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What Our Film Critic Thought of the Oscar Nominated Movies

Pittsburgh Magazine film critic Sean Collier has reviewed seven of the eight films nominated for Best Picture at the 2019 Academy Awards. Below, a look back at Sean's reviews of those seven movies — plus, to make up for the oversight, one more that should've received a nod.




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Black Panther

“Black Panther” is the best Marvel movie. Read the review here. Nominated for:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Costume Design (Ruth E. Carter)
  • Best Original Score (Ludwig Goransson)
  • Best Original Song – “All the Stars” (performed by Kendrick Lamar and SZA)
  • Best Production Design (Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart)
  • Best Sound Editing
  • Best Sound Mixing
     


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BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee's captivating new film is an unusual, but almost essential, work of cinema. Read the review here. Nominated for:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director (Spike Lee)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Adam Driver)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, and Kevin Willmott)
  • Best Film Editing (Barry Alexander Brown)
  • Best Original Score (Terence Blanchard)
     


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Bohemian Rhapsody

A good performance keeps the Freddie Mercury biopic from falling completely flat. Read the full review here. Nominated for:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor (Rami Malek)
  • Best Film Editing (John Ottman)
  • Best Sound Editing
  • Best Sound Mixing
     


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The Favourite

The quirky period drama starring Emma Stone is one of the year's best films. Read the full review here. Nominated for:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director (Yorgos Lanthimos)
  • Best Actress (Olivia Colman)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz)
  • Best Original Screenplay (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)
  • Best Cinematography (Robbie Ryan)
  • Best Costume Design (Sandy Powell)
  • Best Film Editing (Yorgos Mavropsaridis)
  • Best Production Design (Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton)
     


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Green Book

Don't mistake this breezy drama for Oscar material; it's a well-acted holiday ramble, but not much more. Read the review here. Nominated for: 

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali)
  • Best Original Screenplay (Brian Hayes Curry, Peter Farrelly, and Nick Vallelonga)
  • Best Film Editing (Patrick J Don Vito)
     


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If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins' beautiful follow-up to "Moonlight" confirms the writer/director is a first-rate filmmaker. It is also not nominated for Best Picture, an utter travesty. We offer this very minimal corrective by including it here, in place of Roma (which Sean did not review). Read the review here. Nominated for:

  • Best Supporting Actress (Regina King)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (Barry Jenkins)
  • Best Original Score (Nicholas Britell)
     


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A Star is Born

The high-profile remake is a good, old-fashioned movie musical with a lot to offer. Read the review here. Nominated for: 

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor (Bradley Cooper)
  • Best Actress (Lady Gaga)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliott)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters and Eric Roth)
  • Best Cinematography (Matty Libatique)
  • Best Original Song – “Shallow” (performed by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga)
  • Best Sound Mixing
     


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Vice

Adam McKay's biography of Dick Cheney is excellently made — and far more interesting than you might expect. Read the review here. Nominated for:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director (Adam McKay)
  • Best Actor (Christian Bale)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams)
  • Best Original Screenplay (Adam McKay)
  • Best Film Editing (Hank Corwin)
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling

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