Monday, March 5, 2018

Scriber's take on two Oscars

Mr. and Mrs. Scriber don’t get to the movie theatre that often. We get caught up on the latest releases on our trips overseas. (Pricey movie tickets, those!) On our last trip, completed yesterday, I watched two of the films featured on the Oscars last night. The Shape of Water scored several including best picture and best director and Gary Oldman got best actor for his role in Darkest Hour.

538’s Significant Digits reported on The Shape of Water in its morning email. Scriber thinks that award was well deserved. The movie is a quirky combination of chick flick, love story, SciFi, and shoot-’em-up action thriller. I thought for sure it also would score for best actress or supporting actress (Sally Hawkins or Octavia Spenser), but …

4 Oscars
“The Shape of Water” won best picture last night at the Academy Awards in addition to directing, production design and original score, capping off an exciting if somewhat predictable evening. [ABC News] has a good bio for Oldman. Snippets follow.

Gary Oldman is a talented English movie star and character actor, renowned for his “big” acting style. One of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film and television, he is known for his roles as … George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), and Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour (2017), among many others. For much of his career, he was best-known for playing over-the-top antagonists, such as terrorist Egor Korshunov in the 1997 blockbuster Air Force One (1997), though he has reached a new audience with heroic roles in the Harry Potter and Dark Knight franchises. He is also a filmmaker, musician, and author.

Oldman played the coveted role of Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), giving him a key part in one of the highest-grossing franchises ever. He reprised that role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) …

In the 1990s, Oldman brought to life a series of iconic real-world and fictional villains including Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK (1991), the title character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), … That decade also saw Oldman portraying Ludwig van Beethoven in biopic Immortal Beloved (1994 - a Scriber fave).

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