Top Nominated Movies to Watch
Have you ever find yourself in absence of things to do when you seem to have all the time in the world? Or those times when you feel like watching a movie but you have none on your mind? Well if you ever find yourself back in that situation, maybe this set of top nominated movies ranging from comedy, drama, romance and thriller can help you pass your time.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Director: Martin McDonagh
Cast: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockell, Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklages, John Hawkes
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a Crime/Comedy movie circulating on a murder case of Mildred Hayes’ daughter who was raped and killed. After months of no progress or leads on the culprit, sad and filled with despair, Mildred decided to rent three billboards on which she writes controversial messages directed at the town’s chief police, Sheriff Willoughby.
Although Willoughby is sympathetic towards Mildred considering the loss of her daughter, he thought it was quite unfair to attack his character. The townspeople and officer Dixon, Willoughby’s second-in-command, also was not fond of her actions, especially knowing Willoughby’s condition. In the end, Dixon’s penchant for violence and Mildred’s impulsive behavior lead to a lot of drama to go down in the town of Ebbing, Missouri.
The Shape of Water
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer
Elisa Esposito was rendered mute due to a neck injury that happened when she was an infant. She works as a janitor in a secret government laboratory alongside her friend Zelda, who at times becomes her translator. The lab she works in receives a water creature that was captured by Colonel Richard Strickland. He strictly told them to only clean the facility and do nothing else.
However, curiosity got the best of Elisa and she discovers that the creature is a humanoid amphibian. She often tries to visit the creature secretly and they form a close bond. When Elisa heard that they wanted to get rid of the creature, she felt the need to help him escape. With the help of her friends, she tried to take him out and hide him from the government.
The Shape of Water has been nominated for multiple awards such as Best Drama Motion Picture for the Golden Globes and also thirteen Oscars nominations. If romantic/fantasy/thriller is your kind of thing, then this movie is definitely a must-watch for you.
Director: Greta Gerwig
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts
Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, Lady Bird is a coming-of-age story starring Saoirse Ronan as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson who has a love-hate relationship with her equally strong-willed and caring mother. Getting through the last years of high school was a challenge for Lady Bird as everything in her life, starting from her parents, boyfriend, friends and financial problems, seem to spiral out of control.
All Lady Bird wanted to do was to be able to get out of California and go to college somewhere on the east coast. However her mother insisted otherwise, claiming that they were not financially capable to send her there. Being the hard-headed, wild spirit that she is, Lady Bird fought against all odds to get through high school and leave California like she’s always wanted.
This award-winning movie is a story on how to deal with friendships, heartbreak, broken relationships, and rekindling with those who were always there from the start.
Director: Jordan Peele
Chris Washington, an African-American young man finally agrees to meet his girlfriend’s family for their annual get-together. When they arrive at her parents’ place, Chris sees their groundskeeper and maid, which happens to be black, and tried to approach them so that he could feel a little more welcomed. Rose, his girlfriend, informed him that her family treated them well and that they have been with them for years. However he finds that both of them are very strangely compliant and they don’t act or understand most of Chris’ attempt on making conversation.
As the days go by, Chris started to see more things that leaves him with an unsettling feeling and he wanted to go back home. Rose’s family also occasionally make subtle jabs on black people for which she apologized. Despite Rose’s apologies, Chris still has this urge to leave, especially after meeting Logan King – a black man who acts strangely and is married to a white woman much older than he is. Chris then tried to discreetly take a picture of Logan to send to his NSA friend, however the flash went off and triggered a shocking reaction from Logan. He seemed to be a completely different person right after the flash blinded him and he shouted at Chris to ‘get out’. Soon other series of events then lead Chris to find out the reason behind his strong urge to get out; reasons he probably wished he hadn’t known.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Harry Styles
Dunkirk is a war film based on the Dunkirk evacuation during the World War II. In 1940, hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army after the fall of France. The only way to evacuate is through water; however the Germans have air support and had no qualms in bombing them. This is a story where each country is trying to save their own, sending destroyers and even civilian vessels in an attempt to take their soldiers back home.
This movie directed by Christopher Nolan doesn’t have much dialogue or conversation between characters, however even without them, we can still clearly see the effort and struggle of the soldiers to get back to their families.
All images credit to: The Golden Globes
Words by: Joanne J.
Header image credited to: Ellehena