Host Clara Amfo is joined by critics Ellen E Jones and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh to consider the Academy's top picks. Plus best director nominee Greta Gerwig chats about Lady Bird.
Browse content similar to The Oscars. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
Hello there, and
welcome to Film 2018.
I'm Clara Amfo - long time no see.
You are looking good!
Tonight we're back with
the glitz and glamour,
bells and whistles of the Oscars.
No trainers tonight, I've made an
effort and I'm feeling good about
We're live, so why not tweet us
with your pick for Best Picture?
Are you a Lady Bird fan?
Or do you prefer your entertainment
wet and watery - sounds wrong -
with Guillermo Del Toro's
"The Shape of Water"?
Let us know - details
on the screen now.
Right, let's kick things off.
Coming up tonight...
Winners, losers, tantrums and
tiaras. Brace yourself... We are
going headlong into the Oscars
Victory at all costs!
for gold with Greta Gerwig. Could
she be the second woman to win Best
Director for her debut film Lady
Saying it out loud seems like
Who are you wearing?
Hollywood calls time on business as
usual after Weinstein.
Well if it's intelligence,
glamour and a slight whiff
of nerdiness you're after look no
further - Hollywood has nothing
on these two excellent specimens
gracing the Film Show sofa tonight.
Say hello to critic
Larushka Ivan Zadeh and new film
show regular the brilliant Ellen E
Are you getting at the bookies on
Oscars night? What are you doing?
tend to stay up but my ritual is you
go to bed and you wake up the next
morning, it is like Christmas! You
look at your phone and it's the best
night of the year.
A late night but
an early catch up!
I usually don't
stay up, I try and catch at the next
day but this year I am so excited,
it will be so good that I might try
and pull an all nighter!
secretly hoping for a La La Land and
moonlight mishap? Not so is said --
not so secretly!
On Sunday the Oscars
celebrate their 90th year.
That's 90 years of tearful speeches
and oh so sincere smiles
from bitter and twisted losers.
2018 promises to be quite
the birthday for this golden
nonagenarian so it's time
to get prepped.
Here's your whistle-stop Oscar night
cheat sheet and it includes
some strong language.
Uncle Oscar may be getting old but
he still knows how to surprise us...
I keep saying to myself that there
is an outside chance... The winner
is Robert De Niro!
You like me!
the first time I've had one of these
in my name. Brace yourself... It is
the 90th Academy Awards.
Jimbo, hit the lights!
This year, the best picture race is
Guillermo Del Toro's
romance The Shape of Water steams
ahead with 13 nominations... Hot on
its slippery heels is Dunkirk with
There is no hiding from this.
The BAFTA favourite, Three
Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,
has seven. Including a nod for the
hotly tipped Frances McDormand,
aiming for her second statuette for
Best Actress... But this year it is
out with the old and in with the
Sink into the floor... Sink.
Fresh talent dominates the major
categories. First-time director
Jordan Peele owning an Oscar nod for
his horror film, yet out. As does
its British star, Daniel Kaluuya.
22-year-old Timothy shall make and
his first acting not for the
bittersweet -- Timothee Chalamet has
been nominated for his film. The
movie Lady Bird earns young veteran
Saoirse Ronan her third nomination.
Watch out for the new kids. Some of
favourites can miss out. Sorry, you
get nothing for thriller All the
Money in the World.
Nobody has been
richer than you are at the moment.
Steven Spielberg is up -- misses out
for The Post but have no fear, some
things never change.
We cannot hold
them accountable if we do not have
Oscar Queen Meryl
Streep, other actresses are
available, earns a 21st nomination
and a departing Oscar King, Daniel
Day Lewis, could pick up his fourth
Best Actor award for Phantom Thread.
There is nothing the Academy love
more than transformation. Enter
Churchill biopic, the Darkest Hour.
Hot favourite for Best Actor, Gary
Oldman. With all of this year 's
Hollywood controversy, will the
Academy play it safe?
have to be over.
Or will they shake
things up and throw in some surprise
twists? If there is one thing 90
years of Oscar ceremonies have
The Academy award...
that anything is possible.
