With the 2024 Oscars less than two months away and the Golden Globe Awards in the rearview, it’s safe to say awards season is underway.
The nominations for the Oscars will be announced on Jan. 23, and the winter weather gives every movie lover the perfect excuse to stay inside and pretend to be a voting member of the academy.
Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” won five out of the eight Golden Globes it was nominated for, beating out Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” and Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein biopic, “Maestro,” in the best drama film category.
I have already written about the shortcomings of Scorsese’s depiction of the oil-driven violence against the Osage Nation, but Lily Gladstone's redeeming performance was recognized at the Golden Globes, making her the first Indigenous best actress recipient.
Cooper’s “Maestro” tells the story of Bernstein’s chaotic relationship with actress Felicia Montealegre, though the film failed to garner the attention that Nolan and Scorsese cashed in at the box office, likely due to its streaming-centered release on Netflix.
Nonetheless, Cooper proved his directorial eye with the slow-paced and intimate “Maestro,” which should be talked about far beyond his prosthetic nose.
Ben Affleck’s “Air” is another underrated true story that had a limited theatrical release and seemed to fall between the cracks for both critics and audiences. “Air” divulges the largely unknown details of the unlikely deal between Nike and a rookie Michael Jordan, and I can only hope the academy sees its value.
In the comedy section, Yorgos Lanthimos’ oddball sci-fi fantasy, “Poor Things,” was shockingly triumphant over Greta Gerwig’s trend-setting “Barbie.” Emma Stone’s performance in “Poor Things” also beat out doll-like Margot Robbie.
“Poor Things” is a Frankenstein-esque tale of a mad scientist’s experiment coming to life and relearning what it means to be human. Lanthimos — best known for “The Lobster” and “The Favourite" — is an unorthodox storyteller who is popular amongst critics.