The nominations for this year’s Oscars are out, which you can check out here. We’ve created an Oscars 2017 Shortlist of our favourite picks from this year and why you should see them. With fierce competition this year, it took us a while to whittle down the total list, but we’re fairly confident and happy that these are the best of the best from the Academy’s picks this year.
Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival wowed audiences this year by giving us a cerebral sci-fi drama about humanity’s first contact with alien lifeforms. Although Arrival’s plot is about aliens landing on Earth, the tale that it tells is irrevocably human. Featuring stellar performances from Am Adams as the lead, with Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker in supporting roles. Arrival won’t just pique your interest on how society would react if aliens landed tomorrow, but it also gives us insight into the pain of loss and mourning. With Villeneuve currently directing Blade Runner: 2049 and an upcoming DUNE project, he’s definitely a director to keep your eyes on.