The 2018 Oscar nominees were announced earlier this week, including the nine candidates up for this year’s Best Picture, the highest award of the ceremony. Looking to catch up with some or all of the nominees? We’ve got you covered! Let’s run down each of the nominees and where you can watch them.
Call Me By Your Name
Synopsis: In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage and the beguiling Italian landscape.
Why Should I Watch It?: Call Me By Your Name premiered a year ago at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival where attendees were already discussing its Oscar potential. Timothée Chalamet (a Lead Actor nominee) and Armie Hammer star in this emotional summer romance that captures a unique time and place along with the feelings that accompany them. Call Me By Your Name is also nominated for Adapted Screenplay and Original Song.
Synopsis: During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
Why Should I Watch It?: Gary Oldman gives the performance of a lifetime as Winston Churchill in this stylish, historical drama. Oldman is currently the frontrunner in the Lead Actor category for a role that sheds light on the iconic figure. Darkest Hour is also nominated for Cinematography, Production Design, Makeup and Hair and Costume Design.
Synopsis: Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Why Should I Watch It?: Christopher Nolan, nominated in the Directing category, brought his unparalleled vision to the war genre for an intense depiction of the infamous evacuation. Time is folded as the events transpire on land, on sea and in the air. This would also make a great double-feature with Darkest Hour as it ends with Churchill’s famous speech. Dunkirk is also nominated for Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design and Hans Zimmer’s Original Score.
Synopsis: It's time for a young African-American to meet with his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.
Why Should I Watch It?: Despite an early 2017 release, Get Out has stayed in the limelight and the conversation all year long. Lead Actor nominee Daniel Kaluuya gives a star making performance in this twisted collision of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? and The Stepford Wives. Jordan Peele, nominated for Original Screenplay and Director, proves he’s a writer/director to be reckoned as he blends comedic scenarios within a truly American horror story.
Synopsis: In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.
Why Should I Watch It?: Coming of age stories are a dime a dozen, but Lady Bird stands apart from the flock with terrific lead performances and a confidence in storytelling. This is made all the more impressive considering it’s the solo directorial debut from Greta Gerwig, nominated for Directing and Original Screenplay. Saoirse Ronan is nominated for Lead Actress while Laurie Metcalf is being recognized in the Supporting Actress category.
Synopsis: Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.
Why Should I Watch It?: This is the much anticipated reunion between writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson (nominated for Directing) and Daniel Day-Lewis (nominated for Lead Actor). This twisted romantic dramedy features three incredible performances, including Lesley Manville who is in the running for Supporting Actress. Phantom Thread is also nominated for Jonny Greenwood’s Original Score and Mark Bridges’ Costume Design.
Where Can I Watch It?: Find a Theater Near You
Synopsis: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.
Why Should I Watch It?: Spielberg. Streep. Hanks. And if that’s not enough to persuade you, how about a stacked ensemble cast featuring Sarah Paulson, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Lett, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenword and more! Not to mention that this is a timely account about the power of the press and woman taking charge in a male-dominated industry. Meryl Streep is nominated for Best Actress. This marks her 21st nomination, beating her own record as the most recognized actress.
Where Can I Watch It?: Find a Theater Near You
The Shape of Water
Synopsis: At a top secret research facility in the 1950s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.
Why Should I Watch It?: Guillermo Del Toro, the frontrunner in the Director category, addresses injustices in our world with this beautifully constructed fairytale for adults. This film leads the pack with 13 nominations, including Sally Hawkins for Lead Actress, Octavia Spencer for Supporting Actress, Richard Jenkins for Supporting Actor and a handful of technical awards.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Synopsis: A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.
Why Should I Watch It?: Playwright turned filmmaker Martin McDonagh (nominated for Original Screenplay) is known for his dark comedies about flawed characters, but none ring quite as true and relevant as Three Billboards. The film has pinched a nerve among American moviegoers and it continues to be a serious contender this awards season. Other nominations include Frances McDormand for Lead Actress and both Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson in competition for Supporting Actor.