And the Oscar Goes To….

It was such a surprising night (or early morning, for those of us here in India) for movie lovers. To say that things took a surprising turn, especially towards the end of the night, would be quite the understatement, wouldn’t it? And while we couldn’t be happier for all the wins that Parasite received, and well deserved too, we just have to commemorate all the nominees in the Best Film category, because they truly are, each and every one of them, gems.

 

1. Parasite

The underdog that won it all. A Korean movie directed by the legendary Bong Joon Ho (Okja, Snowpiercer) that ended up winning a total of 4 Academy Awards out of its six nominations. It must also be noted that it is the first non-English film to win best film in the over 90 years history of the Academy Awards. It took home Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.

Synopsis: A poor family, the Kims, con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. But their easy life gets complicated when their deception is threatened with exposure.

Directed By: Bong Joon Ho

Starring: Song Kang Ho, Lee Sun Kyun, Cho Yeo Jeong, Choi Woo Shik, Park So Dam, Lee Jung Eun, Chang Hyae Jin

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Image Source – WallpaperAccess

 

2. Jojo Rabbit

Synopsis: A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Directed By: Taika Waititi

Starring: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson

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Image Source – IMP Awards

 

3. 1917

Synopsis: April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.

Directed By: Sam Mendes

Starring: Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays

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Image Source – Forbes

 

4. Joker

Synopsis: In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.

Directed By: Todd Philips

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

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Image Source – IMDb

 

5. The Irishman

Synopsis: A mob hitman recalls his friend Jimmy Hoffa.

Directed By: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

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Image Source – Amazon

 

6. Ford v Ferrari

Synopsis: American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

Directed By: James Mangold

Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal

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Image Source – Collider

 

7. Marriage Story

Synopsis: Noah Baumbach’s incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

Directed By: Noah Baumbach

Starring: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Greer

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Image Source – IMDd

 

8. Little Women

Synopsis: Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.

Directed By: Greta Gerwig

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh

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Image Source – IMDb

 

9. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Synopsis: A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

Image Source - IMDb
Image Source – IMDb

 

Most of these are still in theatres in metro cities. Go out and catch as many of these as you still can!