Category: Oscars Challenge

2021 Oscars Challenge: [41] “Promising Young Woman” (Six Nominations)

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN BEST PICTUREBEST DIRECTINGBEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLEBEST FILM EDITINGBEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) Medical student Cassie was a promising young woman until a mysterious event derailed her future. Now, nothing in her life is what it seems; she is smart, cunning and lives a double life at night while seeking to right the wrongs of the past. Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [41] “Promising Young Woman” (Six Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [40] “News of the World” (Four Nominations)

NEWS OF THE WORLD BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYBEST ORIGINAL SCOREBEST PRODUCTION DESIGNBEST SOUND Five years after the Civil War, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd crosses paths with Johanna, a 10-year-old girl taken in by the Kiowa people six years earlier. When Johanna is forced to return to her aunt and uncle, Kidd agrees to escort her across the harsh and unforgiving plains of Texas. Dariusz Wolski PERSONAL … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [40] “News of the World” (Four Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [39] “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Six Nominations)

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH BEST PICTUREBEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (KALUUYA)BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (STANFIELD)BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYBEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) Bill O’Neal infiltrates the Black Panthers on the orders of FBI agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle is waged for O’Neal’s soul. … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [39] “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Six Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [38] “The Midnight Sky” — Best Visual Effects

THE MIDNIGHT SKY BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Following a mysterious global catastrophe, Augustine, a scientist based in the Arctic, races to stop a group of astronauts from returning home to a planet that cannot sustain life much longer. Matthew Kasmir, Christopher Lawrence, Max Solomon and David Watkins PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Matthew Kasmir | Max Solomon | David Watkins — 1st time Nominees — Christopher … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [38] “The Midnight Sky” — Best Visual Effects

2021 Oscars Challenge: [37] “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” — Best Actress in a Leading Role

THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY BEST Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role In the 1940s, the U.S. government targeted beloved jazz icon Billie Holiday as part of their war on drugs, to prevent her from performing her heart-wrenching ballad “Strange Fruit,” a blatant cry against lynching. Andra Day Harassed by the police for performing her song “Strange Fruit,” a ballad about … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [37] “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” — Best Actress in a Leading Role

2021 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Da 5 Bloods” — Best Original Score

DA 5 BLOODS BEST ORIGINAL SCORE Four African-American veterans – Paul, Otis, Eddie and Melvin – return to Vietnam with Paul’s son David to search for the remains of their fallen leader and the gold he helped hide. Terence Blanchard PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Terence Blanchard 2018 (91st) Best Original Score “BlacKkKlansman” WON RELEASE DATEJune 12, 2020 DIRECTORSpike Lee WRITTEN BYDanny BilsonPaul De MeoKevin … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Da 5 Bloods” — Best Original Score

2021 Oscars Challenge: [35] “The White Tiger” — Best Adapted Screenplay

THE WHITE TIGER BEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) A poor Indian driver must use his wit and cunning to break free from servitude to his rich masters and rise to the top of the heap. Written for the screen by Ramin Bahrani PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Ramin Bahrani — 1st time Nominee — RELEASE DATEJanuary 13, 2021 DIRECTORRamin Bahrani WRITTEN BYRamin Bahrani BASED ON“The White … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [35] “The White Tiger” — Best Adapted Screenplay

2021 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Pieces of a Woman” — Best Actress in a Leading Role

PIECES OF A WOMAN BEST Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role After a young mother’s home birth ends in unfathomable tragedy, she begins a year-long odyssey of mourning and self-discovery that fractures relationships with her mother, partner and loved ones. Vanessa Kirby After the loss of her baby during a home childbirth, Martha Weiss begins a year-long odyssey of mourning and self-discovery … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Pieces of a Woman” — Best Actress in a Leading Role

2021 Oscars Challenge: [33] “Nomadland” (Six Nominations)

NOMADLAND BEST PICTUREBEST DIRECTINGBEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLEBEST CINEMATOGRAPHYBEST FILM EDITINGBEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) Following the economic collapse of the small town of Empire, Nevada, Fern packs her van to explore a life outside conventional society as a modern-day nomad in the American West. Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao “Nomadland” is the front-runner in Best Picture. It … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [33] “Nomadland” (Six Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” — Best Documentary Feature

CRIP CAMP: A DISABILITY REVOLUTION BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE A groundbreaking summer camp galvanizes a group of teens with disabilities to help build a movement, thereby forging a new path toward greater equality. Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht and Sara Bolder PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS — 1st time Nominees — RELEASE DATEMarch 25, 2020 DIRECTORNicole NewnhamJames Lebrecht SCREENPLAYNicole NewnhamJames Lebrecht STUDIONetflix R(for some language including sexual … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” — Best Documentary Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Greyhound” — Best Sound

GREYHOUND BEST SOUND Captain Ernest Kraus is a longtime Navy veteran who, as a first-time captain, is tasked with protecting a convoy of 37 ships carrying thousands of soldiers and much-needed supplies across the treacherous waters of the Atlantic during World War II. Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders and David Wyman PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Warren Shaw | David Wyman — 1st time … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Greyhound” — Best Sound

2021 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Mulan” (Two Nominations)

MULAN BEST COSTUME DESIGNBEST VISUAL EFFECTS The film brings China’s legendary warrior to life in the story of a fearless young woman – masquerading as a man – who risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest heroes China has ever known. Bina Daigeler PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Bina Daigeler — 1st time Nominee — … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Mulan” (Two Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [29] “Soul” (Three Nominations)

SOUL BEST ANIMATED FEATUREBEST ORIGINAL SCOREBEST SOUND A musician whose passion for jazz is all-consuming teams up with a sarcastic and well-practiced skeptic on a mission to figure out exactly what makes life worth living. Pete Docter and Dana Murray Nothing can beat “Soul.” PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Pete Docter 1995 (68th) Best Original Screenplay “Toy Story” NOMINATED 2001 (74th) Best Animated Feature “Monsters … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [29] “Soul” (Three Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [28] “Mank” (Ten Nominations)

MANK BEST PICTUREBEST DIRECTINGBEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLEBEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST CINEMATOGRAPHYBEST COSTUME DESIGNBEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLINGBEST ORIGINAL SCOREBEST PRODUCTION DESIGNBEST SOUND 1930s Hollywood is re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of CITIZEN KANE for Orson Welles. Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth and Douglas Urbanski PERSONAL PREDICTIONS … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [28] “Mank” (Ten Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [27] “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Six Nominations)

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 BEST PICTUREBEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST CINEMATOGRAPHYBEST FILM EDITINGBEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police. Protest organizers were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot, and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [27] “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Six Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Tenet” (Two Nominations)

TENET BEST PRODUCTION DESIGNBEST VISUAL EFFECTS After being dismissed from his job, a CIA agent joins a shadowy group of international espionage agents who invert time in an effort to prevent an impending global war that could destroy the planet. Production Design: Nathan CrowleySet Decoration: Kathy Lucas Walking into any Christopher Nolan film, you know the Production Design is going to be exquisite. And … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Tenet” (Two Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [25] “The Father” (Six Nominations)

THE FATHER BEST PICTUREBEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLEBEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST FILM EDITINGBEST PRODUCTION DESIGNBEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) Anthony is 80, living defiantly alone and rejecting the home healthcare aides that his daughter, Anne, introduces. Yet help is a necessity as she can’t make daily visits anymore and Anthony begins to doubt his family, his surroundings and his grip on reality. … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [25] “The Father” (Six Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [24] “Hillbilly Elegy” (Two Nominations)

HILLBILLY ELEGY BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING Yale Law student J.D. must return to his hometown to push his mother Bev, a longtime drug addict, into entering rehab. As he deals with Bev, J.D. also wrestles with the poverty, despair and deep-seated Appalachian traditions that have shaped his family. Glenn Close Having left the hillbilly Appalachian backwoods of Kentucky for … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [24] “Hillbilly Elegy” (Two Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [23] “The Man Who Sold His Skin” — Best International Feature

The Man Who Sold His Skin BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE Sam Ali, a young Syrian, left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel to Europe and get back the love of his life, he agrees to have his back tattooed by one of by the world’s most notorious contemporary artists, turning his own body into a piece of art. … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [23] “The Man Who Sold His Skin” — Best International Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [22] “One Night In Miami” (Three Nominations)

