13 Jewels From 2019 Oscar Nominations – Which One Suits You? | FlickZee

What started as a 15-minute ceremony during a private dinner among 270 people on May 16 – 1929 in Roosevelt Hotel, California; is now one of the most popular, awaited and articulated events globally in the Entertainment Industry. Yes, we’re talking about The Academy Awards, The Oscars!

Works from 24 different categories of film-making are set to be glorified in a duration of 3-weeks. The committee has recently announced the nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards and like always, situations intensify as fans’ emotions simmer between their favourites.

Honestly, we can’t help you make that decision; but we can pull you out from the emotional turmoil and cheer you up a bit.

With over 120 nominations, missing a few masterpieces is blatantly certain. So, we at FlickZee, have curated the best 2019 Oscar Nominations and where can you view them online.

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Roma

Nominated for:

  1. Best Picture  (Alfonso Cuaron, Gabriela Rodriguez)
  2. Best Actress  (Yalitza Aparicio)
  3. Best Supporting Actress  (Marina de Tavira)
  4. Best Director  (Alfonso Cuaron)
  5. Foreign Language Film  (Alfonso Cuaron)
  6. Best Original Screenplay  (Alfonso Cuaron)
  7. Best Cinematography  (Alfonso Cuaron)
  8. Best Sound Mixing  (Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan)
  9. Best Production Design  (Eugenio Caballero)
  10. Best Sound Editing  (Skip Lievsay)

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Have you ever seen a movie and lost the sense of the fact that you’re watching it on a paper-thin screen in the 21st century? Roma is such a movie with a sensitive and strong story of a woman who lives a challenging life with her four children after her husband leaves her. This movie will not let you leave your seats without finishing it and you will definitely grow a sense of belonging towards the movie. It is a visual marvel by director Alfonso Cuarón.

Interesting Fact: Roma is a Netflix Original which enjoyed a limited theatrical release. Netflix did this only to be eligible for Oscars 2019. So much for future planning!

You’ll love this movie if:

    • You love good transitions and cinematography
    • You are capable of processing emotions without the character talking about it
    • You feel grateful for a woman/women in your life
    • You don’t feel grateful for a woman/women in your life

 Bohemian Rhapsody

  1. Best Picture (Graham King)
  2. Best Actor (Rami Malek)
  3. Best Sound Mixing (John Casali)
  4. Best Film Editing (John Ottman)
  5. Best Sound Editing (Nina Hartstone)

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Bohemian Rhapsody follows the basic and sexual lifestyle of the British rock band singer, Freddy Mercury. The film portrays the story from Mercury’s narrative and spans through the 1970s to 1985, until their Live Aid performance. The movie is presented from a non-linear standpoint with annual jump stops between events. It covers the life of Farrokh Bulsara aka Freddie from his days as a baggage handler at an airport to joining Smile (later known as Queens) and the struggles, indifferences along with glory and accomplishments.

You’ll love this movie if:

  • You’re a Queens’ fan
  • You love rock music 

Black Panther

Nominated for:

  1. Best Picture (Kevin Feige)
  2. Best Original Music Score (Ludwig Goransson)
  3. Best Costume Design (Ruth E. Carter)
  4. Best Sound Mixing (Steve Boeddeker)
  5. Best Production Design (Hannah Beachler)
  6. Best Sound Editing (Steve Boeddeker)

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Chadwick Boseman, Hollywood’s favourite go-to black actor, is the much needed Black Panther; the King of Wakanda. Wakanda has the most advanced engineering and technology, even in the world of movies. As he learns about the enemy’s evil intentions for the city and people of Wakanda, he prepares himself for the post-civil-war face off with Killmonger.

You’ll love this movie if –

  • You’re a Marvel Fans (duh!)
  • You enjoy great music in films
  • You have the edge for Sci-Fi animations
  • You like intense action

Cold War

Nominated for:

  1. Best Director  (Paweł Pawlikowski)
  2. Foreign Language Film  (Paweł Pawlikowski)
  3. Best Cinematography  (Lukasz Zal)

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Set in the late 1940s, Cold War shows a post-war Poland in a classic and beautiful monochrome screenplay. A story about far-fetched desires, fulfilled and broken promises, trust, betrayal, hardships of needs and wants. And to sum it up, a simple relationship in complicated circumstances and their feelings and hearts on trial. 

