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Oscar-2018: 9 great films that did not make it to the Russian cinemas
Oscar-2018: 9 great films that did not make it to the Russian cinemas

A selection of obscure but noteworthy films this year's nominees.

"Oscar-2018": 9 great films that did not make it to Russian cinemas
"Oscar-2018": 9 great films that did not make it to Russian cinemas

Call me by your name

  • Drama, melodrama.
  • Italy, France, Brazil, USA.
  • Duration: 132 minutes
  • IMDb: 8, 1.

The story of the first love of 17-year-old Elio (phenomenal rising star Timothy Chalamet) and American student Oliver (Armie Hammer) in sun-drenched Italy in 1983.

Nominations: Best Film, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Song.

Chances of Winning

The film, which I want to present an award in each nomination received, especially for the song Mystery of Love by Sufyan Stevens. Alas, the only real victory will go to the 89-year-old Briton James Ivory for transferring the book of the same name by Andre Asiman to the big screen.

Roman Israel, Esq

  • Drama, crime.
  • USA.
  • Duration: 129 minutes
  • IMDb: 6, 4.

A two-hour intense thriller about an eccentric lawyer (Denzel Washington) and the moral decay of American jurisprudence from the author of "Stringer".

Nominations: "Best Actor ".

Chances of Winning

Zero. Denzel Washington, in general, seems to have crept into the nominees solely as a replacement for James Franco ("Woe Creator"), who was accused of indecent behavior by former students a few days before the announcement of the list. And with a competitor like Gary Oldman in the role of Churchill ("Dark Times"), victory is out of the question.

Farm "Mudbound"

  • Drama, historical.
  • USA.
  • Duration: 134 minutes
  • IMDb: 7, 5.

A river-wide, detailed historical drama about two American families in the South of the United States (white and black) in the struggle for justice. One of the roles is hip-hop star Mary J. Blige.

Nominations: Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Song.

Chances of winning

Chances are Rachel Morrison's cinematographer Mudbound Farm - being the first woman in Oscar history to be nominated in this category! - will snatch victory from the hands of deserved record-holder Roger Deakins (he is nominated for Blade Runner 2049). But most likely, this time the film will remain in the shadow of more topical pictures.

Love is a disease

  • Drama, melodrama, comedy.
  • USA.
  • Duration: 120 minutes
  • IMDb: 7, 6.

Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) has come up with a semi-autobiographical romantic film about how he met and played his wife (Emily W. Gordon, screenwriter).

Nominations: Best Screenplay.

Chances of Winning

Quite small. The win in this highly competitive category this year goes to either Jordan Peele's Get Out or Martin McDonagh with his Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.


  • Drama, comedy, biography.
  • USA.
  • Duration: 104 minutes
  • IMDb: 7, 7.

James Franco (127 Hours, Spider-Man) filmed a book of memoirs about the creation of the "worst film in history" - "The Room" by Tommy Wiseau.

Nominations: Best Adapted Screenplay.

Chances of Winning

Very low. The nearly unconditional winner in this category has long been James Ivory for his skillful adaptation of Call Me by Your Name.


  • Cartoon, family.
  • Ireland, Canada, Luxembourg.
  • Duration: 94 minutes
  • IMDb: 7, 6.

Insanely beautiful and delicate animated story about the survival of a girl and her family in Kabul during the civil war. From the authors of Song of the Sea and Secrets of Kells.

Nominations: Best Animated Film.

Chances of winning

Unfortunately, no chance. The most obvious (but not all natural) favorite in this category is Pixar's new colorful piece, The Secret of Coco.

Fantastic woman

  • Drama.
  • Chile, Germany, Spain, USA.
  • Duration: 104 minutes
  • IMDb: 7, 4.

A topical Chilean drama about a transgender woman whose lover dies suddenly, leaving her alone with angry relatives and a hostile society.

Nominations: Best Foreign Language Film.

Chances of winning

Very high: the victory of Chile in this category (besides, the first in the history of the country) bookmakers call it almost a settled matter. The closest and rather strong competitor to the Fantastic Woman is the Swedish Kvadrat. And only then comes Zvyagintsev's Dislike.


  • Drama, biography.
  • USA.
  • Duration: 118 minutes
  • IMDb: 7, 2.

An inspiring biopic about the first African American in the US Supreme Court, played by young Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman.

Nominations: Best Song.

Chances of winning

Virtually none. Most likely, the booming anthem Stand Up for Something performed by Andra Dey and rapper Common (an Oscar winner for a very similar song Glory to the film "Selma") will lose to the already popular hit Remember Me from "The Secret of Coco".


  • Documentary, thriller.
  • USA.
  • Duration: 121 minutes
  • IMDb: 8, 0.

Amateur cyclist Brian Vogel made a topical and completely unexpected film about the fate of Grigory Rodchenkov (the former director of the Russian Anti-Doping Center): from the first Skype interview to the international scandal and Grigory's escape from Russia.

Nominations: Best Documentary Film.

Chances of winning

Approximately 50/50, but still more often the favorite in the category is called "Faces, Villages" - a travel film of the classic of world cinema Agnes Varda and photographer JR, dedicated to the French outskirts.

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