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI… BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)BEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) A fictional account of one incredible night in 1964, when four icons of activism, sports and music – Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke – gathered, discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the ’60s. Leslie Odom, Jr. At the … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [22] “One Night In Miami” (Three Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Onward” — Best Animated Feature

ONWARD BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Two brothers seek to conjure a spell that will bring their late father back to life for just one day. To share with him precious moments they have longed for, they race against time for one brother to say hello, and the other goodbye. Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae “Onward” was one of the last movies I saw in the … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Onward” — Best Animated Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Another Round” (Two Nominations)

ANOTHER ROUND BEST DIRECTINGBEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE High school teacher Martin is stuck in a rut at work and home and, along with his three best friends, decides to find if drinking alcohol on a daily basis will increase his enjoyment of life. Thomas Vinterberg There’s been a trend of International directors getting nominated in Best Directing. It happened a few years ago when “Cold … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Another Round” (Two Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Love and Monsters” — Best Visual Effects

LOVE AND MONSTERS BEST VISUAL EFFECTS In a post-apocalyptic world where the planet has been overrun by monsters of every size and shape, a young man emerges from an underground compound and sets out to join his high school girlfriend in a compound some 85 miles away. Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Everitt and Brian Cox When “Love and Monsters” was announced as one … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Love and Monsters” — Best Visual Effects

2021 Oscars Challenge: [18] “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” — Best Animated Feature

A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Shaun and the flock race to help an adorable alien find her way home after her ship crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm and sparks a UFO frenzy. Richard Phelan, Will Becher and Paul Kewley The Academy loves to recognize Nick Park and his crew. Any year one of their claymation features releases they find themselves … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [18] “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” — Best Animated Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Sound Of Metal” (Six Nominations)

SOUND OF METAL BEST PICTUREBEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLEBEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST FILM EDITINGBEST SOUNDBEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) The life of an itinerant punk-metal drummer begins to unravel when he suddenly loses his hearing, and with it, his identity. Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche The big three have to be “Nomadland,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” and “Promising Young … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Sound Of Metal” (Six Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [16] “Over The Moon” — Best Animated Feature

OVER THE MOON BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Fueled with determination and a passion for science, a bright young girl builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess. Glen Keane, Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou “Over The Moon” getting nominated for Best Animated Feature is not a surprise. The surprise came when the film’s main song, “Rocket to … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [16] “Over The Moon” — Best Animated Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [15] “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Five Nominations)

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM BEST Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleBEST Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleBEST Achievement in Production DesignBEST Achievement in Makeup and HairstylingBEST Achievement in Costume Design During a recording session in a Chicago studio in 1927, tensions rise between famed singer Ma Rainey, ambitious horn player Levee and Ma Rainey’s white manager, both of whom are … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [15] “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Five Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [14] “Emma” (Two Nominations)

EMMA BEST COSTUME DESIGNBEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING Handsome, clever and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along. Alexandra Byrne Apart from the performances, especially from … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [14] “Emma” (Two Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” — Best Original Song

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG) When aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for. “Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”Music and … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” — Best Original Song

2021 Oscars Challenge: [12] “The Mole Agent” — Best Documentary Feature

THE MOLE AGENT BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE When a family grows concerned for their mother’s well-being in a retirement home, private investigator Romulo hires 83-year-old Sergio to become a new resident and a mole inside the home. Sergio struggles to balance his assignment with his increasing involvement in the lives of other residents. Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibáñez A private investigator sends 83-year-old Sergio into … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [12] “The Mole Agent” — Best Documentary Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Time” — Best Documentary Feature

TIME BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE In this love story filmed over two decades, indomitable matriarch Fox Rich strives to raise her six sons and keep her family together while fighting for her husband’s release from the Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly known as Angola. Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino and Kellen Quinn “Time” is a documentary about real people dealing with real issues. Fox Rich tells the … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Time” — Best Documentary Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Two Nominations)

BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) A satire on Trump’s America that follows a Kazakh journalist who is sent to America to deliver a gift to Vice President Mike Pence. His worldview is turned upside down when he learns to love and respect his daughter. Maria Bakalova Treated like an animal in her country of Kazakhstan, Tutar Sagdiyev … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Two Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [9] “The One and Only Ivan” — Best Visual Effects

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Ivan, a silverback gorilla, is the star of a shopping mall attraction, but when baby elephant Ruby arrives, Ivan learns how to keep a promise and to be who he really is. Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones and Santiago Colomo Martinez Last year, Walt Disney released films like “Mulan” and “Soul,” which were impossible to … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [9] “The One and Only Ivan” — Best Visual Effects

2021 Oscars Challenge: [8] “Better Days” — Best International Feature

BETTER DAYS BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE Two damaged souls form a unique bond, but as they graduate into the more complicated adult world, the innocent promise they once made to each other may no longer be sufficient to lead them out of the dark. Hong Kong “Better Days” may be a love story on the surface, but it’s also an ode to anti-bullying. Bullying is … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [8] “Better Days” — Best International Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [7] “Pinocchio” (Two Nominations)

PINOCCHIO BEST COSTUME DESIGNBEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING Geppetto, an old woodcarver who longs for a son, creates a puppet and names him Pinocchio. The wooden boy, full of mischief and the desire to be a real boy, is easily led astray by ne’er-do-wells as he embarks on adventures that carry him far from home. Massimo Cantini Parrini Easily the biggest surprise of the awards … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [7] “Pinocchio” (Two Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [6] “My Octopus Teacher” — Best Documentary Feature

MY OCTOPUS TEACHER BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE While swimming in the waters of the Great African Sea Forest, filmmaker and conservationist Craig Foster meets an unlikely teacher: a young octopus. After visiting her den every day for months, he eventually wins the animal’s trust, and as she shares the secrets of her world, Foster undergoes a transformation. Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster Being … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [6] “My Octopus Teacher” — Best Documentary Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [5] “Minari” (Six Nominations)

MINARI BEST PICTUREBEST DIRECTINGBEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLEBEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) A Korean-American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream, and discovers the resilience of their family and what really makes a home. Christina Oh “Minari” is precisely the movie we need right now. With all the hate toward … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [5] “Minari” (Six Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [4] “The Life Ahead” — Best Original Song

THE LIFE AHEAD BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG) In seaside Italy, a Holocaust survivor with a daycare business, Madame Rosa, takes in 12-year-old Momo, the Senegalese Muslim boy who recently robbed her. The two loners become each other’s protectors, anchoring an unconventional family. “Io Sì (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead”Music by Diane WarrenLyrics by Diane Warren and Laura PausiniPerformed by Laura Pausini Another year, another … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [4] “The Life Ahead” — Best Original Song

2021 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Quo Vadis, Aida?” — Best International Feature

QUO VADIS, AIDA? BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. What is on the horizon for her family and people – rescue or death – and how should she act? Bosnia and … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Quo Vadis, Aida?” — Best International Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [2] “Wolfwalkers” — Best Animated Feature

WOLFWALKERS BEST ANIMATED FEATURE A young apprentice hunter journeys to Ireland with her father to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night. Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young and Stéphan Roelants There should be no real surprise that “Wolfwalkers” got a Best Animated Feature … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [2] “Wolfwalkers” — Best Animated Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [1] “Collective” (Two Nominations)

COLLECTIVE BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATUREBEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE The film follows a team of journalists who uncover widespread corruption. After a deadly nightclub fire, the mysterious death of a powerful pharmaceutical firm’s owner and the resignation of a health minister, the reporters expose a much larger, even more explosive political scandal. Alexander Nanau and Bianca Oana If a documentary can change the way you feel or … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [1] “Collective” (Two Nominations)

2020 Oscars Challenge: Best Live Action Short Films

Personally, “Nefta Football Club” was my favorite short of the Oscars, just because it went places that I didn’t expect it to go and it was very humorous for what it was. The front-runner is “The Neighbors’ Window,” which I found to be a little too creepy for my liking.

