Now that I have seen all the Best Picture Oscar Nominees, I’ve decided to share this post since some of these films weren’t mentioned in The Best Movies of 2017 and this is probably one of the few Oscar editions where most of the films are worth watching. Yes, we all know the Oscars are more concerned with politics than giving the award to the best film of each category, but 2017 was a remarkable year for cinema and it’s always fun to catch up with all the nominated films, so here are our favorite ones in order of preference.
“Call Me By Your Name” by Luca Guadagnino
Even though this is the most hyped movie of the year, I’m glad Call Me By Your Name doesn’t stand a chance of winning anything – except Best Adapted Screenplay, perhaps. This film is too special to win an Oscar, let it shine on its own. Adapted from the novel by André Anciman by the incredible James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name is a film about our first love and heartbreak set on the incredible view of Italy’s countryside. Timothée Chalament gives an outstanding performance as Elliot, the son of a professor that falls in love with one of his father’s students, resulting in a touching, sexy, Eric Rhomer-ish tale about desire, memory and flesh.
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” by Martin McDonagh
This film has been swiping all the prizes from most awards this season and with a good reason. Martin McDonagh creates one of the most outstanding and creative movies of the year by telling the story of a mother who puts up three signs demanding justice from the police after her daughter’s murder and rape case still remains unsolved after two years. In an era where Facebook became the platform for everybody to share their opinion and the line between what real and fake news is buried, Martin McDonagh creates a smart sharp script with outstanding performances by Francis McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson and still makes an extremely relevant comedy out of it.
“Phantom Thread” by Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson has been making film history with Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, The Master, and even though his Inherent Vice is a great film no one fully understands, Phantom Thread is one of the most powerful and beautiful movies he has ever made. By always creating strong and twisted personalities, Anderson finds chaos in beauty by telling the story of a stricted fashion designer – played by incredible Daniel Day-Lewis – who falls in love with a woman who becomes his muse. His love, just like his art, is full of rules, demands, and patterns that are tested when his lover decides to play his game on her own terms, resulting in a breath-taking movie where you remember what cinema is all about.
“Dunkirk” by Christopher Nolan
And speaking of what cinema is all about, Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan’s orchestra of chaos, which in my opinion is one of the most impressive achievements of cinema in 2017, bringing back a minimal approach of storytelling but still proving that films can still be made without computers. The story almost doesn’t exist, by telling the story of several soldiers trying to leave France – proving it’s definitely not the point of this feature, but mirroring an event in a form so simple that people find it strange of how minimalistic cinema can get. And what piece of cinema this is!
“Lady Bird” by Greta Gerwig
I’ve always thought that Lady Bird couldn’t be as good as people say it was. Fortunately, I was wrong. Greta Gerwig had always been the cool independent actress who’s been sharing her personality in strong characters like Frances Ha and 20th Century Women, so her directorial debut was bound to happen anytime. With that, Lady Bird is the genuine millennial coming of age story full of layers about life, family and identity in a way that is more concerned with embracing its flaws than throwing them against us (something like someone called Lena Dunham likes to do). Not only that, is an auteur piece, so well thought out and brilliantly done that is impossible not to fall in love with Greta Gerwig’s vision. And please, give the Oscar to Saoirse Ronan!
“The Shape of Water” by Guillermo Del Toro
Inspired by the film The Creature From the Black Lagoon, this is the first Guillermo Del Toro film that I’ve actually liked it. Being a mix of Amelie with a darkish Wes Anderson style, The Shape of Water is a beautiful and strange fairy tale about outcasts: a closet homosexual, a mute cleaning lady and a sea creature from the Amazon. More than a love story between a monster and a human, Guillermo Del Toro also portrays an allegory of society against The Rich White Straight Man, by having the latter portrayed by an outstanding performance of Michael Shannon. Not mentioning the incredible soundtrack, production design and cinematography, resulting in nothing less than well deserved 13 Oscar nominations.
“Darkest Out” by Joe Wright
I must admit I was expecting a little bit more from Darkest Hour – and especially Gary Oldman’s performance. I mean, how much of that is make up and how much of that is really acting? I’m not saying Gary Oldman or the film is bad, but it’s evident that this is a movie entirely based on an actor’s performance. The film tells the story of when Wiston Churchill was chosen to be the prime minister during the most critical moment of war, which led to a fight inside his government as Churchill was the only one who really wanted to fight the Nazis instead of choosing a peace deal with Hitler. Besides the incredible cinematography and Gary Oldman’s performance, Darkest Hour is a good film with glorious speech moments and British pride.
“The Post” by Steven Spielberg
If there’s a reason why the Oscars should have a Best Camera Movement category, The Post should be it. Even though the script is a little weak – especially because it precedes the Watergate scandal that was turned into the incredible movie All The President’s Men – Steven Spielberg still proves to be an excellent director. Especially because this film was made in an impressive amount of time, which explains why it came out of nowhere. However, I still think it’s not the greatest film from the list for supporting liberal standards in the Trump era, which despite being something I’m totally supportive of, I think is a little cliché in terms of the time it was made. The film definitely loses its power if we ignore the time period that it was released and I bet it will become just one of these Oscar movies everybody forgets in a couple of years. Still, is an interesting movie to watch!
“Get Out!” By Jordan Peele
Get Out! is a good and entertaining film, but everybody needs to calm down. This film is probably too American for foreigners to understand because most of you are more racist than most countries when it comes to black people (or am I being too white by saying this?). Nominating this film for Best Picture, Director, Actor and Screenplay is the typical Oscar nonsense that reminds us not to take the award ceremony too seriously and most important, turn good movies into regular ones by having the pressure of being nominated for an Academy Award. Still, Get Out! Is a funny satire of a black man who goes to visit the family of her white girlfriend and realize things are a little stranger than just racial confrontation.