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The Magnificent Seven Films that Sundance Sent To The 2018 Oscars

The 2018 Academy Awards nominations were recently announced and it’s no surprise that many that made the cut premiered at the top film festival in the U.S., the Sundance Film Festival.  This year there were a total of 16 Oscar nominations that were Sundance supported films.  Now lets break it down by film:

Get Out, by first time director and writer Jordan Peele,  received both the Best Picture & Best Director nomination.  A rare nomination for the horror film genre,  Get Out preys on the primal fear of a young black man who travels to white suburbia crazy-town to meet his interracial girlfriends parents.  Peele was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay.  Daniel Kaluuya, the films lead actor, received the Best Actor nomination.

Call Me by Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino, is the second Sundance film to receive the 2018 Best Picture nomination.  A provocative film, Call Me by Your Name is a a romantic coming of age drama that follows the journey of two men who explore their friendship and sexuality, set in 1983 in the beautiful landscape of Northern Italy.  The film was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, and the films lead actor, Timothée Chalamet, received the nod for Best Actor. “Mystery of Love,” by Sufjan Stevens, was nominated for Best Original Song.

Mudbound, a film about two men, one white and one black, who return from World War II and find work on rural Mississippi farm, where they struggle to adjust to life after war and racism, was another big hit from Sundance.  Mudbound, adapted for the screen by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees, was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.  Mary J. Blige was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Rachel Morrison was nominated for Best Cinematography. “Mighty River,” by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson was nominated for Best Original Song.

The Big Sick, written by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, picked up a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.  The Big Sick is a romantic Comedy based on the real-life courtship between Gordon and Nanjiani.

Three films received nominations in the Best Documentary category.

Icarus, by Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan.  The film sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, when a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms their story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller that exposes one of the biggest scandals in sports history.

Last Men in Aleppo, by Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed and Søren Steen Jespersen.

Strong Island, Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes





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