Preparing for the Super Bowl of movies


While the rest of the country anticipates the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, my personal Super Bowl is the Academy Awards, and I, for one, am pretty excited about the list of nominees.
Nominated for best pictures are “Black Panther,” “BlackkKlansmen,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “Roma,” “A Star is Born” and “Vice.”
First things first. I have to confess that I haven’t seen any of these movies.
Black Panther – This one will probably win. It’s the Marvel Comic story of a young African king, and the film has netted seven nominations.
Bohemian Rhapsody – This is the story of Freddie Mercury and his band Queen. I’ve heard pretty good things about the performance of actor Rami Malek, who plays Mercury. While the cast is pretty much unknown, sometimes that works well in a biopic, because the viewer doesn’t have preconceived notions of the actor as a person. For example, you can’t have Brad Pitt play Freddie Mercury, because we’ll just be thinking of him as Brad Pitt the whole time. This one looks like it’s worth watching.
The Favourite – This period piece stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. It involves dukes and duchesses and war and British accents and lesbian affairs. I couldn’t even read the synopsis without getting a headache. Also, don’t get it confused with a 2018 movie by the same name – sans the “u” in “Favorite” – about a mixed martial arts fighter.
Green Book – “Green Book” isn’t quite doing it for me. It’s about a jazz pianist and his driver-slash-bodyguard based on a true story set in the 1960s. Directed by Peter Farrelly and starring Viggo Mortenson as the driver, you can’t go wrong, especially since it really happened. Without having seen it, I’m not qualified to say whether it’s Oscar worthy, but I can say that it is not in my Netflix queue.
Roma – This is the story of a housekeeper in Mexico City in the 1970s. I have failed to find a description that makes me actually want to watch this movie, as most of the info online is pretty sparse. I’ll probably pass or wait until it goes to Netflix. It’s nominated for 10 Oscars, so it must be good, right?
A Star is Born – This is the one I’m dying to see. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are both nominated for individual Oscars – Gaga as best actress and Cooper for directing – are magic onscreen. Yes, she’s weird and she wore a meat dress, but remember when Madonna was weird? It sold records. They’re performers. It shouldn’t take away from their talent or a good script. And, by the way, name one bad movie that starred Bradley Cooper. Maybe “Hangover 3.” That aside, I can’t wait to watch “A Star is Born.”
Vice – Christian Bale of all people stars as former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, with an all-star cast of Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Tyler Perry and Sam Rockwell supporting him. I’m not super-jazzed about this one, but the star power is intriguing, and political drama is always going to hold my attention. I’ll give it a shot.
A full list of nominations, including best actor, actress and director can be found with a quick Google search. I’ll weigh in after the show and let you know if I think the right people and the right films took home the Oscars.
The show airs Feb. 24 on ABC.

April Towery is the managing editor of The Sealy News. She can be reached at 979-885-3562 or via email at


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