It is Oscar season! This Sunday night, we will finally know where this years nominees stand. I never watched the nominees before I met my husband, but now it has become a fun bonding experience for us every year. So without further ado, here is my personal ranking.
- Green Book
For me, Green Book is easily ahead of the rest. We follow our tough Italian main character Tony. He is far from refined and lands himself a job driving a world-class African- American pianist on tour. These characters couldn’t be more different, but somehow manage to form a bond despite the racism that surrounds them. I loved that this movie was not only well made, but it was a feel good film. While I love Oscar films, they can tend to leave you a bit depressed with their dark themes. Green Book left me feeling hopeful and inspired. I will be crossing my fingers for a best picture win.
Incredible film! I was hooked in the first few minutes and was in awe the rest of the movie. BlackKklansman is based on a true story of an African American Colorado cop in the 1970’s. He managed to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan and bring them to justice. He enlisted help from a colleague, who then went undercover and joined the KKK. The film is filled with humor, while still shedding light on important issues. Its nomination is well deserved.
3. Black Panther
Somehow I had never seen this until a few weeks ago. All I can say is, I LOVED IT! Though this isn’t really a surprise because I have loved almost every marvel film. I am glad that a super hero movie finally got love from the Academy. Do I think it’s the best Marvel film? Probably not. But I really enjoyed it and hope it wins a couple awards.
4. The Favourite
WHAT DID I JUST WATCH?! When people think of the Oscars, it not uncommon to think that they are weird, off beat, and too artsy. If that is something you are not into, you should NOT watch this movie. My husband and I love watching the dramas every year, but this one was SO WEIRD… but I think I liked it? I haven’t been able to get the story out of my head and the acting was top notch. The last few scenes were intense and left me in awe. If artsy stuff is your jam, I would recommend seeing this one.
5. A Star Is Born
This film has been remade many times, and it managed to capture the audience once more. A seasoned musician falls in love with a struggling artist, played by Lady Gaga. It was clear once it premiered that this movie was going to go far during award season. Bradley cooper not only acts in it, but he directed it as well. To give my full thoughts, I will have to say address some spoilers. Do not continue reading if you want to remain unspoiled.
I loved the music and overall vibe of the film, but the ending ruined the entire movie for me. The audience is shocked to find our lead hanging in his garage, dead by suicide. I really wish that this movie had put a trigger warning before it, or that someone had warned me before I watched it. I was so taken by surprise by the traumatic ending, it made it difficult for me to like the movie. I was very triggered and actually cried for a few hours after it was over. I know that it was technically a good film, but it just wasn’t for me.
6. Bohemian Rhapsody
I was jammin’ the whole movie! I thoroughly loved this film that tells the story of Freddie Mercury, vocalist of Queen. The lead actor, Rami Malek, made this movie what it is. His portrayal of Mercury was believable and entertaining. My only criticism is that the story line was a bit weak compared to the other films, but overall it was an enjoyable film. It is highly suspected that Rami Malek will win best actor, as he should.
Roma “follows the life of a live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family. The title refers to the Colonia Roma district of Mexico City.”
It was nice to see a foreign film nominated for best picture! Not exactly sure what to say about this. I liked this fine. It was shot well and I didn’t hate the story. There were times that I felt connected to the story and other times that it dragged. Mostly I just felt “meh” about it. It has done really well at award shows this season, so it is worth a watch if you want to see the top contenders. You can find this nominee Netflix.
Vice covers the life of former vice president Dick Cheney. I wish I had a nice commentary on this film, but I was honestly bored. Political movies aren’t really my thing, and this one was no different.
So that is a few of my thoughts! From what I have seen, it appears that Roma is the favorite to win best picture. I understand why, the cinematography was beautiful, but it wouldn’t be my first pick. If I have enough time, I am going to post my Oscar predictions later this weekend.
Have you seen any of the nominated films? What are you rooting for?