The long-awaited presentation of the Academy Awards 2018 took place last night. The most celebrated director and film were Guillermo Del Toro and The Shape of Water, winning four Oscars including best director and best film.
No less than seven IFFR selected films were nominated for one or more Oscars; additionally, the delightful Allison Janney won the Oscar for best actress in a supporting role in I, Tonya.
All nominated IFFR films:
The Shape of WaterGuillermo Del Toro IFFR 2018 123′
Guillermo del Toro's latest magic-realist balancing act won the Golden Lion in Venice. This utterly romantic, Cold War monster film combines acute commentary on today’s world with an ode to film genres from the past, from silent film to film noir.
Actor in Leading Role (Daniel Day Lewis)
Actress in a supporting role (Lesley Manville)
Costume design (Mark Bridges) - winner
Directing (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Music (Jonny Greenwood)
Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson IFFR 2018 130′
Couturier Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis in his farewell role) leads an extremely well-ordered life in post-war London, which is disrupted by the arrival of waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps), whom he sees as his ideal model. Opulent, sensual and rather kinky, this drama by Paul Thomas Anderson has already garnered much praise. Featuring a romantic soundtrack by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood.
The Shape of Water
Actor in a supporting role (Richard Jenkins)
Actress in a leading role (Sally Hawkins)
Actress in a supporting role (Octavia Spencer)
Cinematography (Dan Laustsen)
Costume design (Luis Sequeira)
Directing (Guillermo del Toro) - winner
Film editing (Sidney Wolinsky)
Music (Alexandre Desplat) - winner
Best picture - winner
Production design (Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau en Jeffrey A. Melvin) - winner
Sound editing (Nathan Robitaille en Nelson Ferreira)
Sound mixing (Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern en Glen Gauthier)
Writing (original screenplay) (screenplay door Guillermo del Toro en Vanessa Taylor; story door Guillermo del Toro)
The Florida Project
Actor in a supporting role (Willem Dafoe)
The Florida ProjectSean Baker IFFR 2018 115′
In six-year-old Moonee’s eyes, Disney World’s poverty-stricken environs provide fun adventures. Shielded by childhood, the problems are beyond her comprehension. Talented amateur actors, gorgeous camera work and an amazing role for Willem Dafoe are this colourful film’s main attractions.
Actress in a leading role (Margot Robbie)
Actress in a supporting role (Allison Janney) - winner
Film editing (Tatiana S. Riegel)
Actress in a leading role (Saoirse Ronan)
Actress in a supporting role (Laurie Metcalf)
Directing (Greta Gerwig)
Writing (original screenplay) (Greta Gerwig)
Lady BirdGreta Gerwig IFFR 2018 93′
Most known for acting and screenwriting, Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) makes her solo directorial debut with this highly praised tragicomedy on teen desire in America. Saoirse Ronan shines as a high school student calling herself 'Lady Bird' and struggling with love and sex, arguing with her mom and dreaming of faraway, expensive New York. Winner Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
We congratulate all winners and of course Guillermo Del Toro in particular!
All IFFR films currently playing or soon to be screened in cinemas are available here, including Oscar winners The Shape of Water and I, Tonya.
I, TonyaCraig Gillespie IFFR 2018 119′
Tragicomic biographical drama about the rapid rise and mediagenic demise of the American figure skater Tonya Harding. Talent and perseverance lead her to reach the absolute top, but was it the bizarre attack on her teammate and rival that really made Tonya world-famous and notorious? How could things get that far?
Photo in header: The Shape of Water