STUDIO: I still shudder at that but
I secretly live for it! That was the
Oscars last year. What about 2018,
has it been the best year for movies
I think it has been the best
year for the Oscars. A couple of
years ago we thought that we were
moving into irrelevance. There was
the hashtag for "Oscar so white".
Now, they have pulled something out
of the bag. They have fresh voices
and fresh talent and they are
This year we will
find out whether it was a really
embarrassing night for Warren Beatty
or something that will go down in
movie history, when Hollywood
changed forever. Was Moonlight a
fluke or does the Academy recognise
movies that are more representative
of where we are in society now.
feels like a shift is happening.
you can see it in the nominees for
best picture. You have the old
school movies like Darkest Hour,
with Gary Oldman in his make-up, and
you have writers being noble in The
Post, Hollywood loves that. You have
Lady Bird and between there is Three
Billboards And The Shape of Water.
It is all there.
pictures that you felt should have
been nominated, what about surprise
We are a bit disappointed
that Mudbound didn't get more
nominations, it was
nominations, it was directed by an
outstanding director. And Mary J
Would have liked to have seen
more love for the Florida product.
The lead actress was great, so
What stood out for you?
Christopher Plummer for getting Best
Supporting Actor, not just because
he is Captain Von Trapp in the Sound
of music, but All the Money in the
World, the thriller with Ridley
Scott, the Kevin Spacey scandal hit
weeks before it was to be released.
So Ridley Scott cut him out
completely and replaced him with
Christopher Plummer. It was a sign
of people going, we do not tolerate
this, we will clamp down on this
kind of sexual abuse. It set an
interesting president about what
will happen with other movies
similarly afflicted with other
actors accused of this, that and the
Christopher Plummer is almost
as the Oscars at 89, and the Oscars
in its 19th year.
So clearly in any other year we'd
all be sat here talking
about Guillermo Del Toro's
'The Shape Of Water'
with its 13 nominations.
But this year all bets are off
as there's really is only one topic
of awkward conversation.
Seems post Weinstein,
Hollywood and the Oscars
are struggling with
business as usual.
Several allegations of sexual
harassment against movie producer
The list of
women accusing him is growing.
employment was terminated...
allegations of rape...
investigated by police in London and
Was it an open secret?
was the week that changed Hollywood.
It started with several brave women
talking to the New York Times.
sister-in-law, Laura, was one of the
first four women who outed him in
the New York Times. She was very
brave, she was his assistant 20
years ago. She never mentioned
anything. I knew nothing about it
even though I'm very close to her.
Harvey Weinstein was probably the
most influential producer working in
Hollywood for the last three
decades. It aspires to him that
people like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck,
Gwyneth Paltrow, Quentin Tarantino,
that they are as famous they are
When I came into the film
industry, he was the person to know.
Of course, we had all heard rumours
about him but nothing on the scale
that has come to light.
This is the
biggest Hollywood scandal since the
Blacklist when Hollywood
screenwriters and actors were outed
as communists. The reason this will
be so big is because it involved so
many people. When Paltrow, Angelina
Jolie, all of them stood up to say
that they had been harassed or
assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. These
are not women who can be dismissed.
It didn't just stop with Harvey
Fairly soon after
Harvey Weinstein, we heard Kevin
Spacey had been alleged with sexual
misconduct. And Dustin Hoffman...
the moment there have been 122
high-profile men accused of
harassment or assault.
between these men is obviously
power, wealth and influence. Nobody
could stop these men. They were
simply too powerful to stand up
against anti-big to fail until it
turned out that they were not...
Soon, the hashtag #MeToo became a
rallying cry against sexual assault
#MeToo was a
powerful moment for women. A lot of
the men in my life who were
extremely liberal and would call
themselves feminists said that they
did not know. They did not know that
it happened to every woman.
hashtag absolutely represents a
collective of voices coming together
and saying no more.
women of Hollywood were setting up
the Time's Up camping and using
their fame to get it noticed --
Definitely before the
Golden Globes, I got e-mails from
different girlfriends in the
business talking about everyone
wearing black. To the Golden Globes
as a visual sign of solidarity for
all of the women coming forward with
their stories and being very brave.