2020 Oscars Challenge: Best Documentary Short Films

“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)” feels like the clear winner, as it broaches a topic that not only brings to light its topic but also entertains by capturing these dynamic young women. The only short that even has a chance of upsetting it would likely be the US’s “St. Louis Superman,” as its central character is extremely captivating.

2020 Oscars Challenge: Best Animated Short Films

The front-runner for this year’s Best Animated Short is the Sony Animations short, “Hair Love,” which played in front of “The Angry Birds Movie 2” and later “Jumanji: The Next Level” and was also my personal favorite. Pixar has it’s own short in contention with “Kitbull.” The rest of the contenders are foreign entries.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” — Three Nominations

Every time a “Star Wars” film comes out and John Williams does the score, he gets nominated. The man now has 52 Academy Award nominations. Needless to say, he will not be winning his sixth Oscar this year, as the scores for “1917” and “Joker” are the front-runners.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [37] “The Irishman” — Ten Nominations

What a year it is when we’re talking about a Martin Scorsese film being “unlikely” to win Best Picture. Top that off with a film that’s garnering ten nominations, at least as far as my projections, is “unlikely” to win all ten. I expect “The Irishman” to be completely shut out this year and that’s absolutely bonkers when you think of how prestigious Scorsese is. But it just goes to show you what kind of year we’ve had for movies.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Parasite” — Six Nominations

Let’s just bask in the fact that absolutely no one nominated for this film has ever been nominated for an Academy Award before. Even the country of South Korea had yet to even gain a nomination. Now Bong Joon Ho and the rest of his crew can get their names in the history books. And “Parasite” is actually one of the Big Three, with runner-up status as we speak. The only reason it’s not front and center is because “1917” has been cleaning up the awards, from the PGA to the DGA to the Globes. “Parasite” has done well in its own right, winning the SAG Ensemble award as well as Best International Film at the Globes. It simply depends where the Academy leans.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [35] “Ad Astra” — Best Sound Mixing

“Ad Astra” was one of this year’s outliers, a film that was nominated nothing but one random award. In this case, it was nominated for Best Sound Mixing and kudos to the team for getting that recognition despite the film not landing anywhere in the Oscars. Will it win? Probably not. But it definitely has merits to be here. The entire category is filmed with Best Picture nominated film and right now it comes down to “1917” and “Ford v Ferrari” for the win.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” — Ten Nominations

Heading into the awards season this year, it felt like “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” might end up being the film to beat. However, then “1917” and “Parasite” came on the scene and started winning everything. Now, “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” is still apart of the Big Three, remaining in the conversation, but being overshadowed by those other two films, which have been sweeping the season thus far.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [33] “Avengers: Endgame” — Best Visual Effects

Even though it’s clearly the film that relies on Visual Effects the most, “Avengers: Endgame” is actually considered the runner-up to “1917.” There will definitely be a lot of love for “1917,” but if you stop and think about the impact of visual effects on both films, “Avengers: Endgame” is definitely the actual front-runner. It just depends where the Academy voters land.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [32] Corpus Christi (Poland) — Best International Feature Film

“Parasite” has this category locked up, so almost anything else is a non-starter. Even if that’s not the case and something does upset, it’ll likely be “Pain and Glory” and not “Corpus Christi.” The experts actually have it placed dead last, so the chances for it are not good.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Jojo Rabbit” — Six Nominations

Not apart of the Big Three (“1917,” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” and “Parasite”) there’s very little chance for “Jojo Rabbit” to win. However, it is a front-runner in the Best Adapted Screenplay category after winning the WGA Award. Scarlett Johansson is still in contention for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role, although she’ll have to upset Laura Dern. The rest of the categories its nominated for seem fairly unlikely.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Joker” — Eleven Nominations

Chances are, it’s not going to win Best Picture, as three other film (“1917,” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” and “Parasite”) seem to have a bigger claim to it, but it’s definitely in the range of possibilities for Joaquin Phoenix to win for Best Leading Actor and Hildur Guðnadóttir to win for Best Original Score.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [29] “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” — Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Brad Pitt holds the front-runner spot in Best Actor in a Supporting Role, having been sweeping the season. However, when reading how some of the Academy voters were voting, Tom Hanks name was coming up a lot. The fact that he’s playing an actual historic figure and such a beloved one on top of that, this could designate a possible upset. My bets are still on no, but if there is an upset, it will likely be Hanks.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [28] “The Cave” — Best Documentary Feature

At the moment, “American Factory” seems to hold the front-runner status for one reason or another. “For Sama” and “The Cave” are very similar in subject matter, so the runner-up status likely drops to one of them. Personally, I feel like “For Sama” was the more engaging film, so for that I feel like “The Cave” falls to third place. However, reading Academy voters ballots that were released, “The Cave” was brought up quite a bit.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [27] “Knives Out” — Best Original Screenplay

The mere fact that Rian Johnson made it here thrills me to no end. I loved “Knives Out” but did not see it getting anywhere near the Oscars. “Parasite” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” being part of the Big Three make them the front-runners here. But if there’s going to be a jaw-dropping upset, it might be “Knives Out” winning here.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Rocketman” — Best Original Song

Elton John is a huge international star that is beloved by millions. Saying his song is a front-runner just for that initial fact is no stretch of the imagination. Add to that, his song has been winning in other venues, including the Golden Globes, and it is definitely the odds-on favorite to win. Personally, I do adhere to the love. Not being a huge Elton John fan, I see the song for what’s it worth. Granted, the entire category is not very inspired, but the “Rocketman” song in particular is lost on me. Now, the only thing that points toward an upset here is the fact that “Rocketman” missed out on other categories this year like Best Actor in a Leading Role for Taron Egerton and even Best Costume Design. That tells me it didn’t have as much support as you’d expect. That being said, unless somehow “Frozen II” or “Harriet” get some support behind it, which their support are both dwindling, I would not expect an anything to be able to upset it.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [25] “Ford v Ferrari” — Four Nominations

As of right now, I have “Ford v Ferrari” winning two, possibly three, out of the four awards it’s nominated for. Yet, somehow, the experts place it dead last for the films in the Best Picture category. Other films, like “The Irishman” and “Little Women” I have winning zero awards and yet those are somehow ahead of “Ford v Ferrari.” That being said, there’s no way “Ford v Ferrari” wins Best Picture. The Big Three are currently “1917,” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywoood,” and “Parasite.”

2020 Oscars Challenge: [24] “The Lighthouse” — Best Cinematography

Many were surprised that “The Lighthouse” didn’t garner any other attention from the Academy, especially with Willem Dafoe being a favorite of theirs. The cinematography, though stepping outside the box and deliviering something different, does not seem like Academy Award winning material, especially when you have Roger Deakins breaking ground with “1917.” The experts place “The Lighthouse” at the very bottom of the pack and although I do not necessarily agree with that, it does not have a very good chance of winning.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [23] “Harriet” — Two Nominations

Nothing against the film, but I’m surprised “Harriet” got as much attention as it did. The fact that Cynthia Erivo showed up in during a stacked year for performances is quite the achievement. It reeks of voting for a person of color to get a nomination, but I don’t want to undermine Erivo’s accomplishments. Renée Zellweger is the clear front-runner with Scarlett Johansson right behind her. The experts place Erivo at the back of the pack.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [22] “The Lion King” — Best Visual Effects

The experts and I think “1917” holds the front-runner status on this category, but when you actually sit down and think about it, which films are dependent on their visual effects. The titles that come to mind are “Avengers: Endgame” (which was beloved this year) and “The Lion King” (which is Disney and that name means a lot). This film would not exist without visual effects and it does a decent job of breaking some ground. That being said, I do not feel like it was popular enough to get enough members behind it.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Toy Story 4” — Two Nominations

“Toy Story 4” is a Disney/Pixar film, so just by that fact alone it’s a front-runner. The company has a great track record for winning. However, sequels from the animation company are not always a guarantee. One thing that stands out to me is that “Klaus” swept at the Annie Awards. Yes, that’s a different voting body and the Academy members are much more general and may just gravitate toward “Toy Story 4” because of its name. But, I do believe “Klaus” or possibly even “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” has a chance to upset.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Bombshell” — Three Nominations

At this point in the season, it would take a lot for anyone to usurp the front-runner Renée Zellweger. If anyone is, it seems more likely that it will be Scarlett Johansson. The experts place Charlize Theron as the next in line, but at that point, it will likely be a toss up anyway.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Pain And Glory” — Two Nominations

Just like Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best International Feature Film is basically locked as well, with “Parasite” being the absolute favorite, not only here but everywhere, so much so that it could translate into a Best Picture win. There’s no way there will be an upset but if by some miracle there is, I guess “Pain and Glory” would likely be the next in line.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [18] “Little Women” — Six Nominations

Despite the uproar that director Greta Gerwig missed out on her directing nomination, “Little Women” holds very little chance of winning Best Picture. For one thing, it simply has not won anywhere else. On top of that, it’s been missing in places where it was favored to win, like the Writers Guild awards. The sympathy vote for Gerwig seems not existent and without that, it really stands no chance against the Big Three (“1917,” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” and “Parasite”).

