The Oscar Project
There are a few Oscar long shots this week, along with some films that have been submitted for consideration in the Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best International Film categories.
Let me know what you're seeing this weekend with a comment below.
A family gathers together to celebrate their 85-year-old father only to have him die during the party. They are forced to stay together in the house while the police undertakes an investigation into the circumstances behind the death.
The ensemble cast here is tremendous including Daniel Craig (Skyfall, Logan Lucky), Chris Evans (Avengers: Endgame, Snowpiercer), Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies, Halloween), Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water, Nocturnal Animals), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine, Hereditary), Don Johnson (Miami Vice, Django Unchained), and Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music, A Beautiful Mind). Just a few of these names in a film together would be worth the price of admission, but all of them together in a huge ensemble only serve to make it even better.
The other name to note is the director, Rian Johnson. Yes, the same Rian Johnson who directed 2017's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This is obviously a much different film than his previous stint on the big screen, and might just land him a nomination for Best Director and/or Best Picture.
Queen & Slim
Loosely based on the story of Bonnie and Clyde, this film stars previous Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) as Slim and Jodie Turner-Smith as Queen, a young couple out for a date after meeting earlier that day on a mobile dating app.
When they are pulled over on the drive home and Slim shoots and kills the police officer, the pair are forced to run from the authorities.
Exploring race relations and the issues that we often see on the news these days, this film will likely hit hard at the those who have strong opinions about race, regardless of which side of the debate they fall on.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?