Oscars: 2018 Best Picture Nominees Part 1
The 90th Academy Awards ceremony is approaching swiftly with Jimmy Kimmel set to host for the second consecutive year. On March 4th, the world will watch dozens of nominees accept awards for their various accomplishments earned throughout 2017. While there are multiple awards presented to individuals for their excellence in sound editing, production design, sound mixing ect., people tend to focus on the final award of the night: Best Picture.
Call Me By Your Name: The first nominee is a film directed by Luca Guadagnino, based on the novel written by James Ivory. It is a coming-of-age film about a romantic relationship between an Italian 17-year-old boy and his father’s American assistant. It is praised for its unique story accompanied by great performances, art direction and music. The lead character played by Timothée Chalamet was also nominated for Best Actor and the film as a whole is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Song.
Darkest Hour: This is a British war drama film directed by Joe Wright. It stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, documenting his early days as prime minister during the Nazi invasion across Western Europe. The film grossed $131 million worldwide and was well received by critics receiving an 86% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Gary Oldman was also nominated for Best Actor for his extraordinary performance as Churchill.
Dunkirk: This is a war film written and directed by legendary director Christopher Nolan. It stars Fionn Whitehead, Cillian Murphy, Tom-Glynn-Carney, Harry Styles and Tom Hardy in a depiction of the Dunkirk evacuation during World War II. The film features very little dialogue with Nolan doing his best to create suspense strictly from the cinematography and music. Nolan was also nominated for Best Director, his first ever directing nomination.
Get Out: An American horror film written and directed by first time director, Jordan Peele. Peele is mostly known for his skit show, Key and Peele that aired on Comedy Central for five seasons. His directorial debut earned him worldwide recognition, with critics praising his mix of horror with social commentary. Peele has always been known for blending genres by creating culturally relevant skits and content. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, an African American man that uncovers a disturbing secret about his girlfriend and her family. Get Out as a whole earned four nominations at the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor.
Critic favorite to win among this group: Get Out