Special Oscar Nominations Reaction – Awards Watch With Math Teacher Movies

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Awards analysis is provided by Sean from @MathTeacherMovies.

The nominations are out and the races have narrowed, there are many surprises and plenty of snubs and here are the most prevalent observations that stand out. 

My Grade 81/105 78%

First I wanted to take the opportunity to brag about my nomination prediction grade. For the most part, I got the categories that mattered with some occasionally fun surprises and a few that were quite confounding. 

International Voice Represented Heavily

If you were to tell me that a three hour Japanese film that chronicles the making of the play Uncle Vanya would be nominated for Best Picture including Best International Film, I would be stunned but Drive My Car and many other films of foreign language showed up in many categories much like The Worst Person in the World and r in Original Screenplay and International Feature Film with Flee which also was nominated for Best Documentary and Best Animated Feature. Additionally, Parallel Mothers got nominations for Penelope Cruz and Best Original Score.  It shows the Academy opening up and will hopefully open up audiences to films outside our borders. 

Crazy Supporting Category Buzz, Crazy Supporting Category Results 

The Best Supporting Actor category was all over the place for this entire year. There was no clear winner until Kodi Smit-McPhee began to become the frontrunner. This ended with the four other nominees going up and down between the SAG and Globe nominations and ended with surprises that included J.K. Simmons in Being the Ricardos and Jesse Plemons in The Power of the Dog.

Best Supporting Actress seemed to have a clear cut list of nominees coming into this morning, but throughout the season that list was far from set and therefore the voters somehow smelt the Dench Stench and gave Judi Dench the nomination for Belfast over Caitriona Balfe and Jessie Buckley taking out what seemed like a solid nomination for Ruth Negga in Passing

Denis snubbed for Dune 

The most unforgivable snub of this year’s Oscars is Denis Villeneuve not being nominated for Best Director for the film Dune, not only is he wholeheartedly deserving but the film receiving so many technical awards shows that he made the culmination of a great film. 

As the next few weeks go by, there will be more and more predictions, hot takes, and angry rants, and I will be there to answer all of them or be the one to provide them and I am looking forward to every single one.

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