The 2018 Oscars: What’s the Lineup?

Written by Alex Cain

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And the Oscar goes to…..oh, who cares anyway? Another awards show, another pointless occasion. This opinion is held by many, but I would like to challenge it. The Oscars, as pretentious and privileged as they may seem, acknowledge some of the year’s best and beautiful movies: best and beautiful in the sense that these movies can inspire audiences and encourage change.  Film is more than just moving images; it’s a reflection of the human condition - whether it be a celebration, a lament, or an examination. Movies allow audiences to feel, think, and see new perspectives different from their own. While a movie may appear on a screen, its content and message can be translated out into the greater world. Admittedly, I haven’t seen all the nominees but I hope to watch them before March 4th. Here are some of my favorites from the ones I’ve seen, as well as the ones I’m most excited to experience.

 

Films I’ve seen and highly recommend….

 

1. The Post

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Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks...need I say more? A dynamic duo of sorts, these two actors play the first female publisher of the Washington Post, Katharine Graham, and its editor, Ben Bradlee. At a time when the newspaper was more local and lighthearted, this movie spotlights the transition it makes once it uncovers a governmental cover-up spanning four presidencies. Not only is the acting incredible, but this movie is more timely than ever, examining journalism’s role in holding those in power accountable.

 

2. Blade Runner 2049

 

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In this sci-fi thriller, the original storyline from 1982’s Blade Runner is continued, only with more at stake with the introduction of Ryan Gosling’s character, Officer K. Taking place in a futuristic, resource-depleted America, Officer K must team up with Deckard, a retired Blade Runner played by Harrison Ford. More fascinating than the plot is the film’s cinematography and visual effects, creating a very immersive and dramatic experience for the viewer. It propels the viewer into a dark, hopeless world, making you reflect on our current progression in society and the environmental outlook of the future.

 

3. Call Me By Your Name

 

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Set in the picturesque Italian countryside, this movie follows a boy’s coming-of-age journey while he’s simultaneously coming to terms with his sexuality. Breakout actor Timothée Chalamet stars as Elio while Armie Hammer is his counterpart in the movie, the charming and mysterious Oliver. Based on the book by André Aciman, this film is one that tugs at the heart and sheds light on first love and its obsessive hold. Making the film even more beautiful is its soundtrack, including the heartbreaking music from the talented Sufjan Stevens.

 

Films I look forward to seeing…

 

1. I, Tonya

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This movie gives a new perspective on the scandal that shook the world. Margot Robbie, who plays the infamous figure skater, shows a Tonya unfamiliar to the world - one whose poor background and rocky relationship with her mother lends to her overall character. Tonya’s mother is played by Allison Janney which makes for a strong, powerful mother-daughter duo.

 

2. Lady Bird

 

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Similar to I, Tonya, this film explores a mother-daughter relationship between a freethinking teenage girl and her stubborn mother. With Saiorse Ronan, Lucas Hedges, and Timothée Chalamet, this movie is full of breaking artists who are literally coming of age both on and off the screen.

 

3. The Shape of Water

 

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Out of the movies I have yet to see, this is the one that piques my curiosity the most. This movie follows a government lab cleaning lady who falls in love with one of the lab’s secrets: a mysterious sea creature. Such a unique and untold story, director Guillermo del Toro is known for making imaginative and memorable movies.