We wanted to show our support.
wearing their little badges, it is
beautiful but it would be more
beautiful if these men stood up and
acknowledged how much they have
benefited from a system of patriarch
year and sexism in the industry.
of the things that men can do is
listen. Just listen to when women
are talking. Right now, women are
talking. We really need to shut up
and listen for once.
However, it was
big or systemic problems like equal
pay and lack of representation that
soon came to dominate the
Last year only 8% of
the top 100 grossing films in
Hollywood were directed by women,
even though some of the most
successful films last year were
directed by women, like Wonder
I think what is really
important now is that we see more
women being decision-makers. In the
industry. And being employed on the
On a selfish level, it
makes for great films. Lady Bird is
proof of that, it's a woman telling
her own story and because we are not
used to seeing that, it feels very
My name is Lady Bird.
weird, you shake hands.
more women we see as barristers and
journalists on screen, that will be
reflected back in the culture.
Audiences are hungry, they are
hungry for female stories. I feel
there is real appetite for change
from the audience and when that
happens and they vote with their
money at the box office, they vote
with their ratings on the
television. That is when change
It is ground shifting. We
are in the middle of an earthquake
and things are changing and I think
it is about time.
Right on, Allison Janney! Is there a
cultural shift or is it just a
It is a gender quake! I
feel it's an exciting time as a
female movie lover as much as a
commentator on film. The ground is
shifting, things are moving so fast
at the moment. I don't believe it is
just the Harvey Weinstein
allegations in October and since
then there has been such a shift.
Every single award ceremony has
acknowledged this in some way,
whether it is the black dress on the
carpet or speeches on the night,
everything acknowledging that.
want to be the voice urging some
caution. All of these stories have
in common the fundamental power
imbalance which is gendered. We see
it outside of Hollywood. #MeToo
started outside of Hollywood. We
know things are really change when
we see more women in positions of
power behind and in front of the
camera. It hasn't happened yet.
Octavia Spencer tells a good story
about how her and Jessica Chastain
work together to get a pay rise. It
is a good example of how talking the
talk leads to walking the walk.
Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain
are a good example of the
intersexual issue in Hollywood and
between race and gender. Audience
change narrative of what they choose
to go and see at the cinema. With
their money. We saw it with Wonder
Woman and Black Panther. With how
much value there is in being
represented when you are not a white
Yes, it isn't
just representation on screen but
behind the screen. We had
controversy surrounding Buffy, but
standing back and saying, not the
one to tell this story... And you
go, wouldn't it be great if Batgirl
was directed and told by a woman
like Wonder Woman.
And the films
being nominated, that nomination
increases the box office, in blunt
terms. With Lady Bird, more men will
be going to see that film because it
is nominated and it's a big deal.
The Oscars can help in
that way as well.
The speeches will
be pretty charged this year.
Everyone will be talking about that.
And the red carpet will relate to
that. The Academy is changing. They
are trying to change their
membership up. At the last count
they got a membership of 8247.
That's just my count, I could be
wrong(!) They've really tried in the
last couple of years to get more
mixed members, and we address the
gender and ethnic balance but if you
look at the percentage of Oscar
voters, at 73% male and 83% white,
it is slowly changing and moving in
the right direction.
We are getting
there. It is happening! The
earthquake is happening, you can
So it's clear if Hollywood really
wants to really embrace change,
it'll have to start offering
the keys to the kingdom to newer,
more diverse talent.
With five nominations
for her first film "Lady Bird" -
Greta Gerwig is one such voice
and if she wins Best Director
on Sunday night, she'll only be
the second woman ever to do so.
No pressure, eh?
There is some strong
language coming up.
Lady Bird, is that you're given
Yes. I gave it to myself. It
is given to me, by me.
Lady Bird is
about a 17-year-old in her last year
at high school.
You were given a
role, you never turned up to claim
it. What role?
The Tempest. Her name
is Christine, but she makes
everybody call her Lady Bird.
Bird lives on the wrong side of the
train tracks. I thought it was a
metaphor, but there are actually
It is about before she
goes off to college, and her
relationship with her mum.
are not done.
Make your own eggs.
