Top 10 Oscar 2018 Movies that you shouldn’t Miss!
2017 has been a really weird year. Naturally, the film has been gifted but considering the movies that we have got, it should be tagged as a disaster. It’s the same year where we saw Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele against Christopher Nolan and Guillermo del Toro for the best directors and the same year we saw Daniel Day-Lewis become a dark horse for the best actor while the whole world was struck by Timothee Chalamet as the sleeping cozy favorite. Out of all the movies, it is a year that had around 13 nominations for a Sci-Fi romantic drama with the Cold War backdrop about an amphibian and a mute woman falling in love with each other and has sex in the old fashion. That being said, here are the top 10 Oscars 2018 Movies that you should definitely watch. Have a look!
Oscars 2018 Movies:
#1 THE SHAPE OF WATER:
- Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
- Written by: Guillermo del Toro and Vannessa Taylor
- Cast: Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg.
- Running Time: 123 minutes
The Shape of Water is an American fantasy film, written and directed by Guillermo del Toro. Starring Michael Shannon and Sally Hawkins in the main role, the movie is set in 1962 in Baltimore. The plot follows a mute custodian working a high-security laboratory and who falls in love with an amphibian humanoid. The film was initially screened at the 74th International Film Festival, Venice and has won the Golden Lion in the best film category. However, the film has been released at limited theatres and can be called as a novelization written by the same. The Shape of Water has been receiving praises all over the world for the best screenplay, direction, performances, design, production and the critics have been tagging it as the best film in the recent times ever since Labyrinth. In the 90th Academy Awards of 2018, the movie won four Oscars including the Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Direction and the Best picture altogether.
“The Shape of Water” is a phenomenal movie with Sally Hawkins playing the lead role. Elisa Esposito has beautifully portrayed the role of a mute custodian working at the government facility which due to the war setting becomes a government facility for an imprisoned fish man from South America. Doug Jones played the Amphibian in this picture and we see both of them developing a friendship which later turns into a romantic relationship with neither of them uttering a single word in the film. The most beautiful thing about the movie is that we see a couple of sympathetic creatures falling in love with each other and that takes the definition of love to infinity and beyond.
#2 THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI:
- Directed by: Martin McDonagh
- Written by: Martin McDonagh
- Cast: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage and John Hawkes.
- Running Time: 115 minutes
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a drama film, written and directed by the infamous Martin McDonagh. The film contains Frances McDormand as the mother who rents around three billboards to solve her daughter’s murder. The rest of the case appear in the supporting roles while she solves the murder. The film has been initially released in November and then is spread to the other parts of the country, consecutively. The film has received praise for the direction and the screenplay as well as the performances of Rockwell, Harrelson and the lead role McDormand as well. With total 7 nominations at the 90th Academy Awards for the Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Picture, Best Screenplay; the film has managed to win Oscars for both Rockwell and McDormand.
Every character in “Three Billboards” has a fight of their own and as a result, the billboards that actually form the context of the film are of nobody’s use. The Chief in the film usually stays at ease thinking that he has done everything to solve the murder case of Mildred’s daughter without actually seeing the provocation behind. In the film, you don’t see clues dropping in between, no secrets being revealed and no one being libeled. As a result, everyone including the director and the audience thinks that the billboards are pretty serious and the characters keep attacking each other in the name of these, providing us a good share of entertainment. However, the movie is dangerous, dignified, tough and has a confrontational approach to the suffering of a mother whose daughter has been killed and who is in search of truth.
#3 CALL ME BY YOUR NAME:
- Directed by: Luca Guadagnino
- Written by: James Ivory
- Cast: Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Amira Casar, Michael Stuhlbarg, Victoria Du Bois, Esther Garrel.
- Running Time: 132 minutes
A Romantic drama of the coming age, the movie is written by James Ivory and directed by Luca Guadagnino. The script is based on the 2007 novel of the same name, written by Andre Aciman. According to the plot, the film is a third installment of the Desire trilogy, followed by I am Love and A Bigger Splash. The film background is set in 1983 (Northern Italy) as it talks about the romantic relationship between Elio Perlman and Oliver (his father’s assistant) starring Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer respectively. It also stars trim cast including Esther Garrel, Victoria Du Bois, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Distributed by the Sony Picture Classics, the film received acclaim for the direction, music, screenplay and also the performances.
