Ah, awards season, that time of year when we spend our Sundays watching a three hour show, which turns into a three-and-a-half hour show. (When do they ever run on time?) We’ve already watched the Golden Globes and The Grammys, but tonight is Oscar night! Despite the lengthy show and lack of a host this year, there are some really great movies nominated. We asked the Hillel Ontario staff which Oscar nominated movies are their favourites, and here’s what they had to say.
A STAR IS BORN
What’s not to love about Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga? Not only was the movie itself amazing, but the soundtrack complements the plot and cinematography perfectly. Lady Gaga captivates us with her outstanding singing and songwriting in the most popular song in the movie, “Shallows”, which has been nominated for Best Original Song. Did you know that the song was co-written by Jewish songwriter Mark Ronson? Go figure!
A favourite in the Hillel Ontario office, and for understandable reasons! Queen is one of the most influential rock bands of all time, and this film portrays the rise of the band and its lead singer, Freddie Mercury. From the scene portraying the creation of their most famous song, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” to their epic Live Aid performance, this film is a must-see.
This film features notable Jewish actress Rachel Weisz. She’s been nominated for her strong performance as Lady Sarah Churchill, a cunning, politically astute and power-hungry woman who is Queen Anne’s closest advisor and friend. Her villainous performance makes her a frontrunner to win Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
The Hillel Ontario staff unanimously agree that Green Book will win Best Picture of the Year. Green Book is based on the true-life story of a famous African-American pianist and a white Italian New Yorker. The two form an unlikely bond in the 1960s during a time when unabashed racism and overt segregation are prevalent in the southern United States.
FUN FACT! Did you know that, of 8,000 people who vote for this year’s Academy Awards, only one of them is a Rabbi? Read more about two-time Oscar winner Rabbi Marvin Hier here.
Happy Oscar watching!