.

I can't believe I hung in this long.  G'bye.

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