It’s the most exciting time of the year for movie buffs. The 2020 Academy Award® nominations have just been announced, and you can start marking your ballot. If you didn’t make it to the theater to watch these nominated movies, not to worry: You can rent or buy them from your favorite streaming service … and have a much more relaxed viewing experience in the comfort of your home. Time to begin planning your watch parties!
This DC Comics™ origin story about Batman’s nemesis garnered 11 nominations to lead the field. Star Joaquin Phoenix’s gripping portrayal of the tortured villain gives nuance to the legend. For you audiophiles out there, this film’s nominations for score, sound editing and sound mixing make it a must for watching on your 5.1-channel surround sound setup. (Note that this movie may be disturbing to some viewers.) Nominations include: Best Picture, Best Director (Todd Phillips), Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix). Available on Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube™.
This recent Golden Globe Awards winner for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language tells the story of two Korean families at opposite ends of the social scale and an intruder who threatens the delicate balance of their fabricated relationships. Nominations include: Best Picture, Best Director (Bong Joon-ho), Best Foreign Language Film. Available on Amazon Prime, Vudu and Google Play.
– Pain and Glory
Director Pedro Almodóvar’s autobiographical tale of an aging director looking back over key events that shaped his life features an outstanding performance by Antonio Banderas. Nominations include: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actor (Antonio Banderas). Available on Amazon Prime and Vudu.
– Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
This movie set in the 1969 Los Angeles film industry features the first pairing of stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, with Quentin Tarantino at the helm. Nominations include: Best Picture, Best Director (Quentin Tarantino), Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt). Available on Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube.
– The Irishman
This subtly powerful depiction of the events surrounding the infamous disappearance of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa features living legends Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and director Martin Scorsese. Nominations include: Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Actor (Robert De Niro), Best Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci, Al Pacino). Available on Netflix.
– Marriage Story
This compassionate look at a family’s emotional journey through the trauma of divorce features gripping performances and deft direction. Nominations include: Best Picture, Best Actor (Adam Driver), Best Actress (Scarlett Johansson), Best Supporting Actress (Laura Dern). Available on Netflix.
– The Two Popes
The Catholic church is at a crossroads in this tale of outgoing conservative Pope Benedict and incoming liberal Pope Francis. Nominations include: Best Picture, Best Actor (Jonathan Pryce), Best Supporting Actor (Anthony Hopkins). Available on Netflix.
… and watch for these streaming movies coming soon:
– A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Who better than Tom Hanks, recipient of the Cecil B. deMille award at this year’s Golden Globes, to play TV’s Mister Rogers in this tale of a skeptical reporter’s redemption through decency and kindness? Nomination: Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Available on Amazon Prime 2/4/20.
– Knives Out
This entertaining old-school murder mystery from writer/director Rian Johnson (Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, Looper), features an all-star cast and plenty of plot twists and turns to keep you guessing till the very end. Nomination: Original Screenplay. Available on Amazon Prime 2/7/20.
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