Wildly, crazy really
talented. I knew they were equally
I want to go work culture
is, New York, or at least
Connecticut and New Hampshire.
will never get into those schools
They punched the same weight
You'll go back to city
College, then to jail and then back
to city College. Then you will pull
Watching the two of
them going through these intricate
scenes, these moments of connection
and then the moments of fracture and
where the trigger moment is for an
argument and Harry gets resolved,
these moments we don't generally get
to see. There aren't as many movies
about mothers and daughters because
there aren't as many women making
films. Studios are in the business
of making a profit and this past
year has proved how much we are
hungry for stories from different
storytellers and different
perspectives and we are willing to
put down our money to go and see it.
I wanted you to be the very best
version of yourself, you can be.
What if this is the best version?
I already want to watch it again.
Are we going to get into an argument
as to who loves Lady Bird the most.
Exciting thing is, it is directed by
a woman and Kathryn Bigelow Paul
Hart locker, that was a war film.
This is a tiny coming of age film
reflecting our experience and you
never saw that as an Oscar film
before. Such a modest film.
It is an
achievement and it shows us
directing incomes in shapes and
sizes and doesn't have to be big and
bon Baskett to be Oscar worthy. I am
a great fan of Greta. She has been
around for a while and being an
actor for a while and has written
lots of things. You can tell that
experience, she got some lovely
performances out of the actors.
refreshing to see a coming of age
movie which is in centres about a
happy ending with a guy, it is her
and her mother.
You have the Hoops,
losing her virginity and going to
prom. It is about her relationship
with her mother and not been defined
by a boy. Dirty dancing, she ended
up in his arms. This is more
Can we talk about how
hard it is to watch a period film
set in 2000.
I wasn't expecting
that. It was my era, it works for
I remember it well. Is
she going to win, is she going to be
named Best Director?
She is in a
strong category this year, it is
great for her to be nominated. Great
to see Christopher Nolan, his first
nomination for Best Director. It is
astonishing in the history of the
Academy, Alfred Hitchcock didn't get
nominated for decades. Stephen
Spielberg has been nudged aside in
favour of other people.
McDonald wasn't nominated in that
category around Three Billboards
which I like, but does have some
So Greta, all eyes are on
you. Before that we'll be looking at
who is up for best actor.
She is more beautiful.
I saw her
naked once, great body.
get me to like her?
Where would be
the harm in that.
You cannot reason
with a tiger when your head is in
Why are you not married?
I make dresses. I was certain I was
never meant to marry. I am a
Sorry, I see two
sister standing. Why can't they
stunning and the brother is sitting?
We want to sit.
You ladies have got
to speak up for yourselves.
in 40 years ago.
There is no statute
of limitations on chivalry.
feel that? I can't move.
paralysed now, sinking to the floor.
We have had Nicole Kidman and the
nose, Charlies thereon and the face
and the hare. Gary Oldman, great
make-up or great acting?
I think it
is both. You are thinking, where is
Gary Oldman underneath that.
Gary Oldman underneath that.
the category to watch if you want to
know if Hollywood is changing. We
have Gary Oldman where it is all
about the prosthetics and then
Daniel Day Lewis, favourite of the
Academy, he has won many times. Then
the new generation, Timothee
Chalamet. He is very good. Denzel
Washington. Nominated for the second
year running. Cannot have a year
We have Daniel
Killingworth for Get Out. Daniel Day
Lewis, who claims it is his last
Do we believe him? I don't
think anybody believes in. It
doesn't feel like his last role. He
puts him through hell and either
kills an animal needs it alive or
does something crazy. This time, he
was learning to sew. Really, is that
He is having too much fun.
He is enjoying this character and I
think in about five or ten years,
there will be another great
character for him and he will be
I don't think we have seen the
last of him. Timothee Chalamet, dark
He is in Lady Bird as well.
People looked at him and think he
has years ahead of him and we will
see him a lot in this category in
the future, but I don't think this
is his year.
Who will win, who should win? Let's
take a look at the best actress
You know what, if you can come
up with $5,000 for a costume for me,
I won't have to make one. Until
then, just stay out of my face.
name is Lady Bird.
That is weird, do
you shake hands?
My feelings about that, you cannot
be part of this decision to publish
or not. I am here asking your
Not your permission.
