3SMReviews: There are 8 Best Picture Nominees. Which should you watch?
I’m a completist. I watched all the Best Picture nominees. You might not have my level of dedication, or time. If not, here’s a handy guide to help you plan your best picture nominee viewing.
You want to watch Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma if you are fan of movies that unfold slowly, are more character driven than plot driven, and are sad and cathartic. Also, if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have a live-in servant.
You want to watch Peter Farrelly’s Green Book if you are fan of excellent performances, pithy things said by lead actors, and if you are not at all convinced by the arguments about white saviors and racism your college-age niece made at the Thanksgiving table.
You want to watch Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther if you are at least mildly interested in superhero films, like a popcorn movie that actually deals with contemporary issues, and love movies that feature women fighters prominently (though still not in the lead). Also if you are only going to watch one movie in the Avengers universe, this is the one.
A Star is Born.
You want to watch Bradly Cooper’s A Star is Born if you like movies about music, are looking for some killer performances, or are a fan of romantic love. Also, to forever banish the memory of the ’76 version.
You want to watch Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman because it’s funny, tense, has a lot to say about race in the USA, and so you can weigh in on the discussions about the final scene.
You want to watch Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite because you love movies where women get to really act, love movies where everyone is terrible to some degree, and love random weird stuff dropped into the narrative.
You want to watch Bryan Singer’s* Bohemian Rhapsody because you love or like the music of Queen, want to see some amazing 70s/80s costumes and Rami Malek’s excellent performance, and don’t mind that this movie is a standard draggy biopic that takes no chances.
*IMDB credits Singer as the director. But he only worked on half of it.
You want to see Adam McKay’s Vice if you are a fan of actors radically changing their appearance to get in character, if you are an Amy Adams completist, and if you don’t have any lingering feelings about the George W. Bush presidency.
If our movie tastes align.
You want to see: The Favorite, A Star is Born, Roma, BlacKkKlansman, and Black Panther in that order.
You don’t mind seeing: Bohemian Rhapsody
You should stay far away from: Green Book, Vice
If you want to watch the movies most likely to win.
You want to see: Roma, Green Book, Black Panther, and A Star is Born in that order.