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Should ‘1917’ Have Won Best Picture?

Last year history was made at The Oscars when South Korean film, Parasite, won Best Picture, becoming the first foreign film to do so. Not long after, my family and I decided to watch it. I was impressed…but I wasn’t moved by the film in ways that Best Picture winners like The Silence of the Lambs or The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King have moved me.

So, we’ve gradually descended down the list of Best Picture nominees, choosing the films we find interesting, and one such film, Golden-Globe winning 1917, was one of them. The movie garnered serious buzz for the win of Best Picture after its win at the Golden Globes but, of course, it would ultimately come second to Parasite.

Well, I just watched 1917 last night and I am torn on whether it should’ve won Best Picture or not.

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Parasite is unlike any movie I’ve seen. With an original story that hits hard in surprising ways and delivers plot twist after plot twist, easily becoming the most riveting foreign film I’ve ever watched, it’s hard to argue its win.

Also, 2019 wasn’t a great year for movies. Just look at The Rise of Skywalker, a film that had been anticipated since people, I included, left the theaters after watching The Force Awakens in 2015. The finale in the Skywalker Saga was less than underwhelming. It was disappointing, ending the year with a sour taste in my mouth.

And with uber-boring films like The Irishman getting Oscar nominations for Best Picture, it just goes to show the level of filmmaking last year compared to previous years. I’m glad to say, 1917 was worth the watch.

Based on the riveting account of Sam Mendes’ grandfather Alfred Mendes, a messenger from Trinidad for the British Army serving on the front lines during World War I, Sam Mendes fabricated a story that brings his grandfather epic tale to life in a stunning fashion.

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For roughly two hours you are sucked into the First World War. There is death and decay, explosions and gunfire, but this isn’t like Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, an action-packed war film that will leave you shaking in your boots from the sheer noise of the action sequences. 1917 is a somewhat softer war film, slowly following a pair of characters through the trenches of war as they seek to deliver a message that could mean the very difference between life and death for nearly two thousand soldiers.

The movie never strives to be an action film which I found very interesting. Instead, it was a well-written story that left me rather impressed at the end.

I’m giving it a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars and 95 out of 100.

So, judging from my enthusiastic appraisal of the movie, should it have won Best Picture? Like I said before, I’m torn.

I personally like 1917 (and Joker for that matter) over Parasite simply as a personal preference but I understand every reason why Parasite won. It was different, it was profound, it was well-directed and very well-written, it was, in a nutshell, a great movie.

1917, however, gripped me more but considering that it feels like something I’ve seen before and that it doesn’t bother to add any real excitement to the story but instead takes its good ol’ time to play out, I’m still awarding Parasite the Best Picture win.

If 1917‘s conclusion had been more moving I think it could’ve won.

What do you think? Do you think 1917 should have won Best Picture? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.

What’s Your Favorite Best Picture Nominee?

It’s been two weeks since Parasite made history as the first foreign film to win Best Picture and for this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? I thought it would be fun to ask you what Best Picture nominee would you have picked for Best Picture?

There’s Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood which, if reviews are anything to go by, was yet another Tarantino masterpiece. 1917 was receiving much praise after its Golden Globe win for both Best Picture and Best Director. Ford v. Ferrari didn’t get nominated at the Golden Globes but would snag a nomination for Best Picture, proving that the film starring Oscar-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale was really good after all. Joker‘s ride was electric after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival that resulted in an eight-minute-long standing ovation. Critics and casual viewers alike praised the film for bringing a darker side to comic book movies. Plus, Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of the character was entrancing, helping the film escalate to Oscar status in style. Continue reading What’s Your Favorite Best Picture Nominee?

Which Movie Do You Want to See Take Home the Prize for Best Picture?

The Oscars take place tonight and that means eight movies have a chance to take home the big prize. Which one will it be and who do you want to see win the big award?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Here is the Partly Shocking list of Oscar Nominations

If you were expecting Awkwafina to get her first Oscar nomination for The Farewell, well, she didn’t. If you thought Jennifer Lopez was well on her way to having a nomination for her critically-acclaimed role in Hustlers…think again. If you thought Frozen II was an incredible film and totally deserving of an Oscar nomination The Academy had other plans.

The Oscars this year delivered a lot of snubs, showcasing a list of nominations that lack both diversity and excitement. On the bright note, Joker would end up making history by receiving 11 nominations, the most of any comic book film. (Maybe Hollywood is finally beginning to understand the hard work achieved to make a fantastic comic book movie.) So, on that note, here is the list of Oscar nominations. Enjoy!

(I am only sharing the categories I found to be the most important.)

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

  1. Joker
  2. Bombshell
  3. Judy
  4. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  5. 1917

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil nabs its only Oscar nomination for Makeup and Hairstyling and I’m not surprised. It has fascinated me since Maleficent how they have managed to transform Angelina Jolie into a powerful (and slightly scary) fairy. So amazing! Continue reading Here is the Partly Shocking list of Oscar Nominations

The Golden Globes: Who’s Taking Home the Prize?

The Golden Globes are tonight (woo-hoo!) and that means the first major movie award season has begun. Who will win? What surprises are in store? And will it dictate the outcome of the Oscars? We’ll find out soon enough. But for now, here’s my prediction of the Golden Globe results from tonight. Enjoy!

Best Animated Feature Film

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While Toy Story 4 isn’t the best installment in the quadrilogy going up against films like Missing LinkHow to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and even Frozen 2, which would not receive the same amount of praise as its predecessor, it seems like Toy Story 4 is the clear favorite to win. Continue reading The Golden Globes: Who’s Taking Home the Prize?