Wednesday, February 21, 2024

UPDATED LIST Best Picture Nominees? Now? Here are A Few to Chew On

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Such a flood of movies from earlier in the year, now the film festivals have shown us more. And even though we have a ways to go, here’s how things shake out right now, I think. More movies are coming, so watch this space.

In alphabetical order

45– Very small, and notable if only for Charlotte Rampling’s poignant performance

Beasts of No Nation– Netflix’s first ever theatrically released movie is incendiary and unforgettable, with Idris Elba in what should be his first Oscar nominated performance

Black Mass– I’m including “Black Mass” because I liked it. I don’t know if can hold out through the whole Oscar season.

Bridge of Spies–reviewed today

Carol–Todd Haynes’s little masterpiece, best cinematography by Ed Lachman, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara absolutely insanely wonderful.

The Danish Girl– Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander in Tom Hooper’s exquisite piece about love and acceptance.

Grandma– Lily Tomlin’s shot at an Oscar should not be underestimated. She’s absolutely delightful and the Academy loves her. Everyone loves her.

Inside Out– A genius movie, deserves Best Picture nomination

The Martian– Matt Damon’s big moment has finally arrived. An artistic and commercial triumph.

Room– Unlike anything you’ve seen, with Brie Larson, Joan Allen, and a little boy who will get some awards action

Spotlight– The movie depicting Boston Globe reporters uncovering 90 pedophile priests. A SAG Best Ensemble nominee for sure, with like ten great supporting performances. They should Mark Ruffalo in lead.

Truth– the story of how Dan Rather and his “60 Minutes” producer Mary Mapes were undone by CBS. Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford are terrific.

Steve Jobs– Reviewed here yesterday. Phenomenal.

Youth–Michael Caine givesĀ  a Best Actor performance, but close behind is Harvey Keitel. Jane Fonda literally steals the movie– you’ll pay just to see her extended cameo. Paolo Sorrentino’s made an important and highly entertaining film.

 

 

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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