Oscars 2018: What to watch?
As the 90th Academy Awards ceremony approaches, taking place this weekend on March 4th, you now have the chance to watch some of the most critically acclaimed films of the year if you haven’t already.
There are around 53 films nominated in total, so to get you started here are the nominees for Best Picture, as well as a few extras that deserve a mention.
Directed by comedian Jordan Peele, the film has become a cultural phenomenon due to its sharp social satire effectively merged with dark comedy and recognisable horror tropes, making it 100% deserving of the Best Picture win and my personal favourite this Oscar season.
Call Me By Your Name
Set in the summer of 1983 in Northern Italy, the film follows the blossoming relationship between 17-year-old Elio and visiting American doctoral student, Oliver. The idyllic Italian landscapes provide the perfect background to this story of emerging sexuality, passion and loss, making it a close contender with Get Out to win Best Picture in my opinion.
Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut is a coming of age drama, telling the story of Christine (AKA Ladybird) during her senior year of high school as she navigates the turmoil of adolescence and prepares for her future. Saoirse Ronan makes the focal character instantly lovable, so you can’t help but root for her as she attempts to overcome her insecurities and flourish as a young woman, making her my favourite for the Best Actress win.
Set during 1950’s post-war London, dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock’s meticulously structured life and career are disrupted by a young woman named Alma, who becomes both his muse and lover. This film is unique in all the right ways, and I definitely recommend seeing it as soon as you can!
The Shape of Water
Del Toro’s new film combines fantasy and reality with fairytale-like undertones, following Sally Hawkins as Elisa, a mute woman working at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with the sea creature being held captive. There is a huge possibility this film could win Best Picture due to the escapism it offers with its stunning cinematography.
Christopher Nolan brings the events of May 1940 to the big screen, when Germany advanced into France and trapped allied soldiers on the beach of Dunkirk. Despite the minimal dialogue throughout the film, the epic set-pieces and visual storytelling make for an emotionally satisfying tribute to the real-life events that took place.
Currently receiving widespread critical praise and already stealing several BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG awards, Three Billboards is definitely a huge contender for the Best Picture win. Mcdonagh’s film tells the story of Mildred Hayes as she seeks justice for her murdered daughter, painting three large billboards leading into her town with a controversial message to gain the attention of the police who have been ineffective in the search for her daughter’s murderer.
Starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, Spielberg tells the story of the first female publisher at the Washington Post who is joined by a determined editor as they race to expose a massive government cover-up spanning four U.S. Presidents. With the current political climate in America and the ongoing battle between the government and the mass media, the film’s timely themes and sense of urgency makes for a compelling piece of cinema that is definitely a must-watch.
Another true story, Darkest Hour takes place during the early stages of World War II, as newly-appointed Prime-Minister Winston Churchill must decide the next step on behalf of Western Europe, choosing whether to negotiate with Nazi Germany or rally a nation and fight against incredible odds.
This biographical comedy tells the amazing true story of competitive U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding, who rose to fame through her amazing performances as well as being the first American woman to successfully complete a triple axel during a competition. The film follows her rise to fame, as well as addressing the incident in which her competitor Nancy Kerrigan was mysteriously injured, remaining hilariously tragic throughout.
The Florida Project
With only one nomination, this overlooked film is set over a single summer and follows six-year-old Moonee and her friends as they adventure and cause mischief, whilst the adults in their lives struggle to persevere through difficult times. The film sympathetically captures the innocence and experience of each character as they struggle to live week to week at an old budget hotel named “The Magic Castle” in the shadows of Disneyland.
The Big Sick
The film, nominated for best original screenplay, tells the story of Pakistani comic Kumail who falls in love with American student Emily, who becomes ill soon into their relationship and enters a coma. The Big Sick explores the romantic comedy genre from an interracial perspective, remaining equally funny and heartfelt throughout.
Disney Pixar’s most recent animated film celebrates family, music and Mexican culture as Miguel enters the Land of the Dead on an adventure to discover more about his family history. The film is full of vibrant colours and heart-warming music, communicating the beauty of Mexican culture. This is also apparently Prince George’s pick for best picture, so it has the royal blessing!
For more information on all of the Oscar nominees, visit http://oscar.go.com/nominees