Although 2020 has been a rollercoaster of chaos for most people across the world (with the huge Amazonian and Australian bushfires as well as the crazy Covid-19 pandemic to name just a few chaotic events so far), the year started out pretty well for the film industry, as the 92nd Oscars provided memorable moments for movie lovers as well as creating historic events for the industry on an international level.
To highlight just how awesome this year’s Oscars awards were, I’ve provided a list of the absolute best of all nominations. So if you’re in the mood for an incredible movie that received an Oscar this year, then check out this list for some major inspiration!
Parasite was the most talked-about movie of 2019 and probably one of the most popular foreign films of the decade. Director Bong Joon-Ho brings to life the reality of social classism and poverty in modern day whereby an incredibly poor family, the Kims, infiltrates the lives and household of a wealthy family, the Parks. Although the title of the movie would infer that the Kims are leeching off the rich Park family, acting like Parasites, as the story progresses we see that both families are Parasitic in their own way.
Parasite became the first ever South Korean film to achieve such a huge international critical-acclaim, generating over $266 Million worldwide, with a budget of just $11 million; becoming the highest earning South Korean film of all time. This incredible movie made history when it received three awards at the 77th Golden Globe Awards for Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Screenplay. If this wasn’t thrilling enough, Parasite went on to win another four awards at the 92nd Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture and Best International Feature Film. This was an incredible moment in history for foreign film, as Parasite was the first non-English language movie to ever win Best Picture at the Oscars.
Director, Sam Mendes, and Cinematographer Roger Deakins, brought to life an incredibly artistic concept of cinema with 1917. Although the movie has been criticized for its historical inaccuracies, it still remains to be an amazing on-screen experience with a thrilling storyline. 1917 received ten nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, taking home 3 of these with Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing and Best Cinematography. This fantastic movie also received two awards for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director at the 77th Golden Globe Awards.
What sets 1917 apart from the other movies on this list is the way in which they filmed the movie. The movie was filmed and edited to look like one single take, providing a unique continuous flow to the story. It gives an awesome, immersive experience for the audience with the director’s unique and innovative cinematography.
An origin story for one of the most infamous villains of all time was always going to generate an enormous amount of hype. It’s safe to say Joker lived up to this hype in ways that we would never have expected. Director Todd Phillips brought us the story of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), an outsider on the fringes of society. The movie shows us the transformation from the meek, downtrodden Fleck to the villain that we are far more familiar with; a highly unstable psychopath with an intense grudge against the very environment (Gotham) that sparked this transformation.
Joker definitely doesn’t play out the typical villain/hero relationships that we’re so used to seeing on the big-screen. We are instead confronted with the human side of Fleck/Joker as he begins his rapid mental decline into chaos. This unique take on the legendary villain has proved to be extremely successful, with Joker grossing over $1 Billion worldwide. Joker received 11 nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography. Joaquin Phoenix’s exceptional performance meant he came away with the awards for Best Actor at the Academy Awards and at the 77th Golden Globe Awards, as did Hildur Guðnadóttir for Best Original Score.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
A Tarantino movie with a stellar cast is always going to cause major hype from fans. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was no different, raking in more than $370 Million worldwide. This awesome movie brings the audience all the way back to 1969, the end of the Golden Age era. A time where Western movies were at the forefront of the film industry and Charles Manson and his “Family” were in full swing. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood follows ageing actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) as they overcome obstacles as Dalton’s acting career starts to decline.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was nominated ten times at the 92nd Academy Awards, and came away with an award for Best Production Design, in addition to Best Supporting Actor award for Brad Pitt’s performance (which also won him the same award at the 77th Golden Globe Awards!). The incredible Once Upon a Time in Hollywood also received Golden Globe awards for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
The Irishman (2019)
When you hear that a movie will be directed by the incredible Martin Scorsese and stars Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, you know it can mean only one thing; an awesome gangster movie! The Irishman was briefly released in cinemas before being released on Netflix. When first released, it was feared that the massive runtime of 3 hrs 30 would deter audiences. However, this was far from the case, as by the end of 2019, over 25 million people had watched the movie on this streaming service.
One of the most alluring parts of this movie, is that although it might sound like a wild film about a mafia hitman, the story itself is actually based on true life events of “The Irishman”, Frank Sheeran. The true life story resonated with many audiences and at the 92nd Academy Awards, The Irishman received ten nominations including Best Cinematography, Best Director and Best Picture.
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