Hello there. Do you know who threw
How about you,
sleeker, do you know who threw that
Frances McDormand, let's talk
I thought The Shape of
Water, it would be Sally Hawkins who
plays this new to cleaning woman who
falls in love. I suppose the Oscar
idea she is playing a mute woman,
she has to that but this is the year
we want women out there and and not
giving a toss. Frances McDormand is
out avenging best horrible rape and
murder against her daughter.
all of the criticisms of it are
valid, it ignores race and it is
oblivious to certain issues. That
all makes sense, but the
performances are so powerful, the
script is so witty in places and
entertaining, it earns the place on
the nominee's list. And Frances
McDormand deserves to win.
know, this could be Saoirse Ronan,
she is only 23. We have had some
amazing performances, Octavia
Spencer in The Shape of Water.
not a massive fan of that
performance. I tell you who I would
love to be nominated in this
category, Tiffani had each.
category, Tiffani had each.
the trans-actress coming up and that
is the next barrier to break.
Everyone is like, is this going to
be the year where there is the first
Still work to do and all
will be revealed on Sunday. The top
prize of the night is best picture.
Let's take a look at the 1910 is --
Ten hours until the
deadline, so we dig in.
deadline, so we dig in.
Call me by
your name and I'll call you by mine.
You are very fond of her, are you?
Don't pick a fight by me, you won't
come out alive.
come out alive.
with the Vietnam War.
Let me see
your true qualities, your courage,
lack of vanity, your sense of
You know your mum's they are
She made one bad
decision at 19.
decision at 19.
Where is the
He didn't drill a little hole in the
dentist today, did you?
Got to say it again, my kind of
woman. Nine nominations for Best
picture. Will we have a shock this
I don't know, it seems like a
3-way race between billboards, shape
of water and Lady Bird. I think you
know who has got my vote.
Lady Bird as well but those two
winning all the Best Film prizes at
the moment I live shape of water.
is polarising the sofa.
I don't hate
it by any means, but it is a tough
competition this year. It feels
competition this year. It feels a
bit twee. Maybe I have got in for
Sally Hall Kim since Happy-go-lucky.
Wonderful to look at and I think
perhaps it will swing the Best
Director category but also, the
other Oscar contender, it was
another similar, gorgeous to look at
fantasy. Very rooted in society and
historical context. That was the
civil war, this is the Cold War. It
isn't some little fantasy bubble.
People are getting excited about the
fact fantasies will win. It has
before, unless you count Lord of
rings. But there are so many more
exciting, ground-breaking films and
that isn't as impressive. It is not
working for me on that level. If you
want to fill that challenges, the
body snatching horror, Get Out.
remember watching in the cinema,
anything like it. Could this be the
film but could it be this year's
Looking across all the
nominations, it has changed the idea
of what an Oscar film is. Partly to
do with the Harvey Weinstein thing.
He was known as the king of the
Oscars and he would push all these
prestige pictures. The King's
speech, you know where you are. You
have the post, Stephen Spielberg,
Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep. When I was
picking my nominations, I was
thinking, that is going to win. I
don't think it is now.
I was the
same, I thought it was sure, but now
we're not even talking about it.
Dunkirk, are we over the war movies?
It was fantastic, spectacular and
Hughes should I got everybody into
the cinema. It was bigger than
batsman in the UK. It plunges you
into the horrors of war, the
spectacle of war.
It is funny how
British actors are doing exciting
things in these operas, but British
film seems to be stuck in the past.
The church a movie with Gary Oldman,
has the Yanks love the Crown, it has
the Downton and the Crown vote
coming out for it in the economy.
The upper lips are stiff.
or is definitely going to win, best
Three billboards, best
I think it will go to The
Shape of Water.
We have about 100 hours to go before
the decisions on Monday morning. We
are going to play out
are going to play out with The
Greatest Showman. It was slated by
the critics, but it shows the
critics don't know everything.
The new series looks ahead to the Oscars. Host Clara Amfo is joined by critics Ellen E Jones and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh to consider the Academy's top picks. Plus best director nominee Greta Gerwig chats about her acclaimed new film Lady Bird, and her hopes for Oscars night.