2020 Oscars Challenge: [17] “1917” — Ten Nominations

Experts place “1917” as the current odds-on favorite to win Best Picture. Apart of the “Big Three,” including “Parasite” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” “1917” leads them as the current front-runner. Right now, it seems the only way it won’t win is if “Parasite” ends up taking it all.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [16] “Richard Jewell” — Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Instead of a performance like Jennifer Lopez in “Hustlers” getting the nomination, Kathy Bates ended up here with no chance of winning. Laura Dern has the front-runner status and the experts have Bates ranked last. I really wish JLo was here instead.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [15] “The Edge Of Democracy” — Best Documentary Feature

Currently, the Oscar experts have “American Factory” winning in a landslide. In my personal opinion, I don’t think it has enough heart to bring in the voters, something “Honeyland” and “For Sama” both have. I could see this one going in a different direction than the pundits are predicting.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [14] “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” — Best Animated Feature

As far as the experts are concerned, “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is dead last in the Best Animated Feature category, but let’s give credit where credit is due. Dreamworks and Dean DeBlois were able to bring all three of their “How To Train Your Dragon” films to the Oscars, and that’s a win in and of itself.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Frozen II” — Best Original Song

Never count out anyone that’s won two previous awards like Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez have, both for their work with Pixar. However, “Rocketman” is currently the favorite to win because it has been sweeping the awards season.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Klaus” — Best Animated Feature

If the exclusion of “Frozen II” in the category is any indicator, there is definitely a chance for upset in this category.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Missing Link” — Best Animated Feature

Currently, the experts have “Toy Story 4” as the front-runner in the Best Animated Feature category, with “Klaus” ranked as the runner-up. That places “Missing Link” right in the middle. The leg up “Missing Link” has, however, is that it took the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature in what many consider an upset. Now, the Golden Globes are in no way, shape, or form a predictor in this category, but it does lead me to believe it has a better shot than experts lead on.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Marriage Story” — Six Nominations

In the Best Picture category, there are currently the “big three,” which are the films with the best shot at winning. “Marriage Story” is not one of them. They include “1917,” “Parasite,” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.” I would even say “The Irishman” falls in somewhere ahead of “Marriage Story” as well.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [9] “Breakthrough” — Best Original Song

Kudos to Diane Warren for getting here for an eleventh time, but the experts place her in dead last. As of now, “Rocketman” is the frontrunner, with “Harriet” and “Frozen II” coming in behind.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [8] “The Two Popes” — Three Nominations

“The Two Popes” has no chance of winning Best Adapted Screenplay. “Jojo Rabbit” has been winning all the major awards, making it the current frontrunner, while “Little Women” and “The Irishman” both have better claims to a win.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [7] “I Lost My Body” — Best Animated Feature

The nomination for “I Lost My Body” seems to be its win of the year, as it really hasn’t won anywhere this awards season. “Toy Story 4,” “Missing Link,” and “Klaus,” on the other hand have won gold in several different places over the season.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [6] “Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil” — Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Inexplicably, “Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil” is dead last according to the experts, with “Bombshell” remaining the odds on favorite.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [5] “Judy” — Two Nominations

Renée Zellweger has swept the awards season and there looks to be no stopping her. There’s no reason to believe she won’t win the Oscar as well.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [4] “American Factory” — Best Documentary Feature

Currently, the Oscar experts have “American Factory” winning in a landslide. In my personal opinion, I don’t think it has enough heart to bring in the voters, something “Honeyland” and “For Sama” both have. I could see this one going in a different direction than the pundits are predicting.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [3] “For Sama” — Best Documentary Feature

Right now, pundits have “American Factory” and “Honeyland” coming in before “For Sama,” but do not count it out, as it might just tug at the heartstrings more than those other two films can.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [2] “Honeyland” — Two Nominations

“American Factory” is currently the odds on favorite among the pundits, but showing up in both the Documentary and International Feature categories does get more eyes on this one. “Honeyland” also holds an edge over “American Factory” in the style department.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [1] Les Misérables (France) — Best International Feature Film

It might share the same name as the musical, but trust me when I tell you there’s no singing or dancing in this “Les Misérables.”

2019 Oscars Challenge: [37] “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” – Best Animated Feature

“SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE”Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney RothmanProducers: Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Christina SteinbergWriters: Phil Lord and Rodney RothmanEditor: Robert Fisher Jr.Composer: Daniel PembertonProduction Company: Columbia PicturesDistributor: Sony PicturesRelease Date: December 14, 2018Budget: $90 millionRun-time: 117 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: When New York teenager Miles Morales … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [37] “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” – Best Animated Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mary Poppins Returns” – Four Nominations

“MARY POPPINS RETURNS” Director: Rob MarshallProducers: Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc PlattWriter: David MageeBased On: “Mary Poppins” by P.L. TraversCinematography: Dion BeebeEditor: Wyatt SmithComposer: Marc ShaimanDistributors: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: December 19, 2018Budget: $130 millionRun-time: 130 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Michael Banks, now a widower with three children, and his sister Jane are astonished when their former nanny, Mary Poppins, suddenly returns one day. Aided … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mary Poppins Returns” – Four Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [35] “Ralph Breaks The Internet” – Best Animated Feature

“RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET”Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer Directors: Rich Moore and Phil JohnstonProducer: Clark SpencerWriters: Phil Johnston and Pamela RibonCinematography: Nathan Detroit Warner and Brian LeachEditor: Jeremy MiltonComposer: Henry JackmanDistributor: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: November 21, 2018Budget: $175 millionRun-time: 112 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: While enjoying life in his own arcade game, Ralph is distraught to learn that Vanellope’s Sugar Rush game … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [35] “Ralph Breaks The Internet” – Best Animated Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Christopher Robin” – Best Visual Effects

“CHRISTOPHER ROBIN”Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould Director: Marc ForsterProducers: Brigham Taylor and Kristin BurrWriters: Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, Allison Schroeder, Greg Brooker, and Mark Steven JohnsonBased On: “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne and E. H. ShepardCinematography: Matthias KoenigswieserEditor: Matt ChesséComposer: Geoff Zanelli and Jon BrionDistributors: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: August 3, 2018Budget: $70 millionRun-time: 104 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: As an … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Christopher Robin” – Best Visual Effects

2019 Oscars Challenge: [33] “A Star Is Born” – Eight Nominations

“A STAR IS BORN”Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor Director: Bradley CooperProducers: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos LanthimosWriters: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamaraCinematography: Robbie RyanEditor: Yorgos MavropsaridisComposer: Komeil S. HosseiniDistributor: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: November 23, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 120 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: When rock star Jackson Maine meets struggling singer Ally, he is impressed by her talent and … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [33] “A Star Is Born” – Eight Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Vice” – Eight Nominations

“VICE”Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick Director: Adam McKayProducers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Kevin J. Messick, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKayWriter: Adam McKayCinematography: Greig FraserEditor: Hank CorwinComposer: Nicholas BritellDistributor: Annapurna PicturesRelease Date: December 25, 2018Budget: $60 millionRun-time: 132 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Dick Cheney rises from humble beginnings to the heights of politics, serving in cabinet positions, in the White … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Vice” – Eight Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Mary Queen Of Scots” – Two Nominations

“MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS”Alexandra Byrne, Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks Director: Josie RourkeProducers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Debra HaywardWriter: Beau WillimonBased On: “Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart” by John GuyCinematography: John MathiesonEditor: Chris DickensComposer: Max RichterDistributors: Focus FeaturesRelease Date: December 7, 2018Budget: $25 million Run-time: 125 minutes ALEXANDRA BYRNE FILM SYNOPSIS: The widowed Mary Stuart, only 18 … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Mary Queen Of Scots” – Two Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Avengers: Infinity War” – Best Visual Effects

“AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR”Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick Directors: Anthony Russo and Joe RussoProducer: Kevin FeigeWriters: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeelyBased On: “The Avengers” by Stan Lee and Jack KirbyCinematography: Trent OpalochEditors: Jeffrey Ford and Matthew SchmidtComposer: Alan SilvestriProduction Company: Marvel StudiosDistributors: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: April 27, 2018Budget: $400 millionRun-time: 149 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: The Avengers and their allies must … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Avengers: Infinity War” – Best Visual Effects

2019 Oscars Challenge: [29] “Black Panther” – Seven Nominations

“BLACK PANTHER”Kevin Feige Director: Ryan CooglerProducers: Kevin FeigeWriters: Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert ColeBased On: “Black Panther” by Stan Lee and Jack KirbyCinematography: Rachel MorrisonEditors: Michael P. Shawver and Debbie BermanComposer: Ludwig GöranssonProduction Company: Marvel StudiosDistributors: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: February 16, 2018Budget: $210 millionRun-time: 134 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: After the death of his father, Prince T’Challa returns to his African homeland of Wakanda, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [29] “Black Panther” – Seven Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [28] “Free Solo” – Best Documentary Feature

“FREE SOLO”Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill Directors: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy ChinProducers: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Shannon Dill, and Evan HayesCinematography: Jimmy Chin, Clair Popkin, and Mikey SchaeferEditor: Bob EisenhardtComposer: Marco BeltramiDistributors: National Geographic Documentary FilmsRelease Date: September 28, 2018Run-time: 96 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Renowned free solo climber Alex Honnold has long desired to attempt El Capitan, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [28] “Free Solo” – Best Documentary Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [27] “Never Look Away” – Two Nominations

“NEVER LOOK AWAY”Germany; Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Director: Florian Henckel von DonnersmarckProducers: Quirin Berg, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Jan Mojto, and Max WiedemannWriter: Florian Henckel von DonnersmarckCinematography: Caleb DeschanelEditor: Anne McCabeComposer: Max RichterDistributors: Sony Pictures ClassicsRelease Date: September 4, 2018Run-time: 189 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Growing up in Nazi Germany and then in Soviet-occupied Dresden, art student Kurt chafes at the restrictions imposed on him … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [27] “Never Look Away” – Two Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Green Book” – Five Nominations

“GREEN BOOK”Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga Director: Peter FarrellyProducers: Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick VallelongaWriters: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter FarrellyCinematography: Sean PorterEditor: Patrick J. Don VitoComposer: Kris BowersDistributors: Universal PicturesRelease Date: November 16, 2018Budget: $23 millionRun-time: 130 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Dr. Donald Shirley, an accomplished concert pianist, hires Italian-American bouncer … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Green Book” – Five Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [24] “Ready Player One” – Best Visual Effects

“READY PLAYER ONE”Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk Director: Steven SpielbergProducer: Steven Spielberg, Donald De Line, Dan Farah, and Kristie Macosko KriegerWriters: Zak Penn and Ernest ClineBased On: “Ready Player One” by Ernest ClineCinematography: Janusz KamińskiEditors: Michael Kahn and Sarah BrosharComposer: Alan SilvestriDistributors: Warner Bros. PicturesRelease Date: March 29, 2018Budget: $175 millionRun-time: 140 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the year 2045, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [24] “Ready Player One” – Best Visual Effects

2019 Oscars Challenge: [25] “First Man” – Four Nominations

“FIRST MAN” Director: Damien ChazelleProducers: Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner, and Damien ChazelleWriters: Josh SingerBased On: “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” by James R. HansenCinematography: Linus SandgrenEditor: Tom CrossComposer: Justin HurwitzDistributors: Universal PicturesRelease Date: October 12, 2018Budget: $59 millionRun-time: 141 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1961, test pilot and engineer Neil Armstrong joins NASA, which has been charged with landing an … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [25] “First Man” – Four Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [23] “Solo: A Star Wars Story” – Best Visual Effects

“SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY”Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy Director: Ron HowardProducers: Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon EmanuelWriters: Jonathan Kasdan and Lawrence KasdanCinematography: Bradford YoungEditor: Pietro ScaliaComposers: John Powell and John WilliamsProduction Company: Lucasfilm Ltd.Distributors: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: May 25, 2018Budget: $300 millionRun-time: 135 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Young thief Han Solo is forced to abandon Qi’ra, his partner-in-crime, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [23] “Solo: A Star Wars Story” – Best Visual Effects

2019 Oscars Challenge: [22] “Border” – Best Makeup & Hairstyling

“BORDER”Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer Director: Ali AbbasiProducers: Nina Bisgaard, Peter Gustafsson, and Petra JonssonWriters: Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf, and John Ajvide LindqvistBased On: “Border” by John Ajvide LindqvistCinematography: Nadim CarlsenEditors: Olivia Neergaard-Holm and Anders SkovComposers: Christoffer Berg and Martin DerkovDistributor: NEONRelease Date: October 26, 2018Run-time: 108 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In a coastal Swedish town, customs officer Tina is an invaluable member of her … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [22] “Border” – Best Makeup & Hairstyling

2019 Oscars Challenge: [21] “At Eternity’s Gate” – Best Actor in a Leading Role

WILLEM DAFOE“At Eternity’s Gate” Director: Julian SchnabelProducer: Jon KilikWriters: Jean-Claude Carrière, Julian Schnabel, and Louise KugelbergCinematography: Benoît DelhommeEditors: Louise Kugelberg and Julian SchnabelComposer: Tatiana LisovskayaDistributors: CBS FilmsRelease Date: November 16, 2018Run-time: 110 minutes CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: Willem Dafoe portrays artist Vincent Van Gogh, who experiences breakthroughs in his creative process while living at Arles, despite the anguish caused by his mental instability. Analysis coming soon … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [21] “At Eternity’s Gate” – Best Actor in a Leading Role

2019 Oscars Challenge: [20] “A Quiet Place” – Best Sound Editing

“A QUIET PLACE”Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl Director: John KrasinskiProducer: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad FullerWriters: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John KrasinskiCinematography: Charlotte Bruus ChristensenEditor: Christopher TellefsenComposer: Marco BeltramiDistributor: Paramount PicturesRelease Date: April 6, 2018Budget: $21 millionRun-time: 90 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In a post-apocalyptic world overrun by monsters that use their advanced hearing to locate prey, the Abbott family’s life … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [20] “A Quiet Place” – Best Sound Editing

2019 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Five Nominations

“BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY”Graham King Directors: Bryan Singer & Dexter Fletcher Producers: Graham King & Jim BeachWriters: Anthony McCarten and Peter MorganCinematography: Newton Thomas SigelEditor: John OttmanComposer: John OttmanDistributor: 20th Century FoxRelease Date: November 2, 2018Budget: $55 millionRun-time: 134 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: As he seeks to fulfill his dream of becoming a famous singer, art student Freddie rebels against his traditional Parsi family and joins the … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Five Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [18] “Of Fathers And Sons” – Best Documentary Feature

“OF FATHERS AND SONS”Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert Director: Talal DerkiProducers: Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. SiebertCinematography: Kahtan HassounEditor: Anne FabiniComposer: Karim Sebastian EliasDistributors: Kino LorberRelease Date: November 16, 2018Run-time: 99 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Documentarian Talal Derki returns to his native Syria and gains the trust of Abu Osama, a founder of the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [18] “Of Fathers And Sons” – Best Documentary Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [16] “BlacKkKlansman” – Six Nominations

“BLACKkKLANSMAN”Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, and Spike Lee Director: Spike LeeProducers: Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike LeeWriters: Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike LeeBased On: “Black Klansman” by Ron StallworthCinematography: Chayse IrvinEditor: Barry Alexander BrownComposer: Terence BlanchardDistributor: Focus FeaturesRelease Date: August 10, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 135 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the early … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [16] “BlacKkKlansman” – Six Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Mirai” – Best Animated Feature

