Academy Award Previews — Brooklyn

We are a month away from the biggest day in entertainment, The Academy Awards. As such, I'll be previewing the awards, including recaps of all the Best Picture nominees, all leading up to final award picks and predictions from me on February 28.

Starring: Saiorise Ronan, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Domnhall Gleeson, and Emory Cohen
Total Nominations: 3
Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Actress (Ronan), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Nick Hornby)
About: "Brooklyn" might have been a bit of a surprise as a Best Picture nominee. It has flown a bit under the radar, save for nominations for Ronan. But in the end, it made the final list of eight nominees for the Academy Awards. But that's not sure bet that it wins anything. It's only nominated for three awards, and I wouldn't consider it a favorite in any category. For "Brooklyn," simply being nominated for Best Picture — and the bump it gives films at the Box Office — will likely be the victory. This is a beautifully told story of a young Irish girl who comes to America for a better life and is soon torn between her promising American future and the pulls of the home she left behind. It's beautifully shot and acted. Ronan does an incredible job in the lead role, and I was compelled by the story and the way it was told here. "Brooklyn" is based on the novel from Colm Tóibín, and it's adapted beautifully by Hornby, who is nominated for an Academy Award. This is the kind of engrossing personal tale that should be highlighted by the Academy. That being said, I think it's an extreme long shot for Best Picture. I would also put Ronan third in the race for Actress behind fellow nominees Cate Blanchett and Brie Larson. In the screenplay category, I think Hornby faces an up hill battle, too. So barring some major upsets, "Brooklyn" will likely go home empty handed on February 28.
Rating: PG - 13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language.
Verdict: Four stars out of four.
Where to Watch: "Brooklyn" is now playing nationwide.


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