Best Picture Nominees: A Definitive Ranking
Written by Jocelyn Illing
For the first time in my twenty years on this earth, I have succeeded in viewing every single film nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards (I’ll wait until the applause die down). For me, being a major movie buff and, hopefully, a future film critic, this is a big deal. I can say that, for the most part, I enjoyed all of this year’s nominees. While saying this, it doesn’t mean that some films aren’t more deserving than others. The list below is my definitive ranking of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture; from the okay to the sublime.
Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)
Roma. Roma, Roma, what a film to behold! Cuarón’s eye for visual storytelling is one that should be cherished and celebrated by all. Not only was this film a strong piece of narrative, but also a true work of art. The images in this film are some of the most impactful and beautiful I've seen all year. For example, Cuarón made a tile floor soaked with soapy water mixed with feces seem to be the most beautiful and symbolic image I have ever seen in my life. His ability to take mundane pictures such as these, and find their beauty is extraordinary. A truly Excepcional film! Make sure you watch Roma regardless if it wins or loses this years Best Picture award.
To all the Oscar nominees this year I wish you good luck and may the odds be ever in your favour.