Awards season is finally coming to a close this weekend with the 90th Annual Academy Awards. The voting has now concluded and we’ll know in just a few short days the winners of Hollywood’s biggest prize. Figured this would be one last time to put in my predictions for what will end up winning this year as well as discuss what should win in each category. Some of these are fairly easy to predict, but a couple of the major awards are more difficult to narrow down including Best Picture. “The Shape of Water” is going into the show with the most nominations, but can it go all the way? Can a genre film like “Get Out” win the big award? Will the backlash against “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” hurt its chances in some pivotal categories? Let’s dig in!
It’s been a little over year since Jordan Peele’s smash hit took the world by storm. On a budget of $4.5 million, the film grossed an astounding $255 million at the worldwide box office. Now it’s nominated for four Academy Awards in what has been a strong awards season and to put it lightly, the nominations are more than just deserving. “Get Out” should easily win the Oscar for Best Picture of the Year.
“Annihilation,” dir. Alex Garland
A biologist’s husband disappears. She puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone known as the Shimmer, but does not find what she’s expecting. The expedition team is made up of the biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a surveyor, and a linguist.
“Black Panther,” dir. Ryan Coogler
After the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country.
It’s Valentine’s Day today! Can’t think of a better day to talk about some of the great modern romance films we have. Romance films come in many different forms whether they be comedies, dramas, sci-fi, or animated. So let’s jump right in with the twenty-five best romance films to have been released since the year 2000.
“The Cloverfield Paradox,” dir. Julius Onah
After a scientific experiment aboard the space station involving a particle accelerator has unexpected results, the astronauts find themselves isolated. Following their horrible discovery, the space station crew must fight for survival.
WARNING: This review goes a little in-depth on “The Cloverfield Paradox” while refraining from delving into spoiler territory.
The nominees for the 90th Annual Academy Awards were announced yesterday morning and while a lot of the expected favorites performed extremely well, there were a ton of genuine surprises. “The Shape of Water” got 13 nominations, the most of any film this year, while “Phantom Thread,” “Darkest Hour,” and “The Post” managed to get Best Picture nominations. I’ll be going over the entire list of nominees and discussing my thoughts on the top eight categories as well as list off my early predictions for what I think will win, what could win, what should win, and what got snubbed in each category with the exception of the ones that I haven’t seen enough to make a proper judgement. Let’s begin!