HONOLULU (KHON2) — In 1929, Hollywood took the world by award storm when the very first Oscars ceremony took place.
An evening of glittery debauchery that set the stage for future generations of filmmakers to strive towards, the Oscars have become an institution for the industry to parcel out the most talented of the talented.
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The very first film to ever win Best Picture was a 1927 silent film, Wings. Each year since, the winner of Best Picture is a coveted award.
Today, we have some heavy contenders for Best Picture. Since the Oscars are only six weeks [March 12] away, you have a bit of time to catch all of these films.
This year, Jimmy Kimmel will be returning as the host of The Oscars for a third year. For a full listing of this year’s nominees, go to the Oscar’s website.
Everything Everywhere All at Once is an action – adventure – comedy written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Schienert. It stars Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu and Jamie Lee Curtis. You can watch it on Paramount+ with a Showtime add-on.
The Fabelmans is a drama written Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner and directed by Steven Spielberg. It stars Michelle Williams, Gabriel LaBelle and Paul Dano. You can purchase on Amazon.
The Banshees of Inisherin is a dramedy written and directed by Martin McDonagh and stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Kondon. You can watch it on HBO Max and rent on YouTube and Amazon.
TÁR is a drama about the music world. It is written and directed by Todd Field and stars Cate Blanchett, Noemie Merlant and Nina Hoss. You can watch this on Peacock or rent and purchase on Amazon and iTunes
Top Gun: Maverick is an action-drama written by Jim Cash, Jack Epps, Jr. and Peter Craig. It is directed by Jackson Kosinski and stars Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller. You can watch this on Paramount+ and Amazon.
All Quiet on the Western Front is a war action – drama. It is written by Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson and Ian Stokell and directed by Edward Berger. It stars Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch and Aaron Hilmer. You can watch it on Netflix.
Avatar: The Way of Water is an action – adventure – fantasy written by James Cameron, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver and directed by James Cameron. It stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver. This film is still available to watch in theaters.
Elvis is a bio-drama written by Baz Luhrmann, Sam Bromell and Craig Pearce and directed by Baz Luhrmann. It stars Tom Hanks, Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge. You can watch it on HBO Max.
Triangle of Sadness is a dramedy. It was written and directed by Ruben Ostlund. It stars Tobias Thorwid, Harris Dickenson and Charlbi Dean. This film is available on YouTube, Apple TV and Amazon.
Each of these films are a great way to begin your exploration into the world of award-winning films.
Now, for the Best Actress nominations.
Cate Blanchett has been nominated for her role in TÁR.
Anna de Armas has received a nomination for her work in Blonde.
Andrea Riseborough is nominated for her role in To Leslie.
Michelle Williams has received a nomination for her work in The Fabelmans.
And, Michelle Yeoh has been nominated for her role in Everything Everywhere All At Once.
Finally, the nominations for Best Actor.
Austin Butler has been nominated for his work in Elvis.
Colin Farrell is nominated for his role in The Banshees of Inisherin.
Brendan Fraser has been nominated for his role i n The Whale. This film is still in theaters.
Paul Mescal was nominated for his role in Aftersun. This film is available on Amazon and YouTube.
And, Bill Nighy has been nominated for his work in Living.
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