THE OSCAR PROJECT
The Oscar Project
A quest to watch every Oscar nominated film
I hope you survived the holiday this week and are looking forward to starting the new year off with a bang in just a few short days. Next up in my top ten films of the year is my second animated film after Luca came in at #10.
#6-Raya and the Last Dragon
I was looking forward to this film quite a bit when it released back in March and happily plunked down the extra money to stream this right away on Disney+. It was money well spent as this story captured my attention right away.
Raya and the last Dragon follows the quest of young outlaw princess Raya (Kelly Marie Tran) as she searches for pieces of a broken gem that legend says will bring a race of dragons back to life to save her civilization. The film centers on how distrustful people can be of each other, but how interconnected we all are and how we must rely on each other to survive.
The film is beautifully rendered and pulls inspiration from a number of Southeast Asian cultures. There is an equal blend of humor and heart as we follow Raya as she makes new friends from rival lands, ultimately ending in a coming together a la Guardians of the Galaxy, just without the dance battle at the end.
Don't forget to check out the rest of my top ten list:
#7. Black Widow
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?