The award season is here. Most of the major awards are already over. All eyes are now looking towards the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the last of the big awards. The Oscars.
Except maybe A Star Is Born no other film has had Oscar whispers surrounding them from the date of release. But nearing the 28th of February when the Oscars are announced, more and more and more motion pictures seem to trump (no pun intended) A Star Is Born.
Green Book is the toast of the day. Winning both The Golden Globe for best motion picture (musical or comedy) and The Producer’s Guild award for best motion picture, Green Book is sure to be one of the contenders for the best motion picture award at the Academies. Backed by the powerhouse performances of Academy award nominee Viggo Mortenson and Academy award winner Maharshala Ali, Green Book tells the story of an African- American musician and his Italian- American driver who takes a tour into the American deep-south in the midst of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Green Book is not just based on actual facts it is not even based on a true story. It actually is a true story. Everything that happens in the movie actually happened says Nick Villelonga, one of the films screenplay writers and the real life son of the protagonist Tony “Lip” Villelonga.
The story of developing friendship between Dr. Shirly played by Maharshala Ali and Tony Villelonga played by Viggo Mortenson has been contested by Dr. Shirly’s family who says that Tony who was just a chauffeur and never a friend to Dr. Shirly. Whatever that maybe Green Book looks like it is ready to make history.
Overcoming troubled production to being released successfully and becoming a huge hit, Bohemian Rhapsody has been laughing at the critics, along the way. A biopic of the iconic rock band Queen and their lead singer Freddie Mercury is already the highest grossing LGBT movie of all time. It is also now the highest-grossing musical biopic of all time.
While setting the cash registers ringing, the movie has also been performing well getting nominations at all the major movie awards. It has already won the best picture drama at the Golden Globes and the cast is nominated at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The Oscars have a history of giving awards to biopics of famous people. You can see at least one every year. We had The Darkest Hour and The Post last year. And this year we have Bohemian Rhapsody and Vice.
Although the critics had slammed the movie at the release, Bohemian Rhapsody had an 8.3 rating in IMDB and 89% audience score in Rotten Tomatoes. Rami Malek’s performance as the flamboyant Freddie Mercury was called by the Rolling Stone Magazine as “miraculous, catching the look, strut and soul of Mercury.
Will Bohemian Rhapsody spring another surprise at the Oscars as it has been doing of late?
Black Panther will make history if it even gets a nomination in the Best Picture category. It will be the first Superhero movie to get a nomination for Best Picture. Oscar strategist Cynthia Swartz has been busy managing the campaign for the Marvel-Disney movie. Director Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman and Michael B Jordan are also doing their promotions for Oscar recognition for the movie.
Popular movie have not had a great finish in the Best Motion Picture Category at the Oscars. In fact, since 2003, when Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King won the award, no popular movie has been able to win it again. Marvel has especially done bad at the Oscars with a total of around 10 nominations for all their movies. The Dark Knight, on it’s own had that many nominations. And Marvel Studio’s President Kevin Feige is leaving no stones unturned on the road to the Oscars.
Last year saw Logan, a superhero movie get the nomination in the best adapted screenplay category. That was a first. And maybe the Academy is finally ready to acknowledge the Superhero Genre.
Another first would be if Roma is nominated in the Best Motion Picture category. Roma is a black-and-white foreign-language film with no stars. But it is the best work of celebrated multiple award winning director Alfonso Cuaron. And that is saying a lot because all his previous movies have been par excellence.
Roma is the work of a director at his peak and even his greatest rivals are saying it. The movie is also very personal to Cuaron as it is a piece of his childhood that he has painted on the screen.
Roma has already done amazingly well at Venice and Toronto Festivals and is being looked at as a modern day classic. What has it going against it? The movie is produced by Netflix. And Netflix has been until now been snubbed at the Oscars. This is Netflix’s best chance at an Oscar nod and Cuaron is not one to be underestimated.