Five Em­pire writ­ers on the films and per­for­mances that the Os­cars will crim­i­nally dis­re­gard

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Mark Hamill for Best Ac­tor (Star Wars: The Last JEDI) Alas, this is go­ing to go how you think. The Academy are go­ing to ig­nore the re­turn of one of cinema’s most iconic he­roes in favour of less fan­tas­ti­cal turns. Mark Hamill rein­vented the moon-eyed young­ster as a tor­mented, ul­ti­mately in­spir­ing mage, giv­ing the film a heavy mea­sure of growly grav­i­tas. But be­cause he milks a space-cow, he’ll be over­looked. NICK DE SEMLYEN, FEA­TURES EDI­TOR Tif­fany Had­dish for Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress (Girls Trip) The Academy doesn’t do com­edy. It just doesn’t get it. So it’s highly un­likely that Tif­fany Had­dish’s turn as hu­man cy­clone Dina in Girls Trip will be recog­nised. Which is a shame: not only is it one of those force-of-na­ture star-mak­ing turns that come along once in a blue moon, but the clip they’d play would have to be where she deep throats a ba­nana that’s been rammed through a grape­fruit. Don’t ask. CHRIS HE­WITT, AS­SO­CIATE EDI­TOR Fran­cis Lee for Best orig­i­nal screen­play (God’s Own Coun­try) One of the ab­so­lute best screen­plays of 2017 was un­be­liev­ably a de­but screen­play from a first time film­maker. Fran­cis Lee crafted the story of an iso­lated York­shire sheep farmer in a shed on his dad’s farm; cre­at­ing one of the most un­der­stated, au­then­tic and beau­ti­fully bru­tal screen­plays of the year. It’s im­pos­si­ble to be­lieve that this is his first to make it to screen. It cer­tainly won’t be his last. TERRI WHITE, EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF PA­TRICK STE­WART FOR Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor (lo­gan) It’s pos­si­ble to win for a su­per­hero movie, but there is a pre­req­ui­site: you have to be Heath Ledger. If there’s been a bet­ter per­for­mance over the past 12 months than Pa­trick Ste­wart’s fi­nal turn as Charles Xavier, I’m yet to see it. Lo­gan was a span­dex-free, adult-ori­en­tated drama, but I doubt vot­ers will see past its comic-book ori­gins.

JONATHAN PILE, DEPUTY EDI­TOR best pic­ture (the big sick)

Here’s an­other film to fall foul of Os­car’s un­writ­ten ‘no come­dies’ rule. Ku­mail Nan­jiani and Emily V. Gor­don’s charm­ing au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal tale has charm, hu­mour, a flaw­less en­sem­ble, a timely take on cross-cul­tural con­trasts, even a heart­break­ing tragedy to get those awardsy tear ducts work­ing over­time. Alas, as a ro­man­tic com­edy, it’s not even in the con­ver­sa­tion. For shame!


Top: toasts Tif­fany her Hadish per­for­mance in Girls Trip. Above: Pa­trick Ste­wart put in the per­for­mance of his life in Lo­gan.

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