2020 Oscar Hopefuls Dig Into Issues of Past 18 Months

2020 Oscar Hopefuls Dig Into Issues of Past 18 Months
Filmmakers need to be a bit psychic. They work on projects for years, not knowing if the fickle audience will connect with the themes and topics when the film eventually opens. In 2020, the movie gods have smiled: A number of awards contenders are centered on health and work — concerns that are especially crucial this year, though no one could have predicted this when the projects began.

Characters who are forced to change their lives have been a staple of drama since Sophocles. This year, the theme has added impact.

In “Nomadland,” Frances McDormand loses her job and her husband dies. So she leaves her home and lives out of her van, traveling to wherever there is paying work. In “Sound of Metal,” a drummer (Riz Ahmed) goes deaf and has to completely rethink his profession and his music. Sandra (Clare Dunne), the protagonist of “Herself,” separates from her abusive husband and starts a new life,
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