On April 25, the Academy of Oscars awarded the best films of the past year at the 93rd ceremony. Some of these feature films have seen their release postponed due to the health crisis, but are expected in theaters in the coming weeks in France. Others are already available on VOD.
This contemporary road movie, which oscillates between social drama, documentary and western, focuses on Fern, originally from Nevada, and all those American seniors who, following the “subprime” crisis in the United States, had to take the road aboard their vans in search of odd jobs. Awarded the Oscar for best film, best director for Chloé Zhao, and best actress for Frances McDormand, “Nomadland” will be released on June 9 in theaters.
This feature film draws inspiration from director Lee Isaac Chung’s own childhood and examines the fate of South Korean migrants dreaming of a brighter future in 1980s Arkansas. Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Yuh- Jung Youn plays a somewhat intrusive grandmother, but so touching, who has a special relationship with her grandson. Announced in theaters on June 9, “Minari” portrays a courageous family who are trying to integrate by all means.
“Judas and the Black Messiah”
In the tradition of Martin Scorsese’s “Infiltrators”, this feature film directed by Shaka King shines its camera on Fred Hampton, an African-American activist turned leader of the Black Panthers, who has never ceased to fight for the civil rights of minorities. , until his assassination by Chicago police on December 4, 1969, at just 21 years old. Daniel Kaluuya, who lends him his features, was awarded the Oscar for best actor in a supporting role. “Judas and the Black Messiah” did not go through the cinema box, and is directly available in VOD on the MyCanal platform.
Released on October 14, 2020, “Drunk” by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, with Mads Mikkelsen, only remained on the bill for a few days due to a new lockdown in the fall. The work, crowned with the Oscar for best international film, should be rescheduled as soon as cinemas can reopen in France. The opportunity to (re) discover this ode to life and friendship which features four teacher friends, in the midst of an existential crisis, who are trying to rediscover desire through a scientific experiment around alcohol.
“Sound of Metal”
Signed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Darius Marder for Best Sound and Best Editing, this drama returns to the chaotic and pitfalls journey of Ruben, a drummer played by Riz Ahmed who, over the weeks, becomes deaf. He and his girlfriend Lou, also a musician, will have to overcome this ordeal, each in their own way. “Sound of Metal”, which comes with descriptions and subtitles intended for the hearing impaired, will soon be released on the big screen.
“Promising Young Woman”
The original script – awarded with an Oscar – of Emerald Fennell’s first film, cannot leave you indifferent. The heroine, played by Carey Mulligan, decides to avenge the death of her best friend, who, after being raped, committed suicide. Thanks to a Machiavellian ploy, this pretty blonde lures men into her nets so that they admit their misogyny. A film to see soon at the cinema.
For a first attempt, it is a master stroke signed Florian Zeller. His first feature film, adapted from his eponymous play, won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay, and that for best actor for Anthony Hopkins. A thriller-like camera that will take viewers into the confused mind of Anthony, an octogenarian suffering from dementia. In his London apartment, where objects seem to disappear and then reappear for no apparent reason, his relatives merge with strangers. “The Father”, soon to be released in theaters, owes its success to efficient editing and interpretations by Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins.
Oscar for best animated film, “Soul” from Pixar studios is already available on the Disney + platform, as well as on Blu-ray and DVD. A dreamlike and philosophical tale on transmission and death, two themes approached through the prism of Joe Gardner, an African-American music teacher passionate about jazz who, when he is finally about to play in one of the clubs prestigious New York City accidentally fell into a manhole cover. If her body is still on Earth, her soul finds herself in the “Great Before” where she will acquire her personality before coming back as a human.
“The Blues of Ma Rainey”
Currently airing on Netflix, this musical drama by George C. Wolfe, adapted from the play by August Wilson, takes place in Chicago in the 1920s. For a day, a group of jazz musicians who must record with the singer Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), nicknamed the “mother of the blues”, debate in the dampness of the rehearsal room. And among them, the ambitious and rebellious trumpeter Levee, last role of the late Chadwick Boseman. A film with two Oscars (best make-up and hairstyles, best costumes).
Despite ten nominations, this black and white film by David Fincher left the 93e ceremony with only the Oscar for best photography and the best scenery. Available on Netflix since December 4, it tells the story of the brilliant screenwriter and notorious alcoholic, Herman Mankiewicz, who wrote the script for “Citizen Kane” directed by Orson Welles. A nonconformist hero remarkably embodied by actor Gary Oldman.
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