The Oscar nominees are out, with the Academy Awards ceremony taking place on March 4th, which means there’s still plenty of time for you to watch some of the nominated films you’ve missed. That way you can pass judgement sound in the knowledge that you actually know what you’re talking about. With that in mind, we’ve picked five of the best nominees that you just can’t miss.
Eight nominations means you just know this one’s got to be good. Christopher Nolan’s very first foray into history is a hugely successful one. It’s packed with memorable moments, both heartfelt and adrenaline-pumped. In our opinion, it’s probably going to go down as one of the best war films ever made.
Logan, AKA Wolverine from X-Men, has been out for quite some time now, which is why it came as even more of a surprise when it was nominated for an Oscar - something usually impossible for superhero movies. Logan is a much darker and grittier affair than your usual Marvel flick - it’s not for kids - but it is exhilarating and moving to watch.
This is going to be a controversial entry, because while this is one of the most critically acclaimed films in the Star Wars franchise, it appears to have heavily split fan opinion. Some people are raving, and some are frothing at the mouth with anger. Either way, this is a must watch, even if sci-fi isn’t normally your thing.
As you can see, The Shape of Water has come out with a huge 13 nominations across a wide variety of categories. Usually this is reserved for your typical Oscar-winning film, but this one is a little different. Guillermo Del Toro is at the helm, which lets you know immediately that this love story isn’t going to be your usual affair. That’s right - this is a love story about a 21st Century ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’.
If you’re a fan of the original 1982 classic, then this is a must watch film for obvious reasons. If you’ve never seen the original, then 2049 is still essential viewing because it might just be better than the first. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford combine for this visually stunning sci-fi that offers so much more than just CGI effects.