Check out the Oscar Award winning films University Union is screening this semester!
Over the past few months, University Union has offered a variety of films and advanced screenings to the our community. A large number of those movies UU has premiered were nominated for Oscars. Some of the Oscar nominated titles include Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book, A Star is Born, Black KKKlansman, and If Beale Street Could Talk. Here is a list of winners featuring the movies put on by UU.
Regina King, the Oscar award winner for Best Supporting Actress, stars in If Beale Street Could Talk, a film that takes place in West Harlem in New York City Beale Street. The film follows Tish, played by Kiki Layne, a 19 year old black women who is married to an incarcerated black man named Fonny, played by Stephen James. The story traces the struggles of Tish’s experience with pregnancy while having to give birth while her husband is on trial for a rape he did not commit. Through multiple flashbacks and story tellings, viewers see a powerful story about love, sacrifice and what it is like to be disenfranchised in America.
Bohemian Rhapsody took home the Oscar awards for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Actor. BH follows the leader singer of one of the most revolutionary bands of all time, Queen. This movie starts with Freddie Mercury, played by Rami Malek, making his way into the band and further shows the development of Queen’s sound, their rise to stardom, and the struggle to keep the band as one. All of your favorite queen songs can be found in this movie and Rami Malek gives a performance of a lifetime. This is a must see!
Green Book starts in New York City in 1962. When Tony "Tony Lip" Vallelonga, played by Viggo Mortensen, loses his job as a bouncer when his club shuts down, he becomes a driver for “Doc" Don Shirley, played by Mahershala Ali, a famous jazz pianist. The story traces these two’s relationship as they embark on a tour through the Deep South. The movie explores the struggles of racism, segregation, brotherhood and love as they try to make it together during the tour. At the 2019 Oscars, Green Book, won the awards for Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture.
Directed by legendary filmmaker Spike Lee, BlacKKKlansman depicts the incredible true story of two men, played by John David Washington and Adam Driver, who lead one of the most dangerous undercover operations in history. In this film, you will see how these two infiltrated the KKK and uncovered real truth to bring the organization down from the inside. Oscar award winner for Best Adapted Screenplay, BlackKKlansman is a true story of heroics, bravery and never giving up.
By Jackson Siporin