With the announcemnt of the 94th Academy Award nominations, AMC is proud to present seven of the Best Picture nominees back on the big screen. Six of the seven nominees are selected as part of the AMC Artisan Films programming, recognizing films that are driven by innovators and encourage discussion, with fresh, diverse perspectives.
For the past 15 years, the continued support of our loyal AMC Best Picture Showcase fanbase has helped us bring together cinephiles from around the country to celebrate the previous year in movies. This year, it was quickly obvious that the traditional AMC Best Picture Showcase marathon events are still not feasible in the current environment. Instead, we plan to bring back a collection of this year’s Best Picture nominees for a two week-long celebration of the theatrical experience, March 18th – March 27th.
And the Best Picture nominees are…
Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, BELFAST is written and directed by Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh. A poignant story of love, laughter and loss in one boy’s childhood, amid the music and social tumult of the late 1960s. Branagh's Oscar nominated screenplay immerses you in the black & while world of the 1960’s in Ireland with this beautiful ode to family, religion and childhood that is based on life events that thrusts the audience into the battleground of protestant versus catholic. Dame Judi Dench and Ciarán Hinds received nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Actor for their protrayals as grandparents to the young Buddy, played by the adorable Jude Hill.
DRIVE MY CAR
Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s DRIVE MY CAR ties record number of nominations for a film from Japan with four Academy Award nominations. The meditative drama, based on a Haruki Murakami short story received nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best International Feature Film. The film is a story of confronting painful truths for Yusuke Kafuku, a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya in Hiroshima who must face the haunting mysteries his wife left behind after her unexpected death.
Visionary Director Denis Villeneuve immerses you in the world of Arrakis in the cinematic experience DUNE. Nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Cinematography and Visual Effest, DUNE tells the story of Paul Atreides (Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet), a gifted young man born into a great destiny, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his people. Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer received an Academy Award Original Score nomination for his composition of DUNE, which elevates the action and can only truly be experienced in a movie theatre.
Nominated for six Academy Awards, KING RICHARD is based on the true story of Richard Williams, father of legendary tennis champions Venus and Serena, who overcame tremendous obstacles to forge a path for his daughters to reach the pinnacle of success. Raised in Compton, California, Williams (Academy Award nominee Will Smith) is determined to smash through age-old barriers of race and class, on a relentless path to prove that his girls are worthy of a shot, knowing they are destined for greatness. Actress Aunjanue Ellis received an Academy Award Best Supporting Actress nomination for her portrayal of Oracene 'Brandy' Williams and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter received a nomination for Best Song, “Be Alive”.
LICORICE PIZZA is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the AMC Artisan Film received three Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for a story about youth and the treacherous navigation of first love.
Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro received four Academy Award nominations for his fillm noir, thriller NIGHTMARE ALLEY. Featuring an incredible ensemble cast, NIGHTMARE ALLEY is the story of an ambitious carny (Bradley Cooper) with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who is even more dangerous than he is. Recognized as an AMC Thrills and Chills selection, go on a dangerous journey and escape in this beautifully produced film that received nominations for Best Production Design and Costume Design.
WEST SIDE STORY
Nominated for seven Academy Awards, Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg recreates the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City in WEST SIDE STORY. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Academy Award Actress in a Supporting Actress nominee Ariana DeBose in a cinematic experience that also received nominations for its incredible Costume Design, Cinematography and Production Design.
Enjoy this year's AMC Best Picture Showcase with family and friends and celebrate the best in cinema March 18th through March 27th.