Oscars preview: Best Picture contenders

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(WEHT)- There’s not much time before the 2020 Oscars so watching all nine of the best picture nominees before Sunday could be difficult. Thursday, Eyewitness News broke down the five best pictures so here are the remaining four nominees.

Little Women is an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel starring Saoirse Ronan and directed by Greta Gerwig. Gerwig and Ronan previously worked together on 2017’s Lady Bird. Little Women is nominated for six awards, including best actress for Ronan and best supporting actress for Florence Pugh.

Marriage Story earned Scarlett Johansson a best actress nomination, starring alongside Adam Driver, formerly of Star Wars. Like Little Women, Marriage Story boasts an impressive ensemble with Ray Liotta, Alan Alda, and Laura Dern. Marriage Story was distributed by Netflix just like fellow best picture nominee The Irishman and 2018’s Roma.

Scarlett Johansson is also nominated for her role in Jojo Rabbit, a satirical World War Two movie in which a boy imagines he’s friends with Adolf Hitler. Director, Taika Waititi plays Hitler and is nominated for best adapted screenplay. Waititi may be best known for his work directing Thor: Ragnarok.

Ford V Ferrari tells the story of Ford Motor Company’s battle with Ferrari at the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race in the 1960s. Matt Damon stars as legendary carmaker, Carroll Shelby alongside Christian Bale. While Ford V Ferrari is nominated for four awards including best picture, neither Damon nor Bale nor director James Mangold are nominated for any individual awards.

One film you won’t see at the Oscars is Uncut Gems. The Safdie Brothers project starring Adam Sandler and featuring Mike Francesa and basketball legend Kevin Garnett controversially did not receive any nominations. Prior to the nominations were announced, Sandler said he’d make a movie “so bad on purpose.” There’s no word whether or not Sandler will follow through on that.

ABC 25 will cover the Oscars live Sunday and Brad Byrd will break down the winners and losers with film critic, Jim Hunter on Eyewitness News Sunday night at 9 and 10.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 7, 2020)

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