It’s that time of the year again.
Oscar season is approaching, people. That means the same five films being nominated for every category and us feeling self-conscious for not seeing them in theaters yet. The Golden Globes nominations list released on Thursday give some indicators about potential Oscar winners, although of course, the list is shorter. But in case you don’t want to miss out on the must-see movies, this list will help you keep an eye out.
From the witty voice behind The Big Short, Adam McKay comes the story of Vice President Dick Cheney to George W. Bush. Christain Bale yet again transforms himself into the husky Washington republican alongside Sam Rockwell’s uncanny Bush accent. Check it out Christmas day.
2. A Star is Born
Okay, I was hesitant about this one. And then I cried in the theater. Twice. Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut has been raving audiences and is arguably the absolute best remake of this classic idea. Go and cry to Lady Gaga’s vibrato and Cooper’s gorgeous face.
3. The Favourite
One I have yet to see and am dying in anticipation. Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Olivia Colman kill it in this mild humor drama. The competition for royal attention is real, ladies.
4. If Beale Street Could Talk
The writer and director of 2017 Academy Award-winning Moonlight, Barry Jenkins, tells a story of 1970s Harlem and an African American couples relationship through cultural shifts.
Alright, if you don’t like this movie you officially have no soul. Pixar’s 7-year journey to creating this masterpiece of color and music has struck audiences in a new way. The tale of a young boy in Mexico finding his ancestral roots and family values also reflects the representation of Latinos in film and is a must see.
6. Green Book
Viggo Mortenson and Mahershala Ali clash their two different worlds when a renowned African American pianist hires a tough driver on his tour in the 1960s south. Surprisingly, director Peter Farrelly, who is known for goofy comedies like Dumb & Dumber, feats this profound drama impressively.
Spike Lee tells the insane true story of African American police officer Ron Stallworth infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs. Adam Driver and John David Washington kill it in this groovy dramedy. Oh, and Eric from That 70’s Show plays David Duke, so you might want to check it out.
Raving with reviews, Alfonso Cuaron directs the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the 1970s. Cuaron is best known for directing Gravity and Children of Men. The flick is showing in theaters but will be upload to Netflix on December 14th.
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s new film has been met with stellar reviews as a complex drama. A poor family finds a lost girl and take her in as one of their own. Check this film out to be a contender for best foreign picture.
10. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
And for the documentary category, you can be sure that this one will make the list. The trailer alone brings tears to not only myself but to my grown parents who grew up with the famed Mr. Rogers.