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Oscars 2020: Predictable Affair or a Surprise Party?

The awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on February 9, and will air in India on February 10

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BY SUGANDHA RAWAL

With the 92nd annual Academy Awards less than 24 hours away, the anticipation about who will take home a gold statuette is high. Many feel “1917” winning the Best Film is a foregone conclusion, as is Joaquin Phoenix’s taking home Best Actor for “Joker” and Renee Zellweger’s scooping up the Best Actress trophy for “Judy”. Most pundits are also confident Sam Mendes will win Best Director for “1917”, Brad Pitt will walk away with Best Supporting Actor for “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” and Laura Dern will be Best Supporting Actress for “Marriage Story”. The Korean film “Parasite”, it is being widely touted, will win Best Foreign Film on the starry night.

Have the Oscars indeed become that predictable, so much so that winners can be ‘declared’ weeks before the event? Most industry watchers would attribute the trait to the series of big-ticket awards ceremonies that have started enjoying the global spotlight over the past decade, in an age of information overload. Academy Awards ceremonies in recent years have tended to repeat the results we have seen at such events, particularly the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs. Most punters have hedged their bets about this year’s winners based on the results at these awards.

When it comes to Hollywood, however, there can always be scope for surprises.

Filmmaker Todd Phillips’ “Joker”, an original story about superhero Batman’s biggest enemy Joker, leads the Oscar nominations with 11 nods, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

Sam Mendes’ World War drama “1917”, Quentin Tarantino’s ode to Los Angeles “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”, and Martin Scorsese’s mob epic “The Irishman” follow close behind with 10 nods each. Those films, along with “Ford v Ferrari”, “Jojo Rabbit”, “Little Women”, “Marriage Story” and “Parasite” will compete for Best Picture.

Female filmmakers were entirely shut out of the Best Director race. Along with Phillips, the nominees in the category include Scorsese for “The Irishman,” Mendes for “1917”, Tarantino for “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” and Bong Joon Ho for “Parasite”.

According to forbes.com, “1917”, which collected the Golden Globe for Best Drama and the BAFTA for Best Film, is the favourite for a big win, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Inspired by the stories that Oscar-winning director Mendes’ grandfather told him, “1917” is about two young Lance Corporals, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) during the First World War, who are given an almost impossible mission. Racing against time, they must deliver a message deep inside enemy territory. The message is important to stop their own men — including Blake’s brother — from walking into a death trap.

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Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite”, which tells the story about greed and class discrimination which threatens the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan, is expected to sneak in and win big.

In the acting race, Joaquin Phoenix’s transformation into a mentally unstable loner and failed comedian Arthur Fleck in “Joker” is expected to get him an Oscar. He has won a Golden Globe and BAFTA this year for the movie. Renee Zellweger is also said to be a big winner of the night for her film “Judy”.

Meanwhile, Laura Dern of “Marriage Story” and Brad Pitt of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” are set to clinch the supporting titles.

It is believed that filmmaker Taika Waititi will pick up the honour in the Adapated Screenplay category for “JoJo Rabbit”, about a lonely German boy named Jojo and how his world view changes when he finds out that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic.

“Toy Story 4” is expected to pick up an Oscar in the Animated Feature category. Hildur Guonadottir might pick up in Original Score, while song “I’m gonna love me again” from “Rocketman” might also win.

Tome will tell if the Oscars will follow the Globes and the BAFTAs this year, too, or spring a few new winners.

The awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on February 9, and will air in India on February 10. (IANS)

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List of 5 Political Thrillers That You Can Watch Amidst Coronavirus Lockdown

Today, we have bought a list of Political Thrillers that you can watch amidst quarantine at home which manage to give a realistic portrayal of what the Political world in India looks like

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Political Thrillers not only have Gripping content, but they also show something that we as common people might not have appraised before about politics.

By Kashish Rai

Politics is a hot topic in India. The Indian people cannot resist without talking about politics. Though, the entertainment Industry makes content that is widely consumed by the masses but somewhere it has failed to bring real-character based content that reflects the actual world of politics in its political thriller movies.

Today, we have bought a list of Political Thrillers that you can watch amidst quarantine at home which manage to give a realistic portrayal of what the Political world in India looks like!

These films not only have Gripping content, but they also show something that we as common people might not have appraised before about politics.

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Have a Look!

  1. THE TASHKENT FILES (2019)

  • DIRECTOR: Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri

Tashkent Files
The Tashkent Files was the second film of 2019 to play in theatres after 100 days. This film is truly a must watch. Pinterest

There’s no doubt in saying that Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri is a Lucrative and All-Embracing Filmmaker! The Tashkent Files is undoubtedly his mastercraft which is a sensational and gripping political drama. The Film talks about the mysterious death of the Second Prime Minister of India~ Lal Bahadur Shastri ji at Tashkent. This film is totally intriguing and tells a whole lot about the history of the incident. The director has done very good research and woven all the information with utter refinement for making this film a masterpiece.

