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Locals pick their favorite films for Oscar consideration

Patrick T. Fallon/The New York Times An Oscar statue along the red carpet area during preparations for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 27, 2016.
January 22, 2018 12:15 am

The nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards are set to be announced Tuesday, but in the meantime residents of the Twin Counties are sharing their favorite films that they say should get some recognition.

Lisa Thomas, a Catskill-based filmmaker and co-founder of the company Thin Edge Films, said one film that is worthy of consideration for best screenplay is the David Lowery supernatural drama, “A Ghost Story.” She described it as a movie that makes the viewer think.

“It was sort of this psychological film that makes you think about what happens when we die,” Thomas said. “It’s not the same standard kind of movie that we get out of Hollywood.”

Thomas recently returned from the Sundance Film Festival where she saw the Chris Elliott film “Clara’s Ghost,” and she had no idea about the plot before going in.

“It was hands down the best thing I’ve seen,” she said.

Thomas was at Sundance for a screening of her short film “Shivering Truth,” which served as a pilot for a series that has been picked up by Cartoon Network’s adult programming block Adult Swim.

“It had great placement,” Thomas said of the short. “People were really talking about it.”

Time & Space Limited in Hudson has shown such films as the Greta Gerwig-directed film “Lady Bird” and the drama “The Florida Project,” starring Willem Dafoe. The theater’s co-founder, Linda Mussmann, said “The Florida Project” will get some kind of nomination and she liked how director Sean Baker filmed scenes of the movies on an iPhone.

“The director’s so clever,” Mussmann said of Baker. “It’s definitely an unusual movie.”

Other films Mussmann predicts might get nominated include the Finnish comedy “The Other Side of Hope,” the Swedish satirical drama “The Square,” and the drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

“That’s gotten a lot of chat,” she said.

Sal Taccetta, of Coxsackie, said Jordan Peele’s directorial debut “Get Out” is worthy of getting an Oscar for its message about racism in the United States and for the actors’ performances.

“His [lead star Daniel Kaluuya’s] performance was super intense, the main guy,” Taccetta said. “The social commentary was good.”

Anne Gibbs, of Catskill, has not had a chance to see many movies recently but enjoyed watching “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” She said the film’s star, Frances McDormand deserves an award for her performance.

“She always deserves Oscars,” Gibbs said of McDormand. “She always does a good job.”

Frankie Callahan, of Greenville, is a horror movie fan and said “Get Out” is a worthy Oscar contender.

“It was scary in a different way,” Callahan said of the thriller. “It had a lot of twists.”

Callahan also enjoyed the historical film “The Darkest Hour,” starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill.

Debbie and Tom Nye, of the Bronx, were visiting Hudson for the afternoon. Debbie Nye enjoyed seeing the war epic “Dunkirk” and “Lady Bird” and believes those films are worthy of a nomination.

“The relationship between the daughter and the mother was phenomenal,” Debbie Nye said of the Greta Gerwig film. “It was relatable.”

While Debbie Nye wants to see the movie “Phantom Thread,” one film she does not understand the hype for is “Get Out.”

Tom Nye enjoyed how “Lady Bird” seemed like a slice of real life and how much work went into making “Dunkirk” was historically accurate.

“They tried to get it as close as possible,” Ed Nye said of the accuracy of “Dunkirk.”

While Richard Hungerford, of Catskill, has not seen enough movies from 2017 to determine which ones deserve an Oscar, he knows two that do not deserve recognition.

“‘Star Wars’ and ‘Justice League’ do not deserve an Oscar,” Hungerford said.

Hungerford said “Justice League” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” come off more as dramas than action movies, which is what these types of movies are known for.

“It was just weird for me,” Hungerford said of the latest “Star Wars” entry. “Star Wars didn’t live up to the hype.”

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