Your guide to the Oscar nominations: Best Actress and Actor

Oh, goody. Meryl Streep again.

And the nominees for "Best Actress" are:

Frances McDormand for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." Apparently she's the front runner this year. Loved her in Fargo (which already won her an Oscar.)

Margot Robbie for "I, Tonya." Glad to see poor Tonya Harding finally getting some love this year. Robbie went from being some actress I never heard of to being in EVERYTHING. She's gone from Harley Quinn, to Tonya Harding and plays Queen Elizabeth I next. Probably won't win this one, but I wouldn't be surprised to see her tote one home eventually.

Saoirse Ronan in "Lady Bird." Sorry, can't help you hear. Never heard of her, never saw any of her movies. Can't even pronounce (or spell her name.) But apparently she's the dark horse candidate to beat McDormand.

Sally Hawkins in "The Shape of Water" She's British and plays the mom in the Paddington movies. That's usually a good recipe for Oscar victory.

Meryl Streep in "The Post." Because of course she is. Do they just automatically leave a slot open for her? If she didn't make a movie, would they put her name in anyway? Yes, she's actually a very good actress. Still hate her.

I'm sure if this were a People's Choice award, Gal Gadot would win hands down.

For Best Actor, we have:

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name” Who for what?

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread” There are a lot of great actors who never won an Oscar. There are only a handful who have won 2. Daniel Day-Lewis is the only man to win THREE Best Actor Oscars. (Jack Nicholson has 3 but all for supporting roles.) The man is good. But I doubt if he wins a 4th for this picture.

Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out” No, I'm not familiar with him either but he's got an impressive resume. And he's in the upcoming "Black Panther" movie (now THERE'S a movie I can't wait to see!) So, I'll bet he'll become more well known here in America.

Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” OK, this guy I've heard of! He was Sirius Black in the Harry Potter movies, Jim Gordon in the "Batman" movies and Lee Harvey Oswald in "JFK." He played the "even worse guy" to Anthony Hopkins really evil guy in "Hannibal" (man, was he creepy in that.) He's been in everything from soap operas to cartoons. The man to beat this year for his portrayal here of Winston Churchill. Every now and then, the Oscars finally hands out an award to someone who really deserves it. Let's hope this year it's Oldman.

Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” I'm sure Denzel is great in this because he's great in everything. Maybe I'll catch this on cable one day.

The big surprises in this category were the 2 guys NOT nominated. Apparently, there wasn't enough room for Tom Hanks in "The Post" (hard to believe as much as liberals are loving this movie) and James Franco apparently lost out because of the #MeToo movement (so, it hasn't been all bad!)

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I was so hoping the Oscars would fix what the Globes screwed up and give Hugh Jackman his Best Actor trophy for Greatest Showman (and Logan) over Franco, a mini-Wienstien, and his sickly "docurama" about the biggest waste of effort in Hollywood History. Well so much for that! I guess it has to go to Oldman now but somehow when I look at the nominees, I have a sinking feeling he's in last place behind the other four.


The Post was amazing. Just not in the way it was ment to be. It actually made me feel bad for Richard Nixon. Nixon is painted as the bad guy yet everything of substance in the Pentagon Papers took place under Johnson & Kennedy. When you see how deeply the Washington press is entrenched in the Democratic Party it's easy to see why Nixon was so paranoid. Scene after scene is jaw dropping in it's portrayal of the willful complicity of the press. The fact that they put so much of the truth in there is stunning. The current press wants to draw the conclusion that the Post spoke truth to a corrupt power. The real damning conclusion is that the press wouldnt speak nor look for the truth until they didn't like who was in power. They were content to be lapdogs to power as long as they had love for their master.