The movie has been chosen by the American Film Institute and as well as the National Board of Review as one of top 10 Best 2017 Movies. It has been nominated at the 75 Golden Globe Awards under different categories including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor etc. Coming to the plot, it talks about Elio who lives in Italy along with his parents. His father, an archaeological professor takes an American Jewish student under him as an assistant. Oliver comes to live with their family to help the father with the academic work. Elio, being an introspective musician and bibliophile gets attracted to the contrasting personality of Oliver. It’s over the period that a seductive courtship emerges, and the rest of film follows with the exploration. At the 90th Academy Awards, the movie has managed to win an Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay for James Ivory. This movie is a must watch if you’re once of those people who believe in inevitable love. In case, if you’re looking for more homosexual movies; you can go through Best LGBTQ movies to watch for a different experience.
- Directed by: Greta Gerwig
- Written by: Greta Gerwig
- Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Tracy Letts, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges, Beanie Feldstein, Timothee Chalamet, Lois Smith and Stephen McKinley Henderson.
- Running Time: 93 minutes
Lady Bird is a comedy film, written by Greta Gerwig and directed by the same. It starred Laurie Metcalf, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Lucas Hedges, Lois Smith and Stephen Henderson as the leads. The film backdrop is set in Sacramento, California and can be said as an upcoming age story of Ronan and her relationship with the mother, Metcalf. Premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, 2017, it later got the theatrical release and stood out as one of the best movies of the year. It has been listed in the Top 10 Best 2017 Movies lists, made by the Time, the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute. It won the Best Motion Picture Award, the Best Actress Award, the Best Supporting Actress Award and also the Best Screenplay in the 75th Golden Globe Awards. Coming to the plot, it deals with Christine McPherson, a student at a Catholic High School located in the Sacramento Suburbs.
It is a 2002 period film where she still lives with the parents and an adopted elder brother along with his girlfriend. Lady Bird, as she is called is friends with Julianne Steffans and when they join the theatre in the school; she meets Danny O’Neill and the from there, the plot unveils. Lady Bird is a magical portrait of people who belong to the same age. It can be described as the coming of age picture where the jagged relationship between Lady Bird and her mother are shown. An overworking nurse as she is, her pragmatism along with her daughter who dreams of moving to New York, the scenes are electric and the director has managed to communicate with the audience through excruciation. However, it’s the vividly paced characters that Gerwig has written along with the character by Timothee Chalamet as a bit, this movie tells you that details are everything making us a keen observer as we watch the movie.
- Directed by: Lee Unkrich
- Screenplay by: Adrian Molina
- Cast: Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, Renee Victor, Alanna Ubach, Edward James Olmos and Ana Ofelia Murguia.
- Running Time: 103 minutes
Coco is an animated fantasy film, produced by the Pixar Animation Studios and released by the Walt Disney Pictures. The original idea of the picture is given by Lee Unkrich and has been directed by the same with the help of Adrian Molina. The story of the film revolves around a 12-year-old boy, Miguel Rivera who gets transported or teleported to the land of the dead. Here, he seeks the help of his dead great great grandfather who is a musician in order to return to his world of the living. This concept of the film is entirely based on the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday that has been celebrated over the world. The film was initially scripted by Matthew Aldrich and Molina, from the story by Unkrich and Pixar started working on it, back in 2016.
Imelda Drivera is the wife of a musician, whose husband leaves her and her daughter Coco to pursue Music. As a result, she bans music and starts a shoemaking business. However, Coco secretly dreams of becoming a musician and the plot continues from thereon with evoked interest as Coco reach the land of the dead. His return projects out to be extremely brilliant. Coco is a movie full of classic lines, but that’s not the rarest thing you will find in the movie. The movie has a pretty interesting ending and is a real third act as it talks about memory, mortality and how everyone has a big adventure waiting for them in their lives as it sends a big lump in your throat. The film gives us something that Pixar failed to give for a while and therefore, you will be suppressed with tears especially in the last five minutes of the movie.
Another way of thinking about it is that it’s a raucous, satirically challenging and deliberately transgressive tradition that glories in the physical intractability of death and thereby mocks the pretensions of powerful but all-too-mortal rulers: which is, incidentally, the tradition that Eisenstein responded to for his unrealized Mexico film Que Viva Mexico! Well, that is not what Coco is about; it is more emollient. Perhaps like Orpheus with his lyre, Miguel’s way with a guitar will get him back to the world of life and the world of music, without which, of course, a living death is all he has to look forward to wherever he happens to be.
