This Year's Oscar Movies, And How They Compare To "A Star is Born"

This Year's Oscar Movies, And How They Compare To "A Star is Born"

Not much can top Gaga's "Shallow" run.


It's fall, which means it's that time of year where studios start to release the movies they want to push for Oscar nominations. So far this season, one standout in critical and audience reception has been A Star is Born, and its glowing popularity makes it the kind of movie other critical darlings will be measured against. Herein find fourteen of this years Oscar hopefuls, judged on how good they were in comparison to A Star is Born.

1. First Man

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Good, but not as good as A Star is Born. First Man is held together by the unassuming and human performances of Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, but the move could have easily been thirty minutes shorter.

2. RBG

Not as good as A Star is Born, but absolutely worth seeing. RBG grossed over $10 million at the box office, a blockbuster in documentary terms. And it deserved every penny. The documentary may have been a bit idolizing in its examination of the life of Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, but her story is one that is monumental and inspiring, and, as it turns out, entertaining.

3. Tully

Not as good as A Star is Born, but you'll still cry. Tully stars Charlize Theron as an exhausted mother who turns to a night nanny to help her get some of her life back. I don't want to give away any more of the plot, because it's just that kind of movie. If all were good and right in the world, Theron's Best Actress nomination would be a sure thing, but unfortunately, it's easy to see an awards season where Tully gets completely overlooked.

4. Black Panther 

As good as A Star is Born, but in a completely different way. Most superhero movies won't find any recognition outside of the Best Visual Effects category, but Black Panther might. No, no, I highly doubt we'll get a Best Picture nomination--despite the fact that it's not a long shot to call Black Panther the best superhero movie ever--but Ruth E. Carter might get recognized for her work on Black Panther's gorgeous costumes.

5. Crazy Rich Asians 

Okay so it's not as good as A Star is Born, but it doesn't have to be! Crazy Rich Asians overcame any cliches with its performances, humor, storytelling, and heart. I don't like rom-coms, but Crazy Rich Asians converted me. Whatever the "Popular Film" category ends up being, Crazy Rich Asians deserves that recognition.

6. A Quiet Place

As good as A Star is Born. I'm not a horror fan, but I saw A Quiet Place three times in theaters. It wasn't Get Out, but it brought its own kind of invigoration to the horror genre. Walking out of the theater, I had to suppress the urge to shush everyone around me--A Quiet Place held that much impact. Beyond that, the story was crisp, well-paced, and held together by its multi-dimensional characters. It was a story more about family than horror.

Will the Academy overcome its hesitation to honor horror films? Maybe, and if so, we can thank Get Out for paving the way. But even without a Best Picture nomination, A Quiet Place has a decent chance at scoring nominations for Best Original Screenplay or even a Best Actress nomination for Emily Blunt.

7. Whitney 

Slightly less good than A Star is Born, but even more heartbreaking. Because Whitney tells a well-known and well-documented story, it could go unrecognized this Oscar season. But if we learned anything from A Star is Born, it doesn't really matter if your story has been told before. What matters is that it's told well. Whitney examines Houston's life with kindness, honesty, and the complexity it's due.

8. Incredibles 2  

Not as good as A Star is Born. But it was fun, sweet, and clever, and could easily scoop up Best Animated Feature.

9. Eighth Grade 

As good as A Star is Born. Eighth Grade may not have a sweeping romance, or breathtaking original music, but it's one of the realest movies you could ever see.

10. Three Identical Strangers 

Almost as good as A Star is Born. Three Identical Strangers tells the story of identical triplet brothers who were separated at birth. Why and how that happened, and the story of how they reunited, is one of the most inspiring, tragic, and thrilling documentaries you could see this year.

11. Isle of Dogs 

Definitely not as good as A Star is Born. Yes, it's got that Wes Anderson charm, but the story feels less cohesive than it should have been, and all the good jokes were in the trailer.

12. BlackkKlansman 

Probably better than A Star is Born, if we're being honest. BlacKkKlansman is brutally funny and sheds light on areas of American history we ought to all know more about. Spike Lee has never won an Oscar, and with a little luck and justice, BlacKkKlansman will change that.

13. Won't You Be My Neighbor? 

As good as A Star is Born. Won't You Be My Neighbor? is the sweet, timely documentary we need: neighborly kindness is just as necessary, if not more so, now than ever before. If you're someone who likes movies that'll make you cry, be warned that I saw more watery eyes during Won't You Be My Neighbor? than any other movie this year.

14. Blindspotting 

Better than A Star is Born. A dynamic duo? Oh, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga WISH. This Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal-led "buddy cop in a world that won't let it be one" is the best debut flick you could ask for. Blindspotting is hilarious and uplifting, but it pulls no punches in tackling topics such as racism, police brutality, and gentrification. Will it win an Oscar? We'll see, but it doesn't look like a favorite. But Academy Awards aside, you need to see this movie.

