I highly recommend 12 of the 14 films in the major Oscar slots (see page 1). “The Shape of Water” is my #1. “Three Billboards” also impresses. “Phantom Thread” and “I, Tonya” are my odd-styled favorites. The little girl starring in “The Florida Project” is the compelling reason to see this good film.
“Coco” deserves the Best Animated Feature it will win -- a fresh, formula treat. “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” is my favorite Oscar nominated Documentary Feature, though I’ve not seen “Faces Places,” -- the highest rated film (95 out of 100) on metacritics.com. Note: “Dunkirk” (94) is my least favorite Best Picture nominee. All five Oscar nominated Documentary Shorts make an excellent grouping to queue up.
“Lucky” gets my nod for small gem of the year, and “The Big Sick” is the surprise satisfaction of the year.