#6 I, TONYA:
- Directed by: Craig Gillespie
- Written by: Steven Rogers
- Cast: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan, Bobby Cannavale and Julianne Nicholson.
- Running Time: 119 Minutes.
I, Tonya is an American black biographical comedy film, written by Steven Rogers and is directed by Craig Gillespie. The film is all about the life of Tonya Harding (As the name says), who is a figure skater with the focus of her connection with the attack on her Olympic rival, Nancy Kerrigan. It features various interviews with different characters in a mockumentary style and as well as the breaking of the fourth wall. The infamous Margot Robbie stars as the Tonya Harding, Sebastian Stan stars as her husband, Jeff Gillooly, Allison Janney stars as her mother and few other stars including Julianne Nicholson, LaVona Fay Golden, Bobby Cannavale and Caitlin Carver. Coming to the plot, it starts with a four-year-old girl who is forced to ice skate in Portland.
After a constant push by her mother LaVona Golden, through neglect and cruelty; Tony grows up and focuses exclusively on her career. She trains under Diane Rawlinson and her tutelage; she becomes one of the best USA figure skaters. From there, her journey with ups and downs starts and the film is filled with twists and turns.A wild contrary yet irony-free movie; I, Tonya is a film based on true interviews with Jeff Gillooly and Tonya Harding. The key characters in this movie can speak directly to the audience and as a result, whether it’s through the faux interviews, the reproducing boxy frames of the reportage or the through the four wall breaks through the fluid widescreen, I, Tonya exerts emotions especially in the scene where she takes shots at her abusive husband. This movie is a perfect fit for people who are aspiring and as a result, if you’re one of those women who is striving to excel at something in your life, you might as well watch this film and learn something from it. At the 90th Academy Awards, I, Tonya won Best Supporting Actress for Janney and got nominated for Best Actress and Best Editing.
#7 DARKEST HOUR:
- Directed by: Joe Wright
- Written by: Anthony McCarten
- Cast: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ronald Pickup, Stephen Dillane and Ben Mendelsohn.
- Running Time: 125 Minutes.
Darkest Hour is a British war drama film, written by Anthony McCarten, directed by Joe Wright. It has Gary Oldman playing the lead as Winston Churchill following the early days as the Prime Minister. After Hitler closing the war during the World War II, the plot takes the course. It has Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ronald Pickup and Stephen Dillane. The film gave a premiere on the 1st September 2017, at the Telluride Film Festival and is also screened at Toronto International Film Festival. The film has a release on 22nd November 2017, followed by further releases and it grossed about $54 million worldwide. In the year 1940, France and Britain were allies in the World War II against Nazi Germany.
Before the invasions of German on the Netherlands and Belgium, the Parliament demands the resignation of the Neville Chamberlain, a British Prime Minister claiming that he’s too weak for the national security. The Chamberlain tells the party advisors that he would have Edward Wood as his successor but he doesn’t want to be the prime minister yet. And here comes the picture of Winston Churchill, to hold the position of Lord of Admiralty and the plot goes on. Gary Oldman has finally won the Oscar for the Best Lead Actor at the 90th Academy Awards that happened. Darkest Hour is the film that covers the uncertain weeks of Churchill’s last moments as the Prime Minister poised in the war, is portrayed as the best with the celebration of oratory. This film is a pure drama and it contains conversations, conversations and plenty of conversations alone. The entire movie is played in oak-paneled, airless boardrooms and the tunnels of crepuscular war rooms making the film wordy. Gary Oldman has excelled with his rousing verbal delivery.
#8 BLADE RUNNER 2049:
- Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
- Written by: Hampton Fancher, Michael Green
- Cast: Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Harrison Ford, Mackenzie Davis, Robin Wright, Sylvia Haoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Jared Leto and Dave Bautista.
