With the 2018 Oscars just around the corner, we’ve prepared a list of the must-watch films you can’t miss before the big event. Marking the 90th Academy Awards, this year will honor media released throughout 2017, and will take place on March 4 at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center.
To prepare for the prestigious awards ceremony, peep our roundup of the best pictures that have been nominated for a golden statue this year below. See the full list of nominees here.
Call Me By Your Name
Nominations: Actor in a Leading Role, Music (Original Song), Best Picture, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Actors: Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Amira Casar
Based on the novel of the same name, coming-of-age-drama Call Me By Your Name centers around a 17-year old living in Italy, and his father’s American assistant. The love story has gotten a lot of recognition for its in-depth depiction of an LGBTQ+ relationship, which is not usually seen in big Hollywood films, and is nominated for four Academy Awards.
The Shape of Water
Nominations: Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Best Picture, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Writing (Original Screenplay)
Actors: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, Richard Jenkins
The fantasy drama film The Shape of Water is written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, and is set in Baltimore in 1962. Following the life of a mute custodian (played by Sally Hawkins) at a high-security government facility, who falls in love with a captured amphibian creature, the movie has received praise for its unique script and visuals. Nominated for a total of 13 categories, the film is a must-watch.
Nominations: Film Editing, Actress in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role
Actors: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Caitlin Carver
Based on the life of figure skater Tonya Harding played by Margot Robbie, I, Tonya centers around the famous 1994 attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, and how the events impacted her career. Featuring interviews with the characters in a mockumentary-style, the biographical film is directed by Craig Gillespie and received three nominations.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Nominations: Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Best Picture, Writing (Original Screenplay)
Actors: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklage, Sam Rockwell
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a black comedy drama film written, directed and produced by Martin McDonagh. The film tells the story of a mother who rents three billboards to call attention to her daughter’s rape and unsolved murder, and is nominated in six categories.
Nominations: Actress in a leading role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Directing, Best Picture, Writing (Original Screenplay)
Actors: Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Lucas Hedges, Laurie Metcalf
The comedy-drama film Lady Bird is written and directed by Greta Gerwig, and is a coming-of-age story of a young high-school senior in Sacramento, California. Focusing on growing up, as well as relationships, struggles and turbulent drama, the film received a total of four nominations.
Nominations: Actor in a Leading Role, Directing, Best Picture, Writing (Original Screenplay)
Actors: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
Directed by Jordan Peele, Get Out is a horror film centered around a black man who uncovers a disturbing secret after meeting his white girlfriend’s family. The film has been praised by critics world-wide, and received a total of four nominations for this year’s awards.