On February 9, 2020, Sunday night, the 92nd Academy Awards will bestow the best of the best with the prestigious Oscars, the dream of every film maker, actor, actress and other technical people. This year, 9 movies have been nominated for the Best Picture award and when the sound of ‘And the Oscar for the Best Picture goes to….’ echoes in the air, everyone will be at the edges of their seats.
Following are the nominations for Best Picture for the Oscars 2020:
FORD V. FERRARI
Starring Matt Damon as Carroll Hall Shelby and Christian Bale as Ken Miles, Ford v Ferrari is a movie that many loved for the direction of James Mangold. The two lead actors did best to portray emotions amid a drama based on Ford Motor’s attempt to build a car that could beat the fastest car in the world at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Other nominations: Best Film Editing, Sound Editing & Sound Mixing
The Irishman banks on the names and acting talent of some of the biggest starts Hollywood has known. Starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci & Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese’s presentation of the crime memoir ‘I Heard You Paint Houses’ portrays the lonely and purposeless lives of the mafia men who somehow elude death.
Other nominations: Best Supporting Actor (Al Pacino & Joe Pesci), Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Production design, Best Visual Effects and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Starring Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo, Thomasin McKenzie as Elsa, Scarlett Johansson as Rosie and Taika Waititi as Adolf Hitler, Jojo Rabbit is an adaptation of the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens. Director Taika Waititi, who has also directed Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi, takes Jojo Rabbit down a rabbit hole of sorts with his ‘anti-hate-sattire’ black comedy about a 10-year-old boy, Jojo, a member of the Hitler Youth, who finds out that his mother has been hiding a Jewish girl inside the walls of their house. The most distinct aspect of the movie is Waititi playing the part of a funny Adolf Hitler.
Other nominations: Best Supporting Actress (Scarlett Johansson), Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design and Best Adapted Screenplay
We would be surprised if any of you would not have seen or heard about Todd Phillips’ Joker, a movie that has been the talk of the town for many reasons, one being the marvelous performance of Joaquin Phoenix, who wooed everyone with his hysterical laugh and ongoing mental struggle. It would be a shame if he did not win the Oscar for the Best Actor at least, even if the movie gave way for 1917, the strongest competitor and likely winner of the Best Film category.
Other nominations: Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Adapted Screenplay
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Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women got a fresh breeze of narration in Greta Gerwig’s adaptation starring Saoirse Ronan as Jo, Eliza Scanlen as Beth, Florence Pugh as Amy and Emma Watson as Meg. The story jumped back and forth into the lives of the March sisters, portraying their desires and emotions with a somewhat vague ending. The powerful performances of the actors were loved by many who could relate them to their own relationships with their sisters.
Other nominations: Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Florence Pugh), Best Costume Design, Best Original Score and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Directed by Noah Baumach, the movie is an emotional drama of sorts portraying the lives of a stage director Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nocole (Scarlett Johansson) dealing with the emotional intricacies of divorce. The story took viewers through a grueling experience based on the relevance of the subject with the masses, especially the divorced.
Other nominations: Best Actor (Adam Driver), Best Actress (Scarlett Johansson), Best Supporting Actress (Laura Dern), Best Original Score and Best Original Screenplay.
A cinematic marvel by Sam Mendes, who had also directed Skyfall and Revolutionary Road, 1917, is the story of the journey of two British soldiers through a war ridden territory during the World War I, to deliver an important message that could avert the disaster that awaits another unit posted at a distant place. While the movie takes viewers through the many horrors that war tend to bring along, the clear winner is the impeccable cinematography. Cinematographer Roger Deakins who is recognized for No Country for Old Men and Skyfall, weaves magic into the movie and adds new meaning to the single-shot cinematography. The movie may go on to be win a well-deserved Best Film Oscar.
Other nominations: Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects and Best Original Screenplay
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, set in Los Angeles in the 1969s. It revolves around Television star Rick Dalton played by Leonardo DiCaprio and his longtime stunt double and friend Cliff Booth played by Brad Pitt, as they come back to an industry that is nothing like it used to be. The story cleverly weaves around the Tate-LaBianca murders of 1969 that had shocked the industry.
The long winding story with multiple storylines is nothing less than a tribute to the golden age of Hollywood and the lives it had changed for good or bad.
Other nominations: Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Original Screenplay
Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite is a masterpiece in it’s own and stands out for the engaging satire that it is. The movie is well written and directed and takes viewers in a journey of revelations. The best part is that it become really unpredictable engaging the audience in a positive way. The somewhat absurd plot moves forward with exceptional yet simple performances by Jang Hye-jin, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, and Song Kang-ho. The movie tells how unfairness in the world could lead to the moral decline of the society. It may win the Oscar for Best International Film
Other nominations: Best Director, Best International Film, Best Production Design and Best Original Screenplay
So here are the 9 movies that will competed for Best Picture at the Oscars and we hope the best one wins!