With so many great movies being released in the last year, the race for the Best Picture is perhaps one of the most heated. It’s not surprising that critics are having trouble agreeing on what the best film is, but what is surprising is the number of different films that are at the top of people’s lists.
At one point, Call Me By Your Name seemed to be the film to beat in the category. The film stars Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer as forbidden lovers in Italy in 1983, and it’s been talked about ever since it premiered at Sundance early last year. With Hollywood seemingly more open to films with previously controversial topics, Call Me By Your Name seemed poised to hold the golden statue. Since its wide release however, several other films have started to get more buzz. Lady Bird is one of them.
Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is a coming of age story staring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. Ronan’s character, Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson, is a high school senior at a Sacramento Catholic high school, who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. Her school is boring, in that it doesn’t offer her any of the adventure, sophistication or opportunity she craves, and she struggles to find herself as she prepares for the future. It’s a quirky comedy with a biting dramatic edge that definitely makes it one of the year’s best, with Ronan being a strong contender for Best Actress. Still however, other nominated films are slightly better.
Can a horror film win the Best Picture Oscar? It’s happened before, and Get Out is the first such film since Silence of the Lambs to even be nominated. Part political statement, part classic horror, this film written and directed by Jordan Peele is more likely to win a writing Oscar than Best Picture, but it’s nice seeing the Academy give the genre a chance.
When you put director Paul Thomas Anderson and actor Daniel Day-Lewis together you can almost smell the awards coming. Unfortunately Phantom Thread isn’t their strongest effort together, and will most likely fade away once the Oscars are over. It is a shame though as this film about an oddball dressmaker and his muse is well worth the viewing.
As we previously discussed Darkest Hour star Gary Oldman will most likely win Best Actor at this year’s Academy Awards, and his film shouldn’t be overlooked for Best Picture either. The film follows the story of Winston Churchill’s struggle during the early days of WWII. Does he fight, or does he negotiate? It’s a tough decision, just as tough as the one that needs to be made in the next contending film.
To publish or not to publish, that is the question The Post examines. This Meryl Streep led drama from Steven Spielberg is a compelling drama based on true events, and is one you definitely need to see. Streep and Spielberg alone create an interesting film, but when you add Tom Hanks into the mix you get that much better. Still, another nominated true story is an even stronger contender.
It’s about time Christopher Nolan won an Oscar, and some are calling Dunkirk his best film yet. This WWII drama examines the often forgotten battle of Dunkirk, and simply put, it’s a masterpiece. You need to watch it on as big of a screen as you can, which means the home viewing translation may not be as good as watching it on an IMAX screen. It is definitely one of the best films of the year, but there are a couple of dramas that are neck in neck in popular opinion as being the best.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has the longest title of all the nominated films, and is by far the quirkiest. It features a mother desperate to solve her daughter’s murder, who decides to paint three billboards outside of town with messages aimed at the town’s chief of police who she believes doesn’t care about the case. The film was an instant hit at TIFF and the Venice Film Festival, and now with Awards season in full swing, it’s been getting even more attention. Word of mouth has helped as well, which is the same thing that can be said about The Shape of Water.
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is hand’s down the year’s most stylistic film, and like usual, del Toro puts a twist on the typical monster movie. In this case he takes a lonely janitor, played by Sally Hawkins, and has her fall in love with an amphibian man who is the subject of a top-secret government experiment. Even if the film doesn’t win Best Picture, del Toro is almost surely a shoo-in for Best Director, but that being said it should take home both trophies this year.
Kristen Bell Confirms, Veronica Mars Is Back Again
Ever since Kristen Bell’s series Veronica Mars premiered in 2004 it’s had a cult following. Even horror master Stephen King expressed his love for the show, which only helped its audience grow. Unfortunately a cult following didn’t help it get extraordinary ratings, and the series was cancelled after just three seasons. Bell though never gave up on the show. She always claimed it would come back. In 2014 she was proven right, when the series got a theatrical release thanks to a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. Even though it was popular among fans, the film didn’t make back its budget and once again the show looked like it was over. Bell however never thought so, and constantly said it would be back, and yesterday she once again proved that her determination had paid off.
Bell took to Instagram Thursday morning to make an announcement. “Did you guys know that as of summer 2019, all the old Veronica Mars episodes will be available on Hulu to stream and re-watch, which is great because you’ll need to brush up since we’re making another one.” She went on to say that “Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I think she’s exactly what the world needs right now.”
Hulu released their own statement as well, stating that the show would be an eight-episode limited series, and would focus on the murder of spring breakers in Neptune. Mars Investigations is then hired by one of the victim’s parents to find the killer.
While waiting for the series to return in 2019, Bell’s fans can continue to watch her in NBC’s comedy The Good Place.
Attention all Marshmallows: BREAKING NEWS!!!!! We are OFFICIALLY back in business!!! A new #veronicamars series is coming back, on @hulu !!!! Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I think shes exactly what the world needs right now. Thank you to all my fellow marshmallows who stayed excited. Thank you to @hulu for the opportunity. I hope we’re still friends after I taser I you. 😍😍😍
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel And Game Of Thrones Top The Emmy Awards
Amazon has done what no streaming service has done before, win an Emmy award for Best Comedy for their show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. On the drama side of things it was a returning Game of Thrones that took the trophy once again, beating out last year’s winner The Handmaid’s Tale. All in all it was a night ruled by the two shows.
Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a sitcom about a 1950s homemaker who decides to give stand-up comedy a try after her home life starts to make her unhappy. The series won eight trophies altogether, including the aforementioned Best Comedy trophy, best actress honors for star Rachel Brosnahan, best supporting actress for Alex Borstein, and writing and directing trophies for the series creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino. Game of Thrones on the other hand won the most trophies of the night. Of their nine statues, they won Best Drama, and Best Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage. The series wasn’t nominated last year because with the summer premiere it didn’t qualify, allowing The Handmaid’s Tale to take its place.
The bigger surprises of the evening including The Crown’s Claire Foy beating out The Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss and Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh. Matthew Rhys finally took home an acting trophy for The Americans, a series that has largely been passed over by the Emmy’s throughout its six, critically acclaimed seasons. And after four decades of being on television, Henry Winkler finally took home an acting trophy for his role in Barry.
Green Books Wins TIFF’s Top Award
The Toronto International Film Festival has drawn to a close once more, and on Sunday the awards were handed out for the top films of the festival. While there were several films in the race for the People’s Choice Award, it was Peter Farrelly’s Green Book that came out on top.
Green Book is the true story of a white bouncer (played by Viggo Mortensen) who becomes the driver/bodyguard of an African-American classical pianist (Oscar winner Mahershala Ali) who is on tour through the 1960s American South. They must rely on the “Green Book” in order to survive the dangers of the time, which was a book created to guide people to establishments that were safe for African-Americans during that time period. Part drama, and part comedy, this film drew rave reviews from crowds at the festival, which puts it in a good position come awards’ season. In the past, five audience awards winners won the Oscar’s Best Picture Trophy, including Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave and The King’s Speech. In the last two years La La Land and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home the prize, and both were nominated for Best Picture.
Perhaps the most shocking things about Green Book is that it was directed by Peter Farrelly, who is best known for his work alongside his brother Bobby. Together they directed Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary and Shallow Hal.
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