The Movie asks some pertinent questions on Shastri’s Death~ Why was no post-mortem carried out? Why did the government refuse to declassify the document in its possession that pertains to Lal Bahadur Shastri’s Death? It presents all facts and makes you think with a deep insight. Eventually, it was the second film of 2019 to play in theatres after 100 days. This film is truly a must watch!

 Watch The Tashkent Files on Zee 5: The Tashkent Files: Full Movie on Zee 5

  1. TRANSPARENCY: PARDARSHITA (2020)

  • DIRECTOR: Munish Raizada

Transparency
Through this Documentary, the Director has tried to show the actuality and ascertain the issue of political funding by AAP . Twitter

Transparency: Pardarshita is a 6-episode hindi language documentary series that highlights the sentiments of the India Against Corruption Movement (Anna Andolan) and explores the trajectory of the movement along with backstage scenarios that led to subsequent political developments, that includes the formation of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). It is directed by Dr. Munish Kumar Raizada who was an active participant in India Against Corruption Movement at forefront as well as the core member of AAP.

The Web Series gives an in-depth analysis of the functioning of AAP. The analysis is based on the narratives of various members of the political Party~ including Dr. Kumar Vishwas, Shazia Ilmi etc. along with political analysts and Journalists that followed the developments closely. Through this Documentary, the Director has tried to show the actuality and ascertain the issue of political funding by AAP which led to the carnage of trust of thousands of people and core Volunteers of the party like him who dreamt of a Corruption-Free India. This series is a must watch, as it a call of every common man!

You can watch the Transparency: Pardarshita ~ Transparency: Pardarshita (Full Documentary Series)

  1. SATYAGRAHA (2013)

  • DIRECTOR: Prakash Jha

Satyagraha
Movie Satyagraha spares no effort to reflect the rising tide of public anger against a creaking, corrupt and callous system that treats citizens of the country like a load of dirt. Pinterest

Satyagraha is a vibrantly layered film that spins together urban legends of corruption. It features many incidents in Indian Politics like Chauri Chaura, 2G Scam, Mandal Commission and Anna Hazare’s Jan Lokpal Andolan. The movie takes the “Real” issue of Corruption into “Reel” life movingly fusing the facts with fiction. It is believed that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Capitalised on the film which led it to have many political gains during the elections of 2013.

In the movie Satyagraha, director Prakash Jha effectively meshes the urban angst witnessed on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook with the ground realities of India’s heartland. He simply takes up a topical socio-political issue and forges a drama designed to deliver a message of import. Movie Satyagraha spares no effort to reflect the rising tide of public anger against a creaking, corrupt and callous system that treats citizens of the country like a load of dirt. You can definitely go ahead for watching this.

You Can Watch Satyagraha on Netflix

  1. THE ACCIDENTAL PRIME MINISTER (2019)

  • DIRECTOR: Vijay Gutte

Accidental Prime Minister
The Movie unleashes the lack of corporate and moral ethics by Baru’s character, who uses his distinct position to unravel confidential information in his book. Pinterest

Confined to a book with the same title, The Accidental Prime Minister is a film that projects former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s Relationship with his media advisor Sanjay Baru. Whole of this film focuses largely on the public image of Dr. Manmohan Singh. It also touches upon the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s key milestones, like the nuclear deal and Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s undisputed authority within the Congress Party.

Anupam Kher’s acting is a masterstroke that is sworn-in amidst wide-ranging skepticism within the ranks. The film bravely names real characters and shows them in the light they are perceived in. It also unleashes the lack of corporate and moral ethics by Baru’s character, who uses his distinct position to unravel confidential information in his book. He eventually ends up losing trust and equity with Dr. Manmohan Singh. You can definitely watch this!

The Accidental Prime Minister Movie is Available on ZEE 5 App

  1. BATLA HOUSE (2019)

  • DIRECTOR: Nikkhil Advani

Batla House
Batla House a film packed with a right dose of patriotism with the story of an honest ACP at its centre. Pinterest

13 September 2008~ The national capital of can Delhi never forget this date when five serial blasts rocked the city, in which 30 people were killed and at least 100 injured. After a week Delhi Police’s special cell did an encounter against the Indian Mujahdeen’s terrorists in Jamia Nagar’s Batla House: the film is a fictionalized account of the operation and the controversies that followed thereafter.

Batla house is an attempt to balance such a crucial narrative without taking any apparent sides. It is a film packed with a right dose of patriotism with the story of an honest ACP at its centre. It is one of those films with tension and curiosity entangled throughout, leaving you with knots in your stomach. You should definitely watch it.

You Can Watch Batla House on Amazon Prime Video App

Politics does not limit to those in power in the government, it is also about the ones who are in the run to achieve the same power, or the ones who support them.

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 Though, there are many films that come from the Indian Entertainment Industry, but we sincerely hope that it makes more realistic portrayals of politics on screen in the near future.