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Oscars 2018
Oscars 2018

Virago Magazine – Your Amazon Prime Oscar viewing Pre-Party

Have you planned your Oscar party yet?  If you’re anything like me, you’re still in your pajamas and haven’t even caught up on all latest film releases.

Personally, I’ve only seen about four of the nominees. What can I say? We lead busy lives and some of us get Nor’easters that try to blow us away like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Kinda hard to make it to the theater unless you fly on a broom.

But with Amazon video, you can catch up on seven of the Best Picture nominees before this Sunday’s Oscars. So, stay in your jammies.

Here is a list of all the Best Picture Nominees. Click on titles to see viewing options on Amazon.

Call Me By Your Name, Available 2/27

Starring: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

Amid the summer splendor of 1980’s Italy, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire that will alter their lives forever.

I’m sure you’ve heard by now about the peach sex and the monologue in this one. The monologue by Professor Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg) had me ugly crying.

Get Out: available on HBO with Amazon Channels

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford

A black photographer’s weekend meeting his white girlfriend’s parents takes a terrifying turn in this horror hit from Jordan Peele.

This one was easily my top pick of 2017! The layers of politics, the character arcs! Amazing, especially for a story that Peele thought would never see the light of day (that’s a pun…get it?)

Darkest Hour

Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas

As Hitler’s forces near the United Kingdom, it is up to Winston Churchill to decide between negotiating peace or fighting against impossible odds.

Dunkirk

Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance

Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces facing a fierce battle in World War II.

 

Lady Bird

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

A warm, affecting comedy about a high school senior who must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother over the course of her eventful and poignant senior year of high school.

I also ugly cried over this one.  I love you, Greta Gerwig. 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

Several months after the rape and murder of her teenage daughter, Mildred Hayes is so furious that the case remains unsolved that she commissions three billboards questioning the town’s respected sheriff.

The Shape of Water, available 2/27

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon

From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes an otherworldly fairy tale set in 1960s America where a woman’s life is changed forever after she discovers a secret experiment.

I love del Toro and this film was wonderfully entertaining and had a much happier ending than what I was expecting (no spoilers), but a beautiful take on the power of unconditional love. And the scenes are breathtaking.

The last two Best Picture nominees can still be seen in theaters:

Phantom Thread

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps and Leslie Manville

Set in the glamour of 1950’s London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock meets Alma and finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.

The Post

Starring: Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks

Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep team for the first time in this exhilarating true story about how the Washington Post exposed a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades.

Happy Oscaring!

About Kristen Demesilda

Kristen Demesilda
Writer and Photographer for Virago Magazine, Kristen grew up listening to vinyl and highlighting the dictionary. Her work has appeared in IrockJazz.com, The East Harlem Journal, Boston's Culturehive, the Ithacan and other publications. Her love of music cannot be eclipsed by her love of words. She's been coined the "Akira Kurosawa of Blogs" by such people as herself. An aspiring musician, she has a serious penchant for peach-flavored anything, multi-tasking, slow-paced thrillers and dreams of going back to South America, laying on the beach, and drinking from a coconut.
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