10 February 2018
Picture: The Florida Project (97/8)
Director: Josh & Benny Safdie, Good Time (97/11)
Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (136/15)
Actor: Claes Bang, The Square (93/12)
S. Actor: Michael Fassbender, Alien: Covenant (79/7)
S. Actress: Betty Gabriel, Get Out (107/10)
Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman (97/8)
Scene: Finale, The Florida Project (59/5)
[Spoiler alert, I suppose. It's the ending. Also this is a good example of a scene I didn't vote for because it doesn't "play" out of context—on its own, stripped of irony, it looks like a DisneyWorld commercial.]
The Safdies placed 19th two years ago for Heaven Knows What.
Two big favorites today, so forgive this giant block of text. McDormand can't get a Skandie break when it comes to her Oscar-winning performances (presumed, at this writing, for Three Billboards); she managed "only"a 3rd-place finish in 1996 as Fargo's Marge Gunderson, behind winner Emily Watson and runner-up Brenda Blethyn. However, this is her eighth career appearance, with the other six nods all in Supporting: 4th for Almost Famous (2000), 17th for Wonder Boys (also 2000), 8th for The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), 17th for Burn After Reading (2008), 15th for Moonrise Kingdom (2012), and 19th for a movie that you probably forgot even exists, Promised Land (also 2012). Fassbender likewise shows up for the eighth time (in just nine years!), having previously placed 5th for Hunger (2009), 14th in Supporting for Inglourious Basterds (also 2009), 12th in Supporting for Fish Tank (2010), 5th again for Shame (2011), 3rd in Supporting for 12 Years a Slave (2013), 16th in Supporting for Frank (2014), and 5th yet again for Steve Jobs (2015). Bang and Gabriel are new.
Farhadi won Screenplay for A Separation (2011)—beating Kenneth Lonergan by over 100 points, even though Margaret's screenplay got over 500 points itself; Kiarostami's 266 points in distant 3rd place would have handily been enough to win this year (there were a few more voters that year, but still)—and also previously placed 8th for The Past (2013).
Posted by md'a at 10:51 AM