You’ll love this movie if:

  • You love a beautiful storytelling
  • You have a soft spot for the concept of love
  • You have a special someone in your life to watch together with

Incredibles 2

Nominated for:

  1. Best Animated Feature

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A sequel awaited for more than a decade of 2003 Incredibles with sharper action, greater twists and brilliant animation. The Incredibles 2 kicks off just like a sequel SHOULD; in continuation to the story. The story even starts with a twist as Bob stays at home and takes care of the kids and Helen is out in the streets kicking bad guys and saving the city. There’s a strange villain in the city time and The Incredibles don’t feel so incredible as they learn about the villain’s set of powers. And yeah, Jack Jack is discovering his powers 😉

You’ll love this movie if:

  • You have watched the 2003 Incredibles
  • You love animated action films

Mirai

Nominated for:

  1. Best Animated Feature

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Mirai, which means ‘Future’ in Japanese is a unique story of a 4-year-old boy named Kun. His family welcome his younger sister into their home and hearts. The girl being the family’s priority, Kun feels neglected and ignored by his parents and his feelings for his sister starts to change. Just then, he encounters a strangely vivid event and meets his sister from the future. All grown up and a teenager. Together they embark on a journey into the past as they discover stories about their family which makes them appreciate and value their homes in a way they never did before.

You’ll love this movie if:

  • You love anime screenplay
  • You don’t question the story and let the story unfold
  • Have a sibling
  • You constantly get irritated balancing your family and personal life

BlacKkKlansman

Nominated for:

  1. Best Picture (Spike Lee)
  2. Best Supporting Actor (Adam Driver)
  3. Best Director (Spike Lee)
  4. Best Original Music Score (Terence Blanchard)
  5. Best Adapted Screenplay (Spike Lee)
  6. Best Film Editing (Barry Alexander Brown)

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Based on the 2014 memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. Blackkklansman is a 2018 Blaxploitation with John David Washington as Stallworth, first African-American detective in his the police department. With the storyline set in the 1970s, Stallworth has to imply several hacks and tricks to stall through the investigation and succeed as a Black Detective.

You’ll love this movie if:

  • You like watching unusual comedies
  • You love detective thrillers

The Favorite

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Set up in the 18th century when Britain was at war with France and the country was led by Queen Anne. She had a confidante and advisor named Sarah, who she had a sexual relationship with. Due to her childish nature and confinement in her advisor, Sarah was running things as per her choices and selfishness. Abigail, Sarah’s younger cousin, advances to look for employment. To descend her misery she progresses with some decisive actions and learns about their lesbian affair. Fascinated and informed Abigail plans to use the leverage for own benefits.

You’ll love this movie if:

  • You love periodic movies
  • You love psychological dramas

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Nominated for:

  1. Best Adapted Screenplay
  2. Best Costume Design

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This movie is an anthology of six short stories revolving around American Old West. The 6 parts are namely The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Near Algodones, Meal Ticket, All Golds Canyon, the Gal who got Rattled & the Mortal Remains.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – the ballad of a happy-go-lucky cowboy, Buster Scruggs who is the fastest gun drawer in the whole west but gets defeated by a fast young lad in a duel. This makes him realize – “you can’t be top dog forever”.

Near Algodones – A Young Cowboy robs a bank and fails to evade his chasers. He is brought down sub-conscious and wake up being sentenced to death. A series of perfect events save him from death.

The movie is about 4 more such disconnected short emotional stories depicting a crazy side of the west, it touches the sad, humorous, criminal and dark parts of the land and people.

Interesting Note: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs also enjoyed a limited theatrical release to be eligible for Oscars.

You’ll love this movie if –

  • You find the westside scenic
  • You’re not looking for a specific genre
  • You want to enjoy every aspect of the movie without examining yourself

Never Look Away

Nominated for:

  1. Foreign Language Film
  2. Best Cinematography

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Inspired by the life of the German Painter Gerhard Richter. Never Look Away is probably the least expected film to land on this list. In a time where not just a person but art itself, struggles to survive under Nazi’s eugenics and society’s disregard. The film portrays thirty years of the artist and his romantic fit as the series of events have an effect on his life and a drastic change in contemporary art.

You’ll love this movie if –

  • You’re fascinated by history and its effects on modern society
  • The word ‘artist’ means more than just a word to you
  • You have an interest in any form of art
  • You love good and strong storytelling and cinematography

Capharnaum

Nominated for:

  1. Foreign Language Film

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This movie is one of a kind based on a feeling we choose to repress in our lives. Depicting the life of a 12-year-old kid who serves a jail sentence for a crime. The child drags his parents behind a judge, deeply hurt and broken by actions of his parents. This one is for the children and the adults of every country in the world.

