Forget about who won, who lost, who got snubbed and the person who won your Oscar pool (I won mine, no big deal!), here are the top 5 films nominated this year that should be next on your list:
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
There is something to be said for a movie that got released early in the year, yet still stayed with people enough to be nominated for several Academy Awards. You can find this on Netflix so you have no excuse. It’s hilarious, gorgeously shot and has a stellar cast. It is my introduction to Wes Anderson movies and I must say, if his films are all like this, then he’s my new favorite director. It’s also the only Best Picture nominee that wasn’t super heavy in terms of subject matter. If I was a member of the Academy, I would’ve definitely voted for this one to win the top prize.
2. Big Hero 6
I cannot say enough good things about this movie. It’s the only one of the nominated animated films that I’ve seen, but I have a feeling that even if I watch all of them, this one would still stand out. I don’t want to ruin the story, but suffice to say, it has everything: comedy, drama, action, superheroes, and Beymax. Oh, Beymax.
It may have been essentially snubbed by the Academy, but I think that compared to Birdman, this movie has more staying power. Yes, it’s long (around 3 hours), and yes, it’s gimmicky (filmed over 12 years), but it works. It’s a universal story that’s so relatable, so real, so raw. It deserves to be watched.
Happy Hump Day and happy viewing!