BAZAAR Team picks their favourites from this year’s Oscar nominees in anticipation for the award ceremony on 4th March. If you haven’t watched these films, time to get on it!
Kenneth Goh, Editor-in-Chief
It’s wonderful to get lost in a bygone era of songs and laughter, musicals and dance, for a show that’s altogether heart-warming and pleasing to eye, with the dashing Hugh Jackman singing songs like a Broadway maestro that he is.
Charmaine Ho, Executive Editor
I’m really looking forward to watching Best Animated Feature nominee The Breadwinner, by Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo. It’s about an 11 year old girl living under the Taliban rule, who goes undercover as a boy to support her family – an old narrative device that’s sadly still so relevant today. If the trailers are anything to go by, this promises to be a captivating visual treat.
Joyce Cheo, Senior Beauty Writer
Best picture nominee Get Out is my absolute favourite! It’s such an emotional roller coaster and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout!
Gerald Tan, Associate Fashion News Editor
I really enjoyed Victoria & Abdul and I hope Consolata Boyle, who’s nominated for her stunning costume designs in the Stephen Frears-directed film about an unlikely friendship between a monarch and her servant, will take home the top prize at this year’s Oscars.
Annabelle Fernandez, Sub Editor
As a big fan of coming-of-age movies, I love how Greta Gerwig took the genre to another level by shining the spotlight on the complex world of girls, women and mother-daughter relationships. Lady Bird will make you laugh; it will make you cry; and it will resonate with almost every woman watching it. Greta is only the fifth female director to ever be nominated for an Oscar, and I can’t wait to see her become the second woman to win the award come 4 March.
Gracia Phang, Fashion Stylist
Beauty and the Beast, up for both best Costume Design and Production Design… like, DUH?! HELLO?! OF COURSE! I not just referring to the breathtaking ballroom Belle and the Beast waltzed in (which btw, was covered in 12,000 square feet of faux marble, and 10 glass chandeliers based on the ones at Versailles), but the massive library?! It had thousands of custom-made books made just for the film. The costumes were crafted to perfection by Jacqueline Durran and her team even with the insane amount of pressure to bring the Disney versions to life, just as everyone imagined and pictured it in their heads for years.
Dana Koh, Senior Lifestyle Editor
There are so many reasons for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to win. It’s a darkly comedic drama starring an unorthodox heroine with anger management issues (played piercingly well by Lead Actress nominee, Frances McDormand); It’s a story of demanding justice and getting it; and it’s a display of how a voice, no matter how soft, or a message, no matter how short on an orange billboard, can be enough to wage war on the police and impact the entire county in a truly statement-making way.
Pakkee Tan, Associate Digital Editor
My pick for the upcoming Oscars? Call me By Your Name was literally a no brainer. The languid cinematography, setting and script made it one of the best films I watched all year (sorry, Pitch Perfect 3!) and breakout star Timothée Chalamet’s performance is totally deserving of that golden statue.
Hanan Haddad, Writer
I was so happy when I saw one of my favourite movies of all time, ‘Baby Driver’ was nominated for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing because the soundtrack and music was almost an extension of the main character, Baby (Ansel Elgort). The soundtrack of the film is one of the reasons I love Baby Driver so much. Baby is a getaway driver for heists and robberies, and he does all this to the beat of his iPod. Every exhilarating car chase is laced and timed with the perfect song, almost like a dance. From the R&B beats of ‘Harlem Shuffle’ to the croons of Carla Thomas as she sings ‘B-A-B-Y’, no OST could be more perfect and deserving of a win at the 2018 Oscars.