You’ll love this movie if –

  • You genuinely have interest in all the sides of a story
  • You won’t mind shedding a few tears
  • You are able to understand the struggles of people outside your nation

Shoplifters

Nominated for:

  1. Foreign Language Film

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Osamu is a shoplifter who earns by selling his thefts with his little boy and his wife steals from her work at the laundry in a hotel. Younger women of the house earn at the local peep show and the oldest women of the house also support the family by her pension and a little bit by manipulating her stepchildren. One day they find a child freezing in the rain as Osamu was heading back home, and decides to let her into the family. He decides to teach her the tricks for shoplifting as she starts living with them but there’s a deeper, more intense plot churning up in the background.

You’ll love this movie if –

  • You can deal with crazy twists
  • You don’t mind not getting what you expected
  • You can handle a wave of psychological thrills

Green Book

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Another comedic Blaxploitation recognized by the Academy for a unique storyline and the effort put on and off the screen by the crew. Doc is a professional pianist looking for a reliable driver for his tour in the country when he hears about Tony from a trusted source. He hires him and they start off for their tour. They encounter several socially unpleasant events with the miles and find each other faulty. Realizing that they are stuck with each other for quite some time, they release their thoughts and manage to find good in each other.

A Star is Born 

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Starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in this musical romance, presented in under one of the best cinematography work of the year. Bradley Cooper plays a drunken musician who falls in love with a young and talented singer (Lady Gaga). Yes, you are thinking right if you’re reading this carefully, but Aashiqui 2 itself was a remake. So, technically you are not right (nice try though, almost). It is the fourth remake of the storyline. Showing the hardships and falls of a stars life with the fame and recognition he/she gets, A Star is Born is nominated for 7 categories in this year’s Oscars.

Vice

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Vice follows a former United States’ Vice President, Dick Cheney, throughout his path to sit on the chair. It shows the life of Dick and his political prowess and how it affected the leadership of the former president George W. Bush. Decisions which still have a tendency to affect people in today’s timeline. The movie has comedic taste and 8 Oscar nominations this year and has crazy Christion Bale transformation.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

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Sequel to the 2012 Wreck-It-Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet, the Sugar Rush Cabinet breaks due to a bonus server. Ralph and Venellope travel through the internet in an attempt to save the game by fixing the router. It is a fun and light-hearted movie bringing our life internet to life.

Isle of Dogs

Nominated for:

  • Best Animated Feature (Wes Anderson)
  • Best Original Music Score (Alexandre Desplat)

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Set in a futuristic Japanese city called Nagasaki, the movie begins with the spread of the ravaging flu that affects the entire metropolis. As a result, their cruel mayor, Kobayashi, announces that all pets and canines, because of which the dog flu has spread shall be banished to Trash Island, a vast garbage dump. Kobayashi’s nephew, 12-year-old Atari, loses his best friend, Spots, as a result of the banishment. Therefore, this courageous little boy goes on a quest to find his partner, where he takes on an epic journey to decide the fate of the city, along with his new furry friends.

A Quiet Place

Nominated for:

  1. Best Sound Editing

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Well, it is the Oscars and there’s nothing that’s common here, even in the nominations. A Quiet Place is a silent horror. Yeah, you heard it right, a SILENT horror. The film has a post-apocalyptic timeline where the man is not the greatest hunter but the hunt. The Predator is a monster with an ultra-sensitive hearing which can even trace a pin dropping on the floor from miles away. The humans are left with what they are gifted with throughout the ages. Survive!

You’ll love this movie if –

  • You are open to a new kind of cinematic experience
  • You love a good visual and audio composition

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Nominated for:

  1. Visual Effects

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During his mission, Young Han Solo meets his future pilot, a 190-year-old, Chewbacca. They both head through the dark patches of galaxies as they face off against an evil gambler.

You’ll love this movie if –

  • If you are a Star Wars Fan
  • If you love Chewbacca (Who doesn’t)

Ready Player One

Nominated for:

  1. Visual Effects

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Set in the year 2045, with the world on a brink of destruction. Ready Player One is a science fiction action based on Ernest Cline’s Best Seller. Seeking an escape from the destruction, a creator of a virtual world called OASIS, dies. But he releases a video mentioning an easter egg which acts as a portal to the world.

You’ll love this movie if –

  • You love great visual effects
  • You find adventure films amusing

Avengers: Infinity War

Nominated for:

  1. Visual Effects

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The world is in danger as Marvel Comics’ most feared villain, Thanos, has intentions of destroying half the population of the world. He’s searching for 6 Infinity stones to accomplish his goal. Marvel’s most trusted superheroes unite and fight Thanos in this battle where odds are 14000605 to 1.

You’ll love this movie if –

  • Again, if you love Marvel 😛
  • You know about all the superheroes already (We recommend you to watch earlier Marvel Movies and be in sync right as the movie starts)



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