February 9th was the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, which was held in the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, California. Only eight away from a hundred ceremonies, these were the nominations for Best Picture. They were announced on January 13th by actors and producers John Cho and Issa Rae at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The nominations for Best picture were Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, Little Women, Marriage Story, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Parasite.
Jojo Rabbit is a coming of age story about a boy struggling to find his place in World War 2. The movie is a drama/comedy about Jojo who has a blind nationalism for Nazi Germany, but when he discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish Girl named Elsa in their walls, he is split between what he should do. The movie is an anti-hate film as told by Jojo Rabbit’s writer and director Taika Watitia, who also is known for writing and directing 2017’s Thor Ragnarok. The movie was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Production Design.
Marriage Story is about the struggling relationship between a stage director and his actor wife, going through a coast-to-coast divorce. It was written and directed by Noah Baumbach, who also wrote the screenplay for Fantastic Mr. Fox, and wrote, directed, and produced While We’re Young. Adam Driver was nominated for Best Actor for Marriage Story, Scarlett Johansen was nominated for Best Actress, and Laura Dern was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
Joker is planted in pop culture ever since his debut in Batman #1 in 1940. The movie hit the titles in October of 2019 when the clown prince of crime got $1.069 billion in the box office. Joker is an American psychological thriller film directed by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver. It's about Arthur Fleck, who is a neglected stand-up comedian whose plunge into madness and chaos sparks a severe revolution versus the wealthy in a crumbling Gotham City. It's nominated awards were Best Actor which was Joaquin Phoenix, Best Original Music Score, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Costume Design, and Best Sound Editing.
Parasite is a 2019 South Korean Film dark comedy thriller film. It was directed by Bong Joon-ho which he also co-wrote the screenplay with Han Jin-won. It is about when greed and class discrimination endanger the newly formed symbiotic connection between the wealthy Park family and the impoverished Kim clan. It made $148 million in the box office, with a budget of only $11 million. Bong Joon-ho also directed and wrote Okja in 2017 and his oldest screenplay being Motel Cactus. Parasite is a movie that the less you know about it, the better it is. It was nominated for Best Director, Best Foreign Langauge Film, Best Original Screenplay twice, and Best Production design twice.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is famous director Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film, the last one being The Hateful Eight in 2015. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood made $373.1 million in the box office. It's a fairy tale ending with the hint being the title of the film. Rick Dalton an actor played by Leonardo Dicaprio, and Cliff Booth the actor’s stunt double goes on an adventure in Hollywood that they don’t recognize. They happen to be neighbors with Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate, the filmmaker and actress whose destinies will forever be altered by members of the Manson Family. It was nominated for Best Actor which was Leonardo Dicaprio, Best Supporting Actor which was Brad Pitt, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing twice, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design twice, and Best sound editing.
Ford V Ferrari also titled Le Mans ‘66 in some European territories, is an American drama film directed by James Mangold and written by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and Jason Keller. James Mangold also wrote and directed Logan. Ford V Ferrari made $216.3 million in the Box Office. It's about an American automotive designer Carroll Shelby, and bold British race car driver Ken Miles battle corporate intervention, the laws of physics and their demons to create an innovative vehicle for the Ford Motor Co. Together, they plan to compete against the race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.
The Irishman is based on the 2004 novel I Heard You Paint Houses. It's incredible visual effects transform the actors through multiple decades, to tell the story. Directed by Martin Scorcese and written by Steven Zaillian. It made $8 million in the box office. It takes place in the 1950s, a truck driver Frank Sheeran gets associated with Russell Bufalino. As Sheeran rises the ranks to become a head hitman, he additionally goes to work for Jimmy Hoffa. It was nominated for Best Supporting Actor twice for Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design twice.
Little Women is a historical period drama, it is written and directed by Greta Gerwig. It is adapted from the 1869’s Little Women that was written by Louisa May Alcott. It made $132 million in the Box Office. It takes place in the years after the Civil War four sisters live life doing their careers, but when Beth develops a crushing illness that brings the family back together. Little Woman was nominated Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan, Best Supporting Actress for Florence Pugh, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Costume Design.
1917 is a drama/action film set during World War 1. It has photorealistic visual effects creating a stricken environment. It was directed by Sam Mendes who co-wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Sam Mendes also directed Skyfall and Spectre. 1917 is Sam Mendes’s first film he wrote. It made $147.5 million in the box office. During World War 1, a pair of British soldiers, Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake receives impossible orders to cross over into enemy territory to pass a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their comrades including Blake's brother. It was nominated for Best Director, Best Original Music Score, Best Original Screenplay twice, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing twice, Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design twice.
Story by Taylor Franklin