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oscars-2018As you may know, Oscar nominations for the 90th annual awards were recently announced. But (like almost every year), you hardly know anything about these movies. So here is a summary of each of the Best Picture nominees for 2018’s Academy Awards, and why it’s worth your valuable time to see it). Hope you get a chance to see some of these entertaining films!

  • GET OUT (Rated R; 99% RottenTomatoes) – It’s not just a horror movie, it’s a social critique on racism weaved into an entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride. A MUST-SEE for even non-horror movie fans. It’s about a young African-American meeting with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods that turns into a nightmare.
    • Why you should see it:  One of the best horror movies of all time! Nominated for 4 Oscars.
    • Watch for:  After you watch this movie, check out the alternative ending online, some actually prefer that ending. Also, listen for: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”, which is actually director Jordan Peele’s voice.
  • DUNKIRK (Rated PG-13; 92% RottenTomatoes) – Another epic by acclaimed director Christopher Nolan, based on the WWII evacuation of soldiers from Britain and France, who were hopelessly cut off and surrounded by the German army from Dunkirk, France in 1940.
    • Why you should see it:  The amazing musical score by legendary Hans Zimmer and the great cinematography by Hoyte van Hoytema; Movie has received 8 total Oscar nominations.
    • Watch for:  The Germans – Despite the fact they are shooting at and bombing the allied forces throughout the film, no German troops are actually visible until one of the very last shots in the movie. Also, ex-One Direction’s Harry Styles’ acting debut.
  • THE SHAPE OF WATER (Rated R; 92% RottenTomatoes) – Written & directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Hellboy), a lonely janitor at a secret research facility in the 1950s forms a unique relationship with a creature that is being held captive.
    • Why you should see it:  Nominated for 13 Oscars, arguably director del Toro’s best film, and a tribute to old monster movies.
    • Watch for:  The creature – It took over nine months to get the perfect look.
  • LADY BIRD (Rated R; 99% RottenTomatoes) – A heartfelt coming-of-age story about the bittersweet transition from adolescence to adulthood. This is a love it or hate it movie, emotionally harsh and often funny dialogue.
    • Why you should see it:  Nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Original Screenplay.
    • Watch for:  Saoirse Ronan’s performance of Lady Bird which got her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
  • THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE OF EBBING, MISSOURI (Rated R; 93% RottenTomatoes) – A dark comedy about a mother who in an effort to track down who raped and murdered her daughter has three billboards erected outside her town in a call-to-action for the local law enforcement.
    • Why you should see it:  Nominated for 7 Oscars, including screenplay which has some hilarious one-liners.
    • Watch for:  Frances McDormand’s Oscar-nominated performance as the grieving mother & Sam Rockwell as the deputy officer which also earned him an Oscar nomination.
  • PHANTOM THREAD (Rated R; 90% RottenTomatoes) – Set in 1950s London, Daniel Day-Lewis is a renowned dressmaker whose life is disrupted by a young strong-willed woman in this suspenseful romance.
    • Why you should see it:  Nominated for 6 Oscars, including Daniel Day-Lewis as Best Actor; The legendary actor has announced this will be his final acting role.
    • Watch for:  Daniel Day-Lewis in his final acting performance, ’nuff said.
  • THE POST (Rated PG-13; 88% RottenTomatoes) – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture & Best Actress, this film is a newspaper drama set in the early 1970s during the leaking of the Pentagon Papers, documents that proved the U.S. government was lying to the American public and Congress about the Vietnam War for years .
    • Why you should see it:  Nominated for 2 Oscars, this film was directed by Steven Spielberg.
    • Watch for:  Meryl Streep adds yet another Oscar nomination (Best Actress) to her long list of Academy Award nominations (now a record 21 in her amazing career).
  • DARKEST HOUR (Rated PG-13; 86% RottenTomatoes) – A stirring retelling of Winston Churchill’s fight during WWII to protect Britain and Europe from Hitler’s army.
    • Why you should see it:  Nominated for 6 Oscars, Gary Oldman’s superb portrayal of Prime Minister Winston Churchill gaining him a Best Actor nomination; You can tell Oldman did his research on the role.
    • Watch for:  Beautiful camera shooting garnering a Best Cinematography nomination.
  • CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (Rated R; 96% RottenTomatoes) – A melancholy, powerfully-affecting portrait of first love between two men.
    • Why you should see it:  One movie-goer: “The kind of movie that makes you sit through the credits with tears rolling down your face, staring blankly at the screen with a lump in your throat and tightness in your chest.”
    • Watch for:  Timothée Chalamet performance (young 17 year old Elio), which led to him being nominated for Best Actor.
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2017-oscars

Most embarrassing Oscar moment in history!

