The new year marks the start of the 2022 Oscar competition. Oscar nominees are distinguished in various categories such as director, cinematography and acting. The message of the films is also significant, especially in relation to the present day.
Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story was inspired by the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name. Spielberg says the story of young lovers from rival gangs of different ethnicities in New York City is as relevant today as it was more than 60 years ago.
Spielberg said, “The divisions between people of different minds are as old as time. The feud between the Sharks and the Jets in 1957, which inspired the musical, was deep, but not as deep as it is today.”
The film is expected to garner several Oscar nominations, said Variety magazine’s Oscars editor, Clayton Davis. Ariana DeBose, she said, is one of the most likely to be a nominee and winner in the supporting actress category.
The psychological thriller Nightmare Alley, directed by Guillermo del Toro, blurs the line between real and not. Bradley Cooper stars as the antihero Stanton Carlisle, a tramp who joins a traveling carnival group. This film is studded with stars as its cast, including Cate Blanchett. Del Toro co-wrote the screenplay with his wife, Kim Morgan.
“This reflects the current anxiety. At least that’s how we feel when we write,” he explained.
His wife chimed in by saying the film tells a lot about the American dream, something that still exists and is very difficult to achieve.
The dark satire film Don’t Look Up directed by Adam McKay tells the story of the arrival of a large comet that has the potential to destroy Earth. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence play two astronomers who try to persuade the world to act before it’s too late.
Meryl Streep plays an American president who is good at igniting the spirit of the people to maintain his power and downplaying this extraordinary threat. Clayton Davis commented that McKay’s satire felt so real.
Other films, such as King Richard, were favored by film critics and audiences alike. Davis said, “Nowadays, people are trying not to get depressed, especially now that COVID-19 cases are soaring again.”
This biopic describes how tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, two black sisters from the Compton area of Los Angeles, rose to fame as superstars thanks to the support of their families and the tireless upbringing of their father, Richard Williams, Will Smith produced the film and starred in the lead. . According to Clayton Davis, Will Smith’s acting deserves an Oscar.
Venus Williams told VOA that the film elevates the power of black women and that she hopes it will inspire many people.
Also a film critic’s favorite is Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast. Set in the capital city of Northern Ireland, this film inspired by Branagh’s childhood chronicles the life of 9-year-old boy, Buddy, in 1969. Despite the political and sectarian violence surrounding Buddy’s life, the film focuses on his family and community relationships. , Branagh told VOA.
“I think this film wanted to show compassion, respect, recognition and celebration of differences between people, something that is difficult for everyone today in such a polarized world,” explains Kenneth.