It’s almost that time of the year once again for the Oscars, probably the most glamorous awards night in Hollywood. Budding and legendary actors, actresses, and those committed to their art in the film industry are all competing for the prize of the iconic golden statue.
This year, the 91st Academy Awards will be held on February 25, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in California. Here are 8 of the nominated films you should watch.
Roma by Alfonso Cuaron
Nominated for: Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Cinematography, Directing, Foreign Language Film, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Original Screenplay
Starring: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey
Synopsis: Roma follows a year in the life of a middle-class household in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City. Cleo, the housekeeper, tends to four children as their parents go through a painful process of separation which they try to hide from the kids. All the while, Cleo, finding out she got pregnant by her boyfriend, has problems of her own.
Green Book by Peter Farrelly
Nominated for: Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Film Editing, Original Screenplay
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardenelli
Synopsis: Tony Lip, a working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of Dr. Donald Shirley, an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. Despite their differences, Dr. Shirley and Tony discover that they enjoy spending time together and have much to learn from each other.
Bohemian Rhapsody by Bryan Singer
Nominated for: Actor in a Leading Role, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing
Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee
Synopsis: Bohemian Rhapsody is a biographical story of the legendary rock band Queen and the extraordinary life of its lead singer, Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985). Freddie’s writing process, his fight with AIDS, and his love for music continue to inspire music lovers to this day.
The Wife by Bjorn Runge
Nominated for: Actress in a Leading Role
Starring: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Max Irons
Synopsis: A self-sacrificing woman who gave up her aspirations questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Over the span of almost four decades of marriage, Joan Castelman has always been the good wife, now she needs to voice out her feelings and find her identity away from the shadow of her husband.
Vice by Adam McKay
Nominated for: Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Directing, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Screenplay
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
Synopsis: Governor George W Bush of Texas picks Dick Cheney, the CEO of Halliburton Co, to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. Cheney was an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush. He used his power to reshape the world Americans live in today.
BlacKkKlansman by Spike Lee
Nominated for: Actor in a Leading Role, Directing, Film Editing, Music Original Score, Adapted Screenplay
Starring: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier
Synopsis: BlacKkKlansman is a film based on actual events. Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan. He recruits the young detective Flip Zimmerman and together they team up for an undercover investigation of a lifetime.
The Favourite by Yorgos Lanthimos
Nominated for: Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design, Writing (Original Screenplay)
Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz
Synopsis: In early 18th century England, Queen Anne in poor health and emotional stability occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance to return to her aristocratic roots.
A Star is Born by Bradley Cooper
Nominated for: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Cinematography, Music (Original Song), Sound Mixing, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Starring: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott
Synopsis: Musician Jackson Maine was on a slow emotional decline when he met struggling artist Ally. He discovers her musical talent and pulls her with him in the spotlight. But as the pair fall in love and Ally’s career takes off, Jackson’s alcohol addiction and internal demons send his own career into a downward spiral.
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