We’re in the middle of awards season, with the Baftas and the Golden Globes behind us and the Oscar ahead. Will there be any shocks or upsets or will everything go according to plan? Will Netflix sweep the board? Cinema Communications Manager Matthew Walsh told us which films the Soho House team is tipping for the top prizes this year. Now all you have to do is find a comfy seat (our Screening Chair will do nicely – it’s from Soho House Amsterdam), assemble your snacks of choice and favourite drink (may we suggest a whisky sour in a Barwell crystal glass?) and turn the house lights down.


Marriage Story: 'While perhaps not being the best date movie of the year, this divorce-themed drama is unquestionably one of the most heart-breaking. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are both rightfully awarded with nominations for their wholly committed portrayal of a couple navigating a path to separation that the has the smallest impact on their young son. It’s a painfully honest portrait of a couple whose relationship soon becomes a battleground and each of their failings ammunition for lawyers but still manages to find a surprising amount of light amongst the dark.'

Parasite

'Every so often a director releases a film that sees them catapulted into a new level of prominence. Bong Joon-ho is that director and Parasite is most definitely that film. The Korean is far from a newcomer but from the moment it premiered at the Cannes film festival – complete with a 10-minute standing ovation – to when it picked up six Oscar nominations, there was the sense that both he and his film were having a ‘moment’. The impossible to pigeonhole film is a genre-hopping odyssey rooted in social satire but to say much more is to ruin its thrilling impact. It’s best enjoyed going in with as little knowledge as possible and watching it all wickedly unravel.'

The Lighthouse

'Just sneaking into this year’s ceremony with a solitary nomination in the Best Cinematography category, The Lighthouse is a monochrome fever dream of a film that can consider itself unlucky to miss out on further recognition. It’s an impressively out-there two-hander that stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as two lighthouse keepers slowly succumbing to boredom and insanity while stranded at a remote weather-beaten outpost. The language is salty, the photography is hypnotic and the overall effect is unlike any other cinematic experience we’ve had this year.'

I Lost My Body

'Without a doubt the best animated film about a severed hand we saw all year. This lovingly hand-drawn French film somehow managed, in something of a welcome surprise at the nomination announcements, to squeeze out Frozen II from the Best Animation category. In a modern fairy tale that’s simultaneously sweet and macabre, both romantic and grizzly, we follow a dismembered hand’s attempts to be reunited with its separated body. Its journey, sometimes scary, often treacherous, is paired with the lovelorn story of Naoufel, the youngster attempting to catch the attention of librarian Gabrielle.'

Little Women

'Blowing the dust off a well-worn tale, Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic did something few others had done before: it made it wholly contemporary. This is a film renewed with relevance from a filmmaker who knows and loves the story, instilling it with living, breathing characters and allowing them to feel as modern as any others you’re likely to see this year. The four-strong members of the March family sisterhood laugh and cry, face love and loss as they attempt to make their way in the post-Civil War landscape. Gerwig’s handling of the beloved text sheds new light on an old favourite.'

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