Ranking the Best Picture-Nominated Movies I’ve Seen; from Worst to Best

This year I’ve seen five of the films nominated for Best Picture: Mank, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Judas and the Black Messiah, Sound of Metal, and Nomadland. Each of these movies have their own respective charm, they made their mark, and they’re vying for that top award that every movie maker strives for. Today, with the ten-day countdown beginning, I’m ranking these films. Enjoy!

5. The Trial of the Chicago 7

Film Review: “The Trial of the Chicago 7” Gets Two Hits - Fullerton Observer

The Trial of the Chicago 7 boasts an impressive cast with the likes of Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Strong, and EVEN a surprise miniscule role from Michael Keaton. The movie won a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and I rightfully agree. With a cast that stacked it should win that award BUT…the movie wasn’t that great.

I watched it, almost quite about an hour into the film, decided to struggle through the next hour, almost quit again with thirty minutes left, told myself that I would finish it, and finished it with a furrowed brow and oozing annoyance.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 may have been enjoyable to some but to me it irked me to smithereens.


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‘Nomadland’ Is Stunning In Its Simplicity

I finally got around to watching NomadLand today and I was actually kind of blown away. At first I found it to be a bit boring and hard to stay attached but after a while the movie sucked me in and once it did it didn’t let me go.

Nomadland will definitely not be for everyone. It plays primarily in the vein of a documentary rather than a big-budget Oscar-nominated movie, the actors are so believable in this world as Frances McDormand, a nomad who’s traveling around the United States in her van during the Great Recession, perfectly becomes this character who’s down on her luck and is…just living her life.

Nomadland' Review: A Tale of Roaming and Yearning - WSJ

I love a director who can bring accentuate the natural beauty of a landscape, like David Lean’s incomparable work on Lawrence of Arabia where he managed to turn a desert into the most beautiful region on Earth.

Chloe Zhao takes the landscapes of states like Nevada, South Dakota, California, and Arizona and makes incredible images that’ll just cause you to pause and ponder life. It was as if I was watching a documentary about national parks and RV camping…and I loved it!

But beyond each frame that exuded artistic expression was the story. It was so profound as it delved into the idea of love and death. I’m not ashamed to admit I got teary a few times and I especially got emotional at the end of this movie. Spoiler alert, nothing awful happens but it was still really moving in a poetic sort of way.

Nomadland has been the frontrunner for Best Picture for months now and I see why. It has a beauty and stillness to it that the other movies don’t. And unlike the other films, I feel like I haven’t seen Nomadland before. Meanwhile, nearly everything else felt like another rendition of something I’d seen before.

I’m so excited to see the Oscars in ten days and if Nomadland and Zhao don’t win for Best Picture and Best Director…I’m not going to be pleased.

(By the way, this lady’s directing a Marvel movie! That being The Eternals. Heck yeah!)

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.