Gold Derby offers you yet another exclusive Oscar ballot for eight major categories just before the 2018 Academy Awards this weekend on ABC. Now that all votes are in the hands of the accountants, we can expose these mystery ballots.
Voter #6 is a member of the Acting branch and has been a star in some of your favorite films and television shows for many, many years. The comments below in each category are part of the thought process in choosing these potential winners.
BEST PICTURE: “The Shape of Water”
They’re all just so different. One was an elevated genre; one was a quirky comedy; another is masterful action. For my favorite movie, “The Shape of Water,” I liked the fact that the people who were not communicating were the ones who could actually talk. The people with impediments, whether it was the creature or the woman who couldn’t speak, could communicate better than all the others. I thought it was magical and original and a beautiful movie. Second place is “Get Out.” Third place is “Lady Bird.”
BEST DIRECTOR: Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”)
I would have to see Guillermo because that was my favorite movie of the year.
BEST ACTRESS: Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”)
I thought she was the best because her part was extremely difficult and she was able to communicate a huge amount of emotion and depth and comedy and everything. She was a great actress without being able to speak but with her mannerisms and behavior. They’re all brilliant in such a hard category.
BEST ACTOR: Gary Oldman(“Darkest Hour”)
He’s just one of the greatest actors of all time. I think what he did in that role is unbeatable. Hands down, I think that he deserves it.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”)
It was between Allison Janney and Laurie Metcalf, but I ended up voting for Laurie. There was something about her that was very moving. I thought they were both brilliant, but that there was something about Laurie that hit me at a very deep level. She touched me on an amazing, amazing level.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christopher Plummer (“All the Money in the World”)
I think the fact he did the whole part in nine days was extraordinary. I thought he was incredible. On the supporting actor front, they were all so good.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Dee Rees and Virgil Williams (“Mudbound”)
I was blown away by the fact that movie was made in very few days and it was a great screenplay. I had a special affinity towards that movie because I wanted to vote for something with so many women involved. It was a hard choice because these movies were very different.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor (“The Shape of Water”)
I just loved that movie on every level. I loved the idea that he made everything about the creature had humanity and everything about the people was disconnected. Some of the people were more monsters than the creature. That was beautiful and hit me at an emotional level.
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