Song of the Day #4,673: ‘Main Theme’ – Ludovico Einaudi

Continuing my personal list of Oscar nominations with a look at the Best Actor race.

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal

I enjoyed Ahmed’s work in Nightcrawler, Rogue One, and especially The Night Of, but I wasn’t prepared for the tour de force he delivers here. As a heavy metal drummer who loses his hearing, Ahmed portrays the rage simmering just below the surface, but also the impulsive need to fix himself and those around him.

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Song of the Day #4,672: ‘Low Mist (Day Three)’ – Ludovico Einaudi

This Sunday, long after most people have forgotten what movies they watched in 2020, the Motion Picture Academy will broadcast the 93rd Academy Awards.

This week, I will play “If I Ran the Oscars” and list my own nominees for five main categories: Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and Best Actor and Actress. I will not predict the actual winners, as there is an Oscar pool to win and I won’t be tipping my hand here.

As for Best Picture, I counted down my own top ten movies of 2020 several weeks back, and in my fantasy world that lineup (with one change due to a movie I’ve seen since) would compete for the top prize.

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