By John H. Foote
Ten films were nominated for Best Picture today by the PGA making their Oscar chances a whole lot better.
BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians, The Favourite, A Quiet Place, Roma, Vice, Green Book and the expected Oscar juggernaut A Star is Born. The nominations for Bohemian Rhapsody must be considered a surprise because the reviews were built around actor Rami Malek.
Major snubs include First Man, Can You Ever Forgive Me, and Mary Poppins Returns.
It certainly is good news for the spring horror blockbuster A Quiet Place, and could help the films Oscar chances.
The inclusion of Roma pretty much promises all such streaming films will now get a fair shot come awards time.
But man, to ignore First Man… ouch.
John H. Foote is a well-recognized Canadian film critic/historian who has been an active critic for 30 years. His deep love for the movies began at a very young age. He began his career as co-host of the popular TV show Reel to Real where he remained for nine years. While on TV he began dabbling in education, eventually ascending to Director of the Toronto Film School, where he also taught film history. After leaving the college to care for his wife, he returned to teaching at Humber College where he taught both Film History and Method Acting Theory. John has written two books: “Clint Eastwood – Evolution of a Filmmaker” and the upcoming “Spielberg – American Film Visionary”. He is currently working on two books, one about the films of the seventies and another on the films of Martin Scorsese. Through his career he has worked in TV, radio, print and the web. John has interviewed everyone in the industry (more than 300 interviews) except Jack Nicholson, he says sadly. Highlights include Martin Scorsese, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep Robert Duvall, Jane Fonda, Francis Ford Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow.