Gary Oldman's assured win over the two main critics' favorites, Timothée Chalamet and Daniel Kaluuya, represents an unabashed retrenchment that's entirely off brand in this Oscar year.
Writer-director Alex Garland's Annihilation gets momentum from the deeper it pushes into the uncertainties of ecology and the self.
Here's one prize at least that will ensure that Phantom Thread, Slant's favorite film of 2017, won't be wearing the emperor's new clothes.
Best achievement in cinematography has emerged as the Oscar category most likely to offend Film Twitter when its winner is announced.
It's difficult to imagine AMPAS not wanting to give Andy Serkis's swan song as Caesar a pat on the head for a job well done across the new Planet of the Apes trilogy.