Oscars Death Race 2020: The Real People

Week three, and what a hectic week. There are a whole lot of films based on real life people, so I squeezed them all together, and added the docs, since they are the real, real people.

Bombshell (2019)
Almost a good movie. It didn’t need the extra “The Big Short” meta stuff at all. It felt really forced. The rest was handled pretty well.
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Charlize Theron), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Margot Robbie), Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling in 2020.

The Two Popes (2019)
A really enjoyable nice movie. The heavy stuff is handled good not to ruin the mood of the movie.
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Jonathan Pryce), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Anthony Hopkins), Best Adapted Screenplay in 2020.

Judy (2019)
Pretty by the number biopic. Zellweger is good, but also felt very much like a performance.
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Renée Zellweger), Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling in 2020.

Breakthrough (2019)
A glossy nightmare. Holy hell. The song sucks too.
Nominated for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) For song “I’m Standing With You” in 2020.

Rocketman (2019)
Enjoyable. This is everything that Bohemian Rhapsody should have been.
Nominated for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) For song “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” in 2020.

Honeyland (2019)
Very interesting and fascinating. My favorite of the documentary features.
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Best International Feature Film in 2020.

American Factory (2019)
Solid. Kept my attention all the way through and didn’t take sides.
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature in 2020.

For Sama (2019)
Tough watch. I hears a whole lot of rave about this, and though it is still really good, and don’t think it is the best thing ever.
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature in 2020.

The Edge of Democracy (2019)
Pretty one sided, but it is an interesting point of view on a subject matter I know little about.
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature in 2020.

The Cave (2019)
Also a tough watch. I think I need a break from Syrian war documentaries now.
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature in 2020.

Harriet (2019)
This story deserves a better movie. Good role by Erivo, but both her performance and the movie as a whole would have been elevated by better direction.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Cynthia Erivo), Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) For song “Stand Up” in 2020.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
Nice enough, but gets a bit by the number. Didn’t quite get a hold on me. The performances are solid, though.
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Tom Hanks) in 2020.

Richard Jewell (2019)
It’s okay, but some of the characters pretty much ruins a lot of the movie for me. I’m looking at you Hamm and and Wilde, but in the end I blame Eastwood.
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Kathy Bates) in 2020.

Life Overtakes Me (2019)
An important short as it sheds light on a subject matter I didn’t know existed. Heartbreaking
Nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject in 2020.

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) (2019)
What a bunch of delightful girls.
Nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject in 2020.

In the Absence (2018)
This is just dark. This one made quite the impact on me.
Nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject in 2020.

Walk Run Cha-Cha (2019)
Really nice, and uplifting
Nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject in 2020.

St. Louis Superman (2019)
The filmmaking in this one didn’t feel focused enough, but still not bad.
Nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject in 2020.

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