So the Oscars are coming and here is our pick for the best picture of the year.
1917 was one of the best movies I have ever seen. The “one take” format was intense, making you feel like you were a part of the story. There were moments that just made me cringe, totally unexpected and just brilliantly scripted. We’ll see if I can finally have a movie I loved win the Best Picture award.
In some interesting facts for this year’s contest, it’s been 15 years since the best actress award was from the best picture winner. The last who did was Hilary Swank in 2004’s Million Dollar Baby. Renée Zellweger is the favorite to win for Judy, which isn’t even nominated for best picture.
If Sam Mendes wins for 1917, it will be the longest drought between two directing wins in Oscars history. With his win in 2000 for American Beauty, the 20-year gap will finally break Billy Wilder’s 15 years between The Lost Weekend (1945) and The Apartment (1960.
Neither of the two favorites for best picture have nominations in the acting categories.The absence of 1917 in the acting categories is shocking as George MacKay appears in the entire film, and gave an incredible performance.
Songwriter Dianne Warren’s 11th nomination in best original song for I’m Standing With You from the film Breakthrough, gives her the dubious title of the most Oscar-nominated woman without a win in history.
So we will see who the winners are, and either be glad or sad. If Renée Zellweger does win best actress for Judy, it will make up for the biggest Oscars upset when Judy Garland did not win for 1954’s A Star is Born. Let’s hope they pick it right.