The Movies of the 2018 Oscars

The award season is upon us! Which means red carpets, trendy celebrity fashion statements, long-winded acceptance speeches, and, of course, little golden men in the hands of Hollywood’s biggest stars of the year.

The Academy Awards are a time for cinephiles to celebrate another year of art. And though some of the year’s best weren’t recognized in full (snubs are part of the fun), the Oscars offer a welcome respite from politics, scandal, and the like.

Today, we take a look at the biggest movies of the past year in cinema. So, settle in, butter up some popcorn, and enjoy this walk through 2018’s most successful movies.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The latest iteration of the blockbuster Star Wars franchise received four nominations ahead of the 2018 Academy Awards. The Last Jedi is up for Original Score, Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. And it’s no wonder — the film is an audiophile’s dream come true and the effects are top notch.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi picks up precisely where 2016’s The Force Awakens left off. Rey (Daisy Ridley) seeks out Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) for Force training, while the peripheral characters take on the modest task of fighting the evil empire.

The Shape of Water

Guillermo Del Toro’s sci-fi romance epic made waves this award season. The Shape of Water was nominated for 13 awards! The most notable nominations include Best Director and Best Picture (Guillermo Del Toro), Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), and more.

So, what’s it about? Think Disney’s Beauty and the Beast meets Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. A lonely janitor (Sally Hawkins) meets and forms a relationship with an amphibious, water-breathing creature (Doug Jones) while caretaking for a top-secret, ‘60s era research facility.

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk tells the true story of the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation of World War II. Using quick cuts and Nolan’s signature time-bending techniques, the viewer travels through land, air, and sea as the military and citizens unite to evacuate the Allied troops from their surrounded position on a French beach.

Nolan must have done something right. After all, his film was nominated for eight Academy Awards! Dunkirk was nominated for Film Editing, Sound Editing, Best Picture, Best Director, Cinematography, Best Original Score, and more.

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