Our 10 favorite Oscar nominations: 3 – 1. ‘Cold War’ – Best Cinematography, Director and Foreign Language Film

3. 2. 1.  ‘Cold War’ – Best Cinematography (Lukasz Kal), Director (Pawel Pawlikowski) and Foreign Language Film – Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” is AHFW’s #1 movie of 2018, so we are thrilled that a film about Zula (Joanna Kulig) and Wiktor’s (Tomasz Kot) passionate but troubled relationship earned three Oscar nominations.   Of course, we also think that it should garner Best Picture, Score and Original Song, but hey, we’re happy that a black and white Polish film captured Best Cinematography and Director, no matter what the language. Here’s our review: “Cold…

Our 10 favorite Oscar nominations: 4. ‘Free Solo’ – Best Documentary

4. “Free Solo” – Best Documentary – The most stressful movie experience of the year!  Alex Honnold attempts to climb El Captain – a 3,000 foot granite wall in Yosemite National Park – without a rope and directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi capture his incomprehensible expedition every step of the way (pardon the pun).  Someone trying to free solo a cliff like El Cap has be to wired differently than most, and the film presents Honnold’s quirky habits, like eating his meals from a frying pan and spatula,…

Don’t fight it, ‘Fighting with My Family’ is a good movie

“Fighting with My Family” – Some people want to be rock ‘n’ roll singers, and others hope to be cowboys.  For proof, just look back at Bon Scott’s wish in AC/DC’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer” (1975) and Boys Don’t Cry’s declaration in “I Wanna Be a Cowboy” (1986).  Other folks dream of becoming ballerinas, center fielders, quarterbacks, teachers, doctors, or astronauts. For Saraya-Jade Bevis (Florence Pugh), she wants to be a WWE wrestler.  Actually, her dad Ricky (Nick Frost), mom Julia (Lena Headey) and brother Zak (Jack Lowden) all have…

Our 10 favorite Oscar nominations: 5. Glenn Close – Best Actress

5. Glenn Close – Best Actress – Look back at any decade since 1979, and Meryl Streep could be called America’s Most Celebrated Actress.  Streep collected 21 Oscar nominations and nabbed three wins over her career, so it is difficult to make a case for another actress to topple this aforementioned, fictional acting title.  In the 1980’s alone, Streep collected seven Oscar nominations and two Best Actress wins for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979) and “Sophie’s Choice” (1982), but if she is the most decorated actress from the 80’s, Glenn Close…

Our 10 favorite Oscar nominations: 6. Christian Bale – Best Actor

6.  Christian Bale – Best Actor – Look, Bale transforms physically and seemingly spiritually into former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney during Adam McKay’s 2-hour 12-minute wild biopic, and it will be a travesty if anyone else wins Best Actor Oscar.  Sorry Rami Malek. Image credits: Annapurna Pictures; Trailer credits: IGN