The Biggest Movies This Awards Season

The 92nd Academy Awards are steadily approaching, following a number of movie awards ceremonies that have already taken place this season.

   This time of year, there are so many critically acclaimed films making headlines and being discussed that it can be hard to keep track. It can be even harder to decide which ones are worth your while to watch. Below, I’ve listed the films that received the most Academy Awards nominations this year and featured descriptions so that Darby students can decide which of these movies appeal to their interests. That way everyone can prioritize the movies they want to make sure to see before the awards ceremony, which airs on February 9th.

Joker, directed by Todd Phillips

   This take on the origin story of DC Comics’ most famous villain doesn’t feel like your average comic book movie. Gritty, pensive, and altogether quieter than expected from the genre, Joker depicts a failed stand-up comedian’s descent into crime.

   11 Nominations: Best Picture, Lead Actor, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Adapted Screenplay

1917, directed by Sam Mendes

   This WWI film follows two soldiers racing against the clock to deliver a message that will save hundreds of lives. Filmed and edited to look like one continuous shot, 1917 immerses the audience in the relentlessness of war in a unique way.

   10 Nominations: Best Picture, Cinematography, Directing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Fixing, Visual Effects, Original Screenplay

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, directed by Quentin Tarantino

   Tarantino’s latest is fairly different from his previous films. This one follows a washed-up actor in the 1960s coming to terms with his declining career, his stunt double, and their connection to Sharon Tate. It’s largely a quiet look into some people just living their lives, but does come to a head with the action and violence Tarantino is known for.

   10 Nominations: Best Picture, Lead Actor, Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Original Screenplay

The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese

   This is the longest movie on this list, coming in at three and a half hours, but it packs that time with a sweeping tale. It tells the true story of Frank Sheeran, who becomes involved with organized crime in the fifties, and follows him throughout the rest of his life, focusing on his friendship with Jimmy Hoffa and the truth behind Hoffa’s eventual disappearance.

   10 Nominations: Best Picture, Supporting Actor x2, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Production Design, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay

Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-ho

   This genre-bending film tells the story of the working class Kim family who grow increasingly involved with the wealthy Park family, leading to disaster. Equal parts hilarious and disturbing, Parasite explores the class divide with nuance and wit, creating an unforgettable film.

   6 Nominations: Best Picture, Directing, Film Editing, International Feature Film, Production Design, Original Screenplay

Little Women, directed by Greta Gerwig

   This adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel follows the four March sisters as they come of age. With love and loss, romance and ambition, the sisters try to carve out a space for themselves in the world as they make the transition from girlhood to womanhood.

   6 Nominations: Best Picture, Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, Costume Design, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay

Marriage Story, directed by Noah Baumbach

   This quiet, understated film follows a couple as they work through their divorce. It’s a character study that explores the complexities of divorce, especially with a child in the picture, and the story of a family making it through a tumultuous period of change.

   6 Nominations: Best Picture, Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, Original Score, Original Screenplay

Jojo Rabbit, directed by Taika Waititi

   This WWII satire follows a young boy in Nazi Germany who wants to impress his goofy imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, but discovers that his mother has been hiding and protecting a Jewish girl in their house. Absurd and offbeat, Jojo Rabbit uses humor to advocate against cruelty.

   6 Nominations: Best Picture, Supporting Actress, Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design, Adapted Screenplay

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