Best Picture Nominee Breakdown
It’s time for the best part of the year – the Oscars! If you’re a movie buff like me, you’ll know there’s nothing better than getting together with family and friends and judging the Academy’s selection for Best Picture movies. There’s always a little drama about the choices from this illustrious (and infamous) group, but this year, things are especially interesting.
This year’s Best Picture nominations are:
- A Star Is Born – I don’t think I’m the only one who wasn’t at all shocked by this inclusion. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper both had masterful performances in this romantic drama remake. If you haven’t seen it, be warned, you’re going to need tissues.
- Vice – This movie was one of my personal favorites for the year. This movie is a biographical comedy-drama starring the always wonderful Christian Bale. The film follows the life of Dick Cheney and his proceedings around September 11th that made him such a powerful Vice President. Any history buff will like this surprisingly accurate interpretation of Cheney’s life.
- Green Book – This movie is also a tear-jerker (though maybe in a different way). This story centers around an African-American classical and jazz pianist and his white driver and bodyguard. This movie isn’t afraid to talk about a lot of the issues surrounding race in the South in the 1960s and does it in a clever and thought-provoking way. All-in-all, 10/10 would recommend.
- The Favourite – This period comedy features an all-star cast including Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, and Joe Alwyn. The film boasts strong female characters and tackles a lot of controversial issues that occurred in royal dynasties. Though it may come across as a little strange, this movie is funny enough and thoughtful enough that I consider it a must-see before the Oscars.
- Roma – Directed by the famous Alfonso Cuarón (known for movies like Y Tu Mamá También and Harry Potter and the Prisoner Azkaban), Roma is part a depiction of Cuarón’s life and also the story of a live-in housekeeper for the middle-class. Many critics call it a powerful and personal story and a perfect depiction of what is a very familiar story for some.
- Bohemian Rhapsody – Even though there is some current controversy surrounding the director of this movie, I really appreciate Rami Malek’s performance of one of the most legendary rockers of all time. If you’re looking for some serious 80’s nostalgia, this movie is well-crafted and very representative of Queen’s struggles to make it big.
- BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee really knocks it out of the water with this film. The comedy-drama focuses on Ron Stallworth, the first black officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department. BlacKkKlansman hits a lot of current hot-button issues – and does it remarkably well. It’s definitely one of the most talked about movies on the Best Pictures Nominations list.
- Black Panther – As you might have heard, this nomination is historic, as Black Panther is the first superhero movie to receive a Best Picture nod. This film reenvisions the classic superhero origin story with about a hundred surprising twists. It might just be my favorite on the list!