The 76th Golden Globe Award nominations are almost upon us, and we can't wait to see which of our favourite films of 2018 made the cut. It's been a great year for dramas, and we've listed the five movies we think deserve to be nominated the most - alongside a little honourable mention...
The directorial feature debut of Aneesh Chaganty, Searching is unique in that it is filmed almost entirely on smartphone and computer screens. It stars John Cho, of Harold & Kumar and Star Trek fame, as a father desperately searching for his missing teenage daughter. A tense thriller that won both the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Searching definitely deserves recognition at the Golden Globes.
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Melissa McCarthy is mostly known for her comedy roles, and while this Lee Israel biopic has its funny moments, it's probably her most impressive dramatic role yet and even won her the Spotlight Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Directed by Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), it follows the story of a struggling author whose greatest work becomes that of selling literary forgeries which later draws attention from the FBI.
A Quiet Place
For a movie with hardly any dialogue, it was one of the most intense viewing experiences of the year. It is directed by and stars John Krasinski alongside his real-life wife Emily Blunt, whose characters are forced to protect their family from sightless predators in the not too distant post-apocalyptic future. The only way they can stay safe is by keeping absolutely silent; a difficult ask when one of you is about to go into labour. For obvious reasons, the movie was nominated for four People's Choice Awards.
Redefining superhero movies was this Marvel epic starring Chadwick Boseman. Focusing on the world of a fictional African nation, it has been lauded as a culturally significant piece of cinema which dealt with issues of identity and roots for African-Americans, and goes a long way in breaking down racial stereotypes. So much of the film has been analogous of real-life feelings surrounding liberty, so if Ryan Coogler's directorial masterpiece doesn't get a nod at every major awards show this year, there's something truly wrong.
Everything you'd expect a movie directed by Spike Lee and produced by Jordan Peele to be; it's got that level of balance between serious issues of race and light-hearted comedy exactly right. It's based on the exploits of retired cop Ron Stallworth, who was the first black detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department and ended up infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. The film stars John David Washington in the lead role.
Honourable Mention: A Star Is Born
An audience favourite, we can't go without paying tribute to Bradley Cooper's directorial debut. Not only is he sensational in it, not to mention hugely musically talented, but it's also Lady Gaga's best acting stint to date. It's the fourth remake of the original 1937 film, but it's a timeless story and the pair of them deliver it in a way that feels more honest and real than ever before.
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