Awards season is here and we are all for it! For one, we enjoy checking out which celeb is wearing what. That, and lauding inspiring acceptance speeches. But if we were to choose our favourite, it would be browsing through the list of winning reels to add to our must-watch list (in case we missed them in the cinemas the first time around). And as Golden Globes 2020 already wrapped up their top film picks of last year, we say let's all get our popcorns ready. ICYMI, ahead are movie recommendations which earned their rightful Golden Globes in yesterday's prestigious affair. P.S. No spoilers ahead!
Given all the military tensions surrounding the world right now (and internet folks mindlessly joking about WW3), movies such as 1917 remind us that war is anything but the answer. Earning the Best Motion Picture award under the Drama category, it chronicles the story of two young British soldiers tasked to deliver news of a skirmish ambush during World War I.
Noteworthy for its awe-inspiring cinematography by Roger Deakins, the film takes the audience along for the ride with the use of what seems like one continuous shot from beginning to end. It's also boasts a stellar cast, starring George MacKay (Ophelia) and Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones, The King) as the two leads, along with Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Kingsman), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, The Bodyguard), Colin Firth (The King's Speech, Kingsman), and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Doctor Strange) in supporting roles.
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood official trailer
From one ensemble movie to the next, this Quentin Tarantino masterpiece stars two of Hollywood's longtime heartthrobs along with the incredibly talented (and stunning) Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, I Tonya) as Sharon Tate. Leonardo Di Caprio and Brad Pitt respectively play an actor and his stunt double in 1969 Los Angeles, who navigate the highs-and-lows of what's dubbed as Hollywood's golden age.
Bagging multiple awards such as Best Motion Picture in the Musical or Comedy category, as well as Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Brad Pitt, it's provocative, exciting, and well... classically Tarantino.
Marriage Story official trailer
Bittersweet yet surprisingly refreshing and profound, Marriage Story gives us a look at mutual love working beyond the complexities of marriage and divorce. However, despite its strong premise, it was initially lost on everyone's radar given its limited Venice and U.S. release late last year. It only turned heads after Netflix picked it up for small screen distribution, earning rave reviews days after its release in the streaming platform.
Starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as the central couple being referred to in the film's title, it was dubbed as the best acting performance of both leads to date. Despite only scoring one win out of its six Golden Globes 2020 nominations (Laura Dern for Best Supporting Actress), it still a film still worthy of a spot in your watch list. Just make sure you have a box of tissues on hand as some scenes prompt for tears!
The Farewell official trailer
Moving on to something that hits a little bit closer to home, The Farewell is a movie that covers Asian culture, with family as its central theme. Borne of real-life inspiration, the story revolves around a family who keeps the truth from their Nai Nai (meaning paternal grandmother in Mandarin) about her terminal condition. With Nai Nai only having a few months to live due to lung cancer, the family navigates through coming into terms with the situation without raising Nai Nai's suspicions. However, her Chinese-American granddaughter Billi (played by Awkwafina of Crazy Rich Asians and Oceans 8 fame) causes the main strain for the family as she refuses to cooperate on their collective decision. The movie earned Awkwafina the legacy of being the first Asian-American woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy or Musical category.
What's great about the film is that while it contrasts Asian collectivism versus Western individualism (in the form of the family versus Billi), it does so without antagonising one over the other. It expresses tender moments that will pull at the heartstrings, reminding us of how culture changes and weaves family dynamic. Ultimately, it leaves the audiences with a sense of sentimentality and profoundness that may as well translate into their own values as they finish the film. P.S. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the annotation left by the filmmakers at the end of the movie.
'Parasite' official trailer
It seems like Asian films are truly on a roll as Golden Globes 2020 also had Korean film Parasite in its list of winners. The raved-about movie directed by critically acclaimed satirist Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, Mother) has been hoarding awards both in its home base, South Korea, and globally since its Cannes release in May last year. The dark comedy tells the story of two families — poverty-stricken Kims and the elite Parks — whose paths crossed due to a series of fraudulent deceptions.
Now, saying too much about the film will spoil its brilliance. But whether or not you're familiar with Bong Joon-ho's past work, his genius use of metaphors and juxtapositions shine significantly in this film. Just the trailer alone is enough to send chills down one's spine, building up from comedy to suspense to pure thriller almost seamlessly. The movie rightfully earned the Best Motion Picture award under the Foreign Language film category and is anticipated to get its spot at this year's Academy Awards.
Last year was a great treat for all movie buffs given its interesting lineup of films. So it's only fitting that we expect the same for 2020.