The results are out. The gaffe has taken place. Moonlight went home with the top honour of Best Picture, not before La La Land swept the other nominations with six wins including Best Actress, Best Director. Casey Affleck was obviously short of words when called upon stage as the year’s Best Actor. However it’s done, no crying about it.
A lot of these movies didn’t get the reception La La Land did after its December release in India.
Or Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, which release in November, 2017.
Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book hit the nostalgia mother lode and grossed more than a 100 crores in India alone, which most Bollywood movies aren’t able to do.
These movies which got shortlisted for the Oscars but still haven’t released in India. You might want watch these irrespective.
1. Nocturnal Animals
Plot: A woman is gifted a manuscript written by her ex-husband which brings back a few demons of the past.
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor (Michael Shannon)
Directed by the classy Tom Ford, the film stars an ensemble cast including actors ranging from Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson to Armie Hammer. Aesthetically one of the best looking films of the year, there might be a debate about whether this movie missed out on a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination. This is Shannon’s second nomination after 2008’s Revolutionary Road which he lost to the late Heath Ledger.
2. Hell Or High Water
Plot: Two brothers go on a spree of bank robberies to pay off debts, while an aged policeman pursues them.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Jeff Bridges), Best Original Screenplay (Taylor Sheridan), Best Editing (Jake Roberts)
Written by Taylor Sheridan and directed by David Mackenzie, the film follows the story of two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who loot banks in broad daylight and an aging Texas ranger (Jeff Bridges) who tries to guess their next move to nab them. The film is a sharp procedural in the format of a heist movie.
Plot: Following the life of a Negro league baseball player Troy Maxson who had to work as a waste-collector.
Won: Best Supporting Actress (Viola Davis)
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor (Denzel Washington), Best Adapted Screenplay (August Wilson)
Adapted from the work of legendary playwright August Wilson, Denzel Washington plays the role of Troy Maxson who is an Ex-Negro leagues baseball player and is disappointed with his life as a waste-collector at the age of 53. The film follows the story of the Maxson family and the last few years of Troy.
4. Manchester By the Sea
Plot: A middle-aged man is asked to reconsider his life choices by taking care of his nephew after the death of his brother.
Won: Best Actor (Casey Affleck), Best Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan).
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Kenneth Lonergan), Best Supporting Actor (Lucas Hedges), Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams).
Co-produced by Matt Damon, the film has emerged as one of the biggest independent films of the year. Tracing the story of a man who has to take care of his nephew after the sudden death of the father. Showcasing excellent performances by its actors the film has been a subject of controversy because of the renewed allegations against Casey Affleck by his former women colleagues for his uninvited sexual advances.
Plot: The story of the first inter-racial marriage to get legalised in the state of Virginia.
Nominated for: Best Actess (Ruth Negga)
Directed by Jeff Nichols, the film follows the story of the couple which overturned the constitution rules of inter-racial marriage in the state of Virginia. Starring splendid performances by both Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga (Richard and Mildred Loving), the film is a moving account of the events which transpired in real life.
Plot: A woman who gets raped in her house by unknown assailants, plots revenge.
Nominated for: Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert)
This French production starring a tour-de-force central performance by Isabelle Huppert traces the journey of a businesswoman who gets raped in her home, and decides to plot revenge against the unknown assailant. A veteran in her own right, this is Huppert’s first Academy Award nomination.
7. Florence Foster Jenkins
Plot: Following the life of a socialite turned wannabe opera singer despite not possessing any skill for it.
Nominated for: Best Actress (Meryl Streep)
Streep created a record by picking up her 20th Academy Award nomination of her career. The film follows the life of the infamous New York heiress who was known for venturing as an Opera singer despite lacking any skill for it. Meryl Streep who has already won the award thrice will put her skills up for contention.
8. Captain Fantastic
Plot: A father raising his children in the wilderness is forced to reintegrate them into society because of circumstances.
Nominated for: Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen)
Directed by Matt Ross (of Silicon Valley fame) the film follows the journey of a parent bringing up their children in the wilderness, away from society. This is veteran actor Viggo Mortensen’s second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor after 2008’s Eastern Promises, and in a career spanning performances par excellence, his biggest rival will be one-time winner Denzel Washington.
9. The Lobster
Plot: A man and a woman try to get into a relationship in a dystopian future when it is illegal to do so.
Nominated for: Best Original Screenplay (Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Fillippou)
Set in a dystopian future, the film stars an overweight Colin Farrell and the beautiful Rachel Weisz who get into a relationship during a regime when it is illegal to do so. The Lobster is absurdly comical and shifts tone from the bizarre to intense pretty quick.
10. The Salesman
Plot: It tells the story of a young couple whose relationship nosedives, after they move into an apartment which previously belonged to a prostitute and hosted clients over there.
Won: Best Foreign Language Film
Directed by Asghar Farhadi, who directed the much appreciated Separation and The Past, the film was one of the best reviewed films of the year alongside Toni Erdmann. The director didn’t fly down to the ceremony as a protest towards President Trump’s ban on immigrant from six countries from the middle-east.
Go on, knock yourself out.