The Oscars have recently been announced, and already some personal favourites among people are getting selected. Speaking of favourites, I am quite fascinated to see that content from festivals I have covered are selected for Oscars this year. Call Me by your Name, which did very well at VIFF and TIFF is nominated for 4 Oscars, Best Picture, Lead Actor (Timothée Chalamet), Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory), and Original Song (Mystery of Love by Sufjan Stevens). Darkest Hour which was a big hit at Whistler Film Festival has been nominated 5 times for Production Design, Makeup and Hair, Costume Design, Best Picture, and Lead Actor. Other features which have been showcased at TIFF have also gotten nominated quite a lot of nominations, including The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The Shape of Water has managed to get a wide array of nominations, such as Best Picture, Best Director, Original Screenplay, Production Design, and so much more. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has managed to get itself some of the exact same nominations as The Shape of Water, making for some pretty tight competition between the two.
Many other films have been showcased. Interestingly enough, some films I have even watched alongside with a close friend, like Dunkirk, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Blade Runner 2049. While not all of them are exactly the best choices Oscar-wise, it is interesting to see them nominated in particular. The fantastic choice of films from all over have made quite an impact at VIFF in particular, while Loving Vincent and the Square are not heavy in nominations, they at least have made their impact well enough to be noticed this year.
But very much like last year, Canadian content is very abundant in this year’s Oscar Nominations. The same also goes for films that have made it through quite a circuit of film festivals, such as Disaster Artist, and I, Tonya. It also happens that some of these films have in fact been reviewed by writers of Hollywood North Magazine. I have high hopes for Canadian content this year as it seems to be some of the most highly nominated this year.