Oscar 2017: Movie List

Oscar 2017: Movie List

Oh hiiiii.
Old readers will remember that last year I did a rundown of Oscar-nominated movies in the broader categories like best director/actor/actress, etc. It helped me (and I know quite a few of you cos you sent me messages of lahvvv) so I’m doing it all over again this year. The last time I did it, Nabeel and I watched ALL of the ones that we had on our list and if I can be super modest, it was thanks to this list (wow, so humble).
Anyway, let’s do this again? I’m going to split the nominations it into three categories:
a) Must-watch (for me)
b) Non-urgent watch list (they seem good, I’ll watch them soon. Some of you might get hysterical over La La Land being in the non-urgent category. Unfortunately, I’m not so hot on musicals and actually very uncultured so this is how it is)
c) Was a nominee but I’m not interested (just seem too boring or not my kind of thing)
But I have to say this: Last year’s nominated movies looked SO much more interesting and eventually even were: Room, Spotlight, The Big Short, The Martian, Mad Max, The Danish Girl, Joy – this year doesn’t have me so excited. BUT, I’ve listed them all down because this is a democratic community and we all have different preferences and you can pick and choose what you’d like to see.

These are nominees only from best movie
/director/actor/actress. All movie storylines are courtesy Google and IMDB.
 
MUST-WATCH
HELL OR HIGH WATER
Two brothers — Toby, a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son; and Tanner, a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger — come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. The hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that powerful forces beyond their control have stolen from under their feet. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the crosshairs of a relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor
Genre: Crime, Drama, Western.

IMDB: 7.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
See trailer here.

 

LION
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress
Genre: Biography, Drama. Based on a true story.
IMDB: 8.1, Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
See trailer here.
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
A successful Los Angeles art-gallery owner’s idyllic life is marred by the constant traveling of her handsome second husband. While he is away, she is shaken by the arrival of a manuscript written by her first husband, who she has not seen in years. The manuscript tells the story of a teacher who finds a trip with his family turning into a nightmare. As Susan reads the book, it forces her to examine her past and confront some dark truths.

 

Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor
Genre: Drama, Thriller.
IMDB: 7.6, Rotten Tomatoes: 73%

Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal

See trailer here.
ARRIVAL

When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi.
IMDB: 8.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner

See trailer here.

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NON-URGENT WATCH LIST

 

LA LA LAND
Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

 

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (won), Best Actor, Best Actress (won)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
IMDB: 8.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
See trailer here.

 

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), his wife Leslie and their six children live deep in the wilderness of Washington state. Isolated from society, Ben and Leslie devote their existence to raising their kids — educating them to think critically, training them to be physically fit and athletic, guiding them in the wild without technology and demonstrating the beauty of co-existing with nature. When Leslie dies suddenly, Ben must take his sheltered offspring into the outside world for the first time.

 

Nominated for: Best Actor
Genre: Comedy, Drama.
IMDB: 7.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Starring: Viggo Mortenson
See trailer here.

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother’s heart has given out suddenly, and he’s been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren’t enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy.

 

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (won), Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress
Genre: Drama.
IMDB: 8.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

See trailer here.

 

 


THE HACKSAW RIDGE
The extraordinary true story of conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss who saved 75 men in Okinawa, during the bloodiest battle of WWII, without firing a single shot. Believing that the war was just but killing was nevertheless wrong, he was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor
Genre: Biography, Drama, History. Based on real life incidents.
IMDB: 8.2, Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
See trailer here.
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NOMINEE BUT I’M NOT INTERESTED
Just generally, don’t seem my type and by the time I’m done with the ‘must-watch’ list, many other awesome movies would have come. No offence, directors (because those guys are obviously reading my blog).

 

 

 

 


MOONLIGHT
A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young black man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Nominated for: Best Picture (won), Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (won), Best Supporting Actress
Genre: Drama.
IMDB: 7.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
See trailer here.
JACKIE
Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.
Nominated for: Best Actress
Genre: Biography, Drama, History. Based on real-life incidents.
IMDB: 6.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Starring: Natalie Portman
See trailer here.
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.
Nominated for: Best Actress
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama. Based on real life incidents.
IMDB: 6.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
See trailer here.
HIDDEN FIGURES
The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

 

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress
Genre: Biography, Drama, History. Based on real life incidents.
IMDB: 7.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
See trailer here.

 
FENCES
Fences is the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart.

 

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress (won)
Genre: Drama.
IMDB: 7.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
See trailer here.
LOVING
The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court.
Nominated for: Best Actress
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance. Based on real-life incidents.
IMDB: 7.1, Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
See trailer here.
ELLE
[I DON’T KNOW WHY BUT THIS IS IN FRENCH WITH SUBTITLES] Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a leading video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game—a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

 

Nominated for: Best Actress
Genre: Drama, Thriller.
IMDB: 7.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
See trailer here.
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Some of these might get bumped if Nabeel really wants to watch something before anything else, otherwise this is pretty much my movie life at home for the next few months.
If you’d like to see other nominations and wins like Best Documentary, Best Foreign Film, etc, you can find them all here. I didn’t include them here because I’m clearly very paindoo and lacking in sophistication. Hashtag no regrets.
That’s about it. Which ones are you excited about watching?

7 Comments

  1. I have only watched Lion yet and oh my God it is so good and so heart breaking! I am really excited to watch Manchester by the Sea too and Moonlight!

  2. Arrival was my favorite movie of the year..(tied with deadpool of course).. lalaland i also loved a lot.. but then a lot of people don't like it which I don't understand..

  3. Hidden figures needs to move up your list. Its realllly good

  4. I have watched Lion, Hidden figures and Lala land all which were a really good watch. If I would recommend anyone from these three it has to be hidden figures!

  5. I recommend Hidden Figures too. It is a very interesting movie. Hated Arrival though. Was unexceptionally slow & put me off to sleep.

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