Which film will win the Oscar for Best Picture?

Which film will win the Oscar for Best Picture?

For the first time in my life, I have seen each of the films nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award. In a typical year, I see one or two, if I’m lucky. Frankly, I don’t normally have much interest in the nominees, but this year the films grabbed me and I was compelled to see them.

First, I took my mom to see Hidden Figures over Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend. A few weeks later, I spent a weekend in Michigan with my brother Dave and we saw Lion at the Garden Theater in Frankfort, Michigan. Knowing I also wanted to see Fences, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, and Hacksaw Ridge, I decided to take the plunge and attend the 2-day AMC Best Picture Showcase. I had heard good things about Arrival and Moonlight, but hadn’t even heard of Hell or High Water.

Before getting into the movies, let me just saw that this is the way to see the films nominated for Best Picture. I saw the movies at the AMC Hawthorn 12, which has reclining seats. I took a blanket and just curled up for the day. I was comfy and cozy. Plus, seeing the movies in a marathon is a steal. The two days cost me just $70 for the tickets, which is $7.77 per movie.

Now for the movies:

Hidden Figures

Mom and I both loved it. The acting was beautiful and the story was one we must not forget. I recall seeing the photo of Katherine (Goble) Johnson receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2015 and I was stopped in my tracks. I’m not ashamed to say I cried.This film, in particular, felt like it was a “must see” given what’s happening in the country at this moment. I was particularly struck by the fact that it was only 50 years ago when we had separate drinking fountains, bathrooms, libraries, jobs, etc. We can’t forget this history. Everyone should see Hidden Figures, even younger children. Hidden Figures is my personal Best Picture. In addition to being nominated for Best Picture and other awards, Octavia Spencer is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

Lion

Another true story, this film simply amazed me. That 5-year-old Saroo could survive all that he did on the streets of India before being adopted by an Australian couple is almost unbelievable. This movie tells the story of never losing hope and brought me to tears more than once. The movie was beautifully acted and shot. It’s a feel good story that we all need. In addition to being nominated for Best Picture and other awards, Dev Patel is nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Nicole Kidman is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

Manchester by the Sea

I did not see this one coming. I knew the premise of the movie, but I didn’t have a clue. I won’t give it away, but I will say that if you see it, take an entire box of tissues. In general I’m not a fan of Michelle Williams, so I appreciated that she wasn’t a main character. In addition to being nominated for Best Picture and other awards, Casey Affleck is nominated for Best Actor, Lucas Hedges is nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Michelle Williams is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

Hacksaw Ridge

Another true story that’s about having the courage of our convictions. I don’t typically like war films because they’re a bit too gory for me, but Desmond Doss is a true American hero. In addition to being nominated for Best Picture and other awards, Andrew Garfield is nominated for Best Actor.

Arrival

Although Arrival is a science fiction movie, it’s about the importance of communication and cooperation. I’m not a fan of science fiction, but Arrival held my attention for the duration of the film. I’m not sure why this is up for Best Picture. In addition to being nominated for Best Picture, Arrival is nominated for seven other Oscars.

Hell or High Water

This movie was completely unknown to me. I hadn’t heard of it and didn’t know what to expect, yet I loved it. This is a movie about family and what we do for those we love. It’s also a movie about punishing the banks that caused the financial collapse in 2008/2009. Without a doubt, this was my favorite film because I could easily anyone who got screwed by the big banks wanting to get revenge. In addition to being nominated for Best Picture and other awards, Jeff Bridges is nominated for Best Supporting Actor,

Moonlight

I think anyone who has ever felt like an outsider or who has struggled with their identity will relate to Moonlight. This movie forces you to look past stereotypes and see people for who they really are. Loved it. In addition to being nominated for Best Picture and other awards, Mahershala Ali is nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Naomie Harries nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

Fences

Denzel Washington is almost unrecognizable in this film. Viola Davis is the heart of Fences. I loved this movie about family struggle and forgiveness. Bring tissues. In addition to being nominated for Best Picture and other awards, Denzel Washington is nominated for Best Actor and Viola Davis is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

La La Land

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are certainly lovely to look at in any movie. La La Land is a fun movie that harkens back to Old Hollywood and 20th century musicals like Singin’ in the Rain. In addition to being nominated for Best Picture and other awards, Ryan Gosling is nominated for Best Actor and Emma Stone is nominated for Best Actress.

Summary:

Most of the movies nominated for Best Picture are about family, relationships, and the human condition. I think that’s why I loved them so much. They told the stories of our best selves and our worst selves, but mostly about the struggle to be better.

So what film will take home the Oscar for Best Picture?

La La Land.

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