The Jane Campion-directorial features actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Jesse Plemmons. The film is a commentry on toxic masculinity and revolves around a rancher (Cumberbatch) and his treatment towards his brother’s new wife and son. While all four actors have managed to earn nominations for their performances, Campion is a nominee of the Best Director category.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Dune is a science fiction film based on Frank Herbert’s book of the same name. It tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet), who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his people. The ensemble cast of actors also includes, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgard, and Dave Bautista. Aside from Best Picture, Dune is also a strong contender in almost all technical categories. It is currently available on Amazon Prime Video India.
Steven Spielberg‘s West Side Story is nominated in seven categories at the upcoming Oscars, including Best Picture. Featuring Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, and David Alvarez, Mike Faist, and Rita Moreno, the film is the second adaptation of the 1957 musical of the same name. The story is a modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet.
Sian Heder’s CODA, or Children of Deaf Adults, revolves around Emilia Jones’ character Ruby Rossi, who is the only hearing member of a deaf family. Troy Kotsur became the first actor from the deaf community to win a SAG award in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Film category, for his portrayal of Frank Rossi in the film. He is also the first deaf male actor to earn an Oscar nomination. Kotsur and Jones feature alongside actors Marlee Maitlin and Daniel Durant.
The apocalyptic black comedy tells the story of two astronomers who try to warn the world about an approaching comet that is assumed to destroy human civilization. Directed by Adam McKay, the film features an ensemble cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill, Rob Morgan, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Timothee Chalamet and Ariana Grande.
Drive My Car [To stream on MUBI from April 1]
It is based on Haruki Murakami’s short story of the same name from his 2014 collection Men Without Women. Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, the film revolves around the life of a stage actor and director who receives an offer to direct a production, two years after his wife’s death. It features actors Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toko Miura, Masaki Okada, and Reika Kirishima. Drive My Car is nominated for both Best Picture as well as the Best International Feature Film.
The Reinaldo Marcus Green-directorial tells the story Richard Williams, father of tennis players and sisters Serena and Venus Williams. Will Smith appears in the titular role alongside Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, and Demi Singleton. Both Smith and Ellis are nominees under the performance categories for their respective roles. The biographical drama is currently running in Indian cinemas.
Nightmare Alley [HBO Max and Hulu] – Currently Unavailable in India
Guillermo del Toro‘s thriller drama is based on William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name. It features actors Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, and Rooney Mara in prominent roles. The story revolves around a carnival worker (Cooper), who has a mysterious past and takes big risks to boost his career.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s slice-of-life film, Licorice Pizza is the story of a budding actor and a photographer’s assistant falling in love, in San Fernando Valley of 1973. It features actors Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, and Bradley Cooper, in prominent roles. While the film is unavailable on any of the OTT platforms, it had released in India, on February 25.
Belfast [Currently Unavailable in India]
The Kenneth Branagh-directorial features actors Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Ciaran Hinds, and Jude Hill in prominent roles. Belfast is a coming-of-age film and revolves around a working-class family and the childhood of Buddy (Hill) set in the 1960s, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.