Welcome back to Academy Idol 11! With Oscar nominations out, guilds deciding their winners, and the final push for Oscar beginning, we’re still deep in our ACCA race. We’re dropping down to our Top 5 this week, meaning another great contender is going down. First up, we’ll review our results from the Top 6, and then open voting on the Top 5.
Once again, we have a very tight Top 3. Our nominees once again are “Call Me By Your Name,” “Lady Bird” and “The Shape of Water.” This gives us one Adapted Screenplay and two director/writers with Original Screenplays in our top 3 for the week. All three are also nominated for the Oscar for Screenplay in their respective categories. Our winner this week, for the 4th time this season, is “Call Me By Your Name,” written by James Ivory. Ivory feels like the presumptive front-runner at Oscar, and his screenplay is the heartbeat of the film.
While the last couple weeks we’ve seen “Three Billboards” jump into the top 3, including a win last week, this week it’s on the other side of the spectrum. “Logan” and “Dunkirk” join “Three Billboards” to round out our the bottom 3. Both “Three Billboards” and “Logan” have been nominated for their screenplays, with “Logan” representing the first nomination for a superhero film in Adapted Screenplay. However, this week “Logan” heading home after perpetually finishing in the bottom 3. It had a great run, and a Top 6 film finish is well deserved for the superhero farewell film.
With “Logan” heading home, we’re down to the Academy Idol 11 Top 5. This week, we’re honoring our directors of the final films. “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig, “The Shape of Water” director Guillermo Del Toro, and “Dunkirk” director Christopher Nolan all received Oscar nominations. “Three Billboards” director Martin McDonagh and “Call Me By Your Name” director Luca Guadagnino have also received acclaim for the work on their films.
It’s a deep category, and our five remaining films all have excellent direction. To make the choice even tougher, we’re dropping your votes to only 2 VOTES per reader. With only 2 votes, your support is extremely important, and who you choose to drop may result in their defeat. We’ve had a strong Top 4 this whole run, but it’s possible that one of those films may be going home.