If you want to watch a movie that you know will be outstanding, then you should watch one that was nominated for an Oscar. Based on high criteria you know that even if they weren’t winners, they will still blow you away. We’ve compiled a list of movies nominated for Best Picture in 2018, many of which went on to win other Oscar awards for other categories.
The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water is a fantasy drama directed by Guillermo del Toro and stars Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon. It takes place in 1962 Baltimore, when a mute custodian falls in love with a humanoid amphibian creature being held captive in a government laboratory. It was nominated and ended up being the winner for Best Picture film due to its beautiful performance, direction, visuals, music and production design.
Call Me by Your Name
Call Me by Your Name was directed by Luca Guadagnino as a coming of age drama based on the novel by Andre Aciman. It follows the story of Elio Perlman and his romantic relationship with his father’s American assistant, Oliver. It stars Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet as the two main characters. It premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Original Song. Although it did not win Best Picture it did win the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Darkest Hour is a war film starring Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas. It was directed by Anthony McCarten and recounts the story of Winston Churchill and his early days as Prime Minister. It follows Churchill all through the rising of the Nazi Party and his determination to save the United Kingdom from falling into the hands of Hitler. It premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and was also shown at the Toronto International Film Festival. It won the awards for Best Actor and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
Dunkirk was an incredible war drama written and directed by Christopher Nolan. It followed the story of the Dunkirk evacuation during World War II and the horrible atrocities that soldiers had to face. It starred Tom Hardy, Fionn Whitehead and Tom Glynn-Carney, to name a few of the incredible actors. However, there was actually very little dialogue throughout the film, a choice Nolan made to create suspense through cinematography and music. It was the highest grossing WWII film of all time and won the awards for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing.
Get Out is a thriller horror film directed by Jordan Peele. It tells the story of a man named Chris who discovers a secret when he meets his girlfriend’s family. Tense and downright scary, this movie will leave you feeling terrified and slightly suspicious of all people. It stars Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win the award for Best Original Screenplay.
Lady Bird is a beautiful coming of age comedy-drama that stars Saoirse Ronan as the eccentric girl who goes by the name of Lady Bird. Desperate to leave her small town and go somewhere with more culture, Lady Bird applies to Ivy League schools, despite her mother’s wishes. The movie expertly depicts the trials and tribulations of young teenage girls as they try to discover who they are and make a name for themselves in the world. It premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and although it was nominated for several awards including Best Picture, it did not win any.