“MIRAI”Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito Director: Mamoru HosodaProducers: Nozomu Takahashi, Yūichirō Saitō, Takuya Itō, Yūichi Adachi, and Genki KawamuraWriter: Mamoru HosodaEditor: Shigeru NishiyamaComposer: Masakatsu TakagiProduction Company: Studio ChizuDistributor: GKIDSRelease Date: November 29, 2018Run-time: 98 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Four-year-old Kun is overwhelmed by the arrival of his baby sister, Mirai. Although he wants to love her, Kun is jealous of the attention she receives and … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Mirai” – Best Animated Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [15] “The Favourite” – Ten Nominations

“THE FAVOURITE”Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos Director: Yorgos LanthimosProducers: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos LanthimosWriters: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamaraCinematography: Robbie RyanEditor: Yorgos MavropsaridisComposer: Komeil S. HosseiniDistributor: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: November 23, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 120 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the early 1700s, Queen Anne, in poor health and emotionally unstable, allows her most trusted confidante, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [15] “The Favourite” – Ten Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [14] “Isle Of Dogs” – Two Nominations

“ISLE OF DOGS”Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson Director: Wes AndersonProducers: Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy DawsonWriter: Wes AndersonStory By: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Kunichi NomuraCinematography: Tristan OliverEditors: Ralph Foster and Edward BurschComposer: Alexandre DeplatDistributors: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: March 23, 2018Run-time: 101 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Twenty years in the future, the Japanese city of … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [14] “Isle Of Dogs” – Two Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Minding The Gap” – Best Documentary Feature

“MINDING THE GAP”Bing Liu and Diane Quon Director: Bing LiuProducers: Bing Liu and Diane QuonCinematography: Bing LiuEditors: Joshua Altman and Bing LiuComposers: Nathan Halpern and Chris RuggieroDistributors: Hulu and Magnolia PicturesRelease Date: August 17, 2018Run-time: 93 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: As he films his fellow skateboarders over the years, Bing Liu wonders why so many of them have experienced contentious relationships with their fathers. As … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Minding The Gap” – Best Documentary Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Roma” – Ten Nominations

“ROMA”Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón Director: Alfonso CuarónProducers: Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez, and Nicolas CelisWriters: Alfonso CuarónCinematography: Alfonso CuarónEditors: Alfonso Cuarón and Adam GoughComposer: Steven PriceDistributor: NetflixRelease Date: November 21, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 135 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In Mexico City in the early 1970s, Cleo is a maid in the household of a middle-class doctor. She takes on increasing responsibility caring for the family’s … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Roma” – Ten Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [11] “First Reformed” – Best Original Screenplay

“FIRST REFORMED”Paul Schrader Director: Paul SchraderProducers: Jack Binder, Greg Clark, Victoria Hill, Gary Hamilton, Deepak Sikka, Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, and Frank MurrayWriter: Paul SchraderCinematography: Alexander DynanEditor: Benjamin Rodriguez Jr.Composer: LustmordDistributor: A24Release Date: May 18, 2018Budget: $3.5 millionRun-time: 113 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Reverend Ernst Toller, the middle-aged pastor of a small church in upstate New York, grapples with the guilt and grief caused by … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [11] “First Reformed” – Best Original Screenplay

2019 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Capernaum” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“CAPERNAUM”Lebanon; Nadine Labaki Director: Nadine LabakiProducers: Michel Merkt and Khaled MouzanarWriters: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojaily, Michelle Keserwany, Georges Khabbaz, and Khaled Mouzanar Cinematography: Christopher AounEditor: Konstantin BockComposer: Khaled MouzanarDistributor: Sony Pictures ClassicsRelease Date: December 14, 2018Run-time: 123 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: After running away from his poverty-stricken life in the slums of Beirut, 12-year-old Zain travels to a coastal town where he meets Ethiopian immigrant … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Capernaum” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [9] “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs” – Three Nominations

“THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS”Mary Zophres, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, & The Coen Brothers Directors: Joel and Ethan CoenProducers: Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, and David YarnellWriters: Joel and Ethan CoenBased On: “All Gold Canyon” by Jack London and “The Girl Who Got Rattled” by Stewart Edward WhiteCinematography: Bruno DelbonnelEditor: Roderick JaynesComposer: Carter BurwellStudio: Annapurna PicturesDistributor: NetflixRelease Date: November 9, 2018Run-time: 133 minutes MARY ZOPHRES … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [9] “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs” – Three Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [8] “If Beale Street Could Talk” – Three Nominations

“IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK”Regina King, Nicholas Brittel, & Barry Jenkins Director: Barry JenkinsProducers: Megan Ellison, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, and Barry JenkinsWriter: Barry JenkinsBased On: “If Beale Street Could Talk” by James BaldwinCinematography: James LaxtonEditor: Joi McMillon and Nat SandersComposer: Nicholas BritellDistributors: Annapurna PicturesRelease Date: December 14, 2018Run-time: 117 minutes REGINA KING CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: Regina King portrays Sharon Rivers, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [8] “If Beale Street Could Talk” – Three Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [7] “Shoplifters” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“SHOPLIFTERS”Japan; Hirokazu Kore-eda Director: Hirokazu Kore-edaProducer: Matsuzaki Kaoru, Yose Akihiko, and Taguchi HijiriWriter: Hirokazu Kore-eda Cinematography: Kondo RyutoEditor: Hirokazu Kore-edaComposed by: Haruomi HosonoStudio: Magnolia PicturesDistributor: GAGA PicturesRelease Date: November 23, 2018Run-time: 121 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: When an impoverished family that uses petty theft to supplement the parents’ poor wages takes in a seemingly abandoned and abused young girl, their devotion to one another grows … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [7] “Shoplifters” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [6] “Cold War” – Three Nominations

“COLD WAR”Poland; Paweł Pawlikowski Director: Paweł PawlikowskiProducers: Tanya Seghatchian and Ewa PuszczyńskaWriters: Paweł Pawlikowski, Janusz Głowacki, and Piotr BorkowskiCinematography: Łukasz ŻalEditor: Jaroslaw KaminskiComposer: Marcin MaseckiDistributor: Amazon StudiosBudget: $4.8 millionRelease Date: December 21, 2018Run-time: 89 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1949, pianist Wiktor scouts for talent for a musical ensemble and begins a romance with Zula, the singer and dancer he discovers. Over the next decade, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [6] “Cold War” – Three Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [5] “Incredibles 2” – Best Animated Feature

“INCREDIBLES 2”Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle Director: Brad BirdProducers: John Walker and Nicole Paradis GrindleWriter: Brad BirdCinematography: Mahyar Abousaeedi and Erik SmittEditor: Stephen SchafferComposer: Michael GiacchinoProduction Company: Pixar Animation StudiosDistributor: Walt Disney StudiosRelease Date: June 15, 2018Run-time: 118 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: The Parr family – father Bob, mother Helen, teenage daughter Violet, tween son Dash and toddler Jack-Jack – are frustrated … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [5] “Incredibles 2” – Best Animated Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [4] “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” – Best Documentary Feature

“HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING”RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim Director: RaMell RossProducers: Joslyn Barnes & RaMell Ross Writers: RaMell Ross & Maya Krinsky Cinematography: RaMell RossEditor: RaMell RossComposer: Scott Alario, Forest Kelley, and Alex SomersDistributor: The Cinema GuildRelease Date: September 14, 2018Run-time: 76 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: The dreams and everyday experiences of friends Daniel and Quincy, and also those of Boosie, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [4] “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” – Best Documentary Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” – Three Nominations

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant,Nicole Holofcener, & Jeff Whitty Director: Marielle HellerProducers: Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, and David YarnellWriters: Nicole Holofcener and Jeff WhittyBased On: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” by Lee IsraelCinematography: Brandon TrostEditor: Anne McCabeComposer: Nate HellerDistributors: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: October 19, 2018Run-time: 107 minutes MELISSA McCARTHY CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: As Lee Israel, Melissa McCarthy plays a biographer … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” – Three Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [2] “RBG” – Two Nominations

