Should – The Banshees of Inisherin.
Having swept nominations so far, it would be a crime for The Banshees Of Inisherin not to be nominated for Best Picture. The reunion of Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Martin McDonagh made for one of the most beautiful films of 2022. Each scene and performance could be shown and analysed separately, as it showcases the best of Irish scenery and human relationships with a brilliant score to match. It is definitely a contender for the top prize at the Oscars.
Could – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Despite the first film being the only Marvel film to previously make the prestigious list at the Oscars, the sequel was met with mixed reviews. Nonetheless, it is an emotional and beautiful tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman and with Angela Bassett now being the first Marvel actor to win a Golden Globe for her role, there is enough momentum to squeeze on the list.
Would (if the Academy wasn’t stuffy) – The Woman King.
The film follows the true story of Nanisca, Viola Davis, leader of the all-female warriors who protected the African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s whilst dealing with the complicated relationship the kingdom had with slavery. Bit out there for the Academy, isn’t it?
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