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Summer In College Is For More Than Just Working

No, you're never to hold to have fun in the summer.


There should never be an age where you stop having fun in the summer. The weather is nice, there are always things to do, and everyone is just naturally happier. So, regardless of whether you're 7 or 21, I'm talking to you.

During the year it can be hard to find a routine unless you are a very put together person. Sadly, I am not. Even when I tell myself I'm going to eat healthily, work out, and stop procrastinating, I usually don't follow through with that. At school, I find myself in somewhat of a constant catch-up mode. When I feel like I'm ahead on my homework or studying, that usually means I'm behind on being healthy in other aspects of my life. That is why I love summer. It's a chance to reset the clock for a second and catch your breath.

I get that having an internship or working is important for your post-graduation life, but having fun is important for your college years too. When you get a job in the real world, summer is going to look a lot different for you. That is why it's best to take advantage of the time now. This doesn't mean turning down that work experience, it means doing things other than just working.

First things first is finding a hobby you enjoy that you don't do at school. Pick it up for a little over the summer. Why not? For me, this is yoga. For whatever reason, I find myself too nervous to attend yoga classes at school. I have absolutely no reason to be anxious about doing something I like, but I am so I take the time to attend a few classes a week in the summer.

Secondly, try reading. Before you make that look of disgust on your face, think about the last time you read a book of your choosing. If it was recently, then kudos to you for managing your time well enough to do that. If you are not that person, then hello! I am talking to you. I am not a fan of reading because I usually associate it with homework. However, I find that when I have the time to browse the book section of a store for a few seconds, I find multiple books that jump out at me. During the summer I take the opportunity to read a little here and there. The nice part of leisure reading over school reading is that there's no deadline. You can read what you want when you want to.

Finally, learn something new. Again I usually associate learning with things that I am required to learn for my major. Learning something new that interests you is a different kind of rush. When I'm bored in class, I make bucket lists of little things I want to learn about. They can be big or small. One time I wanted to learn how to knit. Don't ask me why my 19-year-old self thought it would be sweet to sit on my porch in the summer knitting, but I did, and I'm kind of sad I didn't pursue that interest. When might I ever have time to learn how to knit again?

These might sound like quirky things to do, but you're young. Make a bucket list and try to cross one thing off each weekend. If you're like me, then you're a little scared of growing up. Scared you won't be able to accomplish all the things you want to. But, the fact of the matter is no one is going to make you accomplish them but you. So, take some initiative and do them. Summer is for more than just working; it's time to live a little and reset the clock.

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Maybe It's Time To Pick Up A Book And Learn To Enjoy Reading

Have you read 'The Hate U Give' by Angie Thomas?


A book. A book can tell you a lot of things. A book can really change the way you think or leave you thinking about life. Or maybe it is just something you need to think about because a class requires to do so. Well, maybe it's just time to dig in and start reading. However, this reading can be of choice.

It doesn't have to be a book required for class or a book you just heard about. This book can be one that you wanted to read for quite some time. Or a book you might want to read over. Let's face the reality though for a second. How many books have you actually read after high school? Or maybe even In college?

If the number is 0 or less than five maybe its time to find a favorite author. Take some time to just absorb new perspectives. Reading for fun is not always a bad thing. It is a good way just to clear your mind, to de-stress, to learn. While reading always have a journal and pen. Because if you're an avid reader you might want to jot down some notes or favorite quotes from pages.

Whether you are reading classic books or new fiction books, it doesn't matter. A great way to just leave reality for a couple of minutes or hours. Often times people prefer to just listen to audio books because they don't have the time of day to read a book. That's okay! As long as you did some sort of fun reading than you should be good.

I myself am an avid reader and there really isn't another way I would go about it. Reading has always been a passion for me and it all starts by putting in the time. Reading different genres is always key to. Don't always get stuck on one genre. Keep yourself open to new ideas, new perspectives, diversity of content.

Reading is also a great way to come up with ideas. Just the very fact of reading for fun and getting ideas about assignments of life, in general, should be a goal. Knowing the meaning that the author is conveying or simply the message should be the goal. Not every book has a great ending to it but every book has content worth the read!

Next time you go to the library to study, do homework, or just to relax start looking for books. Because with the learning, or the new ideas generated comes an easy and fun way to pass time!

Some books that I would suggest reading that have powerful messages and impacting content are the following: The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas, Tuesdays With Morrie- Mitch Albom, To Kill A Mocking Bird- Harper Lee, and The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini.

All these books are written by great authors. Authors that put in the time, effort and work to inspire others. So continue to open yourself to new content. Continue to raise awareness for issues that need to be addressed, but most of all continue to seek knowledge and apply that knowledge to life.

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