I have gone through major changes in my life over the past year, but what has not changed is my love for the movies. Above are my Top 10 Films of 2017. With 30 minutes left until the Academy Awards, I prepare to celebrate film tonight. I will celebrate, especially Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name, and Get Out, films that give me faith for excellence and strides in diverse representation in filmmaking. I will celebrate my picks, win or lose. My picks, those who I think should win and deserve to win, are not the “frontrunners,” but I salute them here: Timothée Chalamet for Actor in a Leading Role, Laurie Metcalf for Actress in a Supporting Role, Woody Harrelson for Actor in a Supporting Role, and Lady Bird for Best Picture of the Year. For Actress in a Leading Role, I have no issue with Frances McDormand (the strong frontrunner) winning, but I would love to see Saoirse Ronan, or even Sally Hawkins, win. In Best Picture, realistically speaking, I am hoping to see Get Out pull an “upset.”
To steal some of Oliver’s words from Call Me By Your Name: To Greta Gerwig, James Ivory, André Aciman, and Jordan Peele, I love the way you write things. To Greta Gerwig, Luca Guadagnino, and Jordan Peele, I love the way you direct things. And to Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, and Daniel Kaluuya, I love the way you say things.