The Oscar awards are widely considered the pinnacle of film prestige. Many have considered an Oscar nomination/win as an accolade that greatly impacts an actor/producer/film marker's career. As consumers, the Oscars also highlight films with exceptional acting, cinematography, and direction, which gives us an opportunity to discover new films outside our typical scope. We cover 5 films from this year’s Oscar nominated list that is worth a watch!
1. A Star Is Born
Although not an original concept, “A Star Is Born” is a remake that is far from the cookie-cutter film. Largely applauded for the chemistry, acting, and vocal performances by lead actors Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, this film will not disappoint. The plot follows the tragic love story and rise to fame of budding musician, Ally (Lady Gaga), after being discovered by seasoned artist Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper). Packed with spectacular vocals in original songs, and a heart-breaking romance, A Star Is Born has garnered 7 Oscar nominations including: best picture, best actress in a leading role, best actor in a leading roll, best cinematography, best original song, best sound mixing and best writing. The feature song, "Shallow" is a favourite to win the Oscar for best original song.
2. Black Panther
With a predominant african american main cast, Black Panther has made leaps and strides in the film industry. Breaking box office sales records, and receiving multiple nominations/awards at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, Black Panther has been a highlight of the action. With 6 nominations for the Oscars including best picture and best original music score, Black Panther is both visual and audically captivating.
3. The Favourite
As one of the critically acclaimed period movies this year, the Favourite follows the reign of the frail Queen Anne, as 2 cousins vye to become her court favourite. The performances from Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, Rachel Weisz as Sarah Churchill, and Emma Stone as Abigail Hill have all received acclaim including nominations for each one at the Academy Awards. The Favourite is a great interpretation on history, and creates curiosity within the viewer to look into British history. Although not as fast paced as an action thriller, like Black Panther, The Favourite is a dramatic film that showcases great acting abilities and a behind the scenes look at british history.
4. Bohemian Rhapsody
Whether or not you have any nostalgic connection to Bohemian Rhapsody (the song), this compelling biopic of Freddie Mercury and Queen is sure to impress. With a detailed look into the behind-the-scenes moments of Queen's journey into fame, and a good mix of vocals/performances throughout the movie, this movie will keep you on your toes until the very end. With eclectic energy, drama, betrayal, tragedy, and a rise from the ashes comeback all packed into one movie, it's no wonder that Bohemian Rhapsody is up for 5 oscars. Rami Malek is a favourite to win in his nominated category of best actor in a leading role. The film is also nominated in the following categories: best picture, film editing, sound editing, and sound mixing.
BlackkKansman is based on the memoir of Ron Stallworth. Based in Colorado Springs in the 1970s, the film follows the first african-american detective in the city's police department as he sets out to infiltrate and expose the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. With many outrageous situations throughout the film, this comedy drama delves into the dark past of racism during the 1970s via a lighter more comedic narrative. With the mix of action, historical events, and comedy, you will thoroughly enjoy this multi-faceted film.
After you've checked out a few (or all) of the films from above, don't forget to check out the Oscar Awards, which air on Sunday February 24th at 5:00pm PST/8:00pm EST.