If you haven't stumbled across the Academy Award nominations yet, here is a run down of the big ticket awards (the ones that I like to know the winner of the most). If you are more interested in the sound, design, costume and cinematography awards then check online for those nominations.
I have underlined who I think the Academy will more than likely give it to and then my personal choice is in bold.
A Star is Born
Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Actress in a Leading Role (Huge snubbing of Toni Collette in Hereditary here)
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Actor in a Supporting Role (Huge snubbing of Timothee Chalamet in Beautiful Boy here)
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlackkKlansman
Sam Elliot, A Star is Born
Richard E Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me
Sam Rockwell, Vice
Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, Vice
Marina De Tavira, Roma
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Animated Feature Film
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
Spike Lee, BlackkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Adam McKay, Vice
Foreign Language Film
Cold War (Poland)
Never Look Away (Germany)
As usual, the horror and sci-fi industry gets another shafting, as does some excellent art house material yet again, but no surprises there really. And even though I do believe that Toni Collette was the actress of the year in Hereditary, and Timothee Chalamet was epic in Beautiful Boy (and hey what about Paddington 2?) I won't be boycotting the proceedings. In spite of my moaning every year, of course I'm still going to watch the awards, I love the glitz and glam of it all! And who knows? Roma could repeat the 1997 A Life is Beautiful effort and sweep the Awards ceremony this year, it feels like it could be time to turn a spotlight on quality foreign cinema again.
The 91st Academy Awards will air on the NINE network at midday in Australia tomorrow (Monday 25th February) and then again at 7.30pm on GEM if you want to see them yourself.
Release Date: 1997
Running Time: 116 mins
A period tragicomic drama directed by and starring Roberto Benigni, who shot to fame after he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards.
Set in the 1930's, Life is Beautiful tells the story of a playful Jewish Italian book shop owner named Guido that has his life turned upside down when he and his son become victims of the Holocaust. With his own blend of humour and imagination, Guido attempts to protect his son from the real horrors of the Nazi Concentration Camp.
Part of the idea for the movie came from Benigni's own family history, as his own father survived a three year term at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, so this was a very personal body of work. Benigni himself is just fabulous as Guido, bringing charisma and ingenuity to his character that translates beautifully.
I adored this film, it made it me laugh and it also made me cry. I didn't think that it was an insensitive holocaust movie, as some people believed it to be, but rather a hopeful and endearing piece that speaks volumes about endurance and creativity.
FINAL SAY: Buon Giorno, Principessa!
4 Chilli Peppers