This year’s Oscar nominations have sparked a lot of discussion on who was robbed of a nomination, and debates on who is deserving of the win. The glaring problem, however, is how this year is yet another without the nomination of a female director. In fact, last year when Greta Gerwig was nominated for Lady Bird, was the only time a female director was even nominated since 2010 when Kathryn Bigelow won for The Hurt Locker. This isn’t because there is a lack of great films by female directors that have come out. In fact this year alone has brought many Oscar worthy films. Here are three Oscar-worthy movies from 2019 that should’ve earned a nomination.
Little Women by Greta Gerwig
Little Women is an adaptation of the book Little Women by Louisa May Aclott. The story is about the March sisters, Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth. The story focuses on Jo and her efforts to become a writer as a woman in the post-Civil War era. Gerwig wrote the screenplay for this film and made the storyline to bounce between two timelines, childhood and adulthood. Greta Gerwig made this adaptation with an extreme attention to detail, making sure every costume stuck to a specific color scheme, and shape that fit with the character. Each scene from childhood was shot with a golden filter while the adulthood scenes were shot to have a blue cold feeling. Her writing and directing rebirthed this classic story in a beautiful and inspired way.
The Farewell by Lulu Wang
The Farewell follows the story of a Chinese-American girl, Billi, who discovers her grandmother or nei nei has cancer. The twist is that her nei nei doesn’t know, and her family intends on keeping this a secret. Billi and her family go to China to visit nei nei under the precedent of a fake wedding the family is putting to have an excuse to be together for her last days. Wang actually revealed that this is a true story based on her nai nai who had recently beat cancer without even knowing she had it. Wang told her family’s story with an immense amount of vulnerability and honesty. Every second of the film was filled with intense emotion,heart, and a beautiful illustration of Eastern family ideals.
Booksmart by Olivia Wilde
Booksmart is a fast-paced, loud, comedy about two best friends. Amy and Molly have committed their high school careers to being dedicated students and getting into the best colleges to accomplish their dreams of changing the world. The problem is they realized they have missed out on all the fun parts of high school, and take the night before graduation as a redemption for all the parties they’ve missed. The movie follows Amy and Molly’s messy attempt to find a party and make up for lost time. Wilde was able to make a movie of similar tone to one like Superbad (2007), which is a cult classic comedy that teenagers find relatability to, and put the spin of having female leads. The way friendship and life as a teenage girl is portrayed, despite the very exaggerated comedy, is very refreshing. Wilde created a comedy with jokes that didn’t revolve around themes of objectifying women’s bodies. Wilde’s Booksmart put a new spin on a classic outrageous comedy.