The 2020 Oscar nomination list is finally out, and we can find out the best movies in 2020.
The nominees are listed here with an overview of their plots, so you can decide which ones you want to root for, or see, if you haven’t already seen them.
Here are the nine nominees for best picture (in alphabetical order):
1. Ford v Ferrari
Based on a true story from 1966. An American automotive designer and a driver come together to produce a revolutionary race car for Ford to challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.
2. The Irishman
A truck driver named Frank Sheeran becomes a mob hitman involved with the Bufalino crime family in the 1950’s. In this film, he recalls a time when he may have been involved with the killing of Teamster Jimmy Hoffa.
3. Jojo Rabbit
Jojo Rabbit is about a boy in the Hitler Youth who finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. This movie takes what could be a dark tale and makes a comedy out of it.
Set in 1981 Gotham City, this film follows failed stand up comedian Arthur Fleck as he descends into mental illness after enduring too much mistreatment by society. He starts a revolution as his alter ego, the Joker.
5. Little Women
An adaptation of the ever-popular Louisa May Alcott novel, set in the years following the American Civil War. The main character, Jo March reflects on her life, and the lives of her four sisters, who are all determined to live life on their own terms.
6. Marriage Story
This is what it looks like when a marriage is breaking up. A stage director and his actor wife endure a coast-to-coast divorce, and we get to see how they try to cope. This film is praised for its relatability.
Set in the First World War, two British soldiers are given the mission to deliver a message deep into enemy territory. It is an impossible mission, but they do it because it will stop 1,600 men (one of which is the brother of one of the messengers) from walking into a trap.
What makes this different from other war movies was it was done in one shot, which really gives you the feeling of being those desperate soldiers.
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Set in 1969 Los Angeles, a washed-up television actor and his stunt double try to achieve fame and success in the changing film industry at the end of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
This black comedy features the destitute Kim family who ingratiate themselves to the wealthy Park family, and shows how thing go awry.
These are just descriptions of these movies. When a movie has earned an Oscar nomination, a description of its plot won’t do it justice, because there will be something special about it.
Be sure to watch the Academy Awards live on February 9th, exclusively on the ABC network!