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,…

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

Our 10 favorite Oscar nominations: 7. ‘Vice’ – Best Picture

7. “Vice” – Best Picture – The Academy only nominated two of AHFW’s Top 10 films, as “Roma” and “Vice” are AHFW’s #3 and #6 films of 2018, respectively.   Of course, “Roma” seemed like an easy nomination, but Adam McKay’s “Vice” split audiences, so we are especially happy that the Academy included this wild biopic as a Best Picture contender. Christian Bale transforms physically and seemingly spiritually into former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in a film that entertains, informs and horrifies.  McKay employs his similar snappy, wise-cracking style of…

Our 10 favorite Oscar nominations: 8. Paul Schrader – Best Screenplay

8.  Paul Schrader – Best Screenplay for “First Reformed” – Writer/director Paul Schrader wrote “Taxi Driver” (1976), “American Gigolo” (1980), “Raging Bull” (1980), “The Mosquito Coast” (1986), and “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988), so a screenplay Oscar nomination for the man is way overdue.  The Academy finally recognized Schrader for his written work  about a reverend (Ethan Hawke) preaching sermons to a small congregation in rows of white pews, while black outlooks fill his soul in “First Reformed”. The film asks big questions within a small Upstate New York…