‘Green Book’ wins Best Original Screenplay in this year’s Oscar. With its controversial but realistic take on racism, it manages to snag the win under the noses of four other competent nominees who also deserve their spots.
The Favourite (Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)
Queen Anne is the temperamental ruler of Great Britain who falls ill and becomes emotionally unstable. Aware of her situation and the ongoing war Great Britain has with France during that time, she appoints her trusted confidante, Lady Sarah, to act as the existing ruler. All is well until Sarah’s cousin, Abigail, enters the picture and worms her way to charm the Queen herself. With an amazing cast in its lineup, it’s hard for ‘The Favourite’ to fall short. Starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz, ‘The Favourite’ is an amazing film to watch.
First Reformed (Written by Paul Schrader)
A middle-aged pastor of a small church in upstate New York, Reverend Ernst Toller deals with guilt and grief caused by past events. He is scarred and his emotions remain unstable. Later on, a pregnant lady who frequents the church asks him to help her suicidal husband by counseling him. Toller, being an environmental activist, finds this hard as his state of mind becomes even more cloudy.
Green Book (Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, and Peter Farrelly) *WINNER*
Dr. Donald Shirley is an accomplished African-American concert pianist. During a 1962 tour in the South, he hires an Italian-American bouncer named Tony Lip as protection against the racism that ran rampant during that time. Despite their obvious differences, Shirley and Tony discover that they enjoy each other’s company. They eventually learn plenty from each other along the way.
Roma (Written by Alfonso Cuaron)
Set in Mexico City in the early 1970s, Cleo, a woman of Mixteco heritage, works as a maid in the household of a middle-class doctor who faces plenty of demons in his own way. Cleo takes on extra responsibility as she ends up taking care of the four children of the family during a time of personal and political problems.
Vice (Written by Adam McKay)
The story of Dick Cheney and his rise from humble cabinet positions in the White House and House of Representatives, all the way to being George W. Bush’s vice president where he uses his huge influence to be the power behind the throne.
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