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The Oscars Made History But They Still Didn’t Have the Guts To Go There

Well, I watched The Oscars last night and it was fun. The setting was gorgeous, the cameras used to broadcast movie’s greatest night of the year felt so immersive it almost looked like we were watching a movie, and making it personal by giving the viewer a bit of insight into the nominees was an inspired touch.

Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) and Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari) had the most memorable speeches of the evening, cursing was rampant during an Oscar song game, Glenn Close did the ‘Da Butt’ dance on live television, and Frances McNormand howled to the rafters like a wolf.

The night was a win for people of color in a bunch of categories, with two Black women making history by winning an Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for the first time in the Academy’s 93-year history. And yet, at the end of the night, with only three categories left, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture, the night took a sharp left turn.

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‘Soul’ Should Be Nominated For Best Picture

Soul is, in my opinion, the best movie of the year. Its story is so perfectly written, its theme so telling for this year’s problems, that to ignore it and deem it unworthy of being considered for Best Picture seems preposterous.

As we all know, 2020 has not been a regular year, meaning the list of films lining up to nab a spot for the Best Picture race is slim and at a time like this it makes even more sense to nominate a great film like Soul for such a prestigious award nomination.

And let’s not forget, it’s happened before. Both Up and Toy Story 3 were great enough films that they were nominated for both Best Animated Feature and Best Picture. Soul should be the next movie to join that list.

It’s a remarkable film that deserves every bit of praise it can get and yeah, I hope I’m not the only one thinking this movie should get Best Picture. And yeah, I even think it should make history by becoming the first animated film ever to win Best Picture because it actually is that good.

What do you think? Do you think it should be nominated for Best Picture? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Should Chadwick Boseman Get a Posthumous Oscar for ‘Da 5 Bloods’?

It’s still heartbreaking to think that Chadwick Boseman is no longer with us but as time goes on so must we. I’ve pretty much dedicated this week to the actor in commemoration of his legacy and as such I wanted to write this post which points out the obvious; Boseman needs to be nominated for a posthumous Oscar next year.

It’s happened before. Heath Ledger was nominated posthumously for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight, a nomination that culminated into a win for his chilling and very memorable performance. The last movie I watched featuring Chadwick Boseman was Da 5 Bloods and to say he was extraordinary as the commanding soldier, Stormin’ Norman is an understatement. I didn’t see Black Panther and that is saying something considering how great of a job he did as the Marvel superhero.

His role was small in the film but every scene he graced he commanded with such power. He undoubtedly deserves an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for that role and yes, maybe even a win. That’s how great he did and I’m not even exaggerating. Just watch the film and you’ll see for yourself.

Do you think Chadwick Boseman deserves a posthumous Oscar for his role in Da 5 Bloods? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Movie Review Flashback: ‘Gravity’ Is Overrated

I love science-fiction films. There’s something so wildly imaginative of stories set within the science-fiction genre. My love for sci-fi films especially grew after I saw Interstellar for the first time four years ago in IMAX. It was honestly one of the trippiest and most incredible movie experiences I have ever had and even at home it still manages to wow me with its breathtaking visuals, the incredible musical score composed by Hans Zimmer, and its compelling story with a conclusion that makes me cry every time I watch it.

Since Interstellar I have become fascinated with science-fiction films that take imagination to the next level and try to tell an engaging story that leaves an impact on you. It’s why I went to see The Martian and Arrival in the movies theater and for the most part, enjoyed both of those films wholeheartedly.

Over the years I have heard brief mentions of a science-fiction movie that was supposed to be really good and that movie was Gravity. Yesterday I was scrolling through a bunch of free movies that were available to watch on my cable-device, Youtube TV, and to my great surprise, I ran into Gravity. I was elated. Finally, I would be able to see this movie that was supposedly so good it garnered 10 Oscar nominations, 7 of those 10 nominations becoming wins. I’ll talk about these nominations a little later but first I have to give you my opinion on the movie.

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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.

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The Bright Spots of the Oscars

I almost boycotted watching The Oscars because I was expecting a non-diverse evening that would leave me with a pit in my stomach. In fact, it was the exact opposite. There were plenty of exciting moments last night and today I’m here to share them all.

Brad Pitt Gets His First Oscar for Acting

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Brad Pitt has been working for a long time but he never has gotten one, outside of obtaining one for producing 12 Years a Slave. Well, if you work with Quentin Tarantino it’s a good chance you’re going to get nominated because Tarantino’s storytelling forces actors to be their best. And Brad Pitt’s acting turned into an Oscar. Great job! Continue reading The Bright Spots of the Oscars