I saw a ton of films in 2018 and enjoyed so many of them. Last year was a great movie year.
I'm especially happy that "Bohemian Rhapsody" was a big hit. You can bet we'll see more rock and roll biopics in the near future. Films about Motley Crue and Elton John are coming later this year.
And last year was a big year for movies about writing. "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" is about a writer. "The Wife" is about two writers. And one of the best parts about "Green Book" is all the letters that Tony Lip sends to his wife. I enjoyed all three of those films.
And I do get a kick out of the Academy Awards and all its razzle-dazzle. It's motion-picture history. The Oscars will be on ABC-TV this Sunday night at 8pm. A performance from Queen will open the show.
So here are my picks in the three major categories:
Best Actress: Glenn Close in "The Wife"
I thought this was a great film, and Ms. Close is terrific in the lead role. I know a lot of folks are picking Olivia Colman from "The Favorite," but that movie just didn't grab me, so I'll go with Ms. Close. And she's a big Met fan too.
Best Actor: Rami Malek in "Bohemian Rhapsody"
This guy is such a great actor. Loved him in the TV series "Mr. Robot." I say he gets the Oscar for becoming Freddie Mercury in a lock.
Best Picture: "Green Book"
I guess my three favorite films of 2018 were "Leave No Trace," the terrific "Crazy Rich Asians" and this one. Loved everything about it. "Roma" seems to be the critics' favorite in this category, but I couldn't get past the first fifteen minutes. "Green book" is a MOVIE: great story, great performances, and a big warm and fuzzy feeling when it's all over. That's what a great movie should do.