Awkwafina – The Farewell
My Overall Thoughts:
This is yet another category this year where the front runner has managed to keep the lead for quite a while during the Awards Season and seems like a shoe-in to win come Oscar night.
5. Cynthia Erivo
4. Charlize Theron
3. Scarlett Johansson
2. Saoirse Ronan
1. Renée Zellweger
5. Harriet – Intriguing story that unfortunately isn’t as powerful as one might hope that it could be. Harriet Tubman is an important historical figure and this film helps explain why she has become so famous due to her actions. Erivo does a wonderful job in the title role and helps make this character more tangible in all that she does. She was deservingly nominated for a Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Actress for her work here. The biggest problem here is that this story is told in a very formulaic way and fails to be more poignant or groundbreaking which is quite a shame.
4. Judy – Drawn out biopic that just doesn’t work very well. Zellweger does a superb job creating the persona of Garland, but the film’s lack of an engaging or interesting story hurts things too much. The story drags along the entire time and its slow pace is no help when trying to keep the story more intriguing for the viewer. The music is done well and when Zellweger sings the famous Garland song “Over the Rainbow” it’s touching yet it doesn’t help make this film any more powerful and it remains pretty lackluster throughout.
3. Bombshell – Fascinating story that is so shocking to see how things are shown. Theron leads a great cast and show how toxic the environment got at Fox News and how long it took for the women who were harassed to come forward and report what happened. The story starts off like atypical film about the #metoo movement and turns into something much bigger along the way. The strongest performance here tho is by Lithgow who is almost unrecognizable both physically and verbally as the bulldozer Ailes. The fact that this film is based on real events helps make it even more impactful.
2. Little Women – Great adaptation of this classic story. The way that they chose to tell the tale in a non-linear fashion actually enhances things so much more because we don’t have to wait so long to see how events affect one another. The cast is superbly chosen and they give us some really talented actresses to play the main roles which adds so much more to the impact of events. The story is told in a very modern way which works in helping make things feel even more accessible to a modern audience. Gerwig knows how to put together a film like this really well and makes it even more curious to see what she has for us in the future.
1. Marriage Story – Unique film that takes a very touchy subject and doesn’t sugarcoat it at all. Both Johansson and Driver give career defining performances here and both deservingly were nominated for Oscars for their performances. Unfortunately, neither will be taking home Gold on Sunday night for these roles and the question actually remains as to whether this film will manage to walk away with any of the 6 Oscars it is nominated for. Its best bet is Dern for Best Supporting Actress who seems like a shoe in, but might be the category that will surprise everyone. The story moves along at a great pace and the attention to detail with the characters and the scenarios that they encounter help enhance this film so much. In addition to Dern, Liotta and Alda are also both great in supporting roles and show the true face of what people need to deal with during a divorce that slowly gets out of hand. Not an easy film to watch since it presents too many situations that are all too real, yet that is part of what makes this film so powerful.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Of Course! RZ led the pack all award season and definitely deserved this award even if the movie itself wasn’t so amazing.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!