DES and the Silver Screen – Let’s go to the Movies

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in Blog

DES and the Silver Screen – Let’s go to the Movies

March will mark the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, honoring the best motion pictures from 2017. We at DES thought it would be fun to have our own awards ceremony, commenting on the official nominees and highlighting some of our favorite films and actors from the past year. Here are our picks for the Oscars:


I am definitely a fan of the Oscars and have had my calendar marked for March 4th for quite some time.

I was lucky enough to see many of the films nominated for best picture this year, including Dunkirk, Get Out, The Post, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I enjoyed each of them with the exception of Get Out – I couldn’t get out of the theater fast enough. I still have Phantom Thread (as Daniel Day-Lewis is one of my all time favorite actors) and Darkest Hour to see before Oscar night.

Of the nominated films I’ve seen, my favorite is Three Billboards, hands down. While the storyline was dark and disturbing, the film was very well done. I covered my eyes in some parts, cried, and laughed out loud. Not many films recently have had so profound an effect on me.

I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that Frances McDormand will win Best Actress in a Leading Role, even though she’s up against the brilliant Meryl Streep. I think Woody Harrelson will take Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Now I’ve just got to figure out how to make a molten chocolate Oscar dessert and sit back and enjoy.

As they say in Hollywood, see you at the movies!


I haven’t seen any of the films nominated for best picture, but I have been intrigued by a few of them: Dunkirk, Get Out, The Post, and The Shape of Water.

A film that I did see that was actually very moving and intense was Logan. While many are bored of the comic book genre, I love the escape from reality and the focus on the question: what is good and evil? Logan, the final Wolverine movie of the X-Men series, juxtaposes human beauty with atrocity and brutality. The entire movie is intense and dystopian, offering an unfortunately very real critique of today’s events. But in the end, hope reigns supreme.

Best Actress in a Leading Role: I always enjoy Sally Hawkins! She is very deserving of the recognition that The Shape of Water brings her – even though I haven’t seen the film. I recently watched Paddington again, and she effortlessly plays Mary Brown, the quirky loving mother of the family that takes Paddington in.

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis is also very deserving for his nomination. Again, I haven’t seen Phantom Thread, but his work in the 1992 movie, The Last of the Mohicans, left a lasting impression on me as kid. I am always ready to catch a movie with him leading the way.


Being the mom of three kids and three dogs means I don’t get to the movies much. I have seen Dunkirk, which was quite moving and seemed to be shot from a very different perspective than most movies I have seen. I can see why it is nominated for Best Cinematography in addition to Best Picture. I look forward to watching the other nominees – The Post looks quite enthralling, as does Three Billboards.

Best Actress: I imagine it will be hard to beat the likes of Frances McDormand or Meryl Streep in that category, but that is one of the fun things about the Oscars – lots of surprises to be had before the night is out!

Best Supporting Actor/Actress: Woody Harrelson has surprised me with his acting chops more than once recently – it’s hard to remember he was on Cheers as Woody all those years ago! I have heard Allison Janney’s performance in I, Tonya is quite masterful and I have always loved watching her in the wide range of characters she has taken on.

Based on how few of the Oscar nominees I have seen, I apparently have a long viewing list ahead of me! Hopefully the list of winners will help me narrow down my selections in the months ahead.


I don’t usually keep up with the Oscars, and honestly haven’t seen any of these movies. I would like to see Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, and The Shape of Water. I’ll probably wait until they come out on Netflix or Hulu though.

Best Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington pours his heart and soul into his roles. He is extremely talented: I’m not sure I have seen a Denzel movie and not liked it. Meryl Streep is so distinguished and a class act – plus she reminds me of my grandmother.

Animated Feature Film: Baby Boss was hysterical! Alec Baldwin was as funny as ever. Perfectly cast as the “boss.” I do really want to see Loving Vincent as well. I have always loved his art, and watching the behind the scenes of how the movie was made is outstanding. The work involved on the back end blows my mind.


I’m a movie buff so this is an exciting topic for me – though I’ve only seen two of the films nominated for Best Picture this year: Call Me by Your Name and Phantom Thread. While both were entertaining, I found the former to be more engaging and emotional. I’d love to see Dunkirk and Darkest Hour, as I also have a background in WWII history. The Post also aligns my interests in journalism and history, so I’m sure I’ll see that somewhere down the line.

I’m a huge Daniel Day-Lewis fan. In the Name of the Father, Last of the Mohicans, and Gangs of New York are all fantastic, and There Will Be Blood has to be one of my favorite films of all time. With that said, I think I’ll take a risk and say that Timothée Chalamet deserves Best Actor for his breakout role in Call Me by Your Name. He did a phenomenal job. None of the films I saw featured nominees for Actress in a Leading Role, though Streep and McDormand are clear favorites for the win given their decorated careers.

I’m really interested to see All The Money in the World, featuring Christopher Plummer, who was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The story of J. Paul Getty and his grandson’s kidnapping is fascinating, as is the story of the film itself: it was shot with Kevin Spacey in Plummer’s role, until scandal convinced the studio to reshoot with the other actor.

In a couple of more obscure categories, I think Phantom Thread (a film about an eccentric clothing designer) has a great chance to win best costuming, and as an avid cyclist and fan of professional cycling, I found Icarus (a documentary about doping in the sport) entertaining and informative.

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