“RBG”Betsy West & Julie Cohen Directors: Betsy West & Julie CohenProducers: Betsy West & Julie CohenCinematography: Claudia RaschkeEditor: Carla GutierrezComposer: Miriam CutlerProduction Company: CNN FilmsDistributor: Magnolia PicturesRelease Date: May 4, 2018Run-time: 97 minutes OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: Octogenarian Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice in 1993, had spent her prior legal career battling laws that allowed gender discrimination. Supported by … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [2] “RBG” – Two Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [1] “The Wife” – Best Actress in a Leading Role

GLENN CLOSE“The Wife” Director: Björn RungeProducers: Rosalie Swedlin, Meta Louise Foldager, Piers Tempest, Piodor Gustafsson, and Claudia BluemhubeWriters: Jane AndersonBased On: “The Wife” by Meg WolitzerCinematography: Ulf BrantåsEditor: Lena RungeComposer: Jocelyn PookDistributors: Sony Pictures ClassicsRelease Date: August 17, 2018Run-time: 100 minutes CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: Glenn Close plays Joan Archer, a wife questioning her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [1] “The Wife” – Best Actress in a Leading Role

2018 Oscars Challenge: [44] “Coco” – 2 Nominations

“COCO” Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson Director: Lee Unkrich Producer: Darla K. Anderson Writers: Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich, & Adrian Molina Editors: Steve Bloom & Lee Unkrich Composer: Michael Giacchino Distributor: Pixar Animation & Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: November 22, 2017 Run-time: 105 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Twelve-year-old Miguel Rivera loves to play the guitar, despite his family having banned … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [44] “Coco” – 2 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [43] “Call Me By Your Name” – 4 Nominations

“CALL ME BY YOUR NAME” Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges and Marco Morabito Director: Luca Guadagnino Producers: Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges and Marco Morabito Writer: James Ivory Cinematography: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom Editor: Walter Fasano Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: November 24, 2017 Run-time: 132 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Seventeen-year-old Elio Perlman lives in Northern Italy with his translator mother and professor father, who … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [43] “Call Me By Your Name” – 4 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [42] “Darkest Hour” – 6 Nominations

“DARKEST HOUR” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten and Douglas Urbanski Director: Joe Wright Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten and Douglas Urbanski Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel Editor: Dylan Tichenor Composer: Valerio Bonelli Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: November 22, 2017 Run-time: 125 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Controversial politician Winston Churchill is appointed prime minister during the early days of World War … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [42] “Darkest Hour” – 6 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [41] “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – 7 Nominations

“THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh Director & Writer: Martin McDonagh Producers: Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh Cinematography: Ben Davis Editor: Jon Gregory Composer: Carter Burwell Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: November 10, 2017 Run-time: 115 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Several months after the rape and murder of her teenage daughter, Mildred Hayes is so furious that … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [41] “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – 7 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [40] “Ferdinand” – Best Animated Feature

“FERDINAND” Carlos Saldanha and Lori Forte Director: Carlos Saldanha Producers: John Davis, Lisa Marie Stetler, Lori Forte, and Bruce Anderson Writers: Robert L. Baird, Tim Federle, Brad Copeland, Ron Burch, David Kidd, and Don Rhymer Editor: Harry Hitner Composer: CJohn Powell Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: December 15, 2017 Run-time: 108 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Ferdinand, a gentle giant of a bull, is the beloved … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [40] “Ferdinand” – Best Animated Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [39] “The Shape Of Water” – 13 Nominations

“THE SHAPE OF WATER” Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale Director: Guillermo del Toro Producers: Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale Cinematography: Dan Laustsen Editor: Sidney Wolinsky Composer: Alexandre Desplat Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: December 1, 2017 Run-time: 123 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1962, janitor Elisa Esposito works at a classified government laboratory that tests new technology to help defeat the … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [39] “The Shape Of Water” – 13 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Dunkirk” – 8 Nominations

“DUNKIRK” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan Director & Writer: Christopher Nolan Producers: Emma Thomas & Christopher Nolan Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema Editor: Lee Smith Composer: Hans Zimmer Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Release Date: July 21, 2017 Run-time: 106 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the Spring of 1940, hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are trapped by German forces on the beaches of Dunkirk in … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Dunkirk” – 8 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [37] “Loveless” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“LOVELESS” Russia; Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev Producers: Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, & Gleb Fetisov Writers: Andrey Zvyagintsev & Oleg Negin Cinematography: Mikhail Krichman Editor: Anna Mass Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: December 1, 2017 Run-time: 128 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Zhenya and Boris, a couple embroiled in a bitter divorce, have already found new partners and need only to sell their Moscow … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [37] “Loveless” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [36] “All The Money In The World” – Best Actor in a Supporting Role

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER “All The Money In The World” Director: Ridley Scott Producers: Chris Clark, Quentin Curtis, Dan Friedkin, Mark Huffam, Ridley Scott, Bradley Thomas, and Kevin J. Walsh Writer: David Scarpa Cinematography: Dariusz Wolski Editor: Claire Simpson Distributors: TriStar Pictures Release Date: December 25, 2017 Run-time: 133 minutes CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: Christopher Plummer portrays oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, who refuses to pay ransom to rescue … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [36] “All The Money In The World” – Best Actor in a Supporting Role

2018 Oscars Challenge: [35] “Blade Runner 2049” – 5 Nominations

Director: Denis Villeneuve Producers: Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Bud Yorkin, & Cynthia Sikes Yorkin Writers: Hampton Fancher & Michael Green Cinematography: Roger A. Deakins Composer: Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Release Date: October 6, 2017 Run-time: 163 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 2049, three decades after original blade runner Rick Deckard went missing, LAPD officer K is tasked with eliminating older, … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [35] “Blade Runner 2049” – 5 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [34] “The Greatest Showman” – Best Original Song

“THIS IS ME” FROM “THE GREATEST SHOWMAN” Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Performed By Keala Settle Director: Michael Gracey Producer: Laurence Mark, Peter Chernin, and Jenno Topping Writers: Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon Editors: Tom Cross, Robert Duffy, Joe Hutshing, Michael McCusker, Jon Poll, and Spencer Susser Composers: John Debney and Joseph Trapanese Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: October … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [34] “The Greatest Showman” – Best Original Song

2018 Oscars Challenge: [33] “Baby Driver” – 3 Nominations

Director & Writer: Edgar Wright Producers: Nira Park, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner Cinematography: Bill Pope Composer: Steven Price Editors: Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos Distributor: TriStar Pictures Release Date: June 28, 2017 Run-time: 113 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: A young getaway driver known as Baby is in debt to crime boss Doc, but he plans on retiring after he falls for a sympathetic waitress. Doc … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [33] “Baby Driver” – 3 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [32] “The Breadwinner” – Best Animated Feature

“THE BREADWINNER” Nora Twomey and Anthony Leo Director: Nora Twomey Producers: Anthony Leo, Tomm Moore, Andrew Rosen, and Paul Young Writers: Anita Doron and Deborah Ellis Composers: Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna Distributors: GKids Release Date: November 17, 2017 Run-time: 94 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Eleven-year-old Parvana adores her schoolteacher father, who tells her fables from Afghanistan’s past. After her father is arrested by the Taliban, … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [32] “The Breadwinner” – Best Animated Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – 4 Nominations

Director & Writer: Rian Johnson Producers: Kathleen Kennedy & Ram Bergman Cinematography: Steve Yedlin Composer: John Williams Editor: Bob Ducsay Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: December 15, 2017 Run-time: 152 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Resistance heroes Poe and Finn take daring measures to save their tattered fleet from extermination by the First Order. Across the galaxy, Rae pleads with Luke Skywalker to return … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – 4 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Mudbound” – 4 Nominations

Director: Dee Rees Producers: Carl Effenson, Sally Jo Effenson, Cassian Elwes, Charles King, Christopher Lemole, Kim Roth, and Tim Zajaros Writers: Virgil Williams & Dee Rees Cinematography: Rachel Morrison Composer: Tamar-kali Distributor: Netflix Release Date: November 17, 2017 Run-time: 134 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Two soldiers, one black, one white, return to Mississippi following World War II, to discover that their goals in life and ideas … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Mudbound” – 4 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [29] “Logan” – Best Adapted Screenplay

