Au Courant Oscar Votes
Here are the top favorite films of 2018 from the Au Courant Academy (aka Au Courant friends!)
Roma *Leslie’s vote
Written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Roma is a semi-autobiographical take on Cuarón's upbringing in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira and follows the life of a live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family. The title refers to the Colonia Roma district of Mexico City.
Roma is nominated for 10 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Actress (Yalitza Aparicio), Best Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira), Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing
Based on the best-selling memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
A Star is Born
A Star Is Born is a musical romantic drama film produced and directed by Bradley Cooper and written by Eric Roth, Cooper and Will Fetters. A remake of the 1937 film of the same name, it stars Cooper, Lady Gaga, Dave Chappelle, Andrew Dice Clay, and Sam Elliott, and follows a hard-drinking musician (Cooper) who discovers and falls in love with a young singer (Gaga). It marks the fourth remake of the original 1937 film, after the 1954 musical, the 1976 musical, and the 2013 Bollywood film, Aashiqui 2.
A Star is Born is nominated for 7 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Lady Gaga), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliott), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing.
A biographical film about the British rock band Queen, this film follows singer Freddie Mercury's life from when he joins the band in 1970 to their 1985 Live Aid performance at the former Wembley Stadium in London. Directed by Bryan Singer, it was written by Anthony McCarten, and produced by Graham King and Queen manager Jim Beach. It stars Rami Malek as Mercury, with Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, and Mike Myers in supporting roles.
Bohemian Rhapsody is nominated for 5 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Rami Malek), Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Directed by by Morgan Neville, this documentary film is about the life and guiding philosophy of Fred Rogers, the host and creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
A profile film about rock climber Alex Honnold on his quest to perform a free solo climb of El Capitan in June 2017. This documentary is beyond fascinating!
Free Solo is nominated for 1 Academy Award: Best Documentary Feature.
Green book *Jennifer’s vote
Directed by Peter Farrelly, Green Book is a biographical comedy-drama film. Set in 1962, the film is inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South by African-American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), an Italian-American bouncer who served as Shirley's driver and bodyguard.
Green Book is nominated for 5 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen), Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing.