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Oscars 2017: La La Land, Arrival And Other Films You Need To Watch Before Tuning Into This Year's Academy Awards

Take a look at the year's top movies. Even if you begin now, you will be able to watch them before February 26.

Divya Pal | News18.comdivyapal2013

Updated:February 21, 2017, 3:27 PM IST
Oscars 2017: La La Land, Arrival And Other Films You Need To Watch Before Tuning Into This Year's Academy Awards
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As the Oscars 2017 loom closer, which means there isn’t enough time for us to watch all the films that have made it to the nominations, we ought to be smart in our selection. With life at workplace getting busier by the day, it is obviously not possible for you to watch every film that has either been lauded for stellar performances, spectacular cinematography, soothing score, out of the world costumes. Nevertheless, there are those you should definitely watch to be in the know when the ceremony kicks off on February 26.

Take a look at the year's top movies. Even if you begin now, you will be able to watch them before February 26.


Nominated for Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Production Design, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma

Even though you’d want to call Arrival a sci-fi/alien film, it honestly goes much beyond this. The best part about the film is Amy Adams who essays the role of Dr Louise Banks, a linguistics professor who has been hired by the US military after huge spaceships are spotted in various parts of the world. The director has done a commendable joy in using silences and calm to emphasize what happens beneath what's obvious.

La La Land

Nominated for Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Original Screenplay, Original Score, Original Song (two nominations), Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing

Director: Damien Chazelle

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt

How can you not watch a film that has managed to mint over $300 million at the box office and earned the record of 14 Academy Awards nominations? A film that set a new Golden Globes benchmark with seven wins, and emerged victorious at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards too can’t be missed before you tune into Oscars 2017. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are exceptional in the roles of Seb and Mia. And their affair is amazingly convincing. While there are those too who aren’t happy with the amount of songs and dances in the film, those who loved the film, continue to feel it comes with all the ecstasy of love.


Nominated for Picture, Director, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Original Score, Film Editing

Director: Barry Jenkins

Cast: Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali

Moonlight is a film that not just talks about poverty and homosexuality, but also explains how race and masculinity can put a pull on Chiron’s individuality. The film is divided into 3 level that span approximately 20 years in Chiron’s life – as a school kid, a teenager who is bullied and a drug dealer. The film deals with the issues of race, sexuality, and separation in a manner no film has ever handled. All in all, it is a moving analysis of a young man who is caught in the tentacles of identity crisis.

Manchester by the Sea

Nominated for Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay

Director: Kenneth Lonergan

Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

With many wanting director Kenneth Lonergan’s film featuring Casey Affleck in the lead to win Oscar for Best Actor, it is indeed a moving and the most celebrated films of the year. Those who’ve watched the film would agree that Affleck as Lee Chandler has given the most mature performance of his career. Watch it to understand the emotional complexity through a tear-jerking story of a man who turns into a guardian to his teenage nephew.


Nominated for Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay

Director: Denzel Washington

Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney

Back in 2010, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis were featured in a Broadway production of August Wilson’s play Fences. It found several takers and multiple awards too. And Fences , the film, too turns out to be an effective play. What makes the film even more compelling are the strong words and equally strong feelings that are needed to make a performance really huge. And we have to congratulate the cast for doing justice to it. Every actor is in top form, but the most compelling of them all is Viola Davis, who deserves to bag Best Supporting Actress Award.


Nominated for Best Picture, Actor In A Supporting Role, Actress In A Supporting Role, Cinematography, Music (Original Score), Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Director: Garth Davis

Cast: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman

Director Garth Davis has every reason to be delighted! The fact that his debut film has already earned six Oscar nominations speaks volumes of his potential as a director. Featuring Dev Patel – who has earned huge acclaim from Slumdog Millionaire and Channel 4′s Skins – the film revolves around the story of a young man making every effort to locate his family whom he lost in Calcutta 25 years back.

Hacksaw Ridge

Nominated for Picture, Actor, Director, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing

Director: Mel Gibson

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Vince Vaughn

This film revolves around the real story of Desmond Doss, a World War II medic in the American army who was the first person to win the Medal of Honor – the top military honour in the US – without opening fire. It is incredible to know how a meticulous objector saved 75 men in one of the goriest battles of WWII without touching a gun.

Hell Or High Water

Nominated For Picture, Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay, Film Editing

Director: David Mackenzie

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham

Hell Or High Water is about the story of a separated father and his older brother, who plan a way out to protect their family’s farm in Texas.

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| Edited by: Divya Pal
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