“LOGAN” Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold Based On “Wolverine” by Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita Sr. Director: James Mangold Producers: Hutch Parker, Simon Kinberg, and Lauren Shuler Donner Cinematographer: John Mathieson Editors: Michael McCusker and Dirk Westervelt Composer: Marco Beltrami Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: March, 2017 Run-time: 137 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Mutants … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [29] “Logan” – Best Adapted Screenplay

2018 Oscars Challenge: [28] “The Square” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“THE SQUARE” Sweden; Directed by Ruben Östlund Director & Writer: Ruben Östlund Producers: Erik Hemmendorff and Philippe Bober Cinematography: Fredrik Wenzel Editors: Ruben Östlund & Jacob Secher Schulsinger Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: October 27, 2017 (Telluride) Run-time: 151 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Hoping to promote his contemporary art museum, curator Christian showcases an installation about altruism. Christian soon has more than he can cope with, … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [28] “The Square” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [27] “Victoria & Abdul” – 2 Nominations

Director: Stephen Frears Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Beeban Kidron, and Tracey Seaward Writer: Lee Hall Cinematography: Danny Cohen Composer: Thomas Newman Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: October 6, 2017 Run-time: 111 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Muslim clerk Abdul Karim is selected to travel from India to England to present Queen Victoria with a ceremonial coin in honor of her Golden Jubilee. The bored monarch is … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [27] “Victoria & Abdul” – 2 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [23] “Kong: Skull Island” – Best Visual Effects

“KONG: SKULL ISLAND” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Producers: Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, and Alex Garcia Writers: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, and Derek Connolly Cinematography: Larry Fong Composer: Henry Jackman Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Release Date: March 10, 2017 Run-time: 118 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1973, the U.S. government backs an expedition to Skull Island, an … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [23] “Kong: Skull Island” – Best Visual Effects

2018 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Wonder” – Best Makeup & Hairstyling

“WONDER” Arjen Tuiten Director: Stephen Chbosky Producers: David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman Writers: Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, and Stephen Chbosky Cinematography: Don Burgess Composers: Marcelo Zarvos and Bea Miller Distributors: Lionsgate Release Date: November 14, 2017 Run-time: 113 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman has been home-schooled throughout his life because of the multiple surgeries he has had to correct his facial differences. Auggie is … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Wonder” – Best Makeup & Hairstyling

2018 Oscars Challenge: [25] “Loving Vincent” – Best Animated Feature

“LOVING VINCENT” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman and Ivan Mactaggart Director: Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman Producer: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, and Sean M. Bobbitt Writers: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, and Jacek Dehnel Editors: Dorota Kobiela and Justyna Wierszynska Composer: Clint Mansell Production Company: BreakThru Productions & Trademark Films Release Date: September 22, 2017 Run-time: 94 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the summer of 1891, Armand Roulin is … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [25] “Loving Vincent” – Best Animated Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [24] “A Fantastic Woman” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“A FANTASTIC WOMAN” Chile; Directed by Sebastián Lelio Director: Sebastián Lelio Producers: Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Sebastián Lelio, and Gonzalo Maza Writers: Sebastián Lelio & Gonzalo Maza Editor: Soledad Salfate Composer: Matthew Herbert Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: September 1, 2017 (Telluride) Run-time: 104 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Marina, a twentysomething waitress and aspiring singer, is in a loving relationship with older partner … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [24] “A Fantastic Woman” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [22] “Faces Places” – Best Documentary Feature

“FACES PLACES” Agnès Varda, JR and Rosalie Varda Directors & Writers: Agnès Varda & JR Producers: Agnès Varda, JR and Rosalie Varda Cinematography: Romain Le Bonniec, Claire Duguet, Nicolas Guicheteau, and Valentin Vignet Editor: Maxime Pozzi Garcia Composer: Matthieu Chedid Distributor: Cohen Media Group Release Date: October, 2017 Run-time: 89 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Filmmaker Agnès Varda teams with photographer and muralist JR to travel the … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [22] “Faces Places” – Best Documentary Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Phantom Thread” – 6 Nominations

“PHANTOM THREAD” JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi Director & Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson Producers: JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi Cinematography: Paul Thomas Anderson Editor: Dylan Tichenor Composer: Jonny Greenwood Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 25, 2017 Run-time: 130 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1950s London, middle-aged couturier Reynolds Woodcock is at the height of his … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Phantom Thread” – 6 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Roman J. Israel, Esq” – Best Actor in a Leading Role

DENZEL WASHINGTON “Roman J. Israel, Esq” Director & Writer: Dan Gilroy Producers: Todd Black, Jennifer Fox, and Denzel Washington Cinematography: Robert Elswit Editor: John Gilroy Composer: James Newton Howard Distributors: Columbia Pictures Release Date: November 17, 2017 Run-time: 122 minutes CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: As Roman J. Israel, Esq., Denzel Washington plays an idiosyncratic lawyer who finds his idealism tested after years of making sacrifices and eschewing … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Roman J. Israel, Esq” – Best Actor in a Leading Role

2018 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Get Out” – 4 Nominations

“GET OUT” Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Jordan Peele Director & Writer: Jordan Peele Producers: Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Jordan Peele Cinematography: Toby Oliver Editor: Nick Houy Composer: Michael Abels Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: February 24, 2017 Run-time: 103 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Photographer Chris Washington is nervous about meeting his girlfriend Rose’s parents for the … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Get Out” – 4 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [18] “The Big Sick” – Best Original Screenplay

“THE BIG SICK” Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani Director: Michael Showalter Producer: Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel Cinematography: Brian Burgoyne Editor: Robert Nassau Composer: Michael Andrews Distributor: Amazon Studios & Lionsgate Release Date: June 23, 2017 Run-time: 117 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Kumail, an aspiring comedian from Pakistan, has a fling with Chicago graduate student Emily, and both are surprised when their affection … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [18] “The Big Sick” – Best Original Screenplay

2018 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Beauty and the Beast” – 2 Nominations

Director: Bill Condon Writers: Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos Cinematography: Tobias A. Schliessler Editor: Virginia Katz Composer: Alan Menken Distributor: Walt Disney Motion Pictures Release Date: March 17, 2017 Run-time: 129 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Furious that her father has been imprisoned for petty theft, book-loving villager Belle takes his place in the mysterious castle where he is being held. Belle stands up to the castle’s … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Beauty and the Beast” – 2 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [16] “Marshall” – Best Original Song

“STAND UP FOR SOMETHING” FROM “MARSHALL” Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn (aka Common) and Diane Warren Performed By Andra Day featuring Common Director: Reginald Hudlin Producer: Paula Wagner, Reginald Hudlin, and Jonathan Sanger Writers: Michael Koskoff and Jacob Koskoff Editor: Tom McArdle Composer: Marcus Miller Distributor: Open Road Films Release Date: October 13, 2017 Run-time: 118 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1940, … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [16] “Marshall” – Best Original Song

2018 Oscars Challenge: [15] “On Body And Soul” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“ON BODY AND SOUL” Hungary; Directed by Ildikó Enyedi Director & Writer: Ildikó Enyedi Producers: Ernő Mesterházy, András Muhi, and Mónika Mécs Cinematography: Máté Herbai Editor: Károly Szalai Composer: Ádám Balázs Distributor: Netflix Release Date: November 12, 2017 Run-time: 116 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Endre, the financial director of a slaughterhouse in Budapest, is interested in Mária, the new quality control inspector, but her icy demeanor … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [15] “On Body And Soul” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [14] “Strong Island” – Best Documentary Feature

“STRONG ISLAND” Yance Ford and Joslyn Barnes Director: Yance Ford Producers: Yance Ford & Joslyn Barnes Cinematography: Alan Jacobsen Editor: Janus Billeskov Jansen Composers: Hildur Guðnadóttir and Craig Sutherland Distributors: Netflix Release Date: September 15, 2017 Run-time: 107 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1992, William Ford, Jr., a 24-year-old African-American man preparing to become a corrections officer, was shot and killed by a white mechanic during … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [14] “Strong Island” – Best Documentary Feature