Golden Globes 2019 and the contenders for the Best Motion Picture in Drama
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”
As we have officially entered the season when the industry awards its pioneers for the outstanding job they have done in the outgoing year, it make sense to start looking into each and every movie that got more or less recognition, or got there by getting recognized through the receiving of the nomination for Golden Globes 2019.
The top five movies which have been nominated for the Best Motion Picture in Drama are Blank Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, If Beale Street Could Talk, and A Star is Born.
It’s worth noting that three nominees have nothing to do with the category of Drama – Blank Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born, while the two others are the right titles to talk about further.
So, why “Blank Panther” should have taken the spot of other more eligible movies such as “Colette”, “Destroyer”, “Widows”, or “Boy Erased”? Ryan Coogler has done an amazing job by directing and delivering a truly astounding movie, “Blank Panther”. However, this movie belongs to the world of action, DC and Comics, or just a popcorn flick that should not get recognition as big as this. Movies like “Blank Panther” are done every year, just look at Avengers. So why do we have to award movies that are meant to deliver short-term entertainment without a lasting impact, when, for instance, other more qualified movies have a much more important duty to fulfil? For instance, sending messages to us through the silver screen?
Movies are meant to educate us, guide us through the dark tunnel to the light, and unfortunately, no matter how appealing and entertaining “Blank Panther” is, it`s far from being drama or a contender to be the best picture of 2018.
“BlacKkKlansman” is a movie that surely deserved a recognition of such calibre. In fact, it even deserves winning. Spike Lee and the entire cast shine in every moment. The importance of this movie is so big and enormous that it must be seen by every living individual child or adult. Due to the hate being spread across the globe and failed leadership in the United States, Spike Lee offers a satirical look at what we have become and how far we went in ridiculing ourselves through the true story this move is based upon. So my call is, yes, “BlackKkKlansman” is right where it deserves to be – deep in our hearts and will stay there as long as we live.
Brian Singer’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the year’s most entertaining movie so far. While it has less drama to offer, the movie itself is more like a musical that is somehow being mistaken for a different genre. I am not objecting to its nomination, but rather celebrating it. It’s of course better when those who vote for the movies of the year have a clear understanding of what categories they use to recognize the year’s most influencing movies rather than just giving nods for the sake of nomination. But worth mentioning is that Singer has done an incredibly nuanced job by turning the Queen biopic into a well balanced feature that you will love from the start to end. So yes, the movie did deserve its nomination, but in the musical category.
I probably was one of those who found Barry Jenskin’s “Moonlight” painfully dull and boring. But I was pleasantly surprised seeing how different “If Beale Street Could Talk” was. It was effortlessly beautiful and full of stunning performances. The score is enough to keep you intact with the storyline and the incredibly flawless direction by Jenkins himself, which I should specifically note here, was one of the best this year.
I have already written in my review why I found Bradley Cooper’s “A Star is Born” an overrated featured piece that gets more recognition than it deserves. While I do not deny the beauty of the film, it was lacking chemistry, convincing performances from both Cooper and Lady Gaga, who literally played herself. As I realize that whether I want it or not, the film will get lots of awards – because people who love Cooper/Gaga are more than those who liked the film less. I just would not want this piece to take the recognition from other more deserving works done by other filmmakers. And more importantly, it was put into a completely wrong category with films like “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “If Beale Street Could Talk” and the head-spinning and shockingly relevant “BlacKkKlansman” that deserve concluding the award night with the receiving of an award.