We are less than a month away from the biggest awards ceremony for film and this year has been one of the most incredible years for movies. I am honestly glad I don’t have to decide who wins. With that being said, here are my top predictions for best picture nominees and who should take home the award.
Best Picture Contenders
Although I have yet to watch this film, it has already taken home a major award, Best Motion Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes. So it would be no surprise that it could rock the Academy Awards.
Lulu Wang’s semi-autobiographical story of a cross between two cultural worlds leaves you feeling a bit down, but not depressed. It is an enthralling and perfectly crafted story of family love.
Ford V Ferrari
You gotta give recognition, where recognition is due. “Ford V Ferrari” is an all-around well done film. It nailed every emotional queue and delivered an impactful performance.
Greta Gerwig could not have done a better job. There were moments during “Little Women” where I felt so comfortable, it was almost as if I was a part of the family.
This is probably this most controversial film of 2019 and definitely the most talked about. Joker, for its content has been debated whether or not it is a menace to society, or art. It is undeniably a beautifully shot, well acted film that captures your heart and tears it into pieces.
Sitting at three hours long, you wonder why even bother. You bother because it’s Martin Scorsese, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Robert DeNiro. Beautifully echoes Scorsese’s previous work in gangster film.
Parasite took the world by storm. An international hit coming from South Korea that only proved that you can enjoy international film if you try.
Who will win?
If I had my way I would pick Joe Talbot’s “The Last Black Man In San Francisco” Unfortunately due to the nature of the film being an independent feature, I do not think it will even be nominated. Of the obvious contenders I listed above I truly believe that Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” has a great chance of taking the award, however if Hollywood and the Academy is as predictable as they are, it is likely that “1917” will win this coveted award, I would not bet on it though.
My Pick: The Farewell
Lulu Wang absolutely deserves all the recognition for “The Farewell”. This film sets the precedent for masterful storytelling. Not many can accomplish what Lulu has done with “The Farewell” to tell a story across countries and cultures and to do it so well that you can relate to it is incredible. An English/Mandarin hybrid, you hang on every breath and emotion. Filled with memorable lines that genuinely shake you to your core. The Farewell will be revered as classic for many decades to come.