Covid messed with film production, with film distri-bution. It closed movie theaters. It triggered alternative viewing on television and computer streaming services. Covid pushed back the night of the Oscars to April 25.
y film viewing started before the delayed March 15 Oscar nominations. Some viewing opportunities cost $20 to see at home. OK, two people would pay that if theaters were open. Some movies came with streaming I already had, but it took extra payouts to use multiple streaming services where releases were channeled.
Whatever, I managed to see all the films with major nominations before nominations were announced. The one exception, “The Father,” I saw in a theater, well distanced from the other 8 people present.
I paddled the streaming to see films with Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Directors Guild nominations – harbingers for Oscar nominations. Golden Globes (less of a barometer) also happened before Oscar noms.
My favorite film that showed up somewhere on the various awards landscapes was “Music.” It creatively mixes color, texture, and music with substantive grounding about two sisters: one handicapped; the other. hardly normal. It’s a weird one to recommend but I do.
Also, weird to recommend, I recommend “I Care a Lot.” Rosamund Pike plays a Golden Globe winning bad person and she’s not even the baddest character in the film.
A primo recommendation not plucked from any awards list is “Derek Delgaudio’s In and Of Itself.” Filmed in a Broadway theater, this magic show is so much more than a magic show. Delgaudio makes this entertainment personal, life affirming, a humanist philosophy in a neat theatrical story.
Other Films to Consider
Some films that I should have seen will have to wait for post-Oscars time.
“Soul” seems poised to win Oscar’s Best Animated Feature, although it’s curious to note that “Wolfwalkers” won both the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics awards.
If the NY and LA Film Critics Awards cue Oscar wins, “Time” is the frontrunner for Best Documentary.
A few other should-see films get a tickle from the Golden Globes: “The Mauritanian” (Best Supporting Actress win for Jodie Foster); “Hamilton” (Best Actor nom for Lin Manuel Miranda); and “French Exit” (Best Actress nom for Michelle Pfeiffer). Add in “The Little Things” (Screen Actors Guild Best Supporting Actor nom for Jared Leto);