- Running Time: 163 minutes
Blade Runner 2049 is a silent science, neo-noir American fiction film written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, directed by Denis Villeneuve. A sequel to the first film Blade Runner made in 1982, it stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling with Sylvia Hoeks, Mackenzie Davis, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Jared Leto and Dave Bautista in the supporting roles. Set exactly thirty years after the first film, Ryan Gosling plays the role of K, a Blade Runner who hunts the replicants. In 2049, the replicants are slaves and servants in the society with K, a replicant who works for the LAPD as the ‘Blade Runner’, an officer who hunts down and kills all the rogue replicants. While being on the assignment; K happens to visit a farm where because of the incidents, he retires Sapper Morton, a rogue applicant. Here, he finds a box buried under the dead tree with the reminds of a female replicant; that died during a cesarean emergency section.
This reveals the fact that the replicants can actually reproduce through the conventional sex which they thought is not possible, before. As the plot goes on, we get to know many twists and turns throughout the film that makes you really engrossed in it. However, because of the slow screenplay, things don’t effect you like the regular films. The sights of Blade Runner 2049 are effectively beautiful as they are of low-key. With many nominations at the 90th Academy Awards, the film has managed to win the best cinematography Oscar for Roger Deakins. The reason this person has been awarded the Oscar is that Carla Juri manages to inject real magic into the dream-weaving and heartbreaking scene where Sylvia Hoeks is against Rutger Hauer. With the three dimensional warmth to the plot, the characters have an amazing digital projection taking the movie to a futuristic level.
#9 THE POST:
- Directed by: Steven Spielberg
- Written by: Josh Singer, Liz Hannah
- Cast: Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson, Tom Hanks, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Bruce Greenwood, Bradley Whitford, Matthew Rhys.
- Running Time: 116 minutes
A political thriller as it is, the movie is written by Josh Singer and Liz Hannah; but directed and produced by the legendary Steven Spielberg. The movie has Meryl Streep playing the lead as Kay Graham and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee with another cast including Bob Odenkirk, Bradley Whitford, Sarah Paulson, Carrie Coon, Bruce Greenwood and Matthew Rhys in the supporting roles. Set in the 1970s, the post is actually a true story of the journalists who worked at The Washington Post and their constant attempt to expose the Pentagon Papers. These documents explained the most intricate details about the US government’s involvement in the Vietnam War, back then. Daniel Ellsberg, the 1965 Vietnam’s military analyst joins the US troops to document the military activities.
On his return from home, McNamara (Secretary of Defense) tells to Lyndon Johnson that the Vietnam war is hopeless. After years, Ellsberg who now works as military contractor photocopies the reports which documented the progress of the war dating back to the Truman period. He then releases these documents about the poor condition of the war. However, on the other hand, we have Katharine Graham, the heiress of The Washington Post who tries to balance her life as the owner with her social life after the suicide of her own husband. She recognizes how important it is to strengthen the paper and therefore gets on the mission. The Steven Speilberg can actually be called a documentary. It is angry, euphoric and shamelessly sentimental the only kind that would come from the director. Whatever is done and said in the movie along with the resignations, the assassinations, the impeachments will be shown as the important elements of the movie which takes the movie forward.
#10 ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD:
- Directed by Ridley Scott
- Written by David Scarpa
- Cast: Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris and Michelle Williams.
- Running Time: 133 minutes
A crime thriller as the title speaks, the film is written by David Scarpa who has extracted it based on Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty, a book written by John Pearson back in 1995. The movie casts Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, Charlie Plummer, Romain Duris, Timothy Hutton and also Andrew Buchan. The film is about Paul Getty’s refusal to succumb to the demands of a group of Mafia kidnappers, named ‘Ndrangheta. Kevin Spacey is the one who had originally played the role of J. Paul Getty and also appeared in the marketing campaign at the start but because of the sexual allegations that were against him recently, the role has been recast with Plummer.
All the scenes were reshot before the film’s release. Coming to the plot, J. Paul Getty III, a 16-year-old, is the grandson of J. Paul Getty; the world’s richest citizen. He gets kidnapped by a crime ring in Rome and gets asked for a ransom demand of $17 million. However, through flashbacks we see John Getty Jr. and Gail Harris, his parents were divorced and Gail rejects the alimony for acquiring custody of her children. Therefore, she won’t be having much to pay the ransom. The story unveils with many rumors, media involvement and tug of war between Gail and J. Paul Getty regarding this ransom amount making us hooked to the seats. If you’re up for a thriller which takes you through the roller coaster, this movie is the perfect fit that you have been waiting for, to watch!