OMG! Who thought the 2017 Oscars was the craziest ever?! Who thought that was the most embarrassing moment in Oscar history?! (Fay Dunaway & Warren Beatty, we’ll never forget you guys!) In other news, who’s excited for great movies?! Well me, for one! Every year, I get hyped for all the movies that earn an Academy Award nomination, as we, as casual movie-goers otherwise miss out on some amazing movies! Here’s onomeister’s picks of this year’s movies nominated for Best Picture:

  • Arrival (Rated PG-13; 94% RottenTomatoes) – “When a mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team–lead by expert linguist (Amy Adams), are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, the team race against time for answers–and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity”.
    • Why you should see it:  One critic said it’s “a thinking man’s science-fiction movie”.
    • Watch for:  After credits have finished, there is a short documentary on the making of Arrival.
  • Fences (Rated PG-13; 93% RottenTomatoes) – Denzel Washington directed and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball’s color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones.
    • Why you should see it:   Denzel’s strong acting chops! One of his best ever acting roles earns him another Oscar nomination.
    • Watch for:  Denzel Washington as he reprises his role from his 2010 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical version of this movie, where he performed the role 114 times in the musical (yeah, he’s memorized the script, me thinks).
  • Hacksaw Ridge (Rated R; 86% RottenTomatoes) – The extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers.
    • Why you should see it:  Andrew Garfield’s highly emotional performance earned him an Oscar nomination.
    • Watch for:  The battle scenes that took Mel Gibson nineteen days to shoot.
  • Hell or High Water (Rated R; 98% RottenTomatoes) – Texas brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) come together after years divided to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land, part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that seemed to have been stolen from under them. Justice seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the values of the Old and New West murderously collide.
    • Why you should see it:  The writing, it’s just fantastic! No wonder it got nominated for Best Original Screenplay.
    • Watch for:  Jeff Bridges’ Oscar-nominated performance as Best Supporting Actor
  • Hidden Figures (Rated PG; 92% RottenTomatoes) – The incredible untold story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
    • Why you should see it:  A feel-good movie that makes you learn to appreciate these women’s roles and the adversity that they had to go through (remember this was only 50 years ago).
    • Watch for: “Chock Full o’Nuts” coffee in the office’s coffee area is an ‘easter egg’. The use of this brand in the context of segregation is historically relevant. In 1957, Chock Full o’Nuts was one of the first major New York corporations to hire a black executive as a corporate vice-president. The man they hired, retired baseball legend Jackie Robinson, made history by being the first person to break the color barrier in professional baseball.
  • La La Land (Rated PG-13; 93% RottenTomatoes) – Written and directed by Academy Award winning director Damien Chazelle (youngest to ever earn the nod), LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
    • Why you should see it:  Well, aren’t you as curious as I am why this musical/movie earned a record-tying 14 nominations, and winning six of them including Best Director, Best Actress and Best Cinematography? I remember laughing and shaking my head when I first heard that Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling were doing a musical together… Now who’s laughing?
    • Watch for:  Ryan Gosling saying the phrase “pis y caca”, which is Spanish for urine and feces, an expression meaning “it is not important”.
  • Lion (Rated PG; 86% RottenTomatoes) – Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. 25 years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
    • Why you should see it:  “Lion” earned six Oscar nominations, should be reason enough. Also, don’t forget to bring some tissues.
    • Watch for:  Little five year old Saroo’s performance. If there was a Best Young Actor Academy Award category (there should be!), he would have won it.
  • Manchester by the Sea (Rated R; 96% RottenTomatoes) – After the death of his older brother Joe, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick. Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 16-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.
    • Why you should see it:  Casey Affleck’s Best Actor winning performance (let’s suspend the hatred towards him just for two hours and enjoy a movie); Oh, and the movie was nominated for six Academy Awards.
    • Watch for:  The unpredictable storyline; Either you’ll love this movie or you’ll hate it.
  • Moonlight (Rated R; 98% RottenTomatoes) – The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.
    • Why you should see it:  Cinematography is visually stunning; it’s more than a movie about growing up gay; it’s about overcoming your adversities.
    • Watch for:  Director Barry Jenkins’ favorite scene in his film, a sequence of Paula (Naomie Harris) staring straight into the camera overcranked at 48fps.

*Movie descriptions from RottenTomatoes.com;  *Movie trivia from imdb.com