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What to know before tonight’s Oscars – Chicago Tribune

Good morning Chicago.

What will win, what should win? This is the eternal question on the minds of movie buffs who watch the movie. 2024 Academy Awards tonight.

check out Tribune film critic Michael Phillips’ predictions In what he calls the year of film prosperity.

“Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony marks Hollywood’s 96th festival of statuettes and humility,” writes Phillips. “We are still here, some of us are even watching. “And if we don’t take the time to cheapen the whole atmosphere with a few Oscar night predictions while we’re still here, then we’ve truly lost our way.”

If you’re feeling like an expert on this year’s nominees, test your knowledge. Our 2024 Oscar test.

To refresh your memory before tonight’s ceremony, here’s our rubric of this year’s best photo nominees.

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Jeffrey Wright in a scene from “American Fiction.” (Claire Folger/MGM-Orion)

‘American Fiction’ review: Jeffrey Wright shines in this comedy about a faux black memoir’s rise to the top of the bestseller list

Wright has a great cast around him; Each one has its ups and downs. Sterling K. Brown as Monk’s estranged brother; Tracee Ellis Ross as his sister; Leslie Uggams as the head of the family whose health is not good; Erika Alexander as the public defender across the street from Monk’s family vacation home; Everyone is a vital and resilient part of a true community event.

A scene from Samuel Theis, Sandra Hüller and Milo Machado Graner "Anatomy of a Fall." (Neon via AP)
Samuel Theis, Sandra Hüller and Milo Machado Graner in a scene from “Anatomy of a Fall.” (Neon via AP)

‘Anatomy of a Fall’: Winner of the 2023 Palme d’Or at Cannes

A slow, serpentine courtroom drama wrapped in a whodunit, the film deals with the murder or suicide of a husband and fingers of suspicion towards his wife, played by the great German actor Sandra Hüller, among others.

Ryan Gosling (left) as Ken and Margot Robbie as Barbie in “Barbie.”

The new movie stars Ryan Gosling as Ken and Margot Robbie as Barbie. "Barbie" film.

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Ryan Gosling (left) as Ken and Margot Robbie as Barbie in the movie “Barbie.” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

‘Barbie’ review: A doll’s life is richly and unexpectedly imagined by Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie

Gerwig is a wizard at managing tone and keeping the spirit alive even when things don’t look happily ever after.

Dominic Sessa, left to right, Paul Giamatti and Da'Vine Joy in a scene from Randolph "Holdovers." (Seacia Pavao/Focusing Features via AP)
Dominic Sessa, from left, Paul Giamatti and Da’Vine Joy Randolph in a scene from “The Holdovers.” (Seacia Pavao/Focusing Features via AP)

‘The Holdovers’ review: Have a sweet and sour ’70s merry Christmas with Paul Giamatti and friends

Giamatti had worked in a similar vein before in “Sideways”; the borderline alcoholic he portrayed had poured his energies into frustrated literary ambitions. Is it too much? Too raw? Some people think so. Not me. He is an unusually astute judge of scale, not to mention intonation and timing.

A scene by Lily Gladstone "Killers of the Flower Moon." (AppleTV+)
Lily Gladstone in a scene from the movie “Murderers of the Flower Moon”. (AppleTV+)

‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ review: Scorsese delivers an epic of oil, greed, racism and sadness set in 1920s Oklahoma

Scorsese has depicted a tragic, desolate slice of American history that owes equal debt to classic Hollywood mastery and the director’s own obsessions with honor, guilt, family, criminal laws, and America’s centuries of rapacious bloodshed.

Bradley Cooper in a scene as Leonard Bernstein "Maestro." (Jason McDonald/Netflix via AP)
Bradley Cooper stars as Leonard Bernstein in a scene from “Maestro.” (Jason McDonald/Netflix via AP)

‘Maestro’ review: Bradley Cooper wields the baton as Leonard Bernstein. However, Carey Mulligan directs the movie.

For a film made with the full and careful approval of Leonard Bernstein’s estate and surviving family members, “Maestro” is much more interesting, nuanced and engaging than the usual Squaresville biopic.

A scene by Robert Downey Jr. "Oppenheimer." (Universal Images)
Robert Downey Jr. In a scene from “Oppenheimer.” (Universal Images)

‘Oppenheimer’ review: Christopher Nolan and Cillian Murphy examine the tortured conscience behind our atomic age

The film stars an excellent Cillian Murphy as the thin man in the famous oversized fedora, and the filmmaker freely adapts Christopher Nolan, Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin’s excellent 2006 biopic of Oppenheimer, “American Prometheus.”

Greta Lee (left) and Teo Yoo in a scene "Past Lives." (Jon Pack/A24 via AP)
Greta Lee (left) and Teo Yoo in a scene from “Past Lives”. (Jon Pack/A24 via AP)

‘Past Lives’ review: A tender romantic triangle makes for the most satisfying movie of the year so far

It’s that rare film that quietly settles into some of your own experiences and memories, without the slightest bit of narrative contrivance obscuring your response to the story on screen. “Past Lives” is that rarity.

Emma Stone (left) and Mark Ruffalo in a scene "Poor Things." (Atsushi Nishijima/Projector Images via AP)
Emma Stone (left) and Mark Ruffalo in a scene from the movie “Poor Things.” (Atsushi Nishijima/Projector Images via AP)

Review: ‘Poor Things’ stars Emma Stone in a rich lesson in humanity

“Poor Things” is Yorgos Lanthimos’ strange and fascinating masterpiece about a young woman who receives one of life’s rare gifts: the chance to start from scratch. What will Bella do with her new life? He will swallow even the last crumb without even an ounce of shame.

A scene from the movie “Point of Interest”.

A scene from the movie "Area of ​​Interest."


A scene from the movie “Point of Interest”. (A24/TNS)

‘Point of Interest’ review: Life outside Auschwitz is perfectly normal in this haunting Holocaust movie

A unique affront that traditionally harrowing film treatments of the Holocaust like “Schindler’s List” have never been, “Line of Interest” conceals as much as it reveals, redirecting the viewer’s perspective on the defining atrocities of the 20th century.

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