Watched Hidden Figures today and I was sadly not enamored by the film. I think that it’s an important story to tell, loved the messages and themes, but as a film it kind of fell flat for me. It kills me to say that because I’m all for more POC stories being told in Hollywood. Thankfully, this film seems to have resonated with most people and also made a boatload of money so I’m happy about that.
I’ve now seen all the Best Picture Oscar nominees. Here’s how I would rank them…
2. La La Land
4. Manchester by the Sea
5. Hell or High Water
7. Hacksaw Ridge
9. Hidden Figures
Numbers 1-4 are all REALLY close as far as which movie I liked more than the other. Arrival knocked my socks off last year. La La Land tapped into the hopeless romantic side of me in the same way Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight did. Moonlight was so damn powerful and nuanced. Manchester by the Sea reaffirmed my love of Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me is one of my all-time favorites that never gets any love). Hell or High Water made my personal top 10 of 2016. I enjoyed Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, and Lion but they just missed my top 10 list.