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written by Kyle Sanders
I don't know about you, but the lead up to the 91st Annual Academy Awards ceremony has been just as tumultuous as any political election.
First, there was the much-ballyhooed idea of including a "Best Popular Film" award--not that it would have been part of this year's awards, but used in 2020--that caused an uproar, followed by the invite then dis-invite for comedian Kevin Hart to serve as host, causing more protest that eventually led Hart to throw in the towel.
Then the Academy announced it would only allow two of the Best Original Song nominees to perform, which quickly got nixed. Then the Academy thought it a good idea to remove some of the categories and air the acceptance speeches sometime later during the broadcast.
Needless to say, the bigwigs behind the Academy Awards made some pretty airheaded decisions. The Best Picture nominees though are far from foolish choices. Sure, six of the eight films involve real persons presented in based-on-a-true-story fashion, but like any other year, the Academy has included a little bit of the good, the bad, and the WTF. Here's a rundown of this year's Best Picture hopefuls:
Welcome to The Fourth Wall, CHIRP's e-conversation on cinema. This week's subject is the Best Movies of 2018.
This edition is written by CHIRP Radio volunteers Kevin Fullam and Clarence Ewing.
I think I can best characterize my favorite cinema of 2018 in two words: Quiet Desperation. Here's my Top 10. What are yours?
1) Leave No Trace -- Ben Foster plays a PTSD-stricken vet who lives with his teenage daughter in the woods outside of Portland, until he's forced to vacate and falls into the hands of social services. One of the rare films that truly has no villains; almost everyone the pair meets is trying to help and do right by them in some way, but Foster's unspoken past won't let him re-integrate with society. His daughter (Thomasin McKenzie in a brilliant performance), however, isn't bound by those same constraints, and doesn't understand why they can't be part of a community.
2) The Rider -- Chinese director Chloé Zhao turned her camera on the world of horse farming and rodeo riding in South Dakota, and essentially posed the question, "What if you knew you were put on Earth to do one thing... and then were no longer able to do it?" Enter rodeo rider Brady, who has just suffered a severe injury at the start of the film, and finds himself facing this very dilemma. When I first saw the film, I was astounded at the level of authenticity, and then I learned that Zhao's cast was comprised entirely of non-actors. Brady Jandreau really is a horse trainer, and the people playing his father and sister are in fact his real family.
3) Roma -- Another first-time actor, Yalitza Aparicio, stars as a maid for a well-to-do family in 1970s Mexico, during a time of political unrest. "Quiet desperation" is the name of the game for many of the films on this list, and especially so for Aparacio's Cleo, whose navigation through socioeconomic spheres brings to mind a (much) less-stuffy version of British "upstairs/downstairs" tales like Gosford Park. Shot in B&W by Alfonso Cuarón, who also wrote the screenplay -- it's a semi-autobiographical depiction of his own upbringing.