It’s Academy Awards season. And since we Plugged In types so often find ourselves in a theater seat with a popcorn bucket and notebook in hand, it’s only natural that we’d have an opinion or two about the Best Picture noms.
But this year, while in mid-rant over a cubicle wall, we all suddenly paused and thought, “Hey, why don’t we invite all our friends in for the discussion?”
Of course, finding a big enough room for you all to pile into was a problem.
So here’s the next best thing. Join us as we briefly chew the fat on the Oscars. And then, if you want to pontificate a bit, too, please do so in the comments section. (We’ll work on that big face-to-face get together for another time.) Oh, and if you want to check out our full movie reviews of the nominated pictures, feel free to click like mad on the links posted below.
As promised, here are the links to our reviews.
Call Me By Your Name: A coming-of-age romance between a 17-year-old boy (Oscar-nominated Timothée Chalamet) and his father’s 24-year-old male research assistant, which takes place in the dappled pastures of Northern Italy.
Darkest Hour: Winston Churchill (played by Oscar hopeful Gary Oldman) becomes prime minister of Great Britain and immediately has to figure out a way to shepherd the country through one of its most perilous moments.
Dunkirk: Taking place at roughly the same time as Darkest Hour, director Christopher Nolan whisks us to the French beaches of Dunkirk circa 1940, as the Nazi army encircles and advances on Britain’s entire fighting force.
Get Out: Jordan Peele earned three nominations for himself—screenwriting, directing and Best Picture—for this blistering horror/satire that examines American race relations in an unexpected (and problematic) way.
Lady Bird: This comedic coming-of-age story has earned several Oscar noms, including nods for Best Actress (Saorise Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf) and Best Director (Greta Gerwig). And though this comedy has some deeply problematic moments, it also has some nice things to say about family and faith.
Phantom Thread: Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis guns for his fourth in this bizarre romance about a famous London dressmaker and his beautiful, determined muse.
The Post: Cinematic legends Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg join forces in this docudrama centered on the 1971 leak and release of what came to be known as the Pentagon Papers.
The Shape of Water: A mute cleaning woman (played by Oscar nominated Sally Hawkins) befriends, then falls in love with, a strange, fish-like man captured by the U.S. government, and plots a way to free it.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: This scorching, angry and seriously profane drama centers on a grieving, angry woman (played by Oscar-nominated Frances McDormand) who goes to some controversial